Network Support

CITRIX FIX: Failed with Status Code 1030

The error “failed with status code 1030” is a generic network error code indicating that the connection to your Citrix environment has failed. There is a very simple fix for this error code. The steps are as followed: Click on Start > Run Browse to CMD to open the command prompt Type ipconfig/flushdns > enter Log…

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Something interesting with Windows Updates

I just ran across this when trying to perform Windows Updates for Server 2008 and thought I would share. I was attempting to install Windows updates AND Office updates, but I was not receiving the option in Windows Update to install Windows and Other Microsoft products.  This becomes useful as there seem to be a lot…

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What happened to SSDT or BIDS in SQL Server 2014?

In SQL Server 2012, the SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) and in earlier versions of SQL, the Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS), was always included as an option during installation.  If you work with SQL Server Integration Services packages, this is needed to create or edit SSIS packages. Microsoft has decided to make the SSDT-BI…

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Name Changes in 365 with DirSync Enabled

When attempting to change values on a user object in 365 with DirSync enabled you are told that ‘This user is synchronized with your local Active Directory. Some details can be edited only through your local Active Directory’.  So, you fire up Active Directory, change the last name, display name, add the new SMTP proxy…

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Adding MS Account to domain user says account '… is here already'

After a recent rollout of Microsoft DirectAccess I ran into a specific issue around the addition of a Microsoft account to the domain account. After attempting to add the Microsoft account I was constantly presented with “username is already here” and an empty data entry box. Given the deep integration between the “Microsoft Account” (i.e.…

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Remote Server Management Tools for Windows 10

For those of us who live in the world of IT, the ability to remotely administer server features like Active Directory, DHCP, DNS, etc. is a big deal. In some previous versions of Windows we were kind of hamstrung when it came to adopting the latest version of the desktop OS by the lack of…

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Blocking Win 10 on the domain

Windows 10 is here and frankly it’s great.  You will, however, want to be careful to put some controls in place to stop the uncontrolled install of this new OS directly by end users.  Every firm has them, those users who really wish they were in IT and want to be on the bleeding edge…

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Win10 in-place upgrade + Cisco VPN = No network

Windows 10 released early today and while we have been running 10 on a host of machines we have waited until now to start testing in-place upgrades.  While 10 is clearly a huge improvement over 8.1 there is one big gotcha you should avoid during setup.  If you are happen to have the Cisco VPN…

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