More System Center 2012 SP1 on Microsoft Virtual Academy

Earlier this month, I pointed at a couple of courses on Microsoft Virtual Academy – which is a great free resource, if you haven’t already found it. I’ve since found a post on the System Center blog pointing at a whole load more content that you might want to check out: Configuring and deploying Microsoft’s Private Cloud Introduction to the Microsoft Private Cloud Introduction to Hyper-V Jump Start (with System Center 2012 SP1) Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals Jump Start (with System Center 2012 SP1) Microsoft Solution Accelerators for the Datacenter and Private Cloud Private … Continue reading More System Center 2012 SP1 on Microsoft Virtual Academy

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Last weekend, James and I set out on a mission to build a replica of Hogwarts. We knew it was going to be a big job, so we wasted no time, starting at 08:30, still in pajamas. Although we’ve watched the Harry Potter films a number of times, been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and to WB Studio Tour London, we can’t actually remember exactly what Hogwarts looks like, so we started with a photo: Then we decided which elements we wanted to have in our model: Next step was to lay out our pieces roughly to see whether … Continue reading Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Deleting AD Users with PowerShell – Why is a user not a leaf object?

I’ve been re-writing some automated processes around user account lifecycle recently, making use of the Active Directory PowerShell module on Windows Server 2012. Most recently this involved removing a large number of expired user accounts. On the first attempt of trying to remove the user objects I was receiving this error for a number of them, seemingly at random: Remove-ADObject : The directory service can perform the requested operation only on a leaf object So why would a user object in AD not be a leaf object? It turns out that when a user connects a device to Exchange with EAS, there’s an AD object created … Continue reading Deleting AD Users with PowerShell – Why is a user not a leaf object?

R.I.P. Google Reader

I read a lot of stuff on the web. It’s how I try to keep as up to date as possible with my professional and personal interests, especially around technology. Yes, Twitter helps with that too, but it’s all too easy to miss something on Twitter when you follow a lot of people (I rely on saved searches a lot). By far the easiest way for me to keep on top of a large amount of content is to subscribe to RSS feeds in Google Reader.   When I’m at my desk, if I don’t have the Google Reader site … Continue reading R.I.P. Google Reader

Frustration with the Lync 2013 client for Windows Phone 8

Microsoft have released the Lync 2013 client for Windows Phone 8, and it looks great – many more features than the 2010 version, including voice and video calling. However, when I try to login to my account on Office 365 it tells me that “You can’t sign in with this version of Lync. Please install Lync 2010.” That’s unfortunate and somewhat unexpected, partly because I’m happily using the Lync 2013 desktop client on my Windows 8 desktop, but more so because the app description in the Windows Phone Store gives no real indication that it wouldn’t work. What it does … Continue reading Frustration with the Lync 2013 client for Windows Phone 8

Bletchley Park

Back in November I had the privilege to spend two days at Bletchley Park, the home of the legendary WWII code breakers and the National Museum of Computing, along with a number of the UK-based Microsoft MVPs. It’s a place that I’ve personally wanted to visit for a number of years because my grandfather’s wartime role was at a Wireless Intercept ‘Y Station’ that was listening in on Axis communications to be decrypted by the Government Code and Cipher School at Bletchley Park (the forerunner to GCHQ). The two days were filled with presentations from Microsoft staff and MVPs in the ballroom, a team code breaking … Continue reading Bletchley Park

System Center 2012 SP1

When Microsoft first released Service Pack 1 for System Center 2012, there was a short period of pain when early adopters found that it was broken due to it shipping with a certificate that expired almost immediately. Thankfully that was quickly resolved and what is available now is an excellent update in terms of support for new versions of Windows and enhanced functionality. I would recommend that people look at Microsoft Virtual Academy for details on the updates in SP1. They actually have two courses that cover it: System Center 2012 SP1 Updates and System Center 2012 SP1 Capabilities. As usual, … Continue reading System Center 2012 SP1

TheTekTonic Show

Last Sunday there was a seismic shift when my good friend Ben Lee and I recorded the zero-th episode of our new podcast, TheTekTonic Show. The idea is that it’ll be a semi-regular dose of tech chat, not covering the news as such, but more to do with trends. Since both of us are IT Pros working largely in the Microsoft stack, you can expect a bias towards discussion of Microsoft products and corporate IT, but we’re generally interested in all technology, and with all the BYOD, corporate IT and consumer tech are crossing over. Our plan is to have guests on … Continue reading TheTekTonic Show

Microsoft’s Certified Career Day

If you’re an IT Pro and you aren’t thinking about cloud technologies, then you probably aren’t reading technology blogs either, so I’m assuming that you, dear reader, are conscious of the shift towards the cloud. You might also be thinking about getting skilled up and certified as a cloud expert for the benefit of your career. On Tuesday 12th March (from 08:30 PDT), Microsoft is running a Certified Career Day to talk about the technologies, the direction and the certifications they have available. There’s quite a line-up of experts on the schedule, so I expect the content is going to be pretty … Continue reading Microsoft’s Certified Career Day