How to Permanently Remove Office 365 Users

After deleting a user in Office 365, their account is moved to a ‘recycle bin’ for 30 days. This allows the user account to be easily recovered. This can often cause issues when attempting to recreate a mailbox while a hybrid configuration is in place. To permanently delete the user within Office 365, first delete…

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“Access is denied” When Attempting to Delete a Dynamic Distribution Group

You may receive the error below when attempting to delete a dynamic distribution group. To resolve this, open ADUC and show advanced features (Click View > Advanced Features). Then find the object for the dynamic distribution group and open the properties window. Browse to the “Object” tab and uncheck the “Protect object from accidental deletion”…

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Running vSphere in VMware Workstation 12

In this post I’ll be walking through how to run a vSphere lab in VMware Workstation. I recently decided to obtain VCP6-DCV. Rather than driving up my electric bill like I’ve done in the past using physical servers, I’m attempting to run the entire lab on my workstation and a Synology NAS. If you’ve ever…

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Expand a VHD/VHDX with Powershell

In the spirit of the “GUI-less” future that Microsoft and other vendors are pushing, I recently removed the GUI from all of our Hyper-V hosts. Now, I know I’m a bit late to the party on this one. I’ve been cleaning up a lot of things left over from past generations of IT guys, and…

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Exchange 2013: Error 0x80070070 While Adding DAG Member

Error: A server-side database availability group administrative operation failed. Error Failed to add or remove the Failover-Clustering feature. Error: The request to add or remove features on the specified server failed. A DISM session could not be opened. An error occurred accessing the temporary folder C:WindowsTEMP57ACE2DE-4CD2-4F5F-B7A0-93D867A89A12. Ensure that the path to the temporary folder exists…

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Azure AD Sync – Unable to Update this Object – Values Associated with Another Object

ERROR MESSAGE: User@contoso.com<mailto:user@contoso.com> Unable to update this object because the following attributes associated with this object have values that may already be associated with another object in your local directory services: [UserPrincipalName user@contoso.com<user@contoso.com>;]. Correct or remove the duplicate values in your local directory. Please refer to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2647098 for more information on identifying objects with duplicate…

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