Quick Fix: Stop Surface Devices Applying GPO

WMI Query SignA question in the SBS Forum led me to this post, a quick way to prevent a Surface Pro 3 from applying a given GPO.

The way i suggested the poster do this was with a WMI Filter. Read more of this post

Quick Fix: Uninstall Symantec Endpoint Protection Remotely

powershell2xa4Finally moving my last client from Symantec SEPM to Trend Micros WFBS Hosted platform. It was a small SEPM deployment, only 7 clients and a server but i was surprised to be reminded that SEPM has no ‘uninstall’ tool from their console. So much for centralised management.

I did a lot of searching around for a reliable solution, most of which came back to using MSIEXEC from a command line.

There are various ways of course to execute a command on a remote machine, you can use PSTools’, PSExec for example, but i prefer to use PowerShell where i can. Read more of this post

Quick Fix: Hide users from Essentials 2012 R2 Dashboard

If you have installed Exchange 2013 into your Essentials network, chances are upon loading the dashboard you will see a large amount of new users appear, you may even notice an alert telling you, you have too many users!

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These are all of the exchange service accounts, and you may decide you don’t want them to appear in your dashboard.

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Quick Fix: Outlook 2013 Cannot Create File When Saving Attachment.

I had a call this morning regarding a user who could not save a PDF attachment, they also could not even open it.

When they tried to save, or open they received this error.

Cannot Create File. MyAttachment.PDF. Right-Click the folder you want to create the file in, and then click properties on the shortcut menu to check your permissions for the folder.

Error

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Quick Fix: SBS & Essentials OU Structure

Logo1Are you new to managing an OS other than Small Business Server?

If so you may be forgiven for thinking that that ‘MyBusiness’ OU Structure present in SBS for as long as i have worked with it, is the norm for an Active Directory domain. Indeed if you go into Group Policy Management and find those OUs missing, you might think… er.. ‘this is broken!’

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Unknown Device–Find a driver?

DriverHave you ever needed to find a driver for something, when you have not actually known what the device is?

It sounds silly i know, but if you ever reinstall a PC you may end up with a tonne of ‘unknown’ devices in Device Manager and having exhausted the available drivers on the manufacturers website, may be scratching your head as to what the device even is, let alone what driver to try. Read more of this post

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