No more passwords

I've been working with customers recently helping define security strategies as they look to adopt our cloud services.  I heard about Windows 10's new Passport feature and wanted to better understand what it is.  What I learned is how *cool* this technology is, and how it will change how we approach security.  Credential theft and credential reuse…


The end of Exchange? Probably….

  I, like many of you, follow prominent voices in the Exchange community through blogs and other outlets.  One recent post by Tony Redmond, MVP and technologist, caught my interest more than usual.  His recent post ‘The end of Exchange? I don’t think so’ was a response to a blog post by Scott Cameron.  Tony…

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Setting up Windows Application Proxy for Exchange 2013

  Hello again! I wanted to try out some of the new Windows Server 2012 R2 functionality that is meant to replace TMG/ISA/UAG.  Thanks to Georg Hinterhofer for helping me troubleshooting and getting my lab working! This post assumes you know how to do basic setup, like DNS, installing Exchange 2013, etc. You can setup…

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More productive meetings with Lync and OneNote – Part 2

In Part1, I showed you how to use this fabulous feature..now I’ll show you what it takes to get it up and running.  I’m sure there are other ways you can do this..I’ve found this works best for me, since our corporate data needs to be secure, and SkyDrive Pro is what we’re supposed to…


More productive meetings with Lync and OneNote–Part 1

When it comes to taking meeting minutes and sending out notes/action items – I’m probably about as bad as it gets. This has been a problem for me forever, and I’ve tried several ways to overcome this. Finally, I think I’ve found a solution that will make my life easier – Lync and OneNote integration!…


What have I been doing lately – ITAP

Some of you may have worked with Microsoft Consulting Services on a project, but the consultant was likely in a technical delivery role.  Many customers do not know that MCS offers strategy consulting as well. Historically, the ITAP (IT Architecture and Planning) was named something else – EPM, ESC, MTSS, ESC.  The role started as…


Is Someone listening?

Reason #101 to use OCS for audio conferencing.  Who is listening in on your conference call?  With our previous conference bridge solution, we were assigned a permanent attendee code for people to use to join a conference call.  This number provides the authentication required to join the meeting (i.e. what you know)..but it doesn’t prevent…


EULA

For Christmas this year, we bought our kids the Flip video recorder.  On my plane ride, I was reading PC Magazine, which had an editorial blurb about users giving up their rights (forcibly) to just use a product.  I am somewhat of a privacy nut, so reading that using their product gives their company unlimited…


MMCUG meeting tomorrow

Tomorrow is a Midwest Messaging and collaboration User’s Group meeting.  Stop by if you have time!   Tuesday, April 15th 12:30 – 5:00 pm Microsoft Downers Grove Registration & Lunch (provided by PLA)  12:30-1:00 pm 1:00 – 1:15 pm Exchange Capacity Planner Tool Demo Jeff Rosen, Senior Consultant/Certified Architect (Ranger), Microsoft System Center Capacity Planner…


System Center Virtual Machine Manager

My first impressions are that it’s a very cool piece of software.  I am using it in my lab to create VM’s for Exchange, AD, SCCM, and SCOM. This got me..I tried to make a template from a brand new Windows 2003 R2 install.  SCVMM made it to about 49% then it failed.  It kept…