Installing the LAN Driver on Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 on an Intel NUC 5i3RYH

I recently had to set up a Hyper-V server in a very small environment using an Intel NUC PC. The system installed well, but the LAN drivers would not install. Using information from the following two websites (https://jayrbarrios.com/2014/11/19/intel-nuc-d54250wykh-installing-lan-driver-on-windows-hyper-v-server-2012-r2/ and https://foxdeploy.com/2013/09/12/hacking-an-intel-network-card-to-work-on-server-2012-r2/), I was able to install the LAN driver properly.

  • Download the latest driver for the NUC for the Windows 8.1 operating system. The file should be called LAN_Win8.1_64_nn.exe
  • Extract the installer using WinRAR to the C:\TEMP folder.
  • Go to the following folder C:\TEMP\PRO1000\Winx64\NDIS64 and open e1d64x64.inf in Notepad
  • Remove the highlighted 3 lines.

  • Copy the following 3 lines

  • Scroll down to the next section and past them here

  • Save the inf file.
  • Run the following 3 commands from an Administrative command prompt.
    • bcdedit /set LOADOPTIONS DISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
    • bcdedit /set TESTSIGNING ON
    • bcdedit /set nointegritychecks ON
  • Reboot the server
  • Install the driver from an Administrative command prompt

    C:> pnputil -I -a C:\TEMP\PRO1000\Winx64\NDIS64\e1d64x64.inf

  • Click Install this driver anyway when prompted

  • The following messages should be shown.

    Processing inf : e1d64x64.inf

    Successfully installed the driver on a device on the system.

    Driver package added successfully…..

  • Run the following 3 commands from an Administrative command prompt.
    • bcdedit /set LOADOPTIONS ENABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
    • bcdedit /set TESTSIGNING OFF
    • bcdedit /set nointegritychecks OFF
  • Reboot the server and check that the driver has install properly.

PowerBiz Solutions gains Microsoft Silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency

SilverSMSC

PowerBiz Solutions today announced that it has successfully achieved the Microsoft silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency. Partners demonstrating professional and proficient capability in assisting small and medium sized businesses moving to the Cloud can attain this certification upon satisfying established performance criteria and providing customer references.

The competency demonstrations the continued dedication and commitment to excellence in enabling businesses to use technology as a business advantage to achieve their targets and objectives. PowerBiz Solutions continues to provide high quality technical expertise to enable small and medium business to be efficient and effective in the use of Microsoft on-premises and cloud technologies based on Windows Server, Windows 10, Office 365 and Azure.

 

 

Office 365 Service Comparison

Here is a great resource for evaluating and comparing the myriad of options available in Office 365. This site also provides you with a downloadable Excel workbook so that you can work on this offline.

The technet resource is available here – https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/dn788955.aspx

How to Plan Your Office 365 Migration

This blog post comes courtesy of LepideMigrator for Exchange. These are excellent points to take note of.

The process of migrating to office 365 can be a daunting task. Like anything, you need to ensure you have a well thought out plan. The implications of a failed migration can be catastrophic. Here are a few things we found contribute towards ensuring your migration is successful.

1. Assess your existing IT Environment

The first thing you need to do is make sure you archive or delete any obsolete mailboxes and ensure that you get an understanding of the size and number of mailboxes that you wish to migrate. Ensure also that you understand which versions and configurations you have in the organization and know the network bandwidth required for connectivity.

2. Formulate Pre-Deployment Decisions

Next, you need to formulate pre-deployment decisions by finding answers to mission-critical questions like – what method you will follow to create new accounts, authenticate users, achieve synchronization with the old user accounts and how will you transition data and perform migration.

3. Put all your pre-deployment controls right

Before you move your critical business communication to the cloud, clean up all any dormant Active directory accounts that you have, set up the network, update the versions of client software and make all the content that you wish to migrate ready for transition.

To execute all the above pre-migration tasks, you can take help from 3rd party tools that possess a pre-migration analyzer to give you precise approximations.

4. Research Office 365 Subscription plans as per your requirements

Now, it’s time to do extensive research on which subscription plan suits your business requirements. After you figure out one, cross-check the domains that you need to make use of with your new subscription. In this step, you can also pre-plan for configuration of applications that you may require in future.

5. Pilot-Test the deployment and the whole migration process

For your upcoming migration, it is crucial to perform testing on the deployed configuration and check the whole migration process for loopholes.

6. Proceed with final rollout

Finally, it’s time to set up accounts and mailboxes on the new environment i.e. Office 365. Start adding your old users, new contacts and allocate suitable licenses with each of them. Also, move data (emails, mailboxes, calendar, files and other information) that you wish to migrate to your new system.

