Hide Users from Essentials Dashboard 2011 & 2012

LogoI wrote a blog post a few months back about how to use WSS PowerShell to hide Users from the Essentials 2012 R2 Dashboard. A commenter on that post asked whether or not we could do the same for 2012 R1. I know the PowerShell Support for R1 is not as rich as it is in R2, and sure enough i could not see a way to do it directly. But that just makes it more fun!

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Enable UDP for RDP Gateway Essentials 2012 R2

Logo1A question via twitter prompted me to remember that Essentials 2012 (and R2) supports the use of UDP transport, just like any other Remote Desktop Gateway.

One of the things i do on the systems i manage is install the tools for RDP Gateway as soon as i have finished with the OS install. Saves you having to go looking for it later, which you would do now as we are going to look at it.

It is easy to install the tools if you do not already have them, as i posted just the other day.

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Quick Fix: Stop Surface Devices Applying GPO

WMI Query SignA question in the SBS Forum led me to this post, a quick way to prevent a Surface Pro 3 from applying a given GPO.

The way i suggested the poster do this was with a WMI Filter. Read more of this post

Office 365 Email Password Reminder

powershell2xa4Regular readers will no doubt be aware of the script i wrote about two years ago to alert a user their password was about to expire. If not, just what exactly have you been doing with your time?

In any case, several people have asked me if it can be made to work with Office 365. Using 365 as the email relay to send the messages, was one thing, querying 365 for a users password expiry, was something else. Something which at the time i believe could not be done.

Given they constantly release new features and tweaks, i revisited it this week and found that actually it can now be done, with a few tweaks to the original script.

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Remote Desktop Gateway SSL Error, or Network Access Protection LIES!!!

Your computer can’t connect to the remote computer because your computer or device did not pass the Network Access Protection requirements set by your administrator.

Had an email from a friend today, who had an Essentials 2012 R2 Server with a problem when trying to use the Remote Desktop feature of RWA. They were presented with this warning message,

Your computer cannot connect to the remote computer because your computer or device did not pass the Network Access Protection requirements set by your network administrator.  Contact your network administrator for assistance

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Quick Fix: Uninstall Symantec Endpoint Protection Remotely

powershell2xa4Finally moving my last client from Symantec SEPM to Trend Micros WFBS Hosted platform. It was a small SEPM deployment, only 7 clients and a server but i was surprised to be reminded that SEPM has no ‘uninstall’ tool from their console. So much for centralised management.

I did a lot of searching around for a reliable solution, most of which came back to using MSIEXEC from a command line.

There are various ways of course to execute a command on a remote machine, you can use PSTools’, PSExec for example, but i prefer to use PowerShell where i can. Read more of this post

Quick Fix: Hide users from Essentials 2012 R2 Dashboard

If you have installed Exchange 2013 into your Essentials network, chances are upon loading the dashboard you will see a large amount of new users appear, you may even notice an alert telling you, you have too many users!

Licensing

These are all of the exchange service accounts, and you may decide you don’t want them to appear in your dashboard.

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