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Change server share path to new drive

We added a larger virtual disk to a Hyper-V file server and copied over a shared folder to the new location. The folder also had a number of subfolders that were shared independently. The quick way to move the share permissions etc is via the registry (i.e. without...

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M365 mailbox usage report

You can quickly see the size of the mailboxes in use within your 365 tenant via the 365 Admin Center. Login as a global admin (or global reader/reports reader) and navigate to: Reports | Usage Under the Email activity heading select View More and then the Mailbox...

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Veeam ports for Hyper-V host

If you try and add a Hyper-V host to your Veeam backup infrastructure, without having the correct ports open on the host, the installer will pause for some time on the "Detecting previously installed components" stage before finally returning a "Network path not found...

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Check OneDrive folder sizes

Finding the size of the folder(s) you have stored in OneDrive is not particularly easy or obvious. You can check sizes by logging in to the web portal then select Settings | OneDrive Settings | More Settings | Storage Metrics.

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Link Excel workbooks in OneDrive

When two Excel workbooks are linked, or referenced, selected cell data in the Source workbook appears in referenced cells in the Destination workbook. If data is then updated in the Source workbook, the linked cell in the Destination workbook reflects the change. This...

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Disable Windows Update notifications on RDS 201x

Microsoft have helpfully deprecated the GPO that disables WU notifications for non-admin users (for use on RDS for example). The only "solution" is to nobble the exe that shows the pop-up. Run the following script to adjust the registry so that the exe is replaced by...

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MMC.exe blocked for your protection…

Seen a few Windows 10 PCs display an alert dialogue when attempting to run any MMC snap-in (e.g. Services, Local Group Policy etc). The dialogue helpfully states that an "administrator" has blocked you from running this app, and the only option is to close the box......

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Quieten loud Dell PowerEdge servers

We've had a couple of Dell PowerEdge servers that had fans that seemed to be running continuously - and were loud - out of the box, and they didn't quieten down even after the array had completed its build and/or updates had been applied. There are a variety of...

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Rename VHD(X) file

For whatever reason you may want to rename a VHD(X) file. To do so is quite straightforward (but will require a small amount of downtime): 1. Shut down the VM.2. Remove the virtual disk (VHDX) from the VM.3. Rename the file as required.4. Use Hyper-V manager (or...

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BitLocker prompt for recovery key on every boot

If you have had some hardware replaced, or simply moved your disk into a new PC, and the disk was encrypted with BitLocker, you may find that you are prompted for the recovery key on every boot. This is because on the initial recovery screen it asks for the key simply...

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AD replication tools

A quick reminder of a few useful command line tools for diagnosing or checking AD replication status: repadmin /replsum Summarise status of domain wide replication repadmin /showreps List status of replication of localhost (other switches are available) Due to unclean...

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DFSR admin commands

Unless you are intentionally using DFSR - and most small businesses I know are not (other than for the default Group Policy - sysvol - replication) - then you may not have encountered any of the command line tools that help identify the replicating servers and...

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Turn off / disable BitLocker via PowerShell

I have seen a few laptops recently that have started encrypting their drives - using BitLocker - once the Windows setup process is complete. Whilst this is a great security feature it may not always be required (if you use an alternate encryption method for example)....

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Migrate Sticky Notes to Windows 10

Sticky Notes are handled differently in Windows 10 (to Win7 for example) so you cannot simply copy the file into the same location in the user profile and expect it to work. Assuming you have the .snt file from the Win7 PC, on the new Win 10 system run through the...

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Outlook message, show containing folder

Annoyingly when you do a search for a message in Outlook the results don't show you which folder the message(s) are in. This is especially a problem when you've inadvertently moved items and need to track them down again. The workaround is quite simple:* Do the search...

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CBS .cab files using all available disk space

Recently I've had several instances where a (sometimes relatively new) Windows 7 PC has run out of disk space, and found that C:\Windows\TEMP has numerous files with names following the pattern "cab_XXXX_X" (usually around 100MB each), and these files are constantly...

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Control Panel Mail applet won’t open

Had a couple of recent cases of not being able to open the Control Panel Mail applet (either from Control Panel directly, or via command line etc). The general consensus seems to be that a recent MS update (quelle surprise!) has broken it. In addition to the suggested...

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Issues installing .NET 3.5 on Windows 8/8.1/10

Similar to the issue I had previously installing .NET 3.5 on Server 2012, the same problem manifests in Windows 8/10 and later where the PC tries, and fails, to use WSUS to get the requisite update files. Making a small change to the Local Group Policy will help get...

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Find system service tag via command line

If you need to know the service tag of a system whilst not physically in front of the machine (or the service tag label is missing!) you can do so via the command line: If you can RDP to the system, open a command prompt (admin not required) and then enter: wmic...

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Convert Hyper-V dynamic disk to fixed size

By default when you create a new VM in Hyper-V - and a create a virtual disk at the same time - it creates a dynamic disk (i.e. it expands to the specified size as required). This is not usually a recommended option for production environments, albeit the official...

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Reduce size of the WinSxS folder

You may note that the WinSxS folder on your Windows Vista/7/Server 2008 system is taking up a large amount of space but in fact the reporting of the size it is using is inaccurate. Nevertheless, you can still reduce the size by permanently applying service packs and...

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