I am working with a customer who is testing out the new Cloud HR Provisioning solutions for Azure AD. The goal of the deployment is to have new hires, terminations, and movers (department changes, consulting to FTE) events transition from the Workday HR system to Active Directory.
Once in Active Directory their current Azure AD Connect solution will sync the user to the cloud to enable SSO to many of their applications.
While testing this solution I ran into an issue where users that had an account already in AD, prior to the first matching event, would throw an error when Exported to AD.
Digging into this issue the root cause was due to attempting to process an attribute update on the ‘name’ attribute in AD.
The ‘name’ attribute is a Relative Distinguished Name, as such it cannot be updated but requires a Rename event to modify. the current deployment of the Workday provisioning agent does not account for this and throws an error error when attempting to process the request.
To work around this issue, I updated the Attribute Mapping so the ‘name’ value would only be set “only during account creation” and not changed on an update request.
I recently helped a customer expand their existing Skype 2015 environment to add additional front end pools and additional servers to their existing pools. This expansion was to support business growth over the next two years as they setup the foundations for O365 and plan a move to MS Teams.
To successfully expand the existing pools without impacting current users we first migrated all users off a pool, expanded the topology, deployed Skype and other 3rd party software needed, and moved users back after the pools were healthy. During this process we had a handful of tickets created that came up for some (but not all) users.
Issue 1: Users were unable to log into mobile clients (external)
Issue 2: Some users were getting errors when attempting to join meeting via the Skype for Business Web App:
Digging into this we quickly identified that a handful of the new servers deployed were not correctly responding to Web Ticket requests. Instead of receiving the typical XML page with a status 200 message we were seeing Page could not be displayed errors with a status 500 message.
To temporarily resolve this issue I identified what servers were not responding correctly to /WebTicket/ calls and disabled them in the Load Balancer web conferencing VIPs.
Once this was done we reinstalled the conferencing components and confirmed /WebTicket requests were correctly responding.
To avoid this issue in the future I wrote a script that would query Skype for the front end pools, select all servers in each pool and test the /WebTicket URL and output the status result (200 for success, 500 for failure)
Anytime I rebuild my workstation I typically deploy a handful of tools that are, in my opinion, critical to my success.
Below is a list, in no particular order, of my favorite tools deployed on my workstation.
Notepad ++ is my go-to text editor for all my scripting needs. I write almost all of my scripts in PowerShell and Notepad++ has great syntax highlighting and is simply/easy to use.
Snagit Screen Capture – Snagit is the Windows Snipping Tool on steroids, having the ability to quick capture a section of the screen, add highlighting or overlays allows me to make detailed customer facing documentation that is clean and clear.
SimplyFile – Simply File is my favorite Outlook plugin. Simply File scans my entire Outlook folder structure and provides recommendations for filing messages after I reply or simply need to get it out of my inbox. It also has features to create quick tasks & schedule meetings directly from a message.
Roboform – Roboform has been my primary form fill / password management tool for the past 15 years. There are lots of Password Management Tools out there, my go-to has always been Roboform. They have great browser integration and mobile app (I use an Apple iPhone).
Krisp.ai – This is the newest addition to my Toolbox but one of my favorites. Krisp is AI driven scrubber that removes background noise from your mic or speaker with a few simple clicks. As a traveling consultant I’m always taking calls from the train, airports or busy coffee shops. This is one of the best return on investments. Krisp allows me to sound professional on calls regardless of the background music or overhead announcements.
Microsoft Edge – Microsoft’s new Chromium based browser is their best browser to date.
One of the biggest headaches to troubleshoot when working with customer deployments is certificates.
What is the CAPI2/Operational Log? CAPI2 stands for Cryptographic API. The CAPI2 log is located in event viewer under Application and Services Logs/Microsoft/CAPI2/Operational.
By default, Microsoft has this log disabled. This log will grow/overwrite itself extremely fast on a production server that relies on certificates.
During a recent Skype to Exchange troubleshooting effort Microsoft requested that we enable CAPI2 logging to identify why Exchange was throwing an error accepting Unified Messaging (UM) calls from a Skype Pool.
Due to the nature of this issue we had to enable CAPI2 logging on All production Exchange servers as we had no way to force Skype to connect to a specific server.
Below is an example of what you would see in a CAPI2 log once enabled
Note: I only turned this logging on my laptop for 15 seconds and already have over 300 events captured)
I had to enable CAPI2 logging on almost 50 servers, reproduce our failed connection attempt, then disable the logs before they overwrote themselves.
Below is the script I used to set the log size to 20MB as well as enable or disable the logs in bulk