Canberra Premier Field Engineering: Team Blog

Technical notes from Canberra's team of Microsoft Field Engineers.

Windows Firewall Public profile when using IPsec

Hi there - Jimmy here with a brief summary of an IPsec / Network Location Awareness interaction...

Author: JimmyF_Aus Date: 08/16/2018

SCOM - Add network device to network discovery rule via PowerShell

I posted a powershell script here to create a new network discovery rule. You can only create one...

Author: Rafaela Brownlie Date: 08/08/2017

Windows Server 2016 - Nano Server and how it has changed already

One of the things that I was most excited about working with in Windows Server 2016 was Nano Server....

Author: Andrew Nathan Date: 07/18/2017

SCOM – Remotely update Management Group configuration on SCOM agent via PowerShell

One of my customers installed the agent via SCCM and it had a typo in the management group name....

Author: Rafaela Brownlie Date: 07/10/2017

SCOM - Create new network discovery rule via PowerShell

I recently had to setup a lot of SCOM management groups with the same network discovery rule. I soon...

Author: Rafaela Brownlie Date: 07/10/2017

Change OMS Log Analytics Retention Period in the Azure Portal

Where previously you could only change the retention settings for OMS Log Analytics using...

Author: Rafaela Brownlie Date: 01/25/2017

Change “Create Request” button-label on SCSM 2012 R2/2016 HTML5 Portal to “Create Incident”

Default HTML5 portal, has button labelled “Create Request” which in default configuration opens the...

Author: arbappy Date: 12/09/2016

OMS Search Query Command “Display”

Saved searches has been in OMS Log Analytics since the beginning. Though if you preferred a specific...

Author: Rafaela Brownlie Date: 11/18/2016

Maintenance Mode for OMS Alerts

Azure Automation Runbook to enable and disable OMS Alerts OMS is a hyper scale, hybrid and...

Author: Rafaela Brownlie Date: 11/16/2016

Hide Recommendations from your OMS SCOM Assessment dashboard

OMS Log Analytics can now provide insight on the health and risk of your SCOM management groups. The...

Author: Rafaela Brownlie Date: 11/11/2016

OMS Data Collector API and Twitter Sentiment Demo (Part 2)

This blog was written into 2 parts. You can find Part 1 – Create OMS Data Collector Azure App API...

Author: Rafaela Brownlie Date: 11/08/2016

OMS Data Collector API and Twitter Sentiment Demo (Part 1)

With OMS Data Collector API you can now input any data into your OMS workspace, and not just...

Author: Rafaela Brownlie Date: 11/07/2016

OMS Assessments and Performance data not showing

I signed up for a preview access to the SCOM Assessment in OMS to criticise it, (let's be honest)....

Author: Rafaela Brownlie Date: 09/23/2016

Upgrading Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile with Microsoft Intune and SCCM

So you want to upgrade your Windows Phone 8.1 fleet to Windows 10? If you are using Intune Hybrid...

Author: Scott Duffey (Scottduf) Date: 08/10/2016

Upgrading Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile with Microsoft Intune

So you want to upgrade your Windows Phone 8.1 fleet to Windows 10? If you are using Microsoft Intune...

Author: Scott Duffey (Scottduf) Date: 08/10/2016

SCEP Certificate Deployment - Troubleshooting Reference

The below diagram is a pretty common Intune/SCCM hybrid configuration used to deploy certificates to...

Author: Scott Duffey (Scottduf) Date: 06/13/2016

How to setup monitoring of your Skype for Business or Lync Edge Servers with Operations Manager 2012

Hi All Happy New Year for 2016. I thought I'd start off the year with a blog on a topic I have been...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 01/06/2016

System Center Operations Manager – Change the Agent Default Action to Local System via PowerShell

There are very few reasons when you’ll need to set up the agent default action account to use a...

Author: Rafaela Brownlie Date: 12/22/2015

Lync and Skype for Business Call Quality Script

Hi Everyone I have been working a bit lately on Enterprise Voice and Call Quality and so wanted to...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 12/17/2015

OpsMgr - SQL Scripts for Dashboards

OpsMgr collects a lot of awesome data about your service. Why not display it? You might want to use...

Author: Rafaela Brownlie Date: 11/24/2015

System Center Operations Manager PowerShell grid Widget, create an effective dashboard targeted to service owner/contact:

Hi There Steve here, posting a blog entry for my colleague Arif the great OpsMgr PFE. He doesn't...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 11/18/2015

Consolidated list of AGPM resources

Need to setup, tune or troubleshoot the Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) console? Here is my...

