How to Fall in Love with your Job: Always do your best

22. December 2016 Business, Opinion 1
Peter, most people don’t like their jobs. But you go out there and find something that makes you happy. –Office Space Even half a century ago, most people could not have connected with this movie as well as they do today. Memes from this modern classic can be found everywhere on the Internet, and people can instantly ...

Hyper-V Failover Cluster Best Practices (footnotes)

08. December 2016 Technical 2
Some of you may be familiar with this handy best practices checklist, published by Microsoft. Actually it comes in three varieties currently (I haven’t seen an updated one for 2016 yet): 2012 Hyper-V Best Practices and 2012 R2 Hyper-V Best Practices 2008 R2 Hyper-V Best Practices It’s a pretty good resource. In my many years deploying and ...

Without a backup, your pants are on fire

01. December 2016 Business, Opinion 1
I shouldn’t even need to write this article. It’s silly, but I have to do it anyway.  So here it goes… Not having a backup of mission critical applications and data is an emergency equivalent to having your pants on fire. Most business owners and stakeholders already assume that you have a backup–they assume that, even ...

How OneDrive changed the way I work

17. November 2016 Opinion, Productivity 0
My Documents, on steroids I kind of think about OneDrive like the My Documents folder of yore. Back in the olden days, “My Docs”–as it was affectionately referred–would be redirected to a company file server and backed up there by your administrator. But it meant you had to physically (or via VPN) be connected back to the ...

How Skype for Business changed the way I work

10. November 2016 Opinion, Productivity 0
This platform can do way more than what I’m using it for right now (I don’t have the extra fancy features where you can get a phone number, call land lines, forward to your cell, etc.). My understanding is that Skype can do all that, but I mostly use it for two indispensable things as ...

How Office 365 has changed the way I work

03. November 2016 Business, Opinion, Productivity 0
Office 365 as a Gateway to Mobility Nothing is more intriguing to me right now in our industry than the concept of mobility (and to some extent, BYOD). I am an avid fan and believer: I think that Office 365 has, more than any other product, delivered on the promises of cloud and mobile technologies, and I believe ...

Step-by-Step: How to upgrade a Legacy Hybrid Exchange Server to 2016

27. October 2016 Technical 2
One of the most common frustrations I hear from readers and clients alike is the requirement for keeping a hybrid Exchange server around, even well after all of your mailboxes have been moved to the cloud. Microsoft’s official stance regarding hybrid is this: If you remove the last legacy Exchange server from your domain in a ...

The Promise of Technology is also the Danger

20. October 2016 Philosophy 0
Who would deny the promise of technology? Technology does allow us to achieve feats that would have seemed like fantasy even a few decades ago–nobody denies that. Furthermore, each iteration of new technology makes the one before it instantly obsolete, or at least, they appear lackluster. That which seemed impossible yesterday is possible today, and by tomorrow will ...