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Microsoft says 'weird things' can happen during Windows Server 2003 migrations

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Re: Typical Microsoft struggle

". First line of support always answer "upgrade everything to the latest versions of everything "

Microsoft first line might tell you to upgrade to the latest patch version / update / service pack of everything if your product is still in support. They don't nomally suggest moving to a complete new version unless the product you are using is out of support / end of life.

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Re: Typical Microsoft struggle

"I've experienced issues with SSO that even Microsoft could not fix. To this day, I still get multiple authentication challenges from Lync and Outlook, some of them are fake, some of them are real, depending on which network I connect to, all this for a +20K machine domain"

Then your configuration is not correct. I could fix that for you for £ large number a day ;-). Most likely your certificates are not created or published correctly somewhere. First step is to hold down CTRL key, right click on the tray icon for Outlook, select 'Test E-Mail AutoConfiguration' and check the results, then for Lync do the same, but choose 'Configuration Information' and check through everything...

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Re: Skipping versions?

"TheVogon: Multiple DCs is rather an unlikely scenario when you only have a single server - indeed, as I recall it was *prohibited* on the small business SKUs originally"

If you ONLY have a single server, then you have no services to protect against authentication failure if that single server is down, and you would have to rely on restore from backup or a reinstall if you have a complete failure. An additional domain controller server with SBS has always been supported - ever since Windows NT. See http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2007/10/04/debunking-the-myth-about-additional-domain-controllers-replica-dcs-in-an-sbs-domain.aspx - and has the follwing potential benefits:

•Redundancy:

◦If the Small Business Server cannot be contacted but another DC is available users can still authenticate.

◦If DNS is also installed and the zone for the internal domain is being replicated to all DCs/DNS servers, redundancy will be provided for local and public DNS namespace queries.

•Disaster recovery:

◦It is not necessary to rebuild your entire Active Directory domain if the Small Business Server crashes and you don’t have a good system state backup.

•Improved user experience:

◦If additional DCs are placed at remote sites and also made Global Catalog Servers, remote users can logon more quickly and reliably, and locate objects in the domain more quickly.

"let's make that new platform Google Apps"

You get what you pay for. If you want cloud, Office 365 is a better product in pretty much every way.

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"as running the two domain controllers in the same domain is just the kind of thing that can be necessary during a migration"

Running at least 2 domain controllers for each domain is always a requirement, unless you like living dangerously.

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

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Re: Oh dear

Here is an classic example of British TV content that America has yet to get near to in terms of originality, talent and humour:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CZjb9ReW5c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCQa4iFmkW4&list=PLApR4y9irxGQobb7Ao9SvaiBhgRTYzGLn

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PICS: Nokia Lumia 930 – We reveal its ONE unique selling point

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Re: Lumia 930 - not very luminous.

"Tiles, in any case, are a casualty of the Windows Phone 8.1 makeover and have been deprecated."

Erm no - no they havnt.

"The 920 and 1020 each had unique imaging capabilities – with the 920, wobble-free video and decent low-light photography, with the more-talked-about-than-bought 1020, lossless 2.5x zoom. The 930 doesn't"

Yes it does - 20 megapixel sensor, hardware stabilisation, etc - it sits in between those 2 in terms of capabilities.

Just got back from my local EE shop and picked up one in Orange with the "£130" wireless starter pack for £359 all in on PAYG (inc £10 compulsory SIM credit).

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Re: Are you sure about that?

"Not on the 930 there isn't."

Correct - just checked mine. Although my you would want to on a 1080p 5" display is beyond me...

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Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?

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Re: Microsoft caught Nokia virus

"You know the end is approaching "

You know Microsoft's share price hit the highest its been in well over a decade yesterday?

"Microsoft bought around $2,5B of running costs from Nokia - in form of salaries"

The Nokia mobile division generates revenue also. They were close to break even under Nokia, and considering the stellar YoY growth of Nokia Lumia sales should be profit making by next quarter's results.

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Microsoft's Lumia 930... a real HANDFUL

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Re: Something wrong

Just ordered one with an orange cover from Clove - £430 inc the '£130 worth' of early adopter starter pack - seems to be the best price.

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Amazon France routes around free shipping ban with €0.01 charge

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Re: And that's cuttin' me own throat!

Presumably they can start listing French book on Amazon.co.uk at heavily discounted prices.

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Remaining Snowden docs will be released to avert 'unspecified US war' – ‪Cryptome‬

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Re: Bloakey1

"I have their plans for invading Mars!!!!"

I didn't know they had found oil on Mars?

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Microsoft gets the hang of funky devices: Xbox magic for enterprise

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Re: Quite.

I'm waiting for my Lumia 930 and my Surface 3.

The Windows eco-system is a long way ahead of Apple and Google's offerings these days - especially when you consider the online services.

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Microsoft ups OneDrive storage, slashes prices to match Google Drive

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Re: Tbit of free cloud storage. So what?

