We’ve all been there

If you’ve never come across XKCD before then I’m going to suggest you head over there now and come back to my blog later. It’s ok, I’ll wait for you. Their post today really resonated with me, and if you work in IT I’m sure you’ve had this experience too…

Finding duplicate keys in a data file with PowerShell

In my day job I’ve sometimes found myself looking for anomalies in data exported from our Siemens HiPath PBX. Siemens produce a tool that we run on a schedule to export some of the configuration settings for telephone extensions so that we can use it in various other systems. The file is called port.txt and it occasionally contains duplicate values in its unique_key field. (Don’t you just love irony?!) The HiPath doesn’t care (apparently) but when we import the data into SQL Server it goes into a table where unique_key is the primary key, so the DTS package doing the … Continue reading Finding duplicate keys in a data file with PowerShell

NEBytes November 16th: Virtualising SharePoint and Mobile BI

Due to an abundance of quality speakers, we are running two NEBytes events in Newcastle this month. The first features a pair of UK MVPs: John Timney, talking about Virtualising SharePoint, and Jen Stirrup, with a session on Mobile Business Intelligence Using Microsoft and Tableau. The details in their own words are as follows… John: Sharepoint 2010 Virtualisation remains a hot topic and for many firms it is still as yet unexplored territory and the concepts surrounding virtualisation are pushing the knowledge boundaries for Sharepoint Infrastructure Architects, Administrators and Solution Architects into areas they thought they wouldn’t need to understand, away … Continue reading NEBytes November 16th: Virtualising SharePoint and Mobile BI

First taste of FIM

I’ve spent two days this week at Microsoft’s UK HQ at Thames Valley Park at an Identity Management event run by Oxford Computer Group – basically learning about Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010 (and 2010 R2). It also gave me the opportunity to catch up with some old friends and make some new ones, which is always good. My knowledge of FIM prior to this was based almost entirely on a collection of FIM Ramp Up videos on the TechNet site, although I have a reasonable about of experience of the challenges around Identity Management, having helped develop the in-house … Continue reading First taste of FIM