Robert’s New Blog

January 25, 2016

A note from your friendly neighbourhood itgroove Blog admin: Our friend and former colleague Robert Dick has started up a new blog: http://thebeagle.beagledom.ca/ Stay current with his latest posts there.  

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December 15, 2015

Journalists of all stripes have used the notation –30— at the end of an article or “dispatch” (ooo, there’s an older term) to denote that there’s nothing more, it is the end of the article.  Well, I’m using it to mark the end of this blog, at least in its current form. After 7 very Read More

Server Essentials 2012 R2 – Connector and RDP

December 6, 2015

I’ve written a few posts about Server 2012 R2 Essentials and I’ve made it pretty clear that I am a “fan”.  For small shops it’s a pretty sweet deal as it makes it very easy to manage your systems. One of the features provided by Essentials is the “Connector software.  The Connector sets up the Read More

Office 365–Yammer and Outlook Groups

November 30, 2015

I realized as I was writing my posts about Outlook Groups that some people might wonder if there would be a reason to use a Group in place of Yammer or vice versa.  So I thought a quick discussion about how the two pieces work and relate might be in order. The first thing to Read More

Volunteer! It’s good for your soul!

November 29, 2015

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. – Winston Churchill   I volunteer with a couple of organizations, one of which I write about regularly on this blog, Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, and the other which is not tech oriented, the Salvation Army Stan Read More

Stupid Licensing Practices

November 28, 2015

This is a rant so be forewarned … We discovered an “interesting” kink in Backup Exec licensing this week.  I will admit that we had not been paying attention to the changes announced first by Symantec and then Veritas so I suppose we were partially asleep at the switch.  Nevertheless, the changes are significant and Read More

Thanks for making me look good, Matt!

November 28, 2015

I am the first to admit I don’t have an “eye”.  I take a lousy photograph (poor composition), I’m probably colour blind (or at least colour agnostic), I can’t work a graphics editor to save my soul, and I’m so text-oriented that younger colleagues “pity” me.  Let’s face it, I’m an old white guy with Read More

Office 365 – “Outlook” Groups, Part 2

November 28, 2015

In the first part of this series I looked at the basics of creating an Outlook Group in the Office 365 Mail client and I also highlighted the components of the created Group.  In this post I’m going to look at how the Group looks in and interacts with Outlook on a PC as well Read More

Office 365 – “Outlook” Groups, Part 1

November 24, 2015

One of my favourite features in O365 is Groups.  I think it is one of the most useful features that Microsoft has rolled into O365 over the past 12 – 14 months and one that all organization sizes can utilize.  Groups can be used for many tasks such as “light” project management, team collaboration, your Read More

Uncle Rob’s O365 Licensing Primer

November 21, 2015

O365 licensing seems to confuse a lot of people so I’m going to attempt to demystify it somewhat for all concerned.  Hopefully, my explanations will help dispel confusion! The first thing to understand is that O365 is a subscription service; you purchase a subscription that is valid for a certain period of time then you Read More

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