Creating Office 365 Mailboxes in a Hybrid Setup

In this article I will show you how to create Exchange Online mailboxes in a hybrid environment such that the maiboxes also show up on the on-premises Exchange server management console.

The most logical way of creating an Exchange Online mailbox (you’d think) is to let AD users DirSync across to 365, assign them licenses and be done with it. However doing it this way doesn’t create a link between Exchange Online and your On-Premises Exchange server which means you can’t do things like manage the user’s mailbox from EMC or migrate the mailbox between on-premises and Exchange Online.

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Teradici Thin Client Firmware Upgrade Woes

“Download error – file”
“Fail to write”
“Download incomplete – communication failure”
“The file is too large. Please upload a different file”

If you’re receiving any of the above error messages when attempting to upgrade your Teradici thin/zero client then you may find this article useful.

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Bulk Licensing Office 365 Users with PowerShell

Licensing Office 365 users manually can be a tedious task; especially if you are tasked with licensing hundreds or even thousands (think educational institutes that need to license user’s every semester or academic year).

I created a fairly basic script that will take a .CSV input and license your users according to your Office 365 environment and the licenses you have available.

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Converting iSCSI Targets in Windows to VMDK

Recently I was tasked with converting iSCSI connected disks on Windows Servers to a new SAN. With this migration it was decided that we should convert the disks to native ESXi VMDK format.

It is not possible to storage-vMotion the iSCSI disks without doing some work first (see below) as the hypervisor does not see the iSCSI disks as they are essentially remote disks.
In this article are some ideas you could potentially use to convert the iSCSI disks to VMDK.

Option A: Some downtime – easy

You could use the VMware vCenter Converter tool to migrate the disks to VMDK. This will involve some down time.

Option B: No down time necessary – requires some work


Another option which you could potentially do without any down time is to:

  • Attach a new HDD to the VM with the same size (or bigger) as the iSCSI disk
  • In disk management (diskmgmt.msc), right click the iSCSI volume and select mirror. Select the new HDD we just attached to the VM
  • Wait for the volumes to mirror – no down time required during the mirroring process. Depending on the volume size, the mirroring process could take a while.
  • When the mirroring process is complete, right click the iSCSI disk and select Remove Mirror. Select the iSSCI disk in the next window and confirm that you want to remove the mirror.
  • All your data that was previously on the iSCSI disk is now on the VMDK. You can safely disconnect the iSCSI volume.
  • Use vMotion to move the disks to a new server/storage appliance

Atheros WLAN Driver for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

This was a difficult driver to find so I have made it available on my blog so others in the future don’t have to go through the same hassle of finding it (it’s not even possible to download it from the Atheros website).

The driver is designed for Windows 8.1 32/64bit but I am using it just fine on Windows 10.

Driver version:

Driver date: 11/12/2014

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Flashing Nexus 5 with the Cataclysm 5.1.1 ROM

I’ve had my Nexus 5 for almost a year now and as always with technology, I’m starting to get bored of the stock Android feel. After doing a bit of research in to the many different Android ROMs available for the Nexus 5, I thought I would go ahead and give the Cataclysm 5.1 ROM a try. It has a lot of positive reviews and is very close (in terms of UI) to the stock Android experience which is always a plus.

In this short article I will go through a step-by-step approach as to how I went about replacing my stock Nexus 5 Lollipop with the Cataclysm 5.1.1 ROM.

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