COVID-19: laptop recommendations

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Helping you, our clients, work from anywhere is part of what we do, including specifying, buying, and setting up laptops. However, due to high demand, our go-to resellers’ laptop stocks are depleted, so I encourage you to find suitable laptops wherever you can. Normally, I’d recommend specific models, but since pickings are slim, I can … Continued

Azure Agent replaces NPS certificate

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This weekend, we migrated a client’s VMware ESXi VMs to Azure using Azure Migrate. After finalizing the migration, we installed Azure Agent on all of the VMs so Azure can back them up, etc. However, we found that the PCs weren’t able to connect to the 802.1x-authenticated SSID. On the NPS server’s Security event logs, … Continued

Manage Windows 10 Startup Apps start-up status

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For my sysadmins brothers and sisters out there, you’ll eventually get a request to manage that start-up status for Windows Store Apps (UWP) for your users. You’ll find the relevant setting here: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppModel\SystemAppData\[KEY FOR THIS APP]\SlackStartup\ There you’ll find a DWORD called “State” which can have these values: State=0, disabled State=1, disabled by user … Continued

Move Google Chrome profiles to a new computer

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Before I discovered the value of Chrome profiles, or “People” in Chrome nomenclature, I would open an Incognito tab to manage a client’s Office 365 environment. However, the saved credentials would be lost upon closing the Incognito browser window, which means we’d have to log in and supply the MFA code again. Worse, I couldn’t … Continued

Save money on Azure Reserved Instances

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Azure Reserved VM Instances (RIs), are billing plans under which Azure customers may purchase VMs on a monthly basis or on prepaid one- or three-year terms. RIs are not tied to a specific VM, but to VMs of a specific size*; therefore, RIs can be reapplied to a VM that replaces a VM that was … Continued