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Started working with IBM mainframe computers in the 1980s, moved on to Unix and Vax minicomputers before getting moved on to the traditional LAN servers we all know and 'love' today.

Former Microsoft MVP for Virtualisation, Windows Server & Security about 8 years.

Currently deputy department manager and "senior sysadmin" for a college in England, designing and providing server and infrastructure for an IT team that looks after several thousand users in a mixed environment.


Mar
19
comment Is there a limit on Microsoft Exchange 2003 connected mobile devices?
Version of Exchange, including service pack level? Are these devices connecting to the same mailboxes as current devices, or new ones? What happens when you try?
Mar
19
comment Why is remote desktop still not working?
how about defining "It's not having any of it"? I'm not aware of that being a recognised error message anywhere in Windows in general, let alone the client or server side of the RDP stack in particular.
Mar
16
comment How to configure Microsoft Exchange Server (i.e my company's server) to Outlook 2003
clearly an end user question. How did we miss this before?
Mar
14
comment vSphere ESXi and assigning public IPs to VM
What do you think needs to be clarified? Remember: Nothing magical happened just because someone said virtual. A network is still a network. A route is still a route.
Mar
12
awarded  Enlightened
Mar
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
4
comment Windows Server Administration - which services are safe to run internet facing?
This is the proper answer in my opinion - there is no magic "this is a safe thing to run end of discussion" list - don't expose services unless you need to, don't leave those services unmanaged/unpatched, etc. Simple as - what operating system you're running and stuff like that doesn't even enter into the debate here.
Mar
1
comment Why does a DHCP server need a static IP address?
@Zoredache's comment about your DHCP server getting an address from a rogue DHCP server (or failing to get one at all) is key, I would say. You can't build a robust network stack on faulty foundations.
Feb
19
awarded  off-topic
Feb
6
comment Why is sqlservr.exe Running?
SqlServer.exe is just another executable - it can be started as a service but there's nothing magical and holy about code that can run as a service that prevents it being called as a conventional app too.
Feb
6
comment Is it possible/practical to use a Linux server to authenticate Windows devices?
This is the route to go down rather than a "generic LDAP server" route unless you've got particular requirements that mean you're married to a specific LDAP server already.
Feb
5
comment Windows DHCP client only using one DNS server?
@Hyppy except that it doesn't fit in this case, and even a cursory bit of investigation would show this to be the case.
Feb
4
comment What happens when DC cannot reach external time server?
It's probably worth noting that time sync in a domain (e.g. for kerberos) is based around the idea that the domain controllers and domain members all have the same time, not that the time is correct, so while having the right time is important, it's not as important as the members all agreeing on the same time.
Feb
4
comment How to prevent attacker from taking advantage of rsync for destroy target server
What Jenny said. You're essentially worrying that someone who can already hack your server can hack your server.
Jan
31
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
24
comment Backup Hyper-V To Google Drive?
does GD even support incremental backups of a VHDX file - why not ask them? Their support people are just as entitled to see good comedy writing as we are. I'm willing to bet that neither Google or Microsoft would consider that to be a tested or supported scenario...
Jan
13
answered Probelms Installing Exchange 2010 Installation Organization Prep failed|can't Prepare Schema Server
Jan
13
answered Can a database created in MS SQL Server Express be exported to MS SQL standard?
Jan
13
comment Authenticating Debian against AD using only LDAP
I honestly think the correct answer here is to find the people in the IT department behind this dysfunctional policy and give them a high-five (in the face with a sledgehammer). It seems counter-productive to try proceeding under the current circumstances.
Jan
12
comment IIS 7.5 - Can I Disable NT Authentication if a Certain String Appears in the URL?
You want to let the user decide on how they authenticate to your website based on a string in the URL? Does the word "Security" mean anything to you at all?