Azure Traffic Manager (DNS Failover)
Mar03

Azure Traffic Manager (DNS Failover)

KB ID 0001740 Problem Why Azure Traffic Manager? I had to price up a hardware load balancer (ADC)  a couple of weeks ago for a client. I wont mention the vendor, (though I’m sure you can guess). Over 3 years it was going to cost (for a pair) about £100k, (so about 33k a year). That included the global DNS failover, this was so they, (the client) could fail over their services between multiple data centres. OK there are other ADC...

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Free Exchange Certificate
Mar02

Free Exchange Certificate

KB ID 0001739 Problem A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about getting free certificates for IIS with ‘Let’s Encrypt’. Last week the renewal for my ‘test’ Exchange server’s certificate came though. So I thought “Why don’t I try and get a ‘Free Exchange Certificate’?” Free Exchange Certificate Before we start let’s take a moment to take a look at our existing...

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Leave Domain: “A general network error occurred’
Feb18

Leave Domain: “A general network error occurred’

KB ID 0001738 Problem After a recent lab on the test bench, I ended up with a 2008  x32 standard server. It took me a while to get this setup and running, so I wanted to keep it (or turn it into a VMware template should I ever need  another). But first I needed to ‘remove it’ from  the domain it was in. However, when attempting to do so this happened; Computer Name /Domain Changes The following error occurred validating...

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O365 with Duo MFA (Without a P1 License?)
Feb16

O365 with Duo MFA (Without a P1 License?)

KB ID 0001737 Problem Working for a cloud service provider, (and a Duo partner). I get a lot of queries about Duo MFA for Office 365. Typically (I think) the best solution is to enable Azure Conditional Access and couple that with Trusted sites, so clients get challenged when out on the road, but not in the office. The drawback of this is Azure Conditional Access requires a P1 License, at time of writing that’s about $6 a month...

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Free Certificate for IIS with Let’s Encrypt
Feb11

Free Certificate for IIS with Let’s Encrypt

KB ID 0001736 Problem I’ve been aware of Let’s Encrypt for a while, they are a non profit Certification Authority, who will provide you with a free certificate, and you can use them for most things you want to secure with a digital certificate. The only reason I’ve never used them in the past is, their certificates have a short (3 month) lifespan, and I see enough things breaking when people forget to renew 12 month...

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Outlook URL Shortening?
Feb08

Outlook URL Shortening?

KB ID 0001735 Problem Outlook URL: I first noticed this a few weeks ago, When copying and pasting a URL into an email it shortens the URL and  gives it the pages title. At first i thought my firms Devs had changed  the way our CRM works, but then  I noticed it happening with SharePoint URLs as well, this is  what I mean; I don’t have a problem with it, in fact I much prefer it! However I got an email this morning from someone...

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