Setup an SMTP open relay between an onsite Windows Server and Office 365

Problem:
After migrating a client to Office 365 I needed a way of sending email from various applications and devices.  I wanted an open relay for email though an onsite Windows Server to Office 365.

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Port mirroring from a Cisco Switch to a virtual machine on a VMWare ESXi host

Problem:
I needed to capture all traffic from a particular network port (an IP phone system connected to a Cisco SG300 switch) and mirror this data to a virtual machine in our virtual infrastructure.  So effectively I needed to setup port mirroring from a physical network port to a VMWare ESXi virtual machine.

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Activate an evaluation copy of Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016 with a valid key

Problem:
A client recently asked me to setup several VMs using the evaluation copy of Windows Server 2016.  After they had put lots of data on the servers and decided to use them for production purposes they decided they wanted to keep the existing server setup. When inputting a purchased Volume Licence Key they were presented with the error ‘That key can’t be used to activate this edition of Windows. Please try a different key’.

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Installing and Configuring SCCM 2016 – Stage 4 Setting up Site System Roles

In the this post we will be setting up your SCCM 2016 Site System roles.  So what is a site system role and why do we need it?  A site system role is added to extend the management functionality of the site.  So basically if you want to be able to manage a particular type of object within SCCM 2016 we need to install a site system role for it.

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