Understand Employee Utilization with Microsoft 365 Usage Reports

A question that I am often asked after a Microsoft 365 implementation is, “How do I know what people are doing with it ?” Microsoft’s ever evolving cloud platform has recently added an improved reporting feature that is easy to use and very informative. Logon to the Microsoft 365 admin portal with your global administration […]

PowerShell: Find USB Storage Devices

Most Administrators know that you can use a GPO to disable the ability to use USB storage devices on Windows computers. So you look up the instructions and implement the policy, but how do you know if it’s working? I’m sure you made a test OU while you were working out the best option for […]

How to Extend or Activate a Windows Evaluation Edition

So you have downloaded, installed, and configured an evaluation edition of Windows Server 2019. You’ve installed your software and been cruising along with everything working fine. The decision has been made to keep the machine permanently, so you get procurement to purchase a volume license and figure you’ll activate the server with the new keys […]

View Microsoft Project Files without Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project is the king of planning software. I’ve been using it for more than a decade but my current employer uses a different tool for the job which isn’t a problem on it’s own, I’m flexible. The issue arises when a client sends me their plan in an mpp file. There is no Project […]

PowerShell: List Domain Workstations that Synchronize Offline Files

Once upon a time in an IT shop far, far away I thought that Windows offline files was a fantastic feature. Who remembers when it used to be called the briefcase? Now with DFS, SharePoint, Folder Redirection, and other modern file services taking over from standard file shares, the technology is dated and often causes […]

PowerShell Hyper-V Cluster VM Status

As an employee of an MSP, I am often tossed into the ring, so to speak. I’ve found that configuring Microsoft’s tools to see all of the virtual machines in a clustered Hyper-V environment consumes too much time in high-pressure situations. Depending on the version of Windows the hosts are running, you may not see […]

Emulate the Microsoft 365 Single-Sign-On Experience from Personal Systems

To most of us SSO (Single-Sign-On) means that we only need to enter our username and password one time to access our company’s services and applications. It sounds simple enough but is quite complex. As we have migrated to working remotely many of us have switched to using our personal computing systems for various reasons. […]