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Disable Directory Sync for Office 365

Disabling your local Active Directory Sync to Office 365 can be more challenging than you think. This is because all the information is very dispersed and there are a lot of references to DirSync. So, this is how you do it today! January 2018. Enabled Sync without using the IdFix tool in advanced? Have duplicated users and can’t delete them? Here is current way to disable Active Directory Sync with Office 365. If using Powershell V1: The first step is to uninstall the Microsoft Azure Active Directory Connect The next step is to download and install the Azure Active Directory Connection for PowerShell It will create a shortcut on the desktop. You can also run it by pressing the “Windows Key” and searching for Microsoft Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell If using PowerShell V2 Type: Install-Module -Name AzureAD Type: $UserCredential = Get-Credential Connect-MsolService -Credential $UserCredential And insert your Office…

Automate tasks between apps with Microsoft Flow

I am all for automation, yes it will kills jobs, but it will also free up your time from those boring repetitive tasks, so you can focus on what is important. What if you could receive a text message on your phone every time your boss sends you an email? What if you could automate replying to a tweet, sending an email to someone, adding it to a spread sheet and submit it by email every week with the activities? Flows can be composed of Actions, Conditions, Schedules, Approvals, List items, and much more. Microsoft Flow is part of Office 365. That is Microsoft Flow is for. Here is a quick video: All the documentation can be found here:

The case for end user analytics – Why End User Experience is the most important KPI for IT

Companies most valuable and at the same time most expensive resource is people. They make the wheel turn, they generate the cash flow and the opportunities. They are the most important asset we have. Over the years End Users are much better equipped. Powerful computers are now very cheap and it is rare to find a job where you don’t interact with one. To keep up with an environment where demands and workloads change constantly, we need a proactive way to make the interaction between our people and our machines flawless. Waiting for users to report issues is not an effective way to do it, and we know users only report issues when the impact on them is very significant. End User Analytics is the way forward. There is no doubt End User analytics is here to stay. It is everywhere. You wear it in your wrist to track you…

The case for continuous application management

Applications are the single most common reason why enterprise-level migrations fail. The lack of continuous application management causes a lot of disruption to projects and business as usual (BAU). Many times you see people asking about “application owners” and all you see are blank faces in response. Managing an application portfolio is a full time job, and has a lot of advantages, especially with the way IT is evolving. As every migration project has to deal with an epic journey of discovery when it comes to apps, here is a high level view of what you will have to discover: • Which apps are installed on every machine? • Which apps are actually in use • Who uses each app • Who still needs the applications that are installed • Can licenses be claimed back? • Where is the installation media / source code? • Can we retire some of…

Microsoft Policy Analyzer

I love group policy. I believe this is one of the main reasons why companies use Windows instead of an alternative OS like Linux or Mac OS. Group Policy gives you control over your environment, enabling, disabling, configuring, restricting and enforcing settings for the OS or any application you want. If a machine is on the domain, you know the settings will apply. I provide Active Directory consulting very often and in most cases I have to troubleshoot Group Policy settings. This can prove challenging in some environments as the way they were created is not easy to grasp. Microsoft just released (22 Jan 2016) a tool to help you analyse group policy settings. You can choose a group of policies and the tool will treat it as one, highlighting conflicts and duplication. The tool is still in its early stages, but it is a great start. Find out more…

Why IT leaders fail to get what they want

IT represents an increasing share of companies’ budgets and head counts. Yet, it still fails to communicate effectively with the rest of the business to align strategies and goals. The main reason for that is that IT leaders usually have a strong technical background. The technical background is critical to the leader’s influence on his team, but introduces a communication challenge with other areas of the business. Today I received this video from a CEO of a company. She can understand it, but told me I would not. She is right by the way! That is how she feels when the IT people from her company tries to communicate something IT is doing. IT fails to communicate with other areas to put their points across. IT Leaders have to communicate with the business in a “common language” and must articulate the message so any human can understand. This is the…

Domain Controller SceCli event 1202

Greetings Humans! It is Sunday morning and I had to work very early to do some testing after a migration. There is also a lot of waiting involved so i resolved to run some checks on the health of our domain controllers. We had a lot of SceCli event 1202 warnings on every single DC. Those errors are potentially caused by an account that was deleted or not replicated correctly. That account is also part of the User Rights Assignment policy, most commonly on the “Logon as a service” settings. To figure out the account that is causing the error browse to: %SYSTEMROOT%\Security\Logs\winlogon.log Search for “Cannot find” In my case I found the following: Error 1332: No mapping between account names and security IDs was done. Cannot find postgres_eip. That means that the account postgres_eip does not match the SID Active Directory expects it to have. (as it no longer…

Where after Windows 10? Computer Weekly 500 Club event.

Last week I had the pleasure to present at the Computer Weekly 500 Club. An event for IT leaders that, every month, talks about a different subject about modern challenges faced by organizations. I was invited as one of the three speakers for the night along with Ian Turfrey, IT Director at City & Guilds and Andy Beale, Director of Common Technology Services for GDS. The topic of the month was the future of desktop and technology in general after Windows 10 is released. Conversations were very diverse and the round table discussed very interesting topics proposed by the audience. A great article with the main topics of the events was published on the Computer Weekly website. Check it out. For those who missed the event, here is a brief intro video recorded on the night. Cheers David Nudelman

6th MVP Award, a thank you post

Great news! I’ve been awarded as Microsoft MVP for the 6th time. It is a great honour to accomplish that. 2014 was a very challenging year, with the loss of my dear mother and a lot of good hard work going unnoticed. Fortunately, with the support of some great people, I can move on and achieve great things. ♪♫ I get by with a little help from my friends ♪♫ I would like to thank “The Desktop Team”, Raphael Perez and Heinrich Pelser for the motivation and for never giving up on me. The community for being the best group of crazy friends someone can have. Dani Alonso, Miguel Hernandez y Carlos Luengo helped me through this complicated year. And I would like to thank Cristina Gonzalez, a lot, for the continuous support. A big thank you! David Nudelman

Branch Office Direct Printing

Issue: Print jobs taking too long to get to the printer. Branch offices were experiencing small delays between hitting print and the printer actually getting the job Diagnostic: All the traffic is going through the WAN as printers are configured through policies. Solution: As we use Windows 8 and Server 2012, we identified the “Branch Office Direct Printing” which is a functionality in Server 2012 would resolve our issue, as it captures the ports and send the print job directly to the printer is the printer is local, instead of going through the print server. Result: Faster printing on branch offices and reduced WAN utilization. More on Branch Office Direct Printing