Confessions of a Microsoft Consultant

Daniel Oxley is an Infrastucture Consultant working for Microsoft Consulting Services in Madrid, Spain. He specialises, amongst other things, in large-scale deployments of Microsoft Windows using technologies such as BDD2007 and the Microsoft Deployment

January, 2008

  • In the immortal words of Homer, "Doh!"

    I use Bitlocker on my work laptop to ensure that all my data is safe as I would not want any corporate or client documents to fall into the wrong hands. Also, as most people do, I store some personal data on my work laptop. Nothing exciting really, just...
  • Windows 2008 Certification

    I often get asked about the changes to the certification roadmap for Windows 2008, but I have never had the time to go find the answer out as it did not seem straightforward.  So, I always said to the person asking that they should go see http:/...
  • Gulp! Did I really just send that to the entire company...?

    I am sure that it has happened to everyone in some way or another. You receive an e-mail from a colleague and decide to reply with some harmless comment/joke/snide remark/insult/opinion* but without realising that you pressed the 'Reply To All' button...
  • Data theft and why are we not doing anything about it?

    It seems that there has been a lot of incidents lately regarding data theft, particularly in the UK.  There was the unencrypted CDs that were lost in the post and, as seems the norm lately, the theft from a car of a laptop that did not use hard drive...
  • Free Office 2007 training!

    I am working on a project to deploy Windows Vista and Office 2007 at the moment in a large bank.  The client is concerned that once the rollout commences all hell will break loose because his users will not be able to find anything in Office 20007...
  • Windows Update - Why 3 am? & Help! I can't update anymore!

    By default, Windows XP downloads and installs updates from Windows Update nightly at 3 a.m; why did Microsoft choose 3 a.m.? I mean, the average user does not have their computer on that that time of day so it seems a rather bizarre default setting to...
  • Bill Gates' Last Day

    I was sent the link to this video yesterday about Bill Gates' last day in the office... http://on10.net/blogs/larry/Bills-Last-Day-CES-2008-Keynote-Video/Default.aspx
  • Updating your deployment point programmatically

    I was asked recently if it was possible to launch an "Update" and/or an "Update (files only)" in MDT via a script as my client did not want to open the MMC console just to update their Distribution Point.  Well, yes it is possible...
  • Bad news and good news in the BBD/MDT world

    I have some bad news and good news to share about the world of Microsoft deployment, gasp! The bad news is that the BDD gurus Ben Hunter and Richard Smith (amongst many others) are planning on discontinuing their blogs. The good news is that they are...