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Setting up a Delayed Charge in Quickbooks Online

Posted on April 15, 2015, by , under Technology.

I moved to Quickbooks Online from Quickbooks Pro. In Quickbooks Pro I had the option to mark an invoice as a draft. It let me keep track of hours I was billing to a customer without actually creating a receivable that would show up on aging reports, etc. That feature, sadly is missing from Quickbooks Online (maybe I am the only person who used it, don’t know). My bookkeeper, who is awesome, suggested another option, use a delayed charge.

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Unattended Install of VMWare Workstation 11

Posted on April 8, 2015, by , under Technology.

One of the apps a lot of places I consult for use is VMware Workstation 11. They use it to test out deployments, apps, that sort of thing. I use both VMware Workstation and Hyper-V running on Windows 8.1. Both have benefits and draw backs, but that’s not what this article is about.

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Ensuring your Azure Website is Fast to Load

Posted on April 1, 2015, by , under Technology.

So I’ve been playing a bit with WordPress on Microsoft Azure. One of the things I quickly noticed was that the site was slow to load when I first accessed it. A wait time of 10 – 15 seconds was not uncommon. For a production website, that’s unacceptable. I figured there had to be a way to speed this up, no one would use the Azure service if it is that slow.

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Provisioning Users in Office 365 Who are Not Provisioned

Posted on March 25, 2015, by , under Technology.

One of things when setting up Office 365 is to provision new accounts with licenses. There is a quick and easy way in Office 365 to get a list of these users and then provision these users. Login to your Office 365 account via PowerShell
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The Gruffalo’s Child

Posted on March 12, 2015, by , under Personal.

I had the chance this past weekend to take Nathan to the Gruffalo’s child. It was at The Grand Theatre and put on by Tall Stories. The city also had a table setup to make crafts. In typical Nathan style, he made 2 puppets. The kid loves doing arts and crafts.

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Hybrid Cloud for IT Pros – A Series on Azure

Posted on March 11, 2015, by , under Technology.

Microsoft Tech Evanglists in the US are posting a series on Azure called Hybrid Cloud for IT Professionals. The link to it is http://blogs.technet.com/b/it_pro/archive/2015/03/07/the-hybrid-cloud-and-the-it-professional-the-blog-series.aspx?linkId=12794611.

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Securing SQL Traffic using Certificates

Posted on February 11, 2015, by , under Technology.

I am deploying Microsoft Bitlocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) for a customer and one of the things we want to do is encrypt the traffic between the front end application server and the SQL Server. Here is what the topology looks like from TechNet.

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New Microsoft Certification Roadmap

Posted on February 4, 2015, by , under Certification.

Microsoft has announced a new roadmap for their certifications.
The full announcement can be found at Born to Learn

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The New Outlook app for IOS and Android

Posted on February 2, 2015, by , under Technology.

Microsoft announced last week a new outlook client for IOS and Android. It’s very slick and really nice. I like the way it handles multiple mail servers (Exchange, O365, Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud and Outlook) and adds support for Dropbox, Box and OneDrive for file storage. Like I say it’s really nice (graphical wise) and I’ve been playing with it on my phone.

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Installing and Updating Adobe Reader

Posted on January 20, 2015, by , under Deployment.

I am working with a customer and assisting them with their application updates. One of the applications needing updating is Adobe Acrobat Reader MUI. This version of Adobe Reader allows it to be displayed in English or French depending on what language the user is using. Reader is also one of those pain in the ass applications that nag the user to update all the time, so getting in front of this one and updating proactively is always a good way to get ahead of the bullshit calls you’ll get to the service desk. The users shouldn’t have to be asked if they want to update. We should be managing that for them and we know if we can update based on testing those patches.

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