Like many things in a secure world, restoring deleted/corrupted files to an Azure VM with encrypted disks is not as straight forward as restoring unencrypted files. File and folder stores are not available and even though you can download the entire virtual hard drive from backup, it is unusable due to the encryption. The encrypted…

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Until fairly recently the choice between a 32 bit or 64 bit application install was a fairly easy one.  While 64 bit had its advantages the idea of running a 64 bit version of a product like Microsoft Office was simply a no go.  Your preferred Document Management System typically would not integrate, your add-ins…

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With the new world of Windows 10 and its never-ending stream of feature updates, Microsoft has introduced a new set of “built-in” applications.  Some of these “applications” can be removed as part of an MDT or SCCM task sequence or manually from PowerShell.  However, there are some applications which Microsoft does not allow to be…

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With Windows 10 and Secure Productive Enterprise, Microsoft is making it easier for you to get the benefits of enterprise-grade security and control – without enterprise-grade complexity or cost. This is a great option for SMB’s as there is no longer a need to buy a volume license for business with smaller license counts. Instead,…

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Sometimes when you setup a new Windows 7 workstation and try to do Windows Updates it just appears to “hang” on the checking for updates screen? There can be a number of reasons for this, but there are some things you can try that will usually help resolve the problem. First, Microsoft puts out a…

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There are many many articles written about how to recover data from an Exchange recovery database, but fewer articles are around that talk about how to recover data from an Exchange archive recovery database. Normally you can mount a recovery database and run a “New-MailboxRestoreRequest” to get your data.  However, if you want to recover…

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If you’ve just migrated your mailbox to Exchange 2013 and you’re having issues with slowness in Outlook (opening Outlook, reading e-mails, etc.) you may need to adjust something called TcpAckFrequency in the registry. The default TcpAckFrequency parameter in Windows is 200ms, which does not always work well with Exchange 2013. Luckily, there is a very…

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