Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying and managing applications and services through datacenters. It provides both platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) services and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems. Cloud Services is a PaaS environment and can be used to create scalable applications and services; there are specific software development kits (SDKs) provided by Microsoft for Python, Java, Node.js and .NET. Azure also has file and storage services, data management, analytics and DNS services.

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If I have an O365 account that is either cloud or AD synced that had an assigned mailbox, can I convert it to shared and then I in assign the Exchange license and then delete the account without affecting the now shared mailbox?
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I have an  ssl certification with crt format and i need to convert it to .pfx (to use it to Azure apps)

How to do this conversion?
Hi im looking to  adding registry keys via a GPO but am having mixed results.

I've created a .bat file and added to the startup script on the user configuration profile, but its creating some mixed results.

It applies in full on some PC's but sporadic on others.

Any ideas

Content of batch file

reg add HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\Identity /v Version /t REG_DWORD /d 1
reg add HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\Identity /v EnableADAL /t REG_DWORD /d 1
reg add HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Exchange /v AlwaysUseMSOAuthForAutodiscover /t REG_DWORD /d 1
DHCP Logging Question:  I am running DHCP services on a Windows Server 2016.  I would like to know how I can capture all of the DHCP log activity for an indefinite amount of time in a format that humans can read.  Any suggestions are appreciated.

I need to remove the end users from the local administrators group on all workstations. For a select group of users, they would need to remain as local admins on their machine. I currently have 1 OU that holds all workstations.  

I see that there are two ways of removing users from admin group. Either using restricted groups gpo or group policy preferences. I dont see much of a difference between the two approaches. In either case it would seem that I would have to create two separate OU's , one for computers that dont have end users in local admin group and the other would have computers not linked to any gpo of this type.  Is this correct? What would be the best approach to this?

Thank you.
When trying to get Bitlocker key saved to the Azure AD, I sometimes get this:

Can't sign in to your Microsoft Account
You need to be signed in to Windows with a Microsoft
account to save your recovery key. Sign out and then
sign in with a Microsoft account or go to
Settings and choose Accounts to change your
existing account.

This doesn't make sense to me. The user is signed in to his "Work or School" account which appears to register him with not only the Microsoft 365 apps etc. but also registers him and the laptop on the Azure Active Directory for the organisation. Under "Devices" in the AD his device appears with correct name.

It's only when attempting to save the BL key to the AD that we have this issue.

Is there perhaps another way to get the user signed in to the domain account but without having to tell Windows that the laptop is an organisation's laptop?

Confused of Berkshire!

Having an issue on Server 2016 RDS servers where the start menu; action center etc do not work. Fail with error
"ActivateApplicationForContractByAppIdAsUserWithHost of the app Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy!CortanaUI for the Windows.Launch contract failed with Package could not be registered.."

Steps taken so far
re-register all windows apps - worked for a little while before failing again
Run through latest set of updates
sfc scan and repair
dsim repair
Test on cloned server excluded from group policies

I see this is a fairly common issue, but i havent seen a solution as yet.

any help would be greatly appreciated at this point
SSL certificate setupHi,
 I am setting up Anywhere Access in Windows Server 2016 Essentials. As you can see in the screenshot, I need to enter SSL Certificate for "".
 I have a few questions for this:
 (1) Can I have W2016 Essentials server to create a certificate like I was able to do in SBS2011?
 (2) If option (1) is not possible, where can I buy one cheap? (I know there is a free one out there, but I like to get one)
 (3) Since I am testing "Anywhere Access" on this test server/lab environment, I like to be able to re-assign SSL certificate (that I am going to buy) in production server in a week.
       Can I use SSL Certificate on this test server and use it in production server later?

Thanks for your help.
Hi Experts,

we use WIN2016 server and ADFS Server.
What can I do when we have problems with the password sync ?
Architecture advice

So from a full pipeline infrastructure to develop and then deploy a web application what would you all recommend as best practice.

The items I do know at this point is I will be using the latest .net and angular frameworks for the application.  There will be a SQL backend.

My company wants this application to be deployed using CI/CD techniques.

We will have an Azure storage along with utilizing Docker.

I dont know much more but wanted to get an idea of what this architecture should look like as a developer.

I would imagine working locally in visual studio...perhaps there are some item you need to think about upfront for .net and angular apps while developing knowing that you will push to azure via a docker container.

Also at this point should I be thinking about .net versus .net core.

I plan on watching some videos and doing more reading but wanted to start with this as a place to get ideas of how this should be setup at a high level
from the architecture point of view dev through test and prod.
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Hi everyone,

I have production data in an Azure SQL Data Warehouse, for which I need to scramble certain sensitive data, so I can supply to external vendors. E.g. Company Name, address etc...

I imported the data from 20 x different Excel files and there are no relationships defined in the database with common fields.

How can I scramble the data in MS SQL, retaining the original values and ensuring the scrambled value is consistent across all tables for the same value. E.g. Company A, renamed to Company Z will be consistent across all instances of Company A, across all tables.

Thank you for any help you can provide :-)

Will setting a new server 2016 I made it a workgroup instead of a domain.
How can I change it into its new domain?

Looking for some advice. We are working with an outside software vendor they will be connecting into the network via VPN and need to RDP into 2 servers. I can restrict the access from the VPN to the server but once they are on the server they can RDP to other machines on the network. The AD user service account I created to provide to the vendor has local admin rights on the 2 servers they need to RDP into so I can't reliably block it at the firewall.

