What are the benefits of adding a Manager to a user in AD?
 
Build Organisation Charts on the fly
If you build the right structure of Managers and subordinates, in Outlook 2013 and up when you click on the user, you can see the Organization Chart of the company ( rather than building a separate one )  under Organization

In Office 365 Managers get Notifications of User deletions as well as access to the users OneDrive

When an office 365 account is deleted or the Ad Sync Item is removed ( Either by deleting the object or removing the AD Sync group from the user ) it has 30 days before it gets deleted ( Emails and Files )

The manager get notified of this at 30 days , then again at 7 days

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/onedrive/retention-and-deletion

Creation of a Team Calendar

Outlook will automatically add Team Members ( who have the same Manager ) calendars to each outlook, as well as the managers

https://support.microsoft.com/en-au/help/3163350/outlook-doesn-t-display-your-manager-s-team-calendars

 
This functionality can be disabled if needed 

Expand : User Configuration – Policies – Administrative Templates – Microsoft Outlook 2010 or/and 2013 or 2016– Outlook Options – Preferences – Calendar Options – Schedule View

And Set policy Prevent Reporting Line Group Calendar from appearing .

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If you windows domain does not have a (.local) on the end you will need to use this registry key to join it to the domain

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netlogon\Parameters

  1. Locate AllowSingleLabelDnsDomain. If the key AllowSingleLabelDnsDomain does not exist:
  1. EditNew, DWORD.
  2. Write AllowSingleLabelDnsDomain as key name, and ENTER.
  3. Double click AllowSingleLabelDnsDomain.
  4. Set the Value to 1.
  5. Exit regedit
  6. Try to join the domain
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Recently I need to remove an Empty Virtual Disk from a Hyper V machine

On Server 2012 Machines you can run 

get-disk | fl objectID

And use the Last X.X.X numbers (e.g. 5&2D5F53A1&0&0.0.0

First number means IDE controller number, the second one means the location

 

 

However in Server 2008 r2 : get-disk : The term ‘get-disk’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet

So in Server 2008 r2 you will need to navigate to the hardware ID’s of the device per below which will give you the location of your Device ( ATA Device is IDE and SCSI Device is SCSI )

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Disabling an AD account is not instant so the best was is to disable the services for the user :

(It can take around 5-10 minutes for the disabling of the protocols and/or settings to go into effect ) 

 

For Exchange 2007: Set-CASMailbox -Identity <user> -OwaEnabled $false

Set-CASMailbox -Identity <user> -MapiEnabled $false

Set-CASMailbox -Identity <user> -MapiBlockOutlookRpcHttp $true

Set-CASMailbox -Identity <user> -OwaEnabled $false

 

 For Exchange 2010, 2013, 2016 and 365:Set-CASMailbox -Identity <user> -OwaEnabled $false

Set-CASMailbox -Identity <user> -EwsEnabled $false

Set-CASMailbox -Identity <user> -EwsEnabled $false

Set-CASMailbox -Identity <user> -EcpEnabled $fals

Set-CASMailbox -Identity <user> -MapiEnabled $false

Set-CASMailbox -Identity <user> -MapiBlockOutlookRpcHttp $true

Set-CASMailbox -Identity <user> -EwsAllowMacOutlook $false

Set-CASMailbox -Identity <user> -EwsAllowOutlook $false

 

You might want to set an Out of Office on for the user if needed for external parties, and also arrange email forwarding to a colleague and access to the mailbox for previous mail

 

Then Disable AD account!

 

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Recently has someone who could not recieve or make phonecalls on their iphone , went through the troubleshooting steps : 

We swapped the sim to another phone and worked no issues. Swapping to another iPhone and restoring Backup , brought the same issue which means it must of been a setting 

 

  • Turned Bluetooth off ( Incase Connecting to car ) 
  • Dial : *#31#  ( to remove no caller ID ) 
  • Do not disturb- off
  • Airplane mode off
  • Call forwarding – off

In the end this resolved the issue : 

Go to Settings > Mobile> Mobile Data Options > Enable 4G ( or LTE ) for Voice AND Data

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Login to the Nable Administrator Report Manager ( http://%reportmanagerserver%/Interface/Pages/menu.aspx ) 

You will need to use the username : reportsadmin@n-able.com ( You can reset this password

Navigate to the following

  1. Select System Setup and Logs
  2. Select Data Retention settings

Depending on your retention modify the below per here

Open SQL Server Management Studio make sure you have maintenance plan set up on the ODS Database

  • Set the following in the Maintenance Plan Wizard of Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio:
  •  Set the plan properties Name to Report Manager and Daily Run out of hours 

    2. Select the following maintenance tasks for the ODS databases and the warehouse database

  • Check Database Integrity
  • Reorganize Index
  • Update Statistics

If you backup via another utility you can cancel the below : 

  • Back Up Database (Full)
  • Maintenance Cleanup Task

After the maintenance plan ran , we ran a Shrink on the database to reduce a 400GB Database file back down to 50GB for 3000 Devices

*SolarWinds MSP does not recommend shrinking your database.* however this was needed due to the ODS build up

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Can be done in powershell : https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/office/Copy-folder-structure-from-99b46508

Or :

Map the Sharepoint Document Library to a Network Drive

Now run this which will replicate the folders Locally ( xcopy to Sharepoint Library does not work ) 

xcopy “X:\1718ClientFinancesTA\*”  “C:\Temp\FY\*” /T /E

Now Use Windows Explorer to copy the folders in C:\Temp\FY\ to your new Folder in Sharepoint

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  1. Add your sharepoint site to your trusted sites 
  2. Navigate to your Sharepoint Library in ( Internet Explorer ) and on the right hand side choose VIEW in File Explorer
  3. If you are in the old version of Sharepoint you might need to go here
  4. On the screen that pops up copy the File path at the top
  5. https://%sharepointsite%.sharepoint.com/sites/Library/Folder
  6. Select This PC and MAP network Drive
  7. Enter the URL in this link
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GPO  Set a default associations configuration file under Computer Configuration > Administrative Templayes > Windows Components > File Explorer

Save the follwing file as an XML and use this

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<DefaultAssociations>
  <Association Identifier=".acrobatsecuritysettings" ProgId="AcroExch.acrobatsecuritysettings" ApplicationName="Adobe Reader" />
  <Association Identifier=".fdf" ProgId="AcroExch.FDFDoc" ApplicationName="Adobe Reader" />
  <Association Identifier=".oxps" ProgId="Windows.XPSReachViewer" ApplicationName="XPS Viewer" />
  <Association Identifier=".pdf" ProgId="AcroExch.Document.11" ApplicationName="Adobe Reader" />
  <Association Identifier=".pdfxml" ProgId="AcroExch.pdfxml" ApplicationName="Adobe Reader" />
  <Association Identifier=".pdx" ProgId="PDXFileType" ApplicationName="Adobe Reader" />
  <Association Identifier=".xdp" ProgId="AcroExch.XDPDoc" ApplicationName="Adobe Reader" />
  <Association Identifier=".xfdf" ProgId="AcroExch.XFDFDoc" ApplicationName="Adobe Reader" />
  <Association Identifier="acrobat" ProgId="acrobat" ApplicationName="Adobe Reader" />
  <Association Identifier="http" ProgId="IE.HTTP" ApplicationName="Internet Explorer" />
  <Association Identifier="https" ProgId="IE.HTTPS" ApplicationName="Internet Explorer" />
</DefaultAssociations>
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