Remote PowerShell

I installed System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 (SCDPM) with SP1 and installed the agents on all my servers. I then got an error when adding backups/protection groups. A whole bunch of my servers said “Replica is inconsistent”. I also received the following error in the event log of my SCDPM 2012 server. Event ID: 3106 Source: DPM-EM The replica of Non VSS Datasource Writer on <servername>.contoso.local is inconsistent with the protected data source. All protection activities for data source will fail until the replica is synchronized with consistency check. (ID: 3106) DPM failed to create the backup. If you…

Connecting Samsung Smart TV to US Netflix

This is how to successfully watch Netflix or HuluPlus outside the US from a Samsung Smart TV using a single remote and no computer. Netflix and Hulu Plus are cheaper than Foxtel and don’t have anywhere near as many commercials. Best feature about Netflix and Hulu Plus, they track – based on your account – what shows you’re up to exactly, e.g. what episode you need to watch next, or what point in the middle of a movie where it was stopped last, so you can start again at the same point. This is all tracked to your account, so…

Exchange 2010: Using New-MailboxSearch Cmdlet to quickly search multiple mailboxes

The following is a blog entry from one of my colleagues that I am currently working with at the moment. This is written in his style. Thank you John for taking the time putting this together and sharing your experience. Requirement: The boss asked us how much effort would be involved in finding all emails sent from the company to another organisation over an extended period. Thankfully the answer is that this is relatively straightforward. Solution 1, Journal mailbox – no good We have an Exchange journaling mailbox configured that is aimed at queries such as this. The problem was…

Office 365 PowerShell

Running PowerShell for Office 365 allows you to tweak additional settings for cloud based accounts. There are several pre-requisites that need to occur prior to running Office 365 PowerShell commands / cmdlets. You will need to install the Microsoft Online PowerShell module from Microsoft. More information on how to install and configure Windows PowerShell can be found here. Once you have installed the module, run the following: Import-module msonline $LiveCred=Get-Credential Connect-MsolService –Credential $LiveCred Run the following 3 commands to connect Windows PowerShell to the Office 365 exchange service: $Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://ps.outlook.com/powershell/ –Credential $LiveCred -Authentication Basic –AllowRedirection…

Copy NTFS permissions only and no data from source to target

This is how a colleague (John) and I at work managed to copy only permissions for files from a source to target folder. Each directory containing the exact same files. What happened, somebody copied the files to a new location but didn’t copy permissions at the same time, so we did this step at the end as a final step instead. At first we spent several long hours using Ropycopy, but this didn’t work and we eventually gave up. We tried the following robocopy commands: robocopy "\\<servername>\OLD_Information\T-E-S-T" “\\<servername>\Information\T-E-S-T” /e /secfix /copyall /xo /xn /xc /r:2 /w:1 /LOG+:c:\Log1.log /TEE robocopy "\\<servername>\OLD_Information\T-E-S-T"…

Connect to SMB2 Windows (CIFS) shares

From a Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 machine, you might get the following message when connecting to an SMB2 share or network location. <server> is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. An unexpected network error occurred. You need to update the server or SAN where the shares are hosted, alternatively run the following PowerShell command on the machine where you’re connecting from: Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanWorkstation\Parameters" RequireSecureNegotiate -Value 0 -Force Be sure to run PowerShell as administrator if user account…

Get Exchange 2010 mailbox size which includes the dumpster

The following commands are examples to get mailbox sizes for users mailboxes per Exchange database. This gives you both the actual mailbox size and the dumpster (Soft-Deleted) items, items which have been shift-deleted from any folders, or deleted from Outlook’s deleted items folder. To get a list of all users mailbox sizes per database in descending order, run the following command: Get-MailboxStatistics –database <DataBase> | Sort-Object TotalItemSize -Descending | ft DisplayName,@{label="TotalItemSize(MB)";expression={$_.TotalItemSize.Value.ToMB()}},@{label="TotalDeletedItemSize(MB)";expression={$_.totaldeleteditemsize.Value.ToMB()}},ItemCount I refer to this link, it talks about the TotalDeletedItemSize, this refers to the email sitting in the dumpster which is accessible from the users perspective using Outlook’s Recover…