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Month: March 2017

Highlights from Microsoft Tech Summit

Highlights from Microsoft Tech Summit

Due to some bad timing I wasn’t able to attend the Microsoft Tech Summit  event this week in Birmingham, but thankfully Microsoft have put a lot of the sessions up online. I’ve been working my way through some of the sessions and thought it would be useful to highlight the ones that I thought were useful. Office 365 Deploy Microsoft Office 2016 the right way Excellent presentation from Brian Canady on Office 2016 ProPlus. His high level take on deploying…

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End of Support for Office 2013

End of Support for Office 2013

In February 2017 Microsoft ended support for Office 2013 Office 365 Pro Plus, Small Business Premium, Business, Project Pro, and Visio Pro subscriptions.  This means the client application and language packs are no longer available for installation from the Office 365 Admin Centre, no features updates will be released for these versions and Microsoft Premier Support or Customer Service and Support divisions will not offer support on these products. Microsoft will however provide critical and important security updates for these…

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Deploy a Website in Azure – Part 2

Deploy a Website in Azure – Part 2

This is the second part of my series on how to deploy a website within Azure.  The first part of the series covered how to deploy a Web App, create deployment credentials and deploy some content to the website.  Within this blog post I will be covering off how to use your own domain name for the website and apply an SSL certificate to the website. Custom Domain When you create a website within Azure it is assigned a general…

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Clean up Azure Resource Groups with PowerShell

Clean up Azure Resource Groups with PowerShell

I have an Azure subscription that I use for test/dev purposes and it was starting to get a little crowded the other day with various labs that I had spun up for a purpose and never removed.  So I had a wee spring clean using some handy PowerShell commands. I covered some basic commands on how to connect to your Azure subscription via PowerShell within my  “Connecting to Azure with PowerShell and controlling your VMs” blog post. Connect to Azure…

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Getting Started with Microsoft Teams

Getting Started with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft have now released Microsoft Teams to the general public.   This new offering within Office 365 is a new collaboration application, putting Microsoft directly in competition with Slack.  Teams is available to  anyone with an Office 365 Business Essentials, Business Premium, and Enterprise E1, E3, and E5 plans.  By default Teams is enabled but from within your Office 365 admin portal you can enable or disable it. Accessing Microsoft Teams There are three different ways in which you can…

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Deploy a Website in Azure – Part 1

Deploy a Website in Azure – Part 1

I’ve recently been taking advantage of some free credits that I have access to within Azure and have been tinkering and trying out various different options within it.  One of the things I have been learning about and experimenting with is deploying a website within Azure. Over the years I’ve hosted various websites, on all sorts of platforms from way back in the day when GeoCities was the in thing up until this day where this website is hosted within…

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Auto shutdown your VMs in Azure

Auto shutdown your VMs in Azure

Back in November 2016 Microsoft announced they were introducing the auto shutdown feature that had only been previously available within the Azure DevTest Lab environment to the ARM-based Virtual Machines environment.  It might only be a small part of the Azure feature set but it is a handy feature.  I have several test VMs set up within the ARM section and have often accidentally left them running over weekends when I’ve not been around to use them and incurred costs. …

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CloudBerry Backup Desktop Edition Review

CloudBerry Backup Desktop Edition Review

Cloudberry Lab is a company that was founded in 2008 by a group of IT professionals, since then they have set out to create cloud-based backup products suited to the small and mid-sized business (SMB) market.  They have several products available: Cloudberry Backup Cloudberry Explorer Cloudberry Drive Their backup product line includes solutions for backing up your desktop, server and NAS.  They also have a product that can used in conjunction with the backup software to help de-duplicate data before…

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Upcoming Scottish User Groups

Upcoming Scottish User Groups

Recently I’ve been on the hunt for some user groups to attend and have managed to find a few that look interesting.  I thought I would share the ones I’ve found to help my fellow Scottish IT professionals join in with the community and hopefully learn something along the way.   Edinburgh SQL Server User Group Meeting This SQL user group is meeting in Edinburgh City Centre on the 16th of March.  The topics scheduled to be discussed are based…

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ConfigMgr Query for MAC Addresses

ConfigMgr Query for MAC Addresses

I recently had to find the MAC Addresses of a bunch of servers that were managed by Configuration Manager(ConfigMgr) so I pulled together a simple query that would pull the information out of the database for me.  I’ve put together a wee guide on how I implemented the query below: 1 – First of all I opened up my ConfigMgr console and navigated to the Monitoring tab and expanded “Overview”. 2 –  Next I right clicked on Queries and selected…

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