7. Transfer Domain Name System Settings to your new environment

After you’re done with complete configuration of Office 365, you need to validate the functionality by transferring your previous DNS setting and enabling them to point to Office 365.

8. Configure client systems and establish connections

Now, it’s time to configure client systems again as per the new environment and establish connections with Office 365 including applications like Outlook, Office, Outlook for MAC operating system and other mobile devices.

Conclusion

When you choose to migrate to the cloud, the biggest question is – are you doing it the right way? So, you can either pull off the above list as per your specific business needs or take help from our Office 365 solution – LepideMigrator for Exchange. Good day!

Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and WIndows Server 2012R2 Update Rollup all in a single package

Today, MIcrosoft announced the availability of a single update rollup package for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Some details for the rollup are as follows:

  • All security and non-security fixes since the release up to April 2016.
  • One installation package.
  • Optional install – not offered via Windows Update.
  • Monthly rollups after April 2016.
  • Security bulletins will continue to link to a direct update.
  • For Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and WIndows Server 2012 R2, there will be monthly rollup updates.

Thanks, Microsoft, for listening!

To get the rollups, you need Internet Explorer 6 or higher (not Edge – since this is not an update package for Windows 10). Get the updates here – http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=3125574

At this stage, other browsers are not supported, although Microsoft have hinted that the site will be updated in the next few months.

 

I’ve been awarded the 2016 Microsoft MVP Award

I received an email from Microsoft this morning, presenting me with the 2016 Microsoft MVP Award. This is the 7th time I have received this award. I’m glad that I have been able to make a difference in enhancing and enriching the IT experience for Small and Medium Businesses. Here is a snippet from the email.

MVP2016

Dear Boon Tee,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2016 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Cloud and Datacenter Management technical communities during the past year.

The Microsoft MVP Award provides us the unique opportunity to celebrate and honor your significant contributions and say “Thank you for your technical leadership.”

Patrick Malone
Director
Community & Advocacy Programs
Microsoft

 

Office 365 migrations

I just spent the weekend working performing some SBS to Office 365 migrations.

Here are some useful links that make the process a whole lot easier.

Export mailboxes to PST for Exchange 2010 (SBS 2011 Standard)

Export mailboxes to PST for Exchange 2007 (SBS 2008)

Import PST files to Office 365

Enabling Autodiscover for Outlook in SBS Exchange Environments

Getting Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 to work with Office 365

  • The following link lists the minimum requirements needed to quickly get your Outlook desktop client running with Office 365.
  • http://www.netdummy.net/office365-client-updates.html
  • With SBS 2011, it is necessary to remove the Service Connection Point (SCP)
    • Show SCP information: Get-ClientAccessServer | Select Name, AutoDiscoverServiceInternalUri
    • Remove SCP information: Set-ClientAccessServer -Identity “[Servername]” -AutoDiscoverServiceInternalUri $NULL

Importing LegacyDN information

Problems connecting Outlook to Office 365 

AND if you happen to still be using SBS 2003 (I certainly hope not!), you can use Exmerge or Outlook to output individual mailboxes to PST. Do it soon!

WARNING. Watch out for those email attachments.

It’s time to remind everyone again. Malware, Crypto Viruses and all kinds of nasties are still out there, and pose a bigger threat than ever.

Check out this latest ransomware variant – https://blog.knowbe4.com/its-here.-new-ransomware-hidden-in-infected-word-files

And from TrendMicro – http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/recent-crypto-ransomware-attacks-a-global-threat/

And Sophos: The current state of ransomware – https://blogs.sophos.com/tag/ransomware/

Here’s a reminder from way back in 2012 on how to detect and identify these viruses when they pop up in your mailbox.

  1. DO NOT OPEN ZIP ATTACHMENTS.
  2. DO NOT OPEN ATTACHMENTS. Right click and save them to a temporary location on your computer, and check it out before opening it.
  3. DO NOT CLICK ON LINKS IN EMAILS. Hover your mouse over the link and be absolutely sure it is a legitimate link before you click on it.
  4. REVIEW THIS BLOG POST. Again. http://blog.powerbiz.net.au/security/how-to-detect-and-deal-with-malicious-email-viruses/

 

Windows 10 Update History

Microsoft have finally put up a webpage to document what has been changed in each build of Windows 10 when the operating system is released.

Since the initial release of Windows 10, two updates have occurred. The details of each update have been documented here – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/update-history-windows-10

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