IT Camps – 9th & 10th October, Cape Town

I will be delivering the following two IT Camp in Cape Town, on the 9th & 10th of October. The first event on the 9th will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, this camp will focus on IT Professionals extending their data centre to Microsoft Azure. This camp will cover all the…

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IT Pro User Group / Community (K)Nights @ Microsoft Offices in Bryanston every 2nd Tuesday of each Month

Hello IT Pro community in South Africa. The Premier Field Engineering team has become involved in the community evenings by providing relevant technical and Ops training sessions to IT Pro User Group. These sessions are 90 minutes long and occur on every 2nd Tuesday of each month (except December and January due to summer holydays)….


IT Pro User Group – July 8th – Microsoft Exchange Server Services Operational Dependencies

Exchange Services or no Exchange Services. What’s the question again? In this session Matthys Schoeman and Shaun Herbert, Microsoft Premier Field Engineers, will explore the details around operational dependencies that supports a Microsoft Exchange Server service of a company. So many support teams and their management do tend to forget the holistic view of their…

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IT Pro User Group meeting – June 10th – Deep dive into Group Policy, GPMC and AGPM

Group Policies are crucial for any Active Directory domain security. In this session, Paulo Viralhadas, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer, will explore the details around Group Policy Objects (GPOs) and its management tools, including Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM). AGPM is a GPMC plug-in that can help you enforce change control on your Group Policy…

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IT Pro User Group meeting – May 13th – The Distributed File System Replication (DFSR)

The Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) service is a multi-master replication engine that is used to keep folders synchronized on multiple servers. Replicating data to multiple servers increases data availability and gives users in remote sites fast, reliable access to files DFSR has been around since 2003 R2 for replication of folders. Additionally as you…

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IT Pro User Group meeting – April 8th – Upgrading Domain Controllers from Windows Sever 2003

As Windows Server 2003 rapidly approaches end-of-life, we find many enterprises struggling with the upgrade process for their domain controllers currently on Windows Server 2003. Many believe that this is a relatively simple process, others have sleepless nights trying to formulate the right process and identify potential risks. Either way, a fair amount of planning…

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SharePoint 2010 and 2013 PowerShell Back-up Script

I have been asked several times for a Farm backup script and I have been meaning to get to it, so finally here is one I use frequently. The attached script is one I accumulated through details from various online sources so this blog is designed to be an instructional overview from those posts. I…


IT Pro User Group meeting – March 11th

Authentication 2.0 – The old, the bad and the future.    Businesses typically only secure their corporate assets with a username and password which is pretty much the same as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other cloud-based consumer services. Online banking, which should require the most security, mostly use a username, a password and an SMS One…

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IT Pro User Group meeting – November 12th

With almost all of Microsoft Products having PowerShell capabilities, we would like to have a community evening around the basics and the possibilities of using PowerShell. Outside of product integration, IT professionals, admins, and help desk persons can use PowerShell to improve management capabilities, automate redundant tasks, and manage an environment in scale. This session…

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Community Night – October 2013

Following our first Community night around the legal landscape in South Africa that IT is facing as a whole, post here. The questions and discussions are starting to surface again with the Protection of People Information (PoPI) Bill moving towards becoming real and signed into South African law. Following previous legal and regulatory discussions we…

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