Adding groups to outlook address book

Step 1 – From Outlook – click the 3 horizontal dots on the bottom left of your email client:

Step 2 – Select Folders from your navigation options:

Step 3 – Under public folders, click the arrow/triangle to expand drill
down to Office of the Dean (or wherever your groups are stored).

Step 4 – Right click the group you want to add (in this example Address Book-COS) and then choose Properties.

Step 5 – in the property box that pops up:
A) Click the Outlook Address Book tab.
B) Put a check mark in the box to show in Address Book.
C) Click Apply and then OK.

Step 6 – Repeat Steps 4 and 5 for any other groups you want to add
(In this example Groups, COS).

Step 7 – Repeat Step 5 and place the check mark in the box.

Step 8 – In the bottom left of your outlook client click the mail icon
to return to your regular mail view.

Step 9 – Open a new email and click the To field.

Step 10 – Click the Address Book area and scroll up to see
your newly added groups.

Install Server 2016 Domain Controller

From Server Manager – click Manage – Add Roles and Features.
Click Next and Next on Select installation type for Role-based installation.
Select the server you want to install your first domain controller – click next.  Place a check in Active Directory Domain Services.
Click Add Features on the box that pops up for ADDS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click Next – Next on Features page.
Click Next on AD DS.
Review the settings on the Confirmation Page and place a check mark in the Restart automatically box and then click Install.

Wait for installation to complete and then click close.  Return to Server Manager and click the yellow triangle with the exclamation mark.

In Post-deployment Configuration – click Promote this server to a domain controller.

 

 

 

 

 

Make your choice in deployment operation, type your desired root domain (example.com) and click Next.

Domain Controller Options – choose your forest and domain functional level.  In this example, I am going with Windows Server 2016 because I don’t need to add any older DCs.  Specify domain controller capabilities – Select DNS and GC is already added if this is your first DC.  Choose and enter a DSRM password and click Next.

Additional Options – Leave default or change the NetBIOS name if necessary and click Next.

Verify and click Next on the Paths page.  Review your options and click Next.  Prerequisites Check – review the results and click Install.

Protest Brazos county property taxes

How to protest Brazos County property taxes online

1. Go to brazoscad.org and click Online Appeals

2. Create an account:

3. You will need your owner/agent ID and PIN number:

4. Both can be found on your property tax statement:

5. After your account is created – log in and view your protest summary page:

6. To E-File protest – click on the Protest menu option and then E-File Protest:

7. Verify your property is correct and click E-File:

8. Enter in your information and Submit your E-File protest:

If you log back in you’ll see that your protest status is pending review.

SCCM C drive full

SCCM server C drive almost full? 
If you log in to your SCCM server and one day see that your C drive is almost full then you have several places to check.  Could be your SQL logs or your inetpub logs.   In this case it was the inetpub logs.

Check your inetpub logs: 
Browse to C:\inetpub\logs\LogFiles.

In my environment, when I first right clicked the log files folder and looked at the properties – it showed no disk space being used.  This almost had me moving on to check another possible location.  This is deceiving as there should be some space being used.  Once I double clicked to open the actual folder it then prompted for permission and afterward I could see the true amount of disk space being used.

Here I had about 20 gigs of space being used up on my SCCM server C drive.  You can archive the log files to another location incase you need to review them later or remove them if they are no longer necessary.  I arranged by date, and deleted all the log files older then 3 months which allowed me to recover almost 20 gigs of space for my C drive.

 

Four Winds Interactive – Change Content

Remote Desktop to the machine running the Content Manager Desktop and log in.  Click Start and type “file explorer” and open File Explorer to browse to the content directory.

Expand This PC – Local Disk (C) – content (this folder contains the current display content).

Copy and paste the new content file (PowerPoint, video or other) into the content folder.

Remove and Add content to the Content Manager
Click Start and scroll to Four Winds Interactive – Content Manager Desktop – open.

Once the Content Manager Desktop opens you can now add content.
First, import new content from C:\content into the Content Manager.
For example, click PowerPoint on the left to import a new PowerPoint.

In the box that pops up enter in a Name and Description.

In the URL section – click the box with the 3 dots in it to browse to your newly added file in the c:\content directory. Select the file and click open.

Put a check mark in the Loop content box under URL and click OK.

Now the PowerPoint file you added is in the Content Manager Content tab middle bottom left. Click the location of your Digital Signage player (example 4th Floor Blocker Bldg) and expand down to section that has the place you want to change content (example Side Top 16:9).

Select and then right click the file you want to change and click remove.

Now within the Content Tab – select the new file you want to add and drag and drop it back in that same Side Top 16:9 location.

Deploy the new content
Right click the computer that corresponds with the changes you made and choose Deploy.

Click Save Changes and it will update and deploy the new content.

Close all programs and right click the start menu and choose sign out.