Author: Scott Duffey (Scottduf) Date: 11/12/2015

Basic Skype for Business/Lync 2013 VDI Plugin Test Lab

Hi all I don't get to see the Lync 2013 VDI Plugin in action too much and so I thought I would try...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 11/10/2015

Skype for Business Management Shell: The string is missing the terminator

Hi All if you see the error "The string is missing the terminator: '. + CategoryInfo : ParserError:...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 09/23/2015

Your Skype Powershell Cheat Sheet: Useful Powershell commands you can run in Skype for Business 2015 and Lync Server 2013

Hi AllI am a passionate Powershell and command line junky. I think that started with my first job...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 09/22/2015

DIY Client Monitoring - Setting up Tiered Event Forwarding

I'm a big fan of using built-in features to solve your everyday IT admin problems. One feature...

Author: Scott Duffey (Scottduf) Date: 09/21/2015

Some simple Powershell commands to distribute users in a Skype/Lync Pool by A-K and L-Z

Hi All I recently wanted to script up distributing users A-K and L-Z across two EE pools. I wanted...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 09/02/2015

Simplifying creation of Office Web App 2013 Farm Certificates

Hi All I wrote a blog a while back on deploying an Office Web App Farm for Lync Server 2013. It has...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 08/19/2015

Powershell script to change the InstanceSize for a bunch of Azure Virtual Machines

Hi All Lately I have been living the Azure dream, madly trying to build every possible Skype and...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 08/12/2015

Configuring Skype for Business Websites IIS Log Directory on a range of Front End Servers

Hi All I often help out customers performing builds of a number of Skype Servers and so I often find...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 07/29/2015

Issue deploying Skype/Lync Reports when mirroring SQL - Cannot grant ReportsReadOnlyRole to user

Hi All I hit an issue recently deploying Skype reports into a SQL Server backend store that was...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 07/28/2015

SHA512 certificates preventing RTCSRV from starting

Hi All just a quick note about SHA512 certificates and their effect on Lync Server 2013 and Skype...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 07/16/2015

Installing Skype for Business 2015 Administrative Tools

Hi All I wanted to script up the installation of Skype for Business Administration Tools on a remote...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 07/13/2015

Installing Lync Server 2013 Administrative Tools using command line

Hi All I recently needed to script up the installation of Lync Server 2013 Administration Tools on a...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 05/25/2015

AGPM Version Numbers

With a new release of Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) on its way, there might be some of you...

Author: Scott Duffey (Scottduf) Date: 05/12/2015

Creating Lync DNS records with Server 2012 R2 DNS Cmdlets

Hi Everyone I have been playing with Skype and Lync in Azure of late for my own personal labs (this...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 05/06/2015

Error deploying a Azure Virtual Machine with 2 NICs - Secondary network interface is supported only for deployments on virtual network

Hi all I have been playing around a lot with Azure lately as I am trying to make the move to cloud...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 04/30/2015

If you're looking to ramp on Skype for Business On Premises here are some useful resources well worth a visit

Hi all in my job as a PFE I spend a lot of time teaching workshops on a variety of Skype/Lync...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 04/21/2015

Skype for Business Technical Preview Client Released

Kewl news, yesterday Microsoft released the Skype for Business Technical Preview client. I have...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 03/17/2015

Lync Online is changing it's name to Skype for Business

Hi All I am very excited about the latest news from the Skype team. Changes are coming to Lync...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 03/02/2015

SQL Server 2014 – Updated VLF creation algorithm

Update: Someone just pointed out that Paul Randal beat me to posting on this exact topic by 2 days!...

Author: BenHarding Date: 01/07/2015

Lync Server 2013 Health Check Script

Hi All It's the season to be jolly I am having fun seeing the kids get excited about Santa visiting...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 12/11/2014

OpsMgr 2012 - Tuning your Management Pack via PowerShell

I recently had to go through an exercise of tuning an Exchange 2010 Management Pack. Let's just say...

Author: Rafaela Brownlie Date: 11/07/2014

If you're looking to ramp on Lync Online (and Office365) here are some useful resources well worth a visit

Hi All Last week I put together a Lync On Premises resources list and that has been pretty popular,...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 06/18/2014

If you're looking to ramp on Lync On Premises here are some useful Lync resources well worth a visit

Hi all in my job as a PFE I spend a lot of time teaching workshops on a variety of Lync components....

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 06/12/2014

Getting information from PAL XML files with PowerShell

Hi All, Marc Dudok here again with a quick little post before the long weekend is upon us. I had a...

Author: Marc Dudok Date: 04/22/2014

TechNet Live Series - Transforming the Datacentre

Join Jeff Alexander and Andrew McMurray throughout this 12 part TechNet Live Series as they discuss...

Author: Scott Duffey (Scottduf) Date: 03/26/2014

Security Patching and You

In a lot of my customer engagements at Microsoft I get to see how a lot of customers do their...

Author: Marc Dudok Date: 07/23/2013

XPERF Boot Traces

Very quick post simply to give me a copy/paste location for a quick XPERF boot trace on the run. If...

Author: Chad Duffey Date: 05/21/2013

Setting up a Office Web App Farm for Lync Server 2013

Hi All I have been recently playing around with an Office Web App Server deployment to support a...

Author: Steve Moore - SFB - Office 365 Engineer Date: 05/02/2013

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