Posey's Tips & Tricks


Troubleshooting 101: How To Know if Office 365 Is Having Problems

It's easy enough to tell if Office 365 is having performance issues (or is plain down). It's a litle harder to figure out whether the problem is with Microsoft or with you.

Office 365's Phishing Problem Goes Deeper

A recent report suggests that Microsoft's own e-mail security protections have trouble differentiating between real and fraudulent messages from itself.

Unpacking the HoloLens Backlash

Attempts to pigeonhole Microsoft's mixed reality device into a specific use case -- whether it's work or play -- are missing the point, Brien argues.

Microsoft's 'Microtask' Vision: A Gray Area for IT

At first glance, Microsoft's proposal to fill employees' spare time with small tasks seems like a boon for workplace productivity. Don't be fooled, Brien warns.

How To Create a Windows Deployment Image, Part 2

Now that you've created a deployment share, it's time to add your Windows installation files. Brien shows you how.

How To Create a Windows Deployment Image, Part 1

While there are various methods for creating custom Windows deployment images, the process has a reputation for being tedious and convoluted.

Dealing with Broken Dependencies in SCVMM

Brien shows you how to resolve some broken, template-related dependencies in Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

Microsoft Improves Meeting Planning in Outlook on the Web

New "intelligent" features that Microsoft just announced aim to help Outlook users with wrangling meeting attendees and hunting down relevant documents.

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3-D Makes Its Way into Office 365

With 3-D support in apps like PowerPoint and SharePoint, Microsoft is showing skeptics how mixed reality can make a lot of business sense.

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Microsoft Finally Lets Windows Defender Protect Itself

A recently added "tamper protection" feature finally corrects an obvious security gap in Microsoft's anti-malware solution.

Microsoft Word's LinkedIn Integration Evolves

Brien revisits the LinkedIn-powered Resume Assistant in Word, which has only gotten more intuitive and useful over the past year.

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The Future of Microsoft Edge

Microsoft's move to build Edge on Chromium raises a big question: With Firefox and Chrome dominating the browser market, why does it still matter what Microsoft does?

Using Hyper-V's Storage Resource Pools with Stretched Clusters

The trickiest thing about making a stretched cluster work with Hyper-V is getting the underlying storage to work properly.

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The Case of the Spontaneous Hyper-V Modifications

When mysterious changes to the Hyper-V virtual switch caused all of his virtual machines to lose connectivity, Brien was left puzzling over the source of the problem and the workaround.

How To Create Office 365 User Accounts in Bulk

Manual account creation can be tedious, time-consuming and prone to human error, especially if you have more than a handful of Office 365 users to set up. Brien shows you a better way.

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