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Continuing on from my seminal visit to Google and the Computer History Museum yesterday, my tour of Silicon Valley today has taken me to the headquarters of yet another Internet behemoth, Facebook. Facebook is located at Menlo Park, a bit further north from Mountain View, not far south of San […]

A visit to Facebook Headquarters – Part 1


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Today I had the opportunity to undertake a tour of parts of Silicon Valley and the Google campus in Mountain View, California.  It’s been a strong desire of mine to travel through the famous heart of the US tech sector, so today’s activities were quite awe inspiring for me, personally. […]

Silicon Valley and the Google Campus


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Last year I reviewed a wireless charging clock, which is still performing admirably on my desk.  Unfortunately the iPhone 6 (also obtained last year) does not support Qi wireless charging without some assistance.  Enter the aircharge wireless charging case for the iPhone 6, available from friends of Sanders Technology at […]

Review: aircharge wireless charging case for the iPhone 6



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Introduction Those who know me well, know that I can be a bit crazy at times.  Take, for instance, my desire to experiment with the preview of the Microsoft Azure Stack.  Most people, when faced with the minimum specifications required to deploy the stack (2xCPUs, minimum of 12 cores and […]

Preparing for the Azure Stack – Part 1


I’ve been far from prolific this year in getting new articles up onto the site, but not for too much longer.  Here’s a preview of things to come: SQL Server 2016, Microsoft Azure Stack – Part 2, CRM 2016 Spring Refresh, plus, Further looks at Windows Server 2016 and ADFS […]

Articles to come


Hi All, Apologies for the lack of articles recently.  I’ve been up to my usual design & architecture antics, but it’s not always blog worthy.  However, I’m strongly considering publishing some examples of the kinds of architecture and documentation which I build on a regular basis.  That is for another […]

To a Healthy Life



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Upgrading from Dynamics CRM 2011 to Dynamics CRM 2016 Microsoft Canberra  29/4 As Dynamics CRM 2011 rapidly approaches end of life, many organisations are looking at potential upgrade paths.  Dynamics  CRM 2016, the most recent version, was released in December 2015 and represents significant benefit over previous editions.  This presentation […]

CRM 2016 – Notes From Presentation


Just a quick entry in case you are trying to solve a problem when attempting to install CRM Reporting Extensions.  You might encounter a situation where you specify the SQL Server machine or instance name, but proceeding to select the SSRS instance produces a blank list.  So you need to […]

CRM Reporting Extensions – SSRS not listed


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Introduction Recently I created an architecture which saw K2 Smartform Runtime components deployed and configured in a separate Active Directory forest from the relevant K2 Blackpearl server.  This architecture aligns with the security and enterprise architecture principals for one of my Government clients. All of the client’s environments are all […]

Installing K2 Blackpearl Smartforms Runtime in a separate Active Directory ...



A few years ago [1] I wrote about how you could enable Domain Accounts to self-manage their ServicePrincipalNames.  This is particularly advantageous when using Kerberos to secure services. We recently needed to set up some service accounts in Active Directory to participate in establishing a Kerberos capability for middleware integration.  […]

Manage ServicePrincipalName Properties Using PowerShell


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Introduction Last year there was talk of Microsoft releasing the underpinnings of their Microsoft Azure platform for use i on-premises environments.  Naturally, I was curious!  Now, I don’t know much about this up front.  Unfortunately the package doesn’t provide much more enlightenment.  Fortunately, there’s some very handy information online: “Azure […]

A look at the Azure Stack POC (Part 1)


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Hi Everyone, Around the beginning of each year I take a bit of a look at how the site performed in the previous year.  I’m interested mainly because I like to see what people are searching for, so that I’m producing content which is of interest to other people.  Side […]

Site Metrics – 2015



It’s that time of the year once again! As everyone winds down the year, it’s a time to reflect, rejoice and prepare for yet another year.  It’s been a somewhat turbulent time for me and although there have been struggles, life continues.  2016 brings new challenges with new possibilities, and […]

Happy Holidays 2015


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Microsoft Canberra 09/12/2015   Note: These are unedited shorthand notes taken from a presentation about the new features coming with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 which launched recently (CRM Online) and will launch soon (On Premise).  Provided As-is.   Presenters: Mike Hopwood, Duncan Haskins – CRM Specialists Personal business assistant – […]

Dynamics CRM 2016 – Notes from Presentation


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Introduction As APIs and web services become more and more prevalent, particularly in the Enterprise, there is an increasing need to look at ways to secure the more important interfaces, particularly if they enable access to sensitive data. Recently, I’ve been investigating ways to secure ASP.NET Web APIs using Active […]

Securing a Web API with ADFS 3.0 and JWT tokens