Benefits to keeping an On-Premises Active Directory Domain

23. February 2017 Opinion 0
I have seen an alarming trend in the small business market–as more and more companies offload their IT infrastructure to cloud-based applications and services (which is great in many cases), many of them are also starting to abandon older tools and platforms such as on-premises Active Directory. This I cannot agree with, for multiple reasons. ...

Hyper-V Failover Cluster: Basic Setup

16. February 2017 Technical 4
I have previously shared a slightly more complex method for configuring a simple 2-node failover cluster, involving a converged Hyper-V virtual switch, with QoS policies and so forth to manage traffic on the Management, CSV and Live Migration networks. However, there is another config I wanted to share, which in some cases is preferable in an ...

The Four Causes of Technology

02. February 2017 Philosophy 0
Aristotle, in his work The Metaphysics, enumerates a number of “causes” which describe the essence of a thing. Your business’s technology is a thing. If we want to gain a good understanding of what this thing is, then we should be able to describe this thing–in its essence–we should be able to articulate each cause in order ...

FAQ: Office 365 Exchange Online Hybrid Migrations

19. January 2017 Technical 0
I think I get more traffic and questions about this topic than just about any other. A lot of people send in comments or contact requests asking about things that I know I have already written about. But, apparently I haven’t done a good job of capturing this information in one single place yet. This ...

How to: Express Migration to Office 365 Exchange Online

12. January 2017 Technical 47
For a long time, I have been advocating for hybrid style migrations from Exchange On-premises to Exchange Online with Office 365, regardless of whether you are a small, medium or larger-sized enterprise. The reason being, it is a much better end user experience, and does not require manual reconfiguration of Outlook clients. A seamless switch-over ...

100 Published Articles (and 1 year old)

07. January 2017 Misc 0
I just noticed something rather remarkable: I’ve already published 100 articles, and this blog is now about 1 year old! Admittedly, I should have started this thing years ago, but I figured that anytime is better than no time.  I’m glad to have made the time investments that I have over the course of 2016, as ...

How to migrate mailboxes from Office 365 to… Office 365?

05. January 2017 Technical 0
Mergers and acquisitions are probably the most common source of IT headaches in the world.  Whenever you have to deal with the complexities of merging two disparate information systems, you know you’re going to run into a number of obstacles. And when both organizations are already on Office 365, in separate tenancies… it’s either very ...

Resourcefulness, Initiative and Grit

29. December 2016 Opinion, Philosophy 0
When faced with some problem, most of us (let’s be honest) are habituated toward shopping for and purchasing some product that “solves” our problem. But the marketplace is not lacking in products. What is lacking, I believe, is spirit. When I was just a young boy, I thought that owning a new pair of sneakers would ...