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Top 10 Blog posts of 2017

Happy New Year!

In 2017 the OxfordSBSGuy.com blog has gone from strength to strength, with 26 posts and 863,000 views. In 2017 I implemented SSL and been working on some tweaks here and there to improve performance.  This year I’m considering a redesign and new hosting is in the pipeline to improve performance further. Thank you for your support.

Below are the top ten articles in 2017

  1. PowerShell: Get-ADComputer to retrieve computer last logon date – part 1 (103,582 views)
  2. PowerShell: Get-ADUser to retrieve password last set and expiry information (83,394 views)
  3. Exchange PowerShell: How to list all SMTP email addresses in Exchange (63,442 views)
  4. How to convert a Hyper-V VHDX to VMDK for VMware Workstation (31,337 views)
  5. PowerShell: Get-ADUser to retrieve login scripts and home directories – Part 1 (31,017 views)
  6. How to install Exchange 2010 (SP3) on Windows Server 2012   (43,232 views)
  7. Server 2012: “Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded” (29,374 views)
  8. Exchange PowerShell: How to enumerate Distribution Lists, managers and members (24,264 views)
  9. Dell PERC: How to clear the foreign configuration on a HDD using the Raid Configuration Utility (21,799 views)
  10. How to resolve VMware Workstation “The network bridge on device ‘VMnet0’ is not running” (21,737 views)

Looking forward to 2018, the industry recently has been focusing on security so I’ll be brushing up on some Security Skills with Sophos and WatchGuard, and with more and more clients moving to Office 365, I intend to write a few more PowerShell scripting to help manage end users and computers in the cloud.

I hope you have a great year!
Carl
www.OxfordSBSGuy.com

Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 18 installation tips

Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 11 Installtion tips

Microsoft released the Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 18 on 6 July 2017.

I installed Update Rollup 18 on my test SBS 2011 server this morning and it took 11 minutes 30 seconds from start to finish, so I wouldn’t expect it to take much longer than this in production.

Please test before installing into your production environment. Maybe even wait a few days or a week or two from the release date to make sure the QA is up to scratch on it.

For migrations to Exchange 2016, Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 11 is the minimum version that will be supported in a coexistance environment.

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PowerShell: Get-ADUser to retrieve disabled user accounts

PowerShell

I’ve written about Get-ADUser several times before because it is a pretty essential cmdlet for any Active Directory administrator, but I haven’t written about it in a while.

Recently I had a need to list all disabled accounts in a domain, so here is how to do it using Get-ADUser.

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Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 17 installation tips

Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 11 Installtion tips

Edit: Update Rollup 18 is now available for Exchange 2010 SP3 see the post Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 18 installation tips.

Microsoft released the Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 17 on 20 March 2017, so I’m a little late with this post, but i’m sure it will still be useful to you if you are reading it!

I installed Update Rollup 17 on my test SBS 2011 server this morning and it took 13 minutes from start to finish, so I wouldn’t expect it to take much longer than this in production.

Please test before installing into your production environment. Maybe even wait a few days or a week or two from the release date to make sure the QA is up to scratch on it.

For migrations to Exchange 2016, Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 11 is the minimum version that will be supported in a coexistance environment.

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PowerShell: How to check for drives with less than 10GB of free diskspace

PowerShell

I’ve been working on a simple PowerShell command today to import into our endpoint management solution so we can alert on disks with low diskspace. It’s been a while since I’ve dabbled with PowerShell, and it reminded me just how flexible it is and much I love it!

So I thought I would walk you through the evolution of the command I ended up with.

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Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 16 installation tips

Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 11 Installtion tips

Edit: Update Rollup 18 is now available for Exchange 2010 SP3 see the post Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 18 installation tips.

Microsoft released the Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 16 on 13 December 2016.

I installed Update Rollup 16 on my test SBS 2011 server this evening and it took about 10 minutes from start to finish, so I wouldn’t expect it to take much longer than this in production.

Please test before installing into your production environment. Maybe even wait a few days or a week or two from the release date to make sure the QA is up to scratch on it.

For migrations to Exchange 2016, Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 11 is the minimum version that will be supported in a coexistance environment.

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Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 14 installation tips

Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 11 Installtion tips

Edit: Update Rollup 18 is now available for Exchange 2010 SP3 see the post Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 18 installation tips.

Having been away over the summer I’m playing catchup with a few blog posts, so this one is a little late in coming! Over the summer (15th June 2016) Microsoft released the Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 14.

I installed Update Rollup 14 on my test SBS 2011 server this evening and it took about 22 minutes from start to finish, so I wouldn’t expect it to take much longer than this in production.

Please test before installing into your production environment. Maybe even wait a few days or a week or two from the release date to make sure the QA is up to scratch on it.

For migrations to Exchange 2016, Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 11 is the minimum version that will be supported in a coexistance environment.

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