Apr
10

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Aug
01

Server Hangs on acpitabl.dat after restore to different hardware

Tweet I came across an issue yesterday where I was building a lab environment with a client and had issues when restoring their exchange server to a VM in vmware workstation. The Domain controller has restored ok and cleaned up AD and all looked ok, but using the same base template to restore the Exchange …

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Jul
09

Migrating to Office 365?

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Tweet I’ve done a few Office 365 migrations now from small 5 – 10 man companies to several hundred user multinational corporations. All migrations have been for the same reason: reduce internal infrastructure and increase email availability and take out the worry and concerns of one of the most important tools in your business if …

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Feb
24

Single Sign On for Office 365

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Tweet There are 2 ways to authenticate to Office 365, Authenticate using the Microsoft Online Services ID Authenticate against ADDS (Active Directory Domain Services) through implementing SSO (Single Sign-On) and DirSync (Directory Synchronisation). When deploying Office 365 you will need to think carefully how to go about your authentication as changing half way through your …

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Dec
06

DNS Settings for Office 365 in Power DNS

Tweet I was thinking about changing my name servers to point to my own DNS Server as the primary server and a “Friend of a Friends” name server as the secondary. My VPS is running PowerDNS which is simple enough to add in regular DNS entries, my biggest head ache was the SRV record as …

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Dec
05

Adding a new domain to users email in Office 365

Tweet I had an issue the other day where I needed to add a bunch of domains to an Office 365 account. Adding and verifying the domains was a bit of a pain but didn’t take too long. Adding the domain to each user account was even simpler using PowerShell. Here is how it was …

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Jul
04

More thoughts on Office 365

Tweet I had a chat with a friend of mine recently who is a Linux sys admin by trade, who was looking at Office 365 to see what all the hype was about. We had a discussion about the pricing of it and I was saying for £15.75 a month a user could get a …

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Jul
04

AutoSPInstaller script

Tweet I’ve been spending some time looking at the SharePoint 2010 autospinstaller that you can download from codeplex. Its a very useful tool which enables you to script your entire SharePoint 2010 install. Not only will it install SharePoint it will also setup and configure the SharePoint 2010 Central Administration  site, and also create a …

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Jun
17

Office 365 Initial Thoughts

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Tweet I’ve been spending the last week getting to know Office 365 from a Systems Admin point of view intimately! I have to say I am pretty impressed with it on the whole, the Admin interface is far better than its predecessor BPOS. It is much easier to use, the ability to manage Exchange in …

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Jun
13

Upgrading your hard disk in Windows 7

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Tweet One of the developers in the office had 2 x 70GB HDD’s in his machine, not ideal at all! especially when a lot of developers these days have VM’s to test things out on. He asked me to order up a couple of new HDD’s for him, which was not a problem. The problem …

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