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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Using IP Helpers with the DHCP and PXE Boot Process

Using IP Helpers with the DHCP and PXE Boot Process

Following on from the interest in my DHCP and PXE Boot Process Explained blog post a few weeks ago I thought it might be useful to give an example of how DHCP works in a real world example where we have multiple subnets, routers and remote offices. Real World Example An example of what we have in the real world could be the following: This set up has the DHCP server and SCCM server within a subnet and the clients…

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ConfigMgr Query for Name, Serial Number, Bios Version, IP Address and MAC Address

ConfigMgr Query for Name, Serial Number, Bios Version, IP Address and MAC Address

I recently had to pull together some information on several servers and I made used of ConfigMgr in order to collate the information.  Below is the ConfigMgr Query that I used and also it’s SQL equivalent. Below is the ConfigMgr Query that will pull out the Computer Name, Serial Number, BIOS Version, IP and MAC Address. When you look at your query statement window, it should look like this.     Here is the SQL equivalent if you wish to use…

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DHCP and the PXE Boot Process Explained

DHCP and the PXE Boot Process Explained

Recently I came across a scenario where we had to troubleshoot why a laptop wasn’t rebuilding via SCCM and I thought it would be good to write an article explaining the PXE boot process and how DHCP is linked to that. Basic DHCP Process The simplest of DHCP processes goes as follows: The client connects to the network and sends out a DHCP broadcast The DHCP server picks up the broadcast The server then replies with a suggested IP address…

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How To Configure DHCP Using Powershell

How To Configure DHCP Using Powershell

I have complied some notes on how to install and configure DHCP using Powershell cmdlets.  These can come in handy for setting up lab environments quickly or scripting changes within your environment easily. The first cmdlet is how to install the necessary role: Once the DHCP role has been created you can start to configure scopes and various options needed for that scope. The cmdlet below creates a scope with the range 10.10.54.3-254, it sets the subnet to 255.255.255.0. And…

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