Is there a way to restrict the "Log on to" to allow RDP access from any system (even a non-domain system) to the specified servers?
Hi EE,

I have some trouble running some PowerShell scripts that access SQL servers, below is a picture of the error.

As you can see already have the SQLserver module installed what should do to troubleshoot?

Below is the code used to import the module into the script:

		# Load SQL PowerShell module 
		$MyLoc = Get-Location
		Import-Module SQLSERVER
		Import-Module SQLSERVER -Cmdlet Backup-SqlDatabase
		Import-Module SQLSERVER -Cmdlet Restore-SqlDatabase
		Set-Location $MyLoc

Open in new window

Thank you
How can you switch Azure AD directories in Powershell?
It is simple to switch thru the web interface, but say I need to run commands via Powershell with an account that is federated between the Prod and Dev environments?
I need to be a quick study in Docker

I am trying to digest Azure, Containers, Docker, Kubernetes, etc.

and quickly.

I am rebuilding my Mac OS environment to contain:

- a Windows 10 VM on Parallels
- a LINUX VM on Parallels
- Visual Studio 2019 Community Edition
- access to Azure Cloud

So, My first hands on practice could be to learn about Docker.

What kind of work-along tutorial can you suggest?  Or video training?

Need an upgrade to Windows 10

I have Windows 7 running on Parallels, but decided that the time has come to upgrade to Windows 10.

Is windows 10 Professional the right choice for me? I am a developer and need Windows 10 so that I can dig into Azure development.

Is Windows 10 the right choice?

Can I get an update somewhere? The prices seem to be pretty low, compared to the prices of years ago. So, I wonder if they even bother offering discounts any longer.

Reallocating space on my MacBook's 500 GB drive to make room for Azure, Linux and Windows 10

I have a 500 GB drive that's almost filled, but I have allocated 100 GB to my Windows 7 / Parallels (10.4) partition. This "partition" is represented in the form of a file:

Windows 7 (1).pvm

I expect I would upgrade to Parallel's version 14. I NEED to replace Windows 7 with Windows 10. And MAY install Linux, if I need to, to fully use Azure and Containers.

So, how do I create a partition for Linux? Is that something I do also with Parallel's. How much space shall I leave for that?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

I'm a little overwhelmed with all the security features to help secure an Azure environment and VMs.

Our developers are creating a web app that, currently, will live on a single VM and we may have a few VMs. In the future as the application grows we will separate the services.

So far I have enabled the security center and I was thinking of enabling JIT Access and I found a PS script that will create an RBAC role where I can put specific users in and then another PS script so that they can enable ports for a specific time,  but our developers use Linux and I don't know if that script will work even with powershell core installed on Ubuntu.

They have Rapid7 and Qualys end points for vulnerability scanning but I'm not sure if that is needed. I was trying to look for an IPS/IDS end point but I am not familiar with whats on Azure nor if it will be expensive.

I'm looking for practical solutions. I've read the Azure docs and they can get a little confusing.

Thank you,
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Hello Experts, I have a new Windows Server 2016 configured as a domain controller.  I was adding workstations and was stopped on number 11 with "Your computer could not be joined to the domain.  You have exceeded the maximum number of computer accounts you are allowed to create in this domain."  My boss purchased 6 Server 2016 10 user CAL packs but I have no idea where to put them.  Any help would be great.
We are trying to enable encryption on a clients Office365 tenant, but I am running into a wall that MS support have been able to help with. When trying to configure the mail flow rule to encrypt external email, there is no RMS template in the dropdown menu to select them. Azure Information Protection has already been enabled (so the old OME settings will not work), but the section for changing the RMS templates is not where the article that MS sent me said it would be. Does anyone know how to add an RMS template to the tenant?

No RMS in the rule settings
Hi Experts

Can I use powershell to set an event, in this case monitor a directory for a file to be created then spawn some SQL that will take the contents of the file as a parameter?


I have a seperate DC and APP server. I need to install ADFS. Which server should I install the role on. What's best practise.

I'm using Azure to backup on premises servers, both file servers and domain controllers.

I have set Azure to backup system state on the FSMO domain controller.  

Will backing up system state allow me to restore Active Directory in the event that both domain controllers were lost?  

Will I be able to restore it to different hardware if necessary?

Thank you,
Windows 10 Pro

I am setting up a new laptop for a client. They have a very active Azure AD. As an experiment I have set up the laptop using the Microsoft account for the user. This has worked brilliantly as the user and the laptop are nicely connected to Microsoft and the Active Directory.

However, I need to do two things...

(A) I need to add an Administrator User
(B) I need to change the original user I created to User rather than Administrator

So I go to Accounts and add a local (non-domain, non-Microsoft account) user.
I switch back to the original user who is still classed as "Administrator"
I go to Accounts and give my local user Administrator privileges
I have NOT yet downgraded the original user to "user"

I try to switch back to the new Administrator account and it asks for an Email address and Password. This is supposed to be a local account, not a domain registered or AD account. The account name has been changed (on the login screen) to "other user" rather than the name I gave the account.

Nothing I do gets me to a stage where I can login using the newly created local Administrator account.... what am I doing wrong?

I do know there is a "hidden" Administrator account but at this point I have not tried to use the policy editor to "unhide" it.

I really need to resolve this as soon as possible as I need to get this installation sorted and shipped to my customer. Any help would be seriously appreciated.


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Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying and managing applications and services through datacenters. It provides both platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) services and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems. Cloud Services is a PaaS environment and can be used to create scalable applications and services; there are specific software development kits (SDKs) provided by Microsoft for Python, Java, Node.js and .NET. Azure also has file and storage services, data management, analytics and DNS services.