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luke.geek.nz


An IT Engineer with a love for all things IT including (but not limited to), Microsoft Azure, Automation and Service Management!


  1. How can I learn how to use Microsoft Azure?

    Microsoft Azure is an ever-evolving public cloud offering. In layman’s terms essentially, the servers or virtual hosts you would usually host in your own datacentre are hosted in secure regions all over the world. Normal capacity concerns that you would have needed to manage in the past such as storage and memory are managed by Microsoft directly – giving you the ability to concentrate on what really matters – your applications and users. More information...…


  2. Stuck at a Black Screen and Connecting on a vCloud console

    On a computer running Windows 7 x64 SP1 Enterprise running Internet Explorer 11 browser, I had issues connecting to the console of Virtual Machines hosted by VMWare vCloud. This was resolved by completing the following: Adding the website to the Trusted Site list Adding the website to Internet Explorer’s compatibility list Updating Java on the workstation to the newest …


  3. Configuration Manager Queries

    One of the best uses of Configuration Manager is its ability to query and actually make use of the data in a dynamic and automated way. This is just a quick post with a few Configuration Manager WQL queries I have created or collected that may be useful to someone. Feel free to use them, change them to suit your needs and share your own! If you don’t know how to use these – check...…


  4. Install Visio 2010 Standard instead of Premium

    Unfortunately, volume license editions of Visio 2010 install Premium by default – this can then be downgraded to Visio standard by changing the Product key to Standard edition. However – come annual Microsoft True up you don’t want any surprises or manual intervention! This is how you can change Visio to be installed by Standard or another SKU automatically without prompting. Download the latest Visio 2010 ISO from Microsoft Volume Licensing Extract the ISO using...…


  5. Database error when making changes to DHCP reservations

    ‘An error occurred while accessing the DHCP database.’ One of the issues I have ran into since an upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2 DHCP servers – was due to multiple processes access the DHCP database when I was attempting to Create or Modify a DHCP v4 reservation. Adding an exclusion to DHCP.MDB file for Real Time scanning on my antivirus product. Disabling the Windows indexing service from indexing the DHCP folder. To disable the...…