How to install SCCM 1511

Install SCCM 1511 on Server 2012 R2:

To prepare for SCCM 1511 installation you need to first extend the Active Directory Schema: Log on to a system as an account that is a member of the schema admins (I used the domain admin account).  From your SCCM 1511 ISO or other file/folder location – open PowerShell and browse to .\SMSSETUP\BIN\X64\extadsch.exe

 

 

 

 

Check schema extension result:
open Extadsch.log located in the root of the system drive:

 

 

 

 

 

Create the System Management Container
Configuration Manager does not automatically create the System Management container in Active Directory Domain Services when the schema is extended.   The container must be created one time for each domain that includes a Configuration Manager primary site server or secondary site server that  publishes site information to Active Directory Domain Services.

Start ADSIEdit, connect to the default naming context for your domain. Next go to the System container and create a new Object:

 

Select Container and click next.

 

Enter System Management and click next and finish.

Set security permission
Click refresh and then open properties of the container System Management created previously by right clicking – properties.

 

In the Security tab, add the site server computer account
and Grant the Full Control permissions.

Click Advanced, select site server computer account, then click Edit
In the Applies to list, select This object and all descendant objects
Click Apply and OK and close the ADSIEdit console

Moving to the SCCM Server.
No_sms_on_drive.sms (placed on the sccm server).

Place a file name no_sms_on_drive.sms on the root drive of each drive you don’t want SCCM to put content on.

 

To make this file – make a txt file and rename it no_sms_on_drive.sms
Use control panel folder options and remove the check mark from hide file extentions so you can now see the file.txt and rename it no_sms_on_drive.sms

Windows Server – Add Features

On the Primary site server, the following components must be added/installed before SCCM installation can begin:
.Net Framework 3.5 Features
.Net Framework 3.5 Features (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0)
HTTP Activation – click Add Features to the box that pops up from this selection.
.NET Framework 4.5 Features (2 of 7 installed)
.NET Framework 4.5 (Installed)
ASP.NET 4.5
BITS – click Add Features to the box that pops up from this selection.
IIS Server Extension
Remote Differential Compression
Remote Server Administration Tools
Feature Administration Tools – BITS Server Extensions Tools
Windows Process Activation Service
Process Model
.NET Environment 3.5
Configuration APIs
Click Next to move on to the Web Server Role (IIS) Role services selections:

Web Server Role (IIS)
IIS Components:
Common HTTP Features
Default Document, Directory Browsing, HTTP Errors, Static Content, HTTP Redirection
Health and Diagnostics
HTTP Logging, Logging Tools, Request Monitor, Tracing
Performance
Static Content Compression, Dynamic Content Compression.
Security
Request Filtering, Basic Authentication, IP and Domain Restrictions, URL Authorization, Windows Authentication
Application Development
.NET Extensibility 3.5, .Net Extensibility 4.5, ASP, ASP.NET 3.5, ASP.NET 4.5, ISAPI Extensions, ISAPI Filters
Management Tools
IIS Management Console
IIS 6 Management Compatibility
IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility, IIS 6 Management Console, IIS 6Scripting Tools, IIS 6 WMI Compatibility
IIS Management Scripts and Tools, Management Service.

Click next and install.
Install Roles/Features:

 

Install ADK for Windows 10:
Download and install on your SCCM server.

Make your choice on Privacy Page and click next.
Accept the License Agreement – Next
Install the following components:
Deployment Tools
Windows Pre-installation Environment
User state Migration tool

Report Viewer 2015
I downloaded and tried to install Report View 2015 and was presented with this error:

 

So I did a search for Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Feature Pack and downloaded that. When you do, it gives you an option with several choices of what parts of the feature pack you want.
Choose: ENU\x64\SQLSysClrTypes.msi and install it:
Accept the agreement, install it and finish:
Now you can install Report Viewer 2015:
Accept agreement, next and complete the installation.

Install SQL 2012
Before installing sql 2012 – create your dedicated sql service account.
For example – domain\sccmsqlservice

 

Install SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition with SP1
On Product Updates page – choose Include SQL Server product updates.  Choose SQL Sever Feature installation

 

 

 

 

Select Database Engine, Reporting Services and Management Tools features and specify the SQL installation directory.  This is the directory for the program files and shared features.

Click next after installation rules are checked.

Select Default instance and ensure that your instance is created on the SQL Volume. I also changed the path to E:\ on this screen.
Review disk space requirements and click next.

On the Server Configuration Page – enter your SQL service account and password.

 

Click the Collation tab.
Set the Database Engine to use SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS.
In my installation, it was already set as default to SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS so I didn’t need to change it.

 

In the Server Configuration tab, set the authentication mode to Windows Authentication and in the SQL Server Administrators add your SCCM Admins group or sccm admin domain account.

 

In Reporting Service Configuration, Select Install only – we will configure this later.   In Error Reporting, uncheck the box if you want then click Next.  On the Installation Configuration Rules, verify Operation completed and Passed then click Next.

 

On the Ready to Install page – verify and then click Install.

 

Once completed click Close.

 

Install the latest version of SQL Server Cumulative update.

 

Double click the SP3 update executable and choose Run.
Click next.
Accept license and Next.
Click Next.

