Skype phishing contact gets nasty, billy goat style

So the other morning, I had one of those random phishing contact and messages from an unknown on Skype, suggesting we have a chat and be friends, so I obliged: [21/10/2014 9:04:58 AM] olive.tiner: hey ūüôā [21/10/2014 1:59:14 PM] Dxxxxxx Bxxxxx: hi, who’s this?¬† sorry, i imported a million FB contacts!¬† did we meet inContinue reading “Skype phishing contact gets nasty, billy goat style”

SBS 2011 OWA, ActiveSync and Autodiscover not working after restore – duplicate / copy files in library

One of our techs had a funny one the other day – a power outage and surge went straight through a client’s UPS, and rebooted the ESXi box running a virtualised instance of SBS 2011.¬† This corrupted the Exchange Database, which refused to mount on reboot.¬† Easiest solution was a restore to the previous night’sContinue reading “SBS 2011 OWA, ActiveSync and Autodiscover not working after restore – duplicate / copy files in library”

Restoring SBS Essentials 2011 BMR (Bare Metal Recovery) image backup to Hyper-V VM (Virtual machine)

It’s blog post titles like the above that make me really want to re-evaluate my career choice, sell up and bugger off round the world on a 2 year trip using only smoke signals to communicate to the rest of the world… Anyway – to the issue in question! I’m basically going to tell youContinue reading “Restoring SBS Essentials 2011 BMR (Bare Metal Recovery) image backup to Hyper-V VM (Virtual machine)”

Windows 8 Pro DVD fails to activate – product key is from upgrade media

Had a funny one the other day, after a client brought in a laptop to be installed from scratch, with Windows 8 Pro DVD media bought from a local shop No where on the packaging did the DVD claim to be “upgrade media” –¬† to me it looked like a standard Retail copy of theContinue reading “Windows 8 Pro DVD fails to activate – product key is from upgrade media”

Introducing Windows Server 2012 (RTM Edition) – Free ebook from Microsoft

Following on from the Windows 8 free ebook here https://boma23.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/introducing-windows-8-an-overview-for-it-professionals-free-ebook-from-microsoft/, Technet have also released one for Server 2012. ¬†¬†It’s available in PDF, EPUB or MOBI for Kindle, and well worth downloading.¬†¬†The more I’m using Server 2012 and Windows 8, the more I really appreciate the leaps forward MS have made with their new OS¬†kernel. ¬†OccasionallyContinue reading “Introducing Windows Server 2012 (RTM Edition) – Free ebook from Microsoft”

Introducing Windows 8 – An Overview for IT Professionals – Free Ebook From Microsoft

I came across this today in one of the many tech¬†newsletters¬†that come past. Whilst there are a lot of articles on WIndows 8 out there, that is a fairly in depth technical overview from the people who built Windows 8 (Microsoft Press), and certainly¬†worth¬†a read from a professional’s point of view. Downloaded from this link,Continue reading “Introducing Windows 8 – An Overview for IT Professionals – Free Ebook From Microsoft”

Windows 8 and hidden SSIDs

It appears there’s lots of issues with people trying to connect to hidden SSIDs with Windows 8.   Some are claiming drivers issues, and other that it’s a ploy by MS to stop us using them (I’m in agreement with that one). Now putting aside the security issues (hidden SSIDs are actually less safe thanContinue reading “Windows 8 and hidden SSIDs”

Microsoft Surface pricing revealed…. but is it really worth it?

Pricing has been¬†revealed, and it’s not cheap. http://www.zdnet.com/surface-rt-tablet-available-for-preorder-why-i-am-waiting-7000005924/ Surface appeals because of it’s small form factor, and the ability to finally use Win8 in a Touch environment as a small, robust, mobile tablet with keyboard if you go for the option. Needing to learn Windows 8, I‚Äôve put Win8 on my main work laptop thisContinue reading “Microsoft Surface pricing revealed…. but is it really worth it?”

Office 365: Set Password Never Expires

My thanks to Stoch Tech Group’s blog for this most useful set of Powershell commands, to set the password no-expiration policy for a domain with¬†Office¬†365, reprinted here for the sake of my own documentation. http://stgtech.blogspot.com/2011/12/office-365-set-password-never-expires.html?showComment=1347631636769#c7274575091338521665 First you need a system with Microsoft Powershell installed. You can download this and find installation instructions for Powershell here.Continue reading “Office 365: Set Password Never Expires”