Category Archives: Microsoft

KB4099950 & KB4093113 – Yet More Faulty Windows Updates Released by Microsoft

By | March 30, 2023

A few days ago we posted here about two Microsoft updates that had been causing us a number of problems with our older Windows 7 machines. We thought that we had resolved all of our issues in relation to these updates, but we have this week seen machines dropping off the network and ramdomly rebooting themselves… Read More »

Powershell – Export all members of all AD Security Groups to CSV

By | April 1, 2023

Powershell is an awesome tool and can help IT professionals in gathering information in a split second whereas otherwise it could take hours manually. We were recently asked to carry out a number of tasks for information gathering for annual housekeeping. The tasks were varied but were made up of information from Active Directory and… Read More »

Java 8 Update 171 MSI Installers and Offline Installers Released

By | March 30, 2023

Java have recently released version 8 update 171 of their client and we have now extracted and uploaded the offline and MSI versions for you to download. Having the ability to use MSI installers is much easier when it comes to deployment to a large number of computers. You can use these installers with deployment… Read More »

Exchange Shell – Get all shared mailboxes with primary SMTP

By | March 30, 2023

We recently received a request to provide a project manager with a full list of all shared mailboxes with their primary SMTP addresses that were in Microsoft Exchange. To do this is a pretty straight forward task using Exchange Management Shell (EMS). Just go ahead and open your EMS and run the following command: This… Read More »

Adobe Flash Player MSI Installers Package v29.0.0.140

By | April 1, 2023

Adobe have released another update to their Adobe Flash Player software, this time taking it up to version As always, you can download the executable file but if you want the MSI files so that you can load it into your Configuration Manager Software Catalog or deploy via Group Policy, then you can download… Read More »

KB4093118 & KB4093108 – Another Faulty Windows Update Released by Microsoft

By | April 1, 2023

Microsoft have yet again released another Windows Update which has caused corruption and crashing on Windows computers. We have particularly hit with issues on Windows 7 machines. Although there are reported issues with Server 2008 R2 as well. So, having spent a few hours searching for todays culprit, we found that the update causing the… Read More »

Controlling Autodiscovery for Outlook using Group Policy

By | April 17, 2023

We have recently been working on a Microsoft Office 365 email migration from on-premise to cloud based Exchange. One of the challenges that we faced was making the migration process as painless as possible for the end user. However, with thousands of end users having Microsoft Outlook 2010 installed and already configured to work with… Read More »

How to create correct partitions to deploy a Windows image to a UEFI based device

By | April 17, 2023

We have recently come across an issue when trying to deploy a test virtual machine using Hyper-V (Generation 2 – UEFI) that once you have selected your task sequence, you get an error and the task sequence bombs out. This is because we had not setup the correct drive partitions to be able to deploy… Read More »

Enable Windows Remote Desktop Protocol and Set Firewall Rules using PowerShell

By | April 17, 2023

If you are using Windows Server 2012 or newer, or if you are just using Windows Server Core, then this Powershell script will help you out by enabling Remote Desktop and setting the correct firewall inbound rules. Simply open up an elevated Powershell command box, or use Powershell ISE and use the two scripts below,… Read More »

Video Demo – Windows Updates Stuck on Shut Down or Reboot Fix

By | February 5, 2024

We also have written guides for the different versions of Windows available here: Windows 10 Windows 7 Windows 7 Alternative Method Feedback We would love to hear your feedback on whether any of these methods helped you at all. If they have, please feel free to go ahead and leave us a message below using… Read More »

Power BI – Refresh data every working hour

By | April 12, 2023

If you are using Power BI and a personal gateway, you may want to ensure that your report data is updated regularly during working hours. Power BI is an excellent tool that can be utilised in many ways including the power bi jira combination as an effective solution for specialists dealing with numerous administrative tasks. Well, you… Read More »

Active Directory Password Expiring Email Notification

By | March 30, 2023

Does your 1st line help desk get fed up of having to reset end users passwords “because they didn’t know their password was expiring?” Well, let us show you a way that you can utilise System Center Orchestrator (SCORCH), PowerShell and Active Directory Web Services (ADWS) to email all end users a few days before… Read More »

Microsoft Windows 10 Edition Evaluation Product Keys

By | March 30, 2023

After our recent post about providing our visitors with a number of evaluation and KMS Microsoft product keys, please see below the latest set in this series. These are the full range of Microsoft Evaluation keys for all editions of Windows 10. Windows 10 Edition Product Key Windows 10 Professional W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX Windows 10 Professional N… Read More »