About Me

My name is Nicolas Blank, I live in Cape Town, South Africa. My current Bio is as follows: Nicolas is the founder, as well an architect, author and speaker focused on Office 365 and Azure at NBConsult Group in South Africa, England and Hong Kong. Nicolas is a Microsoft Certified Master for Exchange and Office […]

Microsoft P2V tool released

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This week is a time to talk about most things virtual. Microsoft recently released it’s own P2V, i.e. Physical to Virtual Migration tool to assist with Windows 7 deployment, allowing you to P2V your old Windows XP environment into your new Windows 7 deployment, should you need to run a critical app that would only […]

ITPRO Africa Cape Town Event – 10 June 2010

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We’re having our next free Cape Town based event. This time round we’ll have a particular focus on OCS integration and Windows 7. What can OCS integrate with, well darn near anything. To prove the point Uwin’s going to demonstrate integration from two extreme’s – Asterisk and Exchange 2010. One you would to be totally […]

AstraSync saves my mobile bacon

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My mobile phone’s a BlackBerry. I love how stable it is, I love the community support, the battery life, and so on and so on, Except I battle with the fact the RIM haven’t done anything about licensing ActiveSync. So, I understand there’s competing platforms, etc, but honestly, I don’t care. As the consumer, I […]

Large Mailboxes again… – Not the last time either

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While Exchange becomes better and better at handling large mailboxes and more importantly being able to recover from disasters should they happen, it’s time that Outlook starts catching up and offering MUCH better support for larger mailboxes. Performance beyond the 1 GB mark has always been a bit iffy but much more so when Office […]

Service Pack 2 (SP2) 2007 Microsoft Office

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Check out the posts here from the Office Sustained Engineering blog. What I’m post excited about are the following: For Office Desktop Programs: · Improved Outlook Calendaring Reliability · Improved Outlook Performance · Improved cryptographic functionality by supporting all cryptographic algorithms offered by the operating system · Tool that enables the uninstall of Office client […]

SBS server disappeared off the network

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As I came into the office this morning I was told that my SBS server had gone off the radar for hours. I RDP’ d (Remote Desktop) into the box and managed to get a task manager up for long enough to see that mmc.exe was hogging the processor. After that task manager itself became […]