Filtering Users and Groups using Azure AD Connect

Blog Azure

Filtering Users and Groups using Azure AD Connect Microsoft’s Azure AD Connect allows you to sync your on-prem AD to your Azure AD / Office 365.  If you leave all the settings as default, then AD Connect will happily sync all your AD objects. This is fine for some, however many large organisations do not want to sync their entire environment. There are options…

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Azure VM Scheduler tasks not running

Blog Azure

Azure VM Scheduler tasks not running If you are having any issues with the Azure VM Scheduling tool not running a scheduled task, it could be one of the following issues First thing to check is your log file which is located in the following location: C:Program Files (x86) – SMIKAR Software – AVMS – avms.log Error 1: Scour through the log file and…

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How to upgrade SCCM 1610

Blog SCCM

How to upgrade SCCM 1610 Microsoft have recently released the much anticipated upgrade to their System Centre Configuration Manager to version SCCM 1610. SCCM 1610 includes new features and enhancements in Office 365 management. Windows 10, application management, client management, end user experience and new functionality for customers using Intune with SCCM. A quick overview of these enhancements are; Windows 10 Upgrade Analytics integration…

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Configuration Manager 1606 Hotfix KB3180992

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Configuration Manager 1606 Hotfix KB3180992 A new update for your System Centre Configuration Manager has been released, which will bring your SCCM environment to build 5.00.8412.1204. This update fixes the following issues identified with SCCM; When you select the Update all clients in the hierarchy using production client option on the Client Upgrade tab of Hierarchy Settings Properties, an exception occurs. The exception details…

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Automate Azure Shutdown

Blog Azure

Automate Azure Shutdown To save time and money, especially with virtual machines that are not required to operate outside regular business hours (for example, development and test vms), having the ability to shutdown, deallocate and then power back these virtual machines on all within a schedule. As you are billed by the minute for running virtual machines on Microsoft’s Azure, automating a scheduled shutdown then…

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Microsoft patches KB3177725 & KB3176493 causing printing issues

Patch Management

Microsoft patches KB3177725 & KB3176493 causing printing issues Two recently released patches from Microsoft (in the August Patch Tuesday Release) seem to be causing some issues. The problematic security updates are KB3177725 and KB3176493 both which were to patch security vulnerabilities that could allow remote code execution on both Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 as well as server editions of their software, Windows server 2008,…

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How to snapshot multiple VMs

VMWare Blog

How to snapshot multiple VM servers with SnapShot Master The need arises at times for the creation or deletion of snapshots of multiple VMs in unison. Creating snapshots of multiple VMs (virtual servers) for VMware’s Vsphere or even for Microsoft’s HyperV with SnapShot Master is a relatively easy task. Hopefully you have installed and are running SnapShot Master in your environment, if not, you can download…

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Schedule a VMWare Snapshot

VMWare Blog

How to Schedule a VMWare Snapshot. Before I show you how to use SnapShot Master to create and schedule a VMWare Snapshot I will briefly describe what a snapshot is. What is a VMWare Snapshot? VMWare Snapshots are a quick and easy way to provide a previous point in time in which you can revert your virtual machine to. Snapshots are a great feature to use prior to…

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Schedule a Hyper-V Checkpoint

Microsoft HyperV Blog

 How to Schedule a Hyper-V Checkpoint. Before I show you how to use SnapShot Master to create and schedule a Hyper-V checkpoint I will briefly describe what a checkpoint is. What is a Hyper-V Checkpoint? Hyper-V Checkpoints are a quick and easy way to provide a previous point in time in which you can revert your virtual machine to. Checkpoints are a great feature to…

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How to upgrade to SCCM 1606

Blog SCCM

SCCM 1606 Update New features of SCCM 1606 So what was the most exciting thing released this month? Well if you said Pokemon GO, you are on the wrong blog. It was in fact the release of a well received update to System Centre Configuration Manager, known as update SCCM 1606. SCCM 1606 (released on the 22nd of July 2016) introduces some great new features…

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How to Create a Hyper-V Template for Deployment

Microsoft HyperV Blog

How to Create a Hyper-V Template for Deployment If you ever need to deploy Virtual Machines often a great time saving way is to create a VM Template for quick and easy deployment. VM templates give you the advantage of a consistent configuration that is standardised format that is reusable. To create a Hyper-V VM Template follow these steps;  1. Open your SCVMM (Microsoft System…

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VMWare PowerCLI Installation Failed

VMWare Blog

VMWare PowerCLI Installation Failed If you are installing VMWare’s PowerCLI for remote administration of your VMWare farm, or for SnaPatch or Snapshot Master you may at times receive the following error, “Setup has detected that the installation package is corrupted. Please be aware that this installer may have been tampered with.” One of the possible causes for this is that the root certificate for VeriSign…

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How to Create a VMWare Template for Deployment

VMWare Blog

How to Create a VMWare Template for Deployment So you are deploying Servers regularly and ask becoming sick of completing this the manual way. Well to create a template for quick deployment is relatively easy, just follow the steps in this blog post and you will be deploying VMs in no time. There are two methods to create a VMWare template, Clone to Template or Convert to…

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How to Deploy a VM and Join a Domain Automatically

VMWare Blog

How to Deploy a VM and join a Domain Automatically If you ever have the need to deploy a Virtual Machine and have some customisations for deployment (i.e. Network Settings or have the automatically join a domain), this post will show you how to. The VMWare Customistation script will allow you to specify; Domain to join automatically Network settings Registration Settings Computer Name Windows License…

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