Author Archives: The Illusive Man

Exchange 2013 > Exchange 2007 mail relay issues

Had an interesting issue come to light in our Exchange environment recently. Before I go into it, I’ll give a bit of background on how we’re set up… Most of our organisation has mailboxes in an Exchange 2007 environment. There are some users and shared mailboxes in Exchange 2013, and this environment is in a […]

Exchange Online migrations and calendar permissions

We’re in the middle of migrating our on-premises Exchange organisation to Exchange Online. You see some odd things when you’re running a hybrid Exchange environment, but one of the oddest I’ve seen so far is a user being denied permission to edit or remove items in their own calendar after being migrated. Trying in Outlook […]

DPM, Previous Versions and Terminal Services

We use Data Protection Manager to allow end-users to perform self-service recovery on their own homes drives by using previous versions. This integrates with Active Directory to present the replica shares directly from the DPM server which performs the backup. It seems that the functionality of this tab is disabled by default on remote desktop […]

Some things that have been annoying me

I’ve had a bee in my bonnet about a few things just lately. I’ve been meaning to find the time to write up about each once, but frankly I couldn’t be bothered. I still mostly can’t so here they all are on one post instead. Real people don’t need encryption This statement was uttered by […]

Windows and long file names

Users can be a pain in the arse at times, especially when it comes to managing their file shares. We’ve had everything from users removing administrator groups and SYSTEM from the permissions list, stopping us from supporting them when they have issues and even backing up their files, to somehow creating file and folder structures […]

BizTalk 2016 Installer Crash

Had another weird one today while installing BizTalk Server 2016 on Server 2016 with SQL Server 2016. When applying the configuring to the server the installer crashed out while applying the BAM Portal settings. The event viewer had nothing useful to offer, only highlighting the particular DLL in question that had caused the error. The […]

SQL Server SSPI Errors

Wow. Its been a while since an update has appeared here, huh? Well, I had an interesting problem at work the other day and I thought I’d share the solution. A new application is being installed and tested which uses an MSSQL database for its internal information management. Integrated security is used based on a […]

The Ballad of Chaviano Gateway

The Ballad of Chaviano Gateway (10th October 3401. Chaviano Gateway. A young trader asks an old man about the Battle of Mapor) At Chaviano Gateway Hall There is a plaque upon the wall. What is it for, this marble mount? Listen to me, and I’ll recount. The stories that I heard that night Here long […]

Thought for the week

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. […]

Elite Dangerous: I need a break

It is with a heavy heart I have to announce that CMDR Galen Shepard will be remaining in dock for the foreseeable future. For some time now I have been feeling disengaged with the game as a whole. I have joined various community groups on Facebook and tried to participate in community activities, even going […]