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


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Happy Thanksgiving to folks in the USA. I’ve finally taken the plunge and decided to get stuck into the recently released Release Candidate (RC) of ASP.NET 5.  Prior to today, I’d stuck with the RTM version of Visual Studio 2015 which insulated me from some of the changes which are […]

Preparing for ASP.NET vNext and Visual Studio 2015



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Welcome, Kodi Introduction Earlier this year I wrote about a little unit which packs a surprising punch.  Well, since that time my needs have changed, and I ended up with this unit as surplus to requirements. Never one to let decent hardware sit idle, I moved it into the kitchen […]

Installing a Kodi Media Box


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Our phones are fast becoming the centre of our daily lives, whether it be for business or personal use.  This being the case, it will come as no surprise that a flat battery – especially with a device without a removal battery – can be devastating under the right circumstances. […]

Review: Official Apple iPhone 6 Super Fast Charger


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Introduction In this post, we’ll look at configuring a Windows Failover Cluster and then install an MSMQ role onto the cluster.  If you’re looking for how to configure MassTransit 2.x against an existing clustered MSMQ role, you might want to skip ahead to Part 3 (coming soon). Disclaimer: I’ve personally […]

High Availability: MassTransit 2.x with Clustered MSMQ – Part 2



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So this article isn’t going to be for everyone, however I suspect it will be somewhat appealing for anyone who is looking at Windows Server 2012 R2’s Failover Clustering capability.  Introduction I’m going to write this in a series of posts, as I think there’s also some merit in looking […]

High Availability: MassTransit 2.x with Clustered MSMQ – Part 1


Hi all, Apologies, it’s been a bit of a while since I’ve been in a position to sit down and get some technical writing done.  There have been no shortage of challenges on both the technical and consulting front, and the second half of 2015 hasn’t been an idle time. […]

What’s New?


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Today we’re entering the world of wearable technology with the Archos VR glasses.  This is a new and exciting world, and it begins with your smartphone.  The technology is compatible with most modern smartphones, it is simply a matter of locating a compatible media player which is able to play […]

Review: Archos Virtual Reality Glasses