How to NOT lose your mind with SQL logins

November 16, 2015

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away I was an Oracle DBA.  And then I did a lot of work with SQL Server as I worked with a group that did a lot of Great Plains installs.  Then, sadly, I didn’t do much work with SQL and I got super rusty, to Read More

A (Non) Profitable Journey – Part 5

November 12, 2015

One BIG feature of Server 2012 R2 Essentials (either the full on Essentials install or the Essentials role) is the built-in ability to integrate your local Windows user accounts with your Office 365 accounts.  To be clear, this is not exactly the same as the full on “DirSync” abilities that Microsoft offers admins who want Read More

BackupExec and Copied Media

October 24, 2015

We’ve had a reminder this week of some oddities in BackupExec. Our standard backup configuration for customers that use BackupExec is to have BackupExec send its output to a NAS device (generally a QNAP) and then the datastore on the QNAP is dumped out to a USB disk for offsite storage on a regular basis.  Read More

Defense In Depth

October 24, 2015

I was watching an automotive program earlier today – Autoweek out of Detroit – and there was a panel discussion about how to protect automobiles from hacking attacks.  And during the discussion there were terms being thrown out that resonate in the IT world, just as they always have, with the most resonant being “Defense Read More

Office365, Office 2016 and Windows 10 – notes from the field

October 16, 2015

You will undoubtedly be aware that Windows10 and Office 2016 are live and ready for you unless, of course,  you have been hiding away somewhere with zero access to the outside world.  We (itgroove) have pretty well completed the move internally and I have a customer that has made the leap for a number of Read More

Office 2016–The New Office

September 22, 2015

Microsoft will be rolling out Office 2016 today and with it they will also be rolling out a change of focus.  Yes, Office 2016 will build on past releases of Office just as new builds of Office have always done but, with Office 2016, the focus will move away from Office just being “Office” to Read More

A (Non) Profitable Journey – Part 4

September 19, 2015

Things continue apace at Swan Lake.  I’ve been fooling around with various things and I’m slowly rolling in the changes that I and they want to see in place.  It’s a slow process as I have to grab time to do things where and how I can but things are rolling forward and that is Read More

The Cloud and Trust

September 19, 2015

We were having a discussion in the office yesterday that was triggered by a discovery we made about our Office365 backup solution (we use SkyKick).  In a nutshell we discovered that the backup vendor has to make a few manipulations with provided credentials in order to back up site collections inside SharePoint Online.  The provided Read More

Exchange almost gone KABOOM?

August 27, 2015

There is an old Bugs Bunny cartoon where Marvin the Martian is working with his illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator and it doesn’t work.  “Where’s the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!”, says Marvin when nothing happens.  For Marvin this wasn’t good, for you with what looks to be a dead Exchange Read More

A (Non) Profitable Journey–Part 3

August 26, 2015

I migrated Swan Lake out of their Small Business 2011 environment into a new Server 2012 R2 environment built on top of Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V.  Swan Lake had purchased the server licenses and CAL’s through Tech Soup and it only made sense to make use of that licensing as we move forward.  I migrated Read More

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