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How to link your MSDN benefits to Azure portal

Posted by in Azure

As I am finding out, to be able to submit a support request from Azure portal, you are required to select Issue Type, Subscription and Support Plan. In my case, Support Plan drop down didn’t have anything I can use as I haven’t linked any existing benefits yet. If your Azure subscription is enabled as a part of your MSDN benefits, you need to first check if your subscription is eligible for technical support incidents, you will see an item on your subscription benefits page when you log on to…read more

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How to find .NET Framework version using PowerShell

Posted by in PowerShell

Often times when I am getting ready to install Exchange 2016 or Exchange 2013, I look at pre-requisites and wonder if correct version of .NET Framework is already installed on the server or not. It certainly saves me time if it is already installed and depending on status of latest OS patch installation, it is highly likely that the required framework is already installed. I think I have written a script in past but never published it. And can’t find anymore. So I just searched and found a script from…read more

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Replace Command Prompt with PowerShell in Windows 10 Win+X menu

Posted by in Windows

I’m sure this has been written about many times in many places but whenever I install Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 on my machines/VMs, I seem to keep forgetting so this would be a good way to remember. If you are reading this and benefit from it, even better! When you right click the Windows Icon in WIndows 8.1 or Windows 10, you get a centext menu that shows many useful items. One of them (ok, two, technically) is command prompt: Now, I stopped using command prompt ever since I…read more

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How to enable Hibernate on Windows 10

Posted by in Windows

When I received my new Surface Pro 4 with Windows 10 preinstalled, I noticed that option to hibernate was missing from Power options in start menu: I have been running Windows 10 on my home systems but did not have a need to enable hibernate on them. On Surface Pro 4 I decided to, because of much discussed battery drain issues. ZDNet has documented it nicely here. While Microsoft is said to be working on the fix, it won’t be coming until early 2016. In the meanwhile, I decided to…read more

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Configuring rich attachment preview in Exchange 2016

Posted by in Exchange 2016

Rich attachment preview isn’t new to Exchange 2016. Exchange 2013 offered ability to preview Office attachments in browser window when using Outlook Web App. If you didn’t configure Office Web App server integration for Exchange 2013, check out this TechNet article. For Exchange 2016, a couple of things have changed. Namely, Office Web App server is now called Office Online Server which is currently in preview. Outlook Web App is now known as Outlook on the web. When it comes to installing Office Online Server, it isn’t much different from…read more

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Office 2016 error opening file…

Posted by in Office

UPDATE: The issue seems to have been resolved in DisplayLink Core Software version 7.9.1336.0. It might have been fixed in earlier version but I have tested only 7.9.1336.0. Recently, I upgraded my laptop to Windows 10 and Office 2016. For keeping tabs on the setup, I have installed Office 2016 from my Office 365 account and the version is 16.0.6001.1038 (later updated to 16.0.6001.1043). This click-to-run version seems to be latest available as of this writing. Soon after setting everything up, I received Office documents (Word/PowerPoint) in email. As usual, I clicked…read more

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Mac Mail not connecting to Exchange Server – Part 2

Posted by in Exchange 2016

In Part 1 of this article, we discussed symptoms of Mac Mail unable to connect to Exchange 2016 servers through KEMP LoadMaster load balancers. We also discussed troubleshooting steps that addressed the issue of ExRCA.com unable to pass EWS tests, however, we stopped there since Mac Mail failed to connect despite ExRCA EWS tests passed. Let’s see what we can do to get the Mac Mail to connect successfully to Exchange servers. Since we addressed the 100-continue handling in Part 1 of this article, ExRCA tests did not indicate any…read more

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Mac Mail not connecting to Exchange Server – Part 1

Posted by in Exchange 2016

My good friend and renowned Exchange MVP Jeff Guillet (expta.com fame) brought an interesting issue to my attention. On his Mac, built-in Mail client would not connect to Exchange through KEMP LoadMaster. The load balancer was configured to user Layer 7 load balancing. The Exchange environment was mixed Exchange 2013 and Exchange 2016 but load balancer was configured to use only Exchange 2016 servers. KEMP LoadMaster was configured to terminate SSL connection on the load balancer. The connections to the Exchange servers were also encrypted. Microsoft Outlook 2013/2016 clients on…read more

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Office 365 subscribers – How to install Lync or Skype for Business client on a Mac

Posted by in Office 365

I needed to work on a problem with Outlook for Mac not being able to sustain connection to on-premise Exchange 2013 server. Being used to the install process on PC, I headed over to my Office365 login via outlook.office365.com. Upon logging in, I clicked on “Office 365” and then clicked “On a PC or Mac: Install” option: Note: You need Office subscription that includes full Office install in order to see “install” option I mentioned above. I was then presented with the page allowing me to manage my existing installs…read more

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Installing VMWARE vCenter Server Appliance 6.0

Posted by in VMware

As I finally got around to installing first VMware 6.0 host in my lab environment, I decided to follow-up the installation of vCenter server appliance. This would allow me to manage the hosts I install later as well as the first host I installed moments ago. Not only that, I wanted to put in the infrastructure configuration in place before installing all the other hosts so I can achieve a level of consistency across the board. Installing vCenter server right after installing the first host would allow me to do…read more

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