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

April, 2008

  • Unravelling the Office Ribbon

    At last! Microsoft has made public the super useful Search Commands tool for Microsoft Office 2007! It has been an internal dogfood tool for a pretty long time now and I find it invaluable. Basically, it adds an extra tab to the Office ribbon called ...
  • Group Policy migration, without the headache

    Someone asked me recently if it was possible to import GPOs created in a laboratory into a production environment, which was obviously a completely different Active Directory forest/domain. The answer is of course, yes you can. With the Group Policy Management...
  • A new era of music listening

    I am down in Alicante at the moment working on a new project; it is nice to be near to the beach having plenty of sun instead of the current downpours and cold that we have been having in Madrid. Yes I know that summer in Madrid will be just as nice but...
  • Getting burnt with DVD Burning

    For a pretty long time I have used Nero Recode to create DVDs from the movies I take with my video camera. The other day it decided to stop working and crashed whenever I added my avi files to it with a nice helpful "StackHash_1703" error. The solution...
  • Trigger happy events

    The new Task Scheduler functionality that was introduced with Windows Vista is superb, it knocks spots off what Windows XP ever had; my favourite feature is the ability to fire a task if a certain event is logged in the Windows Eventlog, which is great...
  • Dude, where's my GUI?

    A colleague of mine, Daniel Matey , recently blogged about the efforts of another Microsoft person who has developed a GUI to help with the administration of Server Core. So for those of you who like the idea of Server Core but don't like the idea of...