Virtual lesson on “correct” Windows 8.1 deployment

Came across this earlier this evening, for those interested in Windows 8.1 deployment with WDS.

Live virtual lab next Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm on the “correct” deployment  of Windows 8.1:


Links for all your #Office365 needs…

A useful collection of Office 365 links to online resources and eBooks, enjoy!

Rufus – Create ‪#‎bootable‬ ‪#‎USB‬ drives for ‪#‎Windows‬ and ‪#‎Linux‬ the fast and easy way

Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.

It can be especially useful for cases where:

  • you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)
  • you need to work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed
  • you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
  • you want to run a low-level utility

Despite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need!

Oh, and Rufus is fast. For instance it’s about twice as fast as UNetbootin, Universal USB Installer or Windows 7 USB download tool, on the creation of a Windows 7 USB installation drive from an ISO. It is also marginally faster on the creation of Linux bootable USB from ISOs. (1)
A non exhaustive list of Rufus supported ISOs is also provided at the bottom of this page

Find out more and download here:

SharePoint structural elements and their limits – in laymans terms

One of the most confusing elements of selling SharePoint is explaining the different structural elements (sites and libraries/lists) and their limitations (namely the infamous 10,000 and 5,000 item limits respectively).

If you’re in the business of selling or training SharePoint then you probably have your your own ways of explaining the above, but this one seems to work well for me.

For me the best way to think of SharePoint in storage terms is as a book store.

The store in this case is the intranet or overall team site; containing bookshelves (sub-sites), books (libraries), and pages (folders & files).

In this instance the store can contain a large number of bookshelves (10,000) and each bookshelf in turn can only contain a finite number of books (10,000) with each book only able to contain a finite number of pages (5,000).

If we have a book that contains more than 5,000 pages we simply break it into multiple books/volumes with meaningful and related names– e.g. Shared Data A-L and Shared Data M-Z.

Likewise, if we end up in a situation where there are more than 10,000 books (libraries) in a bookshelf (sub-site) on a specific subject we split the books across multiple bookshelves– but if this proves unwieldy or confusing for customers we simply set up a new store (site) specialising in those books (files & folders) and once again have the ability to have 10,000 bookshelves (libraries) around that subject.

Hope that all made sense…

Clear your calendars on April 16th for SP24!

I’ve just received word of a new on-line (and free) SharePoint Conference called SP24

What you need to know:

1. Free for all attendees.
2. It’s entirely on-line – so you won’t need to leave the office or home!
3. Takes place on 16th April 10pm GMT.
4. Lasts for 24 hours.
5. World famous speakers from all over the world.
6. Keynote from Bill Baer (Senior Product Manager, Microsoft).
7. Comprises of 2 tracks, (business and technical).
8. 48 Live sessions + on-demand sessions.

So if you know anyone that works with SharePoint from a development, administration or end-user point of view, then spread the word and help make this a successful event.

Register here :

How to get Inactive user list in Office 365 Exchange

Office 365 offers some really great stats and servie information but sometimes falls short on the specifics.

For example, the dashboard will show you the number of inactive users over a period of time but now which users those are. For that, you need Powershell.

Find out more here:

Google Apps/BESX missing users from GAL? Here’s the fix…

Came across an issue today with a client using Google Apps & BESX- new users weren’t appearing in the GAL even after rebuilding the address book files. Turns out the issue was down to BESX using LDAP rather than MAPI to search for users; which was fine for our on site users in AD but not the field-based GA-only users.

Check out this link for info on how to fix the issue:

Fridge caught sending spam emails in botnet attack – Home Tech

Microsoft will furnish malware assassin to XP users until mid-2015 – Computerworld

Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) to scrub infected XP PCs for more than a year after Microsoft ends patches

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