So Google takes a while to scan your data for advert relevant content then...

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Re: 2Gb file?

"The inability to backup PSTs to MS's solution (OneDrive) means that such files must be either backed-up locally* or else not at all."

OneDrive isn't meant for backups. This is the Microsoft online backup option: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/backup/

COMPRESSED DATA STORED PER MONTH - PRICE

First 5 GB / Month - Free

Greater than 5 GB / Month - £0.18 per GB per month

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Cisco open-sources experimental cipher

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Re: Unfortunately

And what was wrong with IPSEC?

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'Most sophisticated DDoS' ever strikes Hong Kong democracy poll

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Re: "Security outfit"

"If the Chinese government wants to shutdown something in Hong Kong it has other options"

But they wouldn't be deniable like this one...

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D-Wave disputes benchmark study showing sluggish quantum computer

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Re: A bicycle with a Ferrari exterior?

"And what problems are they solving?"

How to spy on more aspects of your life at once and target appropriate adverts presumably. What else would The Borg be doing?.

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Bankers bid to use offshore temp techies

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Re: Er, I don't see anything wrong with it

"to fix our shit when it's broke"

Does your shit often run out of money then?

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NetApp gives its FAS range a 4 MILLION IOPS dose of spit'n'polish

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Re: Why would anyone go with cash burning startup

"There doesnt seem to be that much reason to go with a startup vs an incumbent vendor"

Proven reliability and feature set spring to mind. If money was no object and I needed enterprise class storage then I would almost always buy EMC V-Max because it is hands down the most capable, powerful and flexible product. There are niche capabilities that you sometimes need other products for but V-Max does the most in one package imo. However in the real world you need to consider what you are getting for your money too, and then other vendors come into the picture.

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Re: Software

And you would replace RAID DP with ?

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Cisco promises Lync link for its UC kit and collaborationware

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Re: Anecdote

"One of my corporate customers has had some kind of Cisco plugin for Lync on it from the word go. AFAIK, this is already tied into the Cisco sets on the desk."

That would be 'CUCI Lync' - one of the IT world's worst integration bodge jobs - and really only suitable for a temporary transition period. Tell them to dump it at the next refresh and move completely to Lync ASAP. They wont look back...

Worth noting that Lync is already used by more than 90 percent of the Fortune 100.

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British boffin tells Obama's science advisor: You're wrong on climate change

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Re: Ice ages

"Why is the end of this ice age blamed on human production of carbon dioxide when none of the other ice ages could have been ended this way?"

Because natural Ice Age cycles take tens of thousands of years. Not a few decades.

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Re: Climate Scientist. . . hahahahaha. . . good one!

"Yes like the RSS temperature record that shows no significant warming for the last seventeen and a half years"

So how come the ten warmest years on record are all since 1998?

http://earthsky.org/earth/may-2014-was-the-warmest-may-on-record

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Re: Mathematician vs. a "Real" Scientist...

"Who do you think makes the models that run all day and night in those shiny supercomputers?"

Bitcoin and Dogecoin.

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Re: Boffins disagreeing with each other?

Whereas back here in reality, it continues to get hotter:

http://earthsky.org/earth/may-2014-was-the-warmest-may-on-record

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Re: Climate Scientist. . . hahahahaha. . . good one!

"I suppose you are concerned about the "Balance of Nature" having been disrupted."

Nope. I am concerned that man has in a few decades raised CO2 levels to the highest that they have been in likely at least the last 20 million years - and that even conservative predictions of what that means for the climate don't look too good. The Earth no doubt will right itself in a few ten of thousands of years. The concern is that will man and much of the biosphere survive to see it....

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Re: "if correct"

"What do you expect?"

I am of the opinion that AGW is likely to get pretty bad and pretty fast - so - I tend to agree that probably our current models are too conservative. I expect significant impact by 2050 and a global catastrophe by 2100 if nothing changes. And even if we did reduce CO2 emissions, etc. I suspect that it might already be too late to do anything but delay the above. But even delay is vastly preferable to doing nothing.

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Re: Climate Scientist. . . hahahahaha. . . good one!

"Do date there has been no truly independent research done into climate change, rapid or otherwise"

You provide no proof of your claim. Regardless of if it is true or not, there is plenty of verifiable and observable evidence that global warming is happening, that it is mostly anthropomorphic in nature, and that the impact is accelerating.

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Yawn. 2 people have different views of the possible impact, but both agree that Global Warming is happening. How is this even news?

This is of rather more significance imo - if correct: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/climate-change-will-cost-world-far-more-than-estimated-9539147.html

It is of course largely just another informed opinion. We know the ongoing impact of global warming is going to be bad. We just don't really know exactly how bad......

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VMware puts a price on NSX and tells partners to open fire

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Re: Hyper-V is free & MS SDN

I didn't actually say that, but sure it's important - SDN is vital to Azure for a start. And Microsoft have at least a 2 year head start on VMWare in this space.

