Essentials update on MU

Update to remove duplicate descriptions for Office 365 integration in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials:


Be aware this is another update for Essentials that “This update removes unnecessary descriptions, and updates Office 365 integration links in the Integrate with Microsoft Office 365 wizard.”

Tracking issues with Essentials

Be aware of issues that have been resolved:

Bug with PowerBI module:

If you have subscribed to the PowerBI it will break Office 365 integration – see Resolution (Updated on 05/18/2015): The fix for this issue has been included with the following hotfix released for RMS Subscription issue:

Install the following hotfix on the server:

Bug in Restore console on client side

If you have Windows 7 and 8 (RTM only NOT 8.1) the bug in the restore console can be fixed with the hotfixes from


Issues that have NOT been resolved:

We are still awaiting a hotfix for Windows 8.1 clients with respect to the restore console. ETA is expected to be June.

A little rain, a little thunder, a little power outtage

IMG_1982While the MVP virtual conference was going on, California had a rain storm… and I had thunder,  and a power outage, smack dab in the middle of the Windows update session.

So fortunately I happened to have my laptop next to me and it has an AT&T cellular connection.  I fired up the connection, plugged in the headset and was back online in hopefully not too long of a delay.  But then the fun started.  Because my voip phone system was on battery backup it started ringing.

Look for the recorded session to be posted up to channel 9 and in the meantime Amy (who was wonderful as moderator) will be posting up the decks on site.

My favorite session was the one I did with Lawrence Abrams of on Ransomware.  He did a wonderful job and I was really pleased how that session went.

Missing your antispam filter updates?

So if you’ve noticed that you’ve not been getting any spam filter updates, you aren’t alone.

Here’s where I need your help.  Let’s make sure Microsoft knows that we still need those antispam updates, so how about we get a bit social and let them know that Exchange 2010 is still a supported product.

Pick a blog post at and post your comment about the lack of antispam updates.  Or post in the partner forum at

Bottom line how about we let them know that there are still some folks using that platform and this is still a supported platform.


GoDaddy and SBS

Changes to Microsoft SBS and GoDaddy Integration | GoDaddy Help | GoDaddy Support:

What won’t change – the is not going away.

But it does bring up the concern I have of combining premises items with things you don’t control in the cloud.  When their business model changes, they change.

So be aware if this impacts anyone.

Just a heads up about the Thecus unit

A heads up:

Just a warning for anyone buying Thecus units and apparently Thecus units from Newegg.

Once you receive one ensure that there is an icon on the desktop for ORBWEB and then also try to activate it.

If it fails to activate it, decide if you want to ship it back or  install the newer ISO from their web site.

There is clearly a bug in some of these builds that causes the unit to  fail to activate and also fail to install the client restore and  apparently also per the review from newegg cannot setup the client backup.

After banging my head on this for a few days, thinking it was something that I might be doing wrong, I reinstalled the Server with the ISO from the Thecus web site. The rebuilt unit finally worked as expected.

I would strongly recommend that folks reinstall from the ISO to your Thecus units before deploying them.  If there isn’t an ORBWEB icon on the desktop you have the original build which has major problems.  Another quick and dirty test is to see if the unit activates.  If it does not activate, either send it back or reinstall the operating system using the ISO from the web site.

If you are looking for a client backup server (like I was) in order to ensure you have cryptolocker defenses in place, this was supposed to be a nice easy solution.  However given that I’ve hit this issue and another poster on the newegg site hit it as well, obviously there’s a problem out there with the build that got shipped out.

I’m just surprised that these got released in this condition.  Actually I’m not surprised to be frank about it.  I’m disappointed that these got released in this condition.

Yeah… sure


Amy brought this up in tonight’s Ransomware webcast.  Never download an update to a flash player if you are on a site that alerts you to an update.

A follow up article that folks might be interested in — but with a more consumer slant — is here

2015 Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference


Coming up in May I’ll be talking about two topics on security.  The first is about….

Understanding Windows updating

Every month the largest cloud service in the world updates and services the largest number of Systems. Find out how Windows update works, how to understand its cryptic error messages, how to prevent failures and learn about upcoming changes in Windows 10 and how it handles Windows updates


I’ll also be talking about

Ransomware – Key tools for prevention and recovery

I’ll be discussing ways you can prevent, defend, and minimize the damage of the various infections that want to hold you and your data hostage.

To sign up for this free conference – click here:

Registration opens up April 6th.

Windows Server Backup doesn’t start after you perform a BMR in Windows Server 2012:

To   Windows Server Backup doesn’t start after you perform a BMR in Windows Server 2012:;en-us;2961238 Consider the following scenario:

  • You have a computer that’s running Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • You’re using a UEFI system with two hard disks, and you have EFI System Partition on your system disk.
  • You use Windows Server Backup to perform a complete backup.
  • You then use the backup data to perform a bare metal recovery (BMR).

However, after the recovery operation is completed, the Windows Server Backup service cannot be started. To resolve this issue, Windows Backup must rebuild the catalog to reflect the latest disk configurations. To trigger this action, follow these steps:

  1. Open an administrative command prompt.
  2. Run the following command:
    wbadmin delete catalog
  3. Restart the Windows Server Backup service, or restart the computer.

The Windows Server Backup service should now run normally. Someone in the past year has hit this and I remember them telling me about this issue.

New puppy in the family


This is a image of my new baby, he’s called Remi.  He’s about another pound in size now from when this photo was taken :-)