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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.


Sep
22
answered Multi-Site AD design
Sep
22
comment Exchange Powershell - Creating Distribution Groups
please update your question to show exactly what command you're typing now, plus the results of running import-csv against your current csv file.
Sep
22
comment Exchange Powershell - Creating Distribution Groups
@JJJJNR in that case, please edit your question to show the results of import-csv "c:\whatever-the-path-is-to-your-file\file.csv
Sep
22
revised Exchange Powershell - Creating Distribution Groups
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Sep
22
revised Exchange Powershell - Creating Distribution Groups
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Sep
22
answered Exchange Powershell - Creating Distribution Groups
Sep
21
comment Samsung 840 Pro SSDs in a Dell R720
My first hand experience of Dell server support is the polar opposite of your first hand experience @marcin. Dell haven't bothered about third party gear in my servers unless its been the actual cause of the reported problems- which seems reasonable to me.
Sep
19
comment Restoring file / folder permission using GPO
I think whoever is running things there needs to get a grip on whatever is going on and do a proper review of precisely how user workstations are configured and precisely what your requirements are going forwards for each individual app you use before anyone changes anything else. I've seen drunken lunges off high cliff-tops that caused less damage than whoever is in charge of this fiasco seems content to inflict on the business.
Sep
18
comment Two front end exchange servers one back end server topology?
I still think it's a really bad choice, and browser compatibility is one big reason why, but oh well. Have you applied KB911829? microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=15917
Sep
18
comment Two front end exchange servers one back end server topology?
The first place you're going wrong is in using Exchange 2003 still. As for anything else, you might try sharing what happens when you try to create a new folder.
Sep
18
revised Can Microsoft accounts be created and managed via Active Directory / API?
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Sep
18
answered Can Microsoft accounts be created and managed via Active Directory / API?
Sep
13
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Sep
12
comment Wireless network infrastructure for an office with 40 employees
Great stuff. I think wireless is a great adjunct to a wired network, but an incredibly poor substitution for one.
Sep
10
comment Is it possible to deploy VMware vSphere 5.5 without Windows?
Precisely, I don't mind windows either, but it seems a curious, needless dependency and one that will annoy customers like your one here. Especially as I could deploy hyper-v without a single windows server or client on site (not saying it would be fun or that I would want to, mind you).
Sep
10
comment Is it possible to deploy VMware vSphere 5.5 without Windows?
You'd think vmware would work hard on this because it could be considered a competitive advantage compared to hyperv, in a way.
Sep
9
comment What to do when raid 0 errer: Following Arrays have missing required members and cannot be … Array#0-RAID-0
RAID 0 does not have any redundancy of data. If any part of a RAID 0 array fails then all the data is lost. This is spelt out clearly in the specs for this RAID level along with a plea not to use RAID 0 unless you understand the limitations and risks of using it in pretty much every bit of RAID documentation I've read ever. Hopefully you have backups because you're pretty much boned if you don't.
Sep
9
answered Install HP drive in Dell PowerEdge 2950?
Sep
6
comment Samba4 domain controller, group policy processing fails, gpupdate fails
If you want us to help troubleshoot ACL issues, you might start detailing what the ACLs are. Whether or not a domain admin can access the GP files is irrelevant. GPOs are applied by domain members (e.g. domain users and domain computers need to be able to read these files).
Aug
31
comment HDD is acting up, but S.M.A.R.T says everything is fine
The presence of a SMART error is a prediction that a drive will soon fail. The absence of such an error, however, is not a prediction that the drive will not fail.