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Re: Hyper-V is free & MS SDN

"you have to by the management tools to make it useful"

No you don't - its fully locally and remotely manageable by Powershell and you can access ALL capabilities without paying anything - or use any other solution you want such as OpenStack, etc.

"and you have to by the support to make it useful"

Most companies will already be paying for Microsoft support. As Hyper-V server is totally free, there is no additional cost for maintenance. There are free support forums, etc too.

"and you have to support it!""

Quite - and with Hyper-V that's generally far simpler and with a lower TCO than with say vSphere.

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Re: SDN by MSFT! Really?!

Yes there is. You have to buy lots of proprietary hardware and software licenses to implement NSX, but not with Microsoft's SDN. Other than that the capabilities are very similar.

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Re: Hyper-V is free & MS SDN

LOL - we know how little you know about Hyper-V from your laughable 'training' where you didn't even understand the difference between Hyper-V Server and Hyper-V running under Windows Server.

Hyper-V SDN does everything that most people need in the SDN space (and is fully extensible if you need more - for instance there are various Open vSwitch options are available). Not to mention that it's been in production use for over 2 years now.

The big differences are that Hyper-V Server SDN is FREE and is STANDARDS BASED (It will run over your current network infrastructure)

NSX COSTS LOTS, and is PROPRIETARY - You have to run specific hardware!

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Re: Hyper-V is free & MS SDN

"I'm sure you have to buy a massive MS EA full of shelfware to get that for free and yes we are talking about the version that is actually useful for a Enterprise"

Wrong. The complete fully featured Hyper-V Server product is totally free:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/evalcenter/dn205299.aspx

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Bring your own device – as long as it's Microsoft

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Re: Poor email attachment support = corporate device?

Works fine for me to send PDFs. Are you sure you are running WP 8.1 ?

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Virtual Africa is the logical target for IP address colonists

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Re: Not surprised

I will gladly pay $30 Billion Ugandan Dollars for them. All I require are their bank account details...

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LEAKED: Redmond not allowed to sell 'Nokia' smartphones after 2015

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Psst. We've got 400Gb/s Ethernet working - but don't tell anyone

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Re: Reg's standard for this?

So with this bandwidth likely we now need a new standard - Mo3DMAP.

Minutes of 3D Multi Angle Porn!

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Freeview's rumoured '£100m YouView killer' is real – and it's yet another digital TV thing

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But if we push this crap all onto the Internet then the valuable radio bandwidth that it currently occupies can indeed be used for - high bandwidth internet access!

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High power computing and awesome Chinese food? Sign me up!

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Re: Video made me laugh

"and awesome Chinese food?"

Presumably you are confusing what passes for Chinese food in UK restaurants versus the very different "anything that moves, and most things that don't" dietary approach of the native Chinese.

I think this photo sums it up quite well: http://poetry.rotten.com/shavedpussy/

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Office, IE and Windows in line for critical fixes from Redmond

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Re: After all this time ...

"And then add up the bugs. How many will you find, I wonder?"

Jeff Jones did a number of those comparisons. On a feature matched Linux distribution compared to Windows - Windows has a lower vulnerability count and a faster average fix time (less days at risk).

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"Patch managements and updates have to be factored into uptime."

Not normally - Uptime measurements usually exclude planned outages.

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Re: Nothing to see here...

"it shouldn't be riddled with gaping failures"

Current versions of Windows have fewer security holes that are on average fixed faster than mainstream competitors like OS-X, SUSE or Red Hat - so they are not doing so badly!

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US citizens want stricter CO2 regulations by two to one – Yale poll

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Re: Begging the question

"I cannot find any credible evidence that increased levels of CO2, in and of itself, would negatively impact human health"

You didn't look very hard then!

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2008/january9/co-010908.html

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Still watching DVDs? You're a PLANET-KILLING CARBON HOG!

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Re: What a load of left wing crap

"A DVD sits on my shelf for decades and does, err, nothing and uses bugger all electricity to decode."

But it took a whole lot of energy and hydrocarbons to make and transport....

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MH370 'pings' dismissed as false positives

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Nothing natural makes Pings on the frequency these things use. Seems rather unlikely that it wasn't the crashed jet.

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Fat-fingered admin downs entire Joyent data center

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Re: How fat was the finger?

"How fat is his finger?"

Fat enough to press a big red button labelled 'EPO' - and stupid enough to confuse it with the light switch!

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Skype to become 'Star Trek' style real-time translator, says Redmond

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Re: My hovercraft is full of eels

Is it going to be able to understand all of the technical terms like 'Double Header' required to translate your typical Skype conversation?

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Watch this: IPv4 must die! So let's beef up on IPv6

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Re: IPv7 is a National Security Risk!

Nothing needs doing to enable IPv6 on the vast majority of PCs - it's turned on by default in recent Windows versions.

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