Troubleshooting Tip: Recovering Access to a MSSQL Database

I was recently helping a customer create a SQL database backup for a support ticket and noticed that they had an interesting SQL Server configuration. There was only a single account with sysadmin rights, the sa account, but this account wasn’t allowed to sign in. The SQL Server was domain joined but there was just… Continue reading Troubleshooting Tip: Recovering Access to a MSSQL Database

Microsoft Azure Sentinel Log Analytics- Not Collecting Syslog

Today I was asked to advise on why a particular firewall was unable to send its syslog data to Azure Sentinel and found something rather interesting I thought would be useful to share. Firstly I validated that the deployment steps had been followed and that the VM Extension for Linux had been attached to the… Continue reading Microsoft Azure Sentinel Log Analytics- Not Collecting Syslog

Microsoft Exchange Server KB5000871: Unable to Apply “owaauth.dll”, 400 Bad Request & Server Error in ECP application

Hey, so I’ve been going through all our customers this week that’ve been identified as potentially at risk by the latest Exchange Server vulnerabilities (full details straight from Microsoft here) and as you can expect from a rapid response release, it’s not quite consistent when installing. Please be painfully aware of the Microsoft installation notes… Continue reading Microsoft Exchange Server KB5000871: Unable to Apply “owaauth.dll”, 400 Bad Request & Server Error in ECP application

Vodcast Appearance: Nexus Bitesize – Backing up Microsoft Teams & The Release of Veeam Backup for Office 365 v5

Just a quick blog update today. I was recently asked to appear in a Nexus Bitesize vodcast to talk about Microsoft Teams and Office 365 data protection in general, it was a great opportunity to highlight Veeam’s latest release of their Veeam Backup for Office 365 v5 product. To check out the Bitesize go to… Continue reading Vodcast Appearance: Nexus Bitesize – Backing up Microsoft Teams & The Release of Veeam Backup for Office 365 v5

Polycom/3PIP Device doesn’t get any results (Skype for Business Server)

Evening, I had a support ticket I dealt with today that I couldn’t find any useful information on via the web, so I’m here to spread the knowledge, if you’re reading this it likely means you’ve searched one of the keywords here and are hoping to get your Skype for Business Address Book Service sorted… Continue reading Polycom/3PIP Device doesn’t get any results (Skype for Business Server)

Taking control of Windows Server 2016/2019 Updates

Automatic updates are a blessing for most IT technicians as with user machines we can set and forget our rules and feel comfortable that 99% of the machines are up to date. Now it’s our turn to feel the pain that our users have told us about with updates being installed at the most inappropriate moments. It boils down to Microsoft’s latest change for Windows 10 / 2016. Active hours.