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O365: Forefront Identity Manager & Office 365 DirSync Failing

I encountered an issue where both Forefront Identity Manager and Office 365 DirSync both failed to start.

My investigation of this after I received an email from which had informed me that Windows Azure Active Directory did not register a synchronization attempt from the Directory Sync tool.


I attempted to do was start the Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization Service. This had failed because depends on Forefront Identity Manager Synchronization Service which was also no longer starting.


I attempted to start the Forefront Identity Manager Synchronization Service this failed with the following message:

Verify that the service account has permissions to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Forefront Identity Manager\2010\Synchronization Service

If the problem persists, run setup and restore the encryption keys from backup.


After my verification I attempted I uninstalled the Office 365 DirSync along with Forefront Identity Manager and SQL which were all installed.  This time around I unable to even install the Office 365 DirSync

All three of my attempts had failed.

So what changed?

I rebooted the system; and after it had resumed the services which worked seemed to no longer function.

Then it *clicked* after much investigation and review.  The question I did not ask.  Could Office 365 exist on the same system that’s also running ADFS.  I soon found out the answer is ” *NO* “.

The Directory Synchronization tool cannot be installed on Active Directory Federation Service.

So I uninstalled the Office 365 DirSync, along with SQL. Followed by the removal of the ADFS Role from the server.

After the restart I installed the Office 365 DirSync again and configured it as I have done before and all is working once again.

And now I and you all know 

I hope this post help you and saves you some time.  I spent a day working on this and waiting for Microsoft to call me.  I seems like I have resolved this issue on my own; once again.


If your using Office 365 DirSync do NOT enable the ADFS Role if you do, you run the sure chance of breaking your working Office 365 DirSync.

Environment: Windows Server 2012 R2 Update 1 (x64)

- Jermal

Poet and Author Maya Angelou Dies at Age 86

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

- Maya Angelou, 1928 – 2014

Workout – Upper Body Dumbbell Chest Workout

Hey everyone, I have this new hit it hard workout exercise. using dumbbells to help me with stabilization and work those parts of my body I don’t work often. Most of all to practice proper form.

As I did in my previous post; I have included some links back to to show you the proper methods.

So lets start:

Requirements – A bench, dumbbells (weights you can support), ability to do push-ups, some time and most importantly; You.

You will do this exercise in the following order

  1. Close Grip Dumbbell Press Pullover (10x) (weight ‘n’)
    Here I am using two dumbbells pressed close together while giving a smooth chess press between each movement
  2.  Dumbbell Chest Press (10x) (weight ‘n+10 lbs’)
    This is an excellent way to work the Chest
  3. Push-ups (10x)
    I have come to love these. Push-ups are one of the oldest and most basic of exercises, best of all it boost your metabolic rate so you burn more calories working all of your body while you do them.
  4. Rest 60 second and start the set over again – this is simple, just rest have a few sips of water and prepare for to the next go around.

I hope you enjoy, I know I did.

Need more?  Let Mike Chang over at Six Pack Shortcuts show how.

Goodbye Windows XP

The end of Support for Windows XP is here. For more info please follow this link:

Quando sono solo sogno all’orizzonte
E mancan le parole
Si lo so che non c’ luce
In una stanza quando manca il sole
Se non ci sei tu con me, con me

Su le finestre
Mostra a tutti il mio cuore che hai accesso
Chiudi dentro me
La luce che hai incontrato per strada

Time to say goodbye paesi che non ho mai
Veduto e vissuto con te adesso s li vivro
Con te partiro su navi per mari che, io lo so
No, no, non esistono piu, it’s time to say goodbye

Quando sei lontana sogno all’orizzonte
E mancane le parole
E io s lo so che sei con me, con me
Tu mia luna tu sei qui con me
Mio sole tu sei qui con me, con me, con me, con me

Time to say goodbye paesi che non ho mai
Veduto e vissuto con te adesso s li vivro
Con te partir su navi per mari che, io lo so
No, no, non esistono piu con te io li rivivr

Con te partir su navi per mari che, io lo so
No, no, non esistono pi con te io li rivivro
Con te partiro

Io con te

Andrea Bocelli – Time To Say Goodbye

Workout – Upper Body Dumbbell (sets, in the following order)

Today I completed my very own personal workout plan; I’m calling it the jermsmit upper body dumbbell workout.

Here is what I done with links to to show you the proper form. I hope you enjoy; I know I did.

1. One-Arm Dumbbell Row Exercise – 10 reps (

2. Pushups – 10 reps

3. Standing Dumbbell Press – 10 reps (

4. Alternating Dumbbell Curls – 10 reps (

5. Standing Dumbbell Triceps Extension Exercise – 10 reps (

6. Dumbbell Shrugs – 10 reps

-This is my Friday workout plan

The Lego Movie – Untitled Self Portrait (Batman’s Song)

Yes, this is REAL music!

Dark; Brooding
Important; Groundbreaking

Check out the lyrics


You get it, that’s just the first verse!


Chief Linwood B. Pulley, Jr. USN, Ret.

In Loving Memory of

Chief Linwood B. Pulley, Jr. USN, Ret.

12/13/1969 - 02/06/2014

Chief Linwood Berman Pulley, Jr left us to go be with the Lord on Thursday, February 6th at Haven Hospice; he was surrounded by family. Linwood was born and raised in Portsmouth, VA on December 13, 1969 and retired from the US Navy in September 2010. Linwood was a devoted husband and wonderful father of 3 children and an outstanding big brother to not only his 4 siblings but to many others. He was full of life and never met a stranger; his positive attitude along with his quick wit always made people laugh even when they didn’t feel like it. Lin had a profound love for music and a vast collection of every genre of music imaginable; this often made him the #1 pick as DJ for parties and family/friend gatherings.

Linwood enlisted in the US Navy after graduating high school in 1988. He proudly served his country for 22 years. His assignments took him from home to, Camp Lejeune, NC, Panama City, Panama, Indian Head, MD, Camp Pendleton, CA, Charlotte, NC, Djibouti, Africa and lastly Jacksonville, Florida where he was promoted to Chief Hospital Corpsman. Chief Pulley also deployed several times in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, he returned to the gulf onboard the USS El Paso (LKA 117); he deployed onboard the USS Tarawa (LPD 1) in support of Operation Desert Strike. He again returned to the gulf onboard the John F. Kennedy (CV67) in support of Operation Endure Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Survivors who will cherish Lin’s charisma, zest for life and love of mentoring others include his wife Carmen Nieves Pulley, his two sons and daughter Linwood B. Pulley, III of Texas, Carlos M. Pagan of FL, Jasmine J. Pulley of TX, his father Linwood B. Pulley, SR (Betty) of VA, his mother Linda McDaniel (DeRoy) of VA, his brothers Brian Pulley (Adria) of VA, George Lamb III (Tomekia) of AZ and his sister Michone A. Jackson (Roshon) of OK. Preceding him in death is his brother Kelvin Pulley who also served his country in the US Army. In addition to his parents and siblings his life is also celebrated by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends from across the world.

There will be a visitation and funeral service at Forest Meadows Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, February 9th, 2014 from 2-4pm with the funeral starting at 4pm. On Monday at 10:00am Graveside with Military Honors at Forest Meadows Memorial Park Central, 4100 NW 39th Ave. Gainesville, FL.