The Industry Insiders

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The Industry Insiders

  • All about Nothing- SQL Server Nulls in Powershell

    Finding stuff about one Microsoft technology isn’t too hard it’s when you try and use two things get a little harder at Adrian J. Beasley found out when he was looking for nothing in particular; the use of SQL Server nulls in a Powershell script. ...
  • Great Barr School Implements OCS in 8 months

    I recently had the opportunity to interview Alex Pearce, Microsoft MVP and network manager of Great Barr School.  In the interview he goes on the to discuss the state of the school prior to his arrival and then fast forwards to the present day where...
  • Sharepoint Interview Questions to ask

    Stephen works with a lot of customers who ask him about SharePoint, and the sort of questions that they should ask candidates at interviews in order to demonstrate what they know about the product and their strengths in particular areas. He's put together...
  • Powershell Installation

    By Adrian Beasley Document Changes The original version of this article was based on PowerShell RC1. Since then RC2 and the final v1.0 have been released. As a consequence, the article had become inaccurate in a few details, which would certainly...
  • Who do you think you are?

    By Craig Murphy Actually, that's the wrong question, I really need to know who you are, who you really are, please confirm your identity. How are you going to tell me who you are? I've got an e-mail address, send me an e-mail and I'll reply, then you...
  • Sharepoint Interview questions

    Adoption of the SharePoint platofrm is growing rapidly and for every new deployment there is a requirement for staff to support and maintain it. Identifying the necessary skills in potential new recruits for individuals who have not had sufficient experience...
  • Representation of data in Sharepoint

    Let’s be honest - it can be frustrating and difficult to have conversations with users over things like report colour, graphics and so on. For some very bright technically-focused people, a real pain point is the ‘soft stuff’ regarding the presentation...
  • Time and Relative Dates in SQL Server 2008 (TARDIS)

    Martin Bell , MVP and time lord has been getting to the bottom of the new date and time data types in SQL Server 2008 in this practical and useful article .
  • Securing the network using Microsoft ISA Server 2004

    Several months ago, I attended a Microsoft TechNet UK event where the topic was ISA Server 2004 network design/troubleshooting and inside application layer firewalling and filtering . It's taken me a while to get around to writing up the notes, but finally...
  • Is it easy to install Exchange 2007 UM?

    Paul Stringfellow The answer is surprisingly so!!! This document outlines our experiences in implementing Exchange 2007 UM in under a couple of hours, including a from-scratch build of Exchange 2007. The Kit In Use: IBM X336 Server...
  • Adrian J. Beasley

    37 years in IT, I have worked as a contractor for the last 25. I have reinvented myself several times over my career, as my interests have changed. I first learned Microsoft technologies by studying for the MCSE, which I gained in 1997 (NT3.51!) and have...
  • Mark Wilson, Senior Customer Solution Architect, Fujitsu Services

    Mark Wilson is a Senior Customer Solution Architect at Fujitsu Services . Since 1994, Mark has been designing and implementing IT infrastructure solutions within the United Kingdom, continental Europe and Australia, operating both in-house and as a consultant...
  • ActiveSynching Between Exchange Server 2007 and Windows Mobile 6

    Adrian Beasley General Inspired by recent TechNet sessions and User Group meetings, where I heard expounded the wonders of Windows Mobile 6, and its close integration with Exchange Server 2007, I bought a top-of-the range mobile phone, an HTC TyTN11...
  • Martin Bell on SQL Nuggets

    Martin Bell MVP and SQL Bits Organiser, wants to promote the idea of SQL Nuggets. Basically these are 5-10 minute slots on something byte sized (ouch!) at community events where anyone can grab the mike and share their knowledge. Martin has a good example...
  • Speaking at SQL Bits

    In this unusual Industry post I have got the industry insider on camera to discuss why you should get involved in the premier SQL community event, SQL Bits . Take it away Chris Testa O’Neill   SQL Bits goes fourth is on  28th march this time...
  • Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Benefits - Why PKI?

    Adrian has written a short article enumerating many of the security threats that can be mitigated using asymmetric encryption. Click here to read Adrian's overview of the benefits of PKI As Adrian goes on to explain, Public Key Infrastructure technologies...
  • Time for a Date?

    As a DBA I wear many hats! If I had to choose a hat for my data architect role it would probably be a nice white panama, the sort you see in the Agatha Christie re-runs on ITV3, but I digress!. As a data architect you extol the virtues of “correctly...
  • Chris Testa O-Neill

    Chris Testa-O'Neill is the Database Product Manager at Remarc Group Ltd. He specialises in SQL Server Business Intelligence Solutions and teaches all Microsoft courses in the SQL 2000, 2005 and 2008 product range. He also conducts closed company sessions...
  • SQL Nuggets

    It’s been a while since my last entry for Technet Insiders, one reason for the delay is that I’ve been very busy writing and presenting at SQL Server User Groups and organising our forth SQLBits Community Conference on March 28 th at the Manchester Metropolitan...
  • David Harley

    David Harley CISSP has worked in computing since 1986, and first fell semi-accidentally into security and antivirus research in 1989. His background includes systems, applications and network support and administration, and includes PCs, Macs, Unix and...
  • Windows 2008 protection from Accidental deletion

    Many thanks to Richard Siddaway for his article on protecting AD objects from Accidental Deletion. Well worth a read if you've ever deleted the wrong thing from AD.
  • Sloppiness within Design and Implementation.

    Mark Arnold Background. It might seem an obvious point to make but it is all too often overlooked. Setting your servers up in a structured and repeatable manner is essential in order to maintain the stability of your operating environment. Too many...
  • The Dilemma of Presenting SQL Server 2008

    Martin Bell runs the Scottish Area meetings of the UK SQL Server User Group , discusses the problems of deciding what to present on SQL Server 2008 to a bunch of developers in this entertaining article .
  • The wonders of Software Restriction Policies and PowerShell Code Signing

    Thanks to Adrian J. Beasley for providing yet another excellent article, this one's titled Software Restriction Policies and PowerShell Code Signing - Adrian provides a wealth of practical advice how to make the most of one of the most powerful yet under...
  • Business Intelligence and the importance of users

    It's about time there were a few business intelligence posts on Industry Insiders so I am pleased to get an article about the Microsoft BI and the importance of users in form Jennifer Stirrup from Aspective - a Vodafone company. Jennifer has over ten...