On Mon, Jan 26 2015 17:00 (UTC) it will be my privilege to present “Getting Started with Azure Infrastructure” on behalf of the PASS Cloud Virtual Chapter In the webinar I’ll cover the basics on getting started with Azure virtual machines. I’ll cover topics such as Machine sizing administration via PowerShell and the GUI Networking […]


Most decisions in my life revolve around requirements, I feel so strongly about requirements, that the first Chapter in the book Microsoft Exchange Server 2013: Design, Deploy and Deliver an Enterprise Messaging Solution was dedicated to requirements. As with most IT Professionals, I’m often asked for my opinion on the “best” phone, laptop, GPS, health […]

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Hybrid Cloud – What does it mean for you?

by Nicolas Blank on 09/09/2014

A few years ago, “cloud” was mostly considered the originator of precipitation of any sort. We talked about “clouds” with silver linings, earth bound forms of the same, such as mist or fig, and even the “fog of war”. We now rate clouds in terms of computing and storage capacity. Before “cloud” was hip, we […]

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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

30 May 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

13 August 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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Load Balancing Exchange 2010 with the KEMP Virtual LoadMaster

8 August 2012

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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