On the Check Files In Use page, verify and then click Next.
On the Ready to update page, verify and then click Update.
Once completed click close.

Configure SQL Memory settings:     Set the SQL Min and Max memory to 8192 and 8192 MB (or you will get an warning during SCCM setup later).

Open SQL Server Management Studio

Right click the top SQL Server instance node
Select Properties

In the Memory tab
Minimum 8192
Maximum 8192

Launch the Prereqchk tool in order to verify if all components are configured correctly. You can launch this from the SCCM install DVD or folder where you copied the install files as in my example:
Open an Administrator command prompt Browse to .\SMSSETUP\BIN\X64
Run the following command : prereqchk.exe /AdminUI
Enter to run the Prereqchk.

If successful you will see this screen:
Click OK.

Install WSUS and KB3095113:
From Server manager – Manage – Add Roles and Features – Windows Server Update Services.
Click Add Features to the box that pops up.
Click Next 3 times.

Select role services:
If using the SQL Server database you can choose to remove to the WID (Windows Internal Database)  Remove the check box in the WID Database and add “Database” then click next.

Choose a location to store windows updates:


Select SQL Database:
Type in your sccm server that contains your SQL database and check connection.

Click Check connection and it should return “Successfully connected to server” if you have everything configured properly.
Click next.
Click Install on the confirmation page to confirm installation selections.
Click close when it completes.

Install WSUS and database setup:

Once it is completed – reboot your sccm server that has the wsus installed and then be sure to run the post installation task to allow WSUS to complete the setup. You do not need to do the WSUS configuration just the post installation task. Otherwise, the SUSDB is not created in SQL (I found this out the hard way).
To do this – open server manager – dashboard and then click the yellow triangle with the !

Install hotfix KB3095113:
After the post install task finishes you need to install the hotfix KB3095113 to enable Windows 10 feature upgrades.
Download Microsoft https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3095113

Install the update and restart the SCCM server after it finishes.

Now you are ready to being the SCCM 1511 installation.

Install SCCM 1511:
From the installation DVD or folder run splash or setup:
Click install.

Review the before you begin page and click next:

Install Configuration Manager Primary Site:

Install a Configuration Manager primary site – click next.
Enter your license key or select evaluation:
Agree to the terms and click next.
Accept the Prerequisite Licenses or you can’t continue…

Choose a location for the Prerequisite Downloads (Choose obvious location to delete later).
Click Next.

I received this error while downloading the temporary files:
The solution was to delete the files out of the temp folder and then restart the download.

Click Next on the Server Language Selection.
Click Next on the Client Language Selection.
Enter the Site Code and Site Name that fits your organization:

Install the Primary Site as a stand-alone site:
Click Yes to continue.

Accept the Database information/settings:
Click Next.

Specify locations for SQL data and transaction logs:
Accept defaults and click next.

Set SMS Provider Settings (Accept defaults):
Click Next.

Choose Configure the communication method on each site system role:
Click Next.

Site System Roles – Verify FQDN for Management Point Role and Distribution point:
Click Next.

Usage Data – click next:

Service Connection Point Setup:
Click Next.

Settings Summary – review and click next:
Run Prerequisite Check – if successful Begin Install:

After the Core setup completes – click close:

SCCM is now installed!

Open the Configuration Manager Console:
On your sccm server, search configuration and open the CMC

Now you can begin creating your site boundaries, discovering clients, etc.
In my next post, I’ll go over boundaries, clients and upgrades to SCCM.

Install 1st domain controller server 2012 R2

For the purpose of this tutorial we will be using Hyper-V but you can just as easily use VMware.  *Note* you should have basic familiarity with creating VM’s for this tutorial.

1. Create your new virtual machine using Hyper-V.

2. Once the new VM is installed, make all the necessary changes and updates for your environment:   Time zone, machine name (example dc01) run windows updates, etc.  Add Roles to VM to install Domain Controller.
3. From Server Manager – Go to Manage – Add Roles and Features.

4. Click next – next on role based – select your server and click next.
5. Select Active Directory Domain Services.

6. Click “Add Features” on the box that pops up.

7. Click next – click next on features page – click next on AD DS – click install on confirmation page.
8. Click Close after installation has succeeded.

9.  You will now notice a yellow triangle at the top right of the Server Manager

Click it to view the Post-deployment Configuration Options and click Promote this server to a domain controller.

10.  In deployment configuration – Choose Add a new forest if this is your first DC in a new domain and specify your root domain.


Click Next.

11.  Choose your Forest and Domain functional levels, Add DNS and choose your DSRM password.


Click Next.
12.  This is being done in a test environment so that’s why you see the DNS error.  Click next to continue.

13.  Verify or enter your NetBIOS domain name (in this example it was “steveshoemake”).  Click next.
14.  Verify your Paths for the AD DS database, log files, and SYSVOL – click next.
15.  Review your selections and then click next if they are correct for your environment.
16.  After the Prerequisite checks pass – click Install.  Wait for it to complete and reboot the server.
17.  Login to the new domain controller – open Active Directory Users and Computers and begin setting up your domain users etc.