Author Archives: The Illusive Man

Exchange and mailbox move requests

Came across an odd one today. I had a mailbox move request queued in Exchange: the mailbox was moving from one database on one server, to another database on another server. The move was local: no cross-domain migration or anything funky, just a straight-forward move to balance load across mailbox databases. The job had been […]

IIS and large file uploads

So you have IIS installed and your nice website is up and running, just ready and waiting for users. There’s just one problem… Whenever anyone submits a file upload they get a 404 error page… Which is a bit odd, because the pages are all there. And after a bit of testing, you spot that […]

Elite Dangerous – A New Pilot’s Guide

So, as the festive period draws to a close across the galaxy, 3202 is likely to begin with a lot of new pilots looking to get the best out of their new ships, and wondering where to make a start on their career in the void. As a seasoned navigator of the void, I – […]

Warhammer End Times: Vermintide

Next up in my list of games that have been eating all my time is Warhammer End Times: Vermintide by Fatshark games. Set in the End Times of the famed Warhammer Fantasy world. The game is a co-op first-person melee fighting game, in a similar vein to Left 4 Dead. Players take on the role […]

The future

The future is an interesting place. If you’re anything like me you’ll have sat and wondered what it might hold: not in the small terms of the next few years, but on a cosmic scale of millions of years. Well, I got the image below emailed to me the other day and I think its […]


I’m sure no one on the right side of the pond can have missed the stories of flooding and misery that have been in the headlines for the past few weeks. Just before the main holiday season, thousands of homes and businesses have been swept away by flood waters which have left a trail of […]

Elite Dangerous: Horizons

Well, Christmas is as far away again as ever, and as we march inexorably towards 2016, I wanted to share my thoughts on some games that have been occupying my time over the festive period, starting with the spiritual successor to Frontier: Elite 2 – Elite Dangerous: Horizons. I’m picking on Horizons specifically, as the […]

Final Fantasy 7

Ever since the PS4 reveal trailer at E3 showing some footage of the remake, I have been excited about this project in a way that I haven’t been since I first saw the alpha footage of Elite: Dangerous – another blast from the past that now dominates my gaming life. Well, following on from that […]

Elite: Dangerous – some suggestions

I love Elite: Dangerous. It’s a fantastic game in its own right and a massive nostalgia trip for me, having grown up playing the original Elite on the BBC and Frontier: Elite 2 on the Amiga. Every patch brings new improvements, and the forthcoming Ships and Horizons updates will add so many extra dimensions and […]

File auditing

Suppose you want to find out which user account last modified a file. Why would you want to do that? Well, in cases where a user’s account has been compromised to run a crypto virus, or someone has done something malicious, administrators might need to be able to check which user account last made a […]