I’m writing this post on the passing of Leetile Benjamin Mophatlane, who up until a few days ago headed BCX, the largest African integrator, who passed away suddenly on the 11′th of June 2014. As a South African, and as a business owner, I wish to thank Benjamin Mophatlane for what he accomplished for African IT […]

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I reviewed the first edition of this book back in 2011, and must admit that I enjoyed the opportunity to review the new edition, for the same reasons that I enjoyed the first edition. Both the 2010 and 2013 PowerShell Cookbooks take the reader on a journey from knowing just enough about PowerShell to find the […]

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Blue Screen of Death on DAGs

by Nicolas Blank on 30/05/2013

It’s a disconcerting event when one day one of your Exchange 2010 SP1 or later DAG members blue-screens. We have a wide range of emotions that accompany one of these event’s including a sense of dread and an “OH NO” sense of something wrong, since after all, it IS a critical application AND it’s meant […]

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Office 365, RBL and rejections

by Nicolas Blank on 13/08/2012

Occasionally during your working day, you may find that email is rejected after is it sent with a notice similar to the following: Delivery has failed to these recipients or groups: Nicolas Blank Your message wasn’t delivered due to a permission or security issue. It may have been rejected by a moderator, the address may […]

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Introduction This article will speak to load balancing Exchange, and specifically with a review of the Kemp load balancer virtual (VLM) appliance. Why load balance Exchange Every generation of Exchange had their own areas of specialty: Exchange 2003 forced us to learn about clustering and SAN’s Exchange 2007 made us PKI experts, Exchange 2010 on […]

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Lepide Exchange Manager Review

26 June 2012

Lepide Exchange Manager (LEM) was a pleasant surprise when it crossed my desk. LEM allows for the recovery of mail from a variety of sources into EML’s, MSG’s PST’s or online mailboxes. While this kind of product certainly isn’t new, the simplicity and speed of LEM coupled with a common sense approach to its user […]

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June/July activities

20 June 2012

It’s a busy month in community land with two activities planned. One activity for ITPRO Africa and another one for information worker. The ITPRO Africa event will be held of the 5’th of July and speaks to the relevance of security in the modern enterprise. Even though we have vendors presenting, a No Marketing rule […]

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Reviewing the New Nokia Lumia 800

26 February 2012

I’m not religious about technology, and certainly not the tech I consume for personal use. Due to my travelling schedule, it HAS to work and be robust. With that in mind, I tend to be rather vocal about choosing technology on merit over brand loyalty. When I was given a Nokia Lumia 800 I was […]

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How to migrate just about anything

7 February 2012

I worked with the nice folks over at Mimecast to build a series of Webinars, which include: Webinar 1 – Migration planning: where to start Webinar 2 – How to design your Exchange migration process Webinar 3 – Migration gotchas: real world examples Webinar 4 – Measuring migration success I really enjoyed building these webinars, […]

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Passing 70-662–TS:Exchange Server 2010, Configuring using a prepkit

12 January 2012

Some of you may know that I own and operate a consultancy, however what isn’t so obvious, is that we have staff, which need to stay certified. With the new partner competencies in mind, getting your staff up to speed on their certs quickly is a concern. I’m not going to discuss the partner requirements […]

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