Staying up to date with calendars

You learn something new everyday.  I have used Outlook for years and am quite proficient in my Outlok-foo (if that is a martial art then even cooler).  But details are missed and I was shown something that I should have already known but didn’t. Now I do and so will you!

Check it:

Add a room calendar to your list of calendars for quick access to see who booked your meeting room

  1. From your calendar
  2. Look down the left side until you see the “Shared Calendar” and right click
  3. Select “Add Calendar” and then “From Room List”
  4. Find your room
  5. Now that calendar will always be there when you go to your calendar.
  6. If you don’t want to see it you can always either un-check it (short term) or just right click and “Delete Calendar” (this will just remove the calendar from your list – not delete it from the server)

Have fun with the OCD 🙂

Dealing with SCCM pushes

It happens.  The best software in the world has issues at times.  So it should come as no surprise that SCCM software pushes can have issues at times.  Here are some quick and easy things to check if you run into issues

  1. There is a log file (of course there is) for that!  Check the push log c:/windows/logs/software.  In here you will see logs for all the pushed applications. If you (when) you find the one in question just scroll all the way down to the bottom.  Exit code 0 means successful, Exit code 7 means a reboot is needed. Any other code means there was an issue.  Look up the relevant code and go from there
  2. Clear the cache and start over. To do this go to Control Panel -> Configuration Manager.  Launch the applet and go to the Cache tab and (once you enter admin creds) you will be allowed to clear the cache.  Now, if this does not work you can always go to c:/windows/ccmcache.  You will need creds here as well.  Both these steps basically do the same thing but the Control Panel portion is more elegant.
  3. Once you have done first two steps you may need to re-push the application. From All Programs -> Microsoft System Center-> Software Center try and push the application.  you may need to click on the “install additional software” link in the top right corner if you don’t see it listed
  4. If none of the above have worked and you have waited and tried several reboots you can always resort to good ole gpudate /force from the command line


Happy deploying!

WoW – Windows on Windows (Xbox One)

WoW is an old term and an old game. The game is great but the term is not really used all that much any more.  What Im reffering to is mirroring you Windows 10 device to your Xbox One.  It should be pretty simple as all you need to do is try this

On the Xbox One go to the wireless display app and turn it on

Then on your Windows 10 PC/tablet go to the action center and connect.

It should jut show up like magic and you can enjoy all the mirroring you want 🙂

Mirroring to Roku

First thing I will say is that this does not always work.  Redditors often have to reboot devices as have I. When it does work it is great!
To mirror Windows 10 to Roku

Go to settings ->devices and add device (you need to have your Roku setup for that first so RTM)

Once setup go to System-> connect-> select your roku

things looks better in the mirror

Or: Objects in the mirror are geekier than they appear

Device proliferation is increasing exponentially as is the needed ubiquity.  Needless to say we are loving the era of integration.  Sadly, I have not blogged this before.  So to undo my past mistake here is how to setup mirroring in Windows 10.  In this installment we look at mirroring to another device on the network

Start with setting up the receiving device

  1. Open Settings -> System
  2. Go to “Projecting to this PC”
  3. Select “Available everywhere”
  4. Then select “First time only”
  5. Enable “Require PIN for pairing” and select the rest of your preferences

Now on the transmitting PC

  1. Go to Action Center-> Connect
  2. Wait for the scan to finish
  3. Select and click Connect
  4. back to the receiving device and allow the connection


2 ways to find Exchange server name from Outlook

Hi All,

This came up in our prod environment today and thought that I would share the love.  If you need to find the Exchange server name you can normally just login to the server and look up

(Microsoft Exchange On-Premise) -> Server Configuration-> Mailbox

Here you will see all the servers listed

But what if you cant get to the server for some reason?

Here are 2 ways to do it in OutlookSA

  1. Account settings -> Account settings-> click your account and then click “Change”. You should see the server listed.
  2. From the desktop right-click on the Outlook icon in the system tray and select “Connection Status”.  This will show you the server name as well

RDP Ctrl Alt Delete

Random stuff you learn …and sometimes forget 😉

When using remote desktop how do you send Ctrl-Alt-Delete?  You can try the normal way and hope that the remote machine and the local machine pick up the command – it does happen sometimes.  But there is a better way

Here is the solution:


Okay, that is the only keyboard you really need but it is not going to help you this time.

It is missing one key: the “End” key

In order to send the command you need to use Control-Alt-End.

That’s it.


Backup in 3 easy steps

I found something new again ( well new to me at least): System Image Backup.  And it’s super easy to use!  Try this:

1- Click the start button and open the Control Panel.

2- go to File History.

3- In File History click the System Image Backup link in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

4-Launch the backup wizard

5-Connect an external drive if you want to use this option (recommended)

6- Click through the wizard

7- Make Pizza Pops ™ and enjoy “good” food for the next 30mins to a few hours.  Maybe play some Xbox One – Watch Dogs 2 is a great game by the way!

8- Write an awesome blog post