On Public Folders and what to do with them …

By |February 17th, 2017|

As a UC Consultant, I’m often called to deal with some tricky migrations but last week I was asked to deal with a complex situation.

I was visiting a customer who was still maintaining an older legacy Exchange environment because of the Public Folders and their access and this customer now wanted to move the data […]

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The Middle Man in Office 365

By |January 27th, 2017|

So a customer has purchased Office 365… what do they do next? Roll-out Exchange and Skype for Business of course!

What about the rest of the amazing features on offer?

Risual spotted the gap and acted! We now offer a service to Office 365 customers to help develop their understanding of the features within Office 365 and […]

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Windows 10 Mobile – Unexpected complex password requirements

By |January 26th, 2017|

Whilst working with a customer to review their Windows Phone 8.1 configuration policies in preparation for upgrading to Windows 10 Mobile I came across an issue.

My customer is using Intune Hybrid and aligns end users into “risk profiles” based on their job function. Each of the risk profiles has a different set of MDM […]

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Multiple instances of SQL Server with Azure ILB

By |January 18th, 2017|

With the announcements at Ignite 2016 came support for multiple Virtual IP addresses on an Azure Internal Load Balancer (ILB).

This was quoted as
“Another use case is SQL Always On with Multiple Listeners which is now available in Preview. You can also host multiple availability groups on the same cluster and optimize the number of active […]

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Azure SQL Server Internal load balancer and RPC with 2012 Availability Group

By |January 16th, 2017|

Whilst installing an Azure SQL Server Availability group for System Centre Operations Manager 2012 I ran into an error in the SCOM Installer that Indicated that the Installer could not connect to the SQL Server.

Whilst performing a SQL Server trace it became apparent that the SCOM Service account was connecting to the SQL Server Instance […]

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What is Azure DevTest Labs?

By |January 12th, 2017|


Azure DevTest Labs allow a business to develop/test applications quickly and save money in the process. As the stress of developing, testing and publishing applications quickly continues to rise, Azure DevTest Labs provide a unique and innovative way to reduce the time it takes to go from design to production. Using DevTest Labs will not only provide the ability […]

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit SQL Server Status bug

By |January 12th, 2017|

Microsoft have just released the latest version of the Microsoft assessment and planning toolkit, known as MAPS.

Version 9.4 was released on the 13th of August 2016 and still contains a bug I noticed a few releases ago.

I decided to contact the MAP product team and inform them of the Bug.
What is the BUG?
When performing a […]

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SQL Server Cluster (or Availability Group) with Azure ILB

By |January 9th, 2017|

When connecting to an Azure IaaS SQL Server Cluster (and Availability Group) that was configured to use an Azure Internal Load Balancer, more on this in another post, I received the following error.

“Failed to connect to SQL Server XXXX (Microsoft.SQLServer.ConnectionInfo)”

“A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was […]

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Azure ARM VM auto shutdown feature

By |January 4th, 2017|

For some time now when using DevTest Labs it has been possible to configure an automatic shutdown and start up for virtual machines. This has enabled developers to have ready to go environments as soon as they arrive in work, taking away the time  waiting for virtual machines to start up. Having this ability to configure virtual machines […]

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Migrating from Azure Service Management (Classic) to Azure Resource Manager (ARM)

By |December 16th, 2016|

When a business creates various compute, storage, and network resources, they have a choice between using the Classic deployment or the ARM deployment. Even though resources can be created using either deployment model the two portals are not compatible with one another.

It has been the case for many businesses that when […]

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