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Cloud Renegade

Musings of a Cloud Renegade!


OCS 2007 R2 XMPP and GTalk

Published at December 14, 2009 ·  3 min read

First, I’ll be honest, I love OCS. I have pitched it as a consultant up against GTalk. It is a superior product. It does way more but at times, I just want to be able to chat with a client that doesn’t have OCS yet. Almost everyone has a Gmail account. Well, thanks to the new XMPP Gateway for OCS I can achieve my wish. Now, I’m not going to go into all the details on how to set this up....

Time goes by quickly

Published at December 13, 2009 ·  1 min read

Wow, I decided it was time to do some blog posts and I realized it had been over a year since the last post. Well, I’ve collected 3 or 4 ideas and will be working to get them out over the next few weeks. Three of them are on leadership and one is on Office Communications Server. For those of you who still have me in your RSS feeds, I’m sure this post will be a bit of a surprise but hopefully you will read the next few posts and like what you read....

Expectations

Published at November 6, 2008 ·  2 min read

I struggle with expectations. I constantly expect a lot from everyone, including myself and I’m consistently disappointed. I decided to write out my expectations so I thought I would share them. I expect people to work when at work. I understand that there will be times when you have fun and talk at work but in the end, I expect you to work. I expect that you will use your time wisely....

Virtual Center and IIS conflicts

Published at October 10, 2008 ·  1 min read

I have seen this several times and have had the idea of how to fix it but I was missing some steps. The guys over at Xtravirt have it solved. If you haven’t heard of them, take some time on their site as it has a bunch of useful knowledge. Here’s the link to how to solve it: http://knowledge.xtravirt.com/hot-tips/virtualcenter-2x/12-virtualcenter-2x/32-virtualcenter-and-iis-conflicts.html...

Do as I say, not as I do

Published at October 5, 2008 ·  2 min read

I’ve been thinking about this subject for a few weeks now. In general, no matter what, every so often I struggle with the leadership around me. I see great leaders out there but typically, I’m not engaged with them for whatever reason. Lately, I have noticed that many people who are in leadership positions don’t do the same things that they ask their subordinates to do. In my case, it is my direct boss and because of this, I am losing more and more respect for him....

OCS 70-638 Test

Published at September 25, 2008 ·  1 min read

Done. Whoo-hoo. I’m stoked that I passed first try. While I may know the product pretty well, I don’t tend to test well, especially with Microsoft tests. I scored a 785 which is much lower than I would have liked. I’m just a bit competitive with myself. Here is my take on the test, I thought the questions were either very hard or very easy. I also disliked when you could get it down to two answers and they only varied by a few words....

Simpsons Movie Countdown with PowerShell (Repost)

Published at August 8, 2008 ·  2 min read

Here is a repost from my old blog. This was originally posted on July 27th, 2007. Sorry all pictures are gone. Yeah, I’m trying new things with PowerShell. Someone challenged me to see if I could come up with how long til the movie. Well that was pretty easy. I did: New-TimeSpan (Get-Date) “7/27/2007 12:01:00″ Days : 1 Hours : 20 Minutes : 31 Seconds : 53 Milliseconds : 146 Ticks : 1603131460301 TotalDays : 1....

UC Software Update Services (Issue #2)

Published at August 7, 2008 ·  1 min read

So, the second biggest issue that I faced in getting the UC Software Update Services up and working was getting the configupdatesserver.vbs script to run correctly. Whenever I ran it I got a Unknown Username or bad password error. Well, turns out we must have an invalid character in our password cause I changed it to something without a special character (^,$,~,etc) and everything worked. Seriously, this is just one crappy product....

Have a console just for ESXTOP

Published at August 7, 2008 ·  1 min read

Saw this and thought it was a great idea. Having a console that I can look at and see what is going on without risking root privileges is pretty slick....

UC Software Update Services (Issue #1)

Published at August 7, 2008 ·  2 min read

Over the past week, I have been setting up UC Software Update Services to be able to push out the updates to our Tanjay phones. Man, talk about a crappy solution. Sorry Microsoft, but this one needs a lot of polishing. I got to the step where you create the UCUpdates SharePoint site and everytime I ran the command I would get a “The request failed with HTTP status 401: Unauthorized....