As of 1 December 2016, Microsoft's BizSpark programme is now only for one year, down from the original three years. Given how useful the free Visual Studio tools are, and what is possible with Azure, I'm not surprised, but this is going to affect a lot of people. From the BizSpark page: A one year … Continue reading Microsoft BizSpark is now a one-year programme
In my previous post, I wrote about how SSLMate has made my life easier. I also mentioned how SSL-based attacks like POODLE and Heartbleed have forced us into using TLS. Which is all very well, except that Microsoft's whole premise in their product line is backward compatibility. This means that a lot of older security … Continue reading Defensive SSL security in Windows and IIS
I'm taking the plunge to write all five SQL Server 2012 exams that are currently available, on my track to obtain the MCSM qualification (previously known as MCM, or Microsoft Certified Master). By going public with my plan, I hope to motivate myself to spend some time preparing properly for it. But in true Randolph … Continue reading SQL Server 2012 Exams
Holy hell, it's hard to recover mail from an Exchange server if you've lost your domain controller. But I've done it. Once again, I'm a legend. On Monday, a customer's Windows 2003 Small Business Server went down due to a planned power outage. When it came back up again, the drives were corrupt. Their most … Continue reading Exchange 2003 Fail Server
My boss convinced me this week to demo the new features in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 to our team, so that they can get a basic handle on why I think SQL Server 2000 should be buried. The big day is on 27 January, and I have 45 minutes in which to make the … Continue reading SQL Server 2008 R2 demo
In big news, the head of the EU Commission threatened to throw a chair at Steve Ballmer, and Microsoft has thus capitulated to the terms of their settlement, which I suggested some years ago. I want my cut.