Review for MSEP2012 Endpoint Protection Cookbook

by on Jan.23, 2013, under Computing, Microsoft

As in my job we are gearing more and more to using the Microsoft System Centre suite, I decided it I have better read up on the endpoint protection before we look at using it. I started searching for a good book on the subject and found the the Microsoft System Centre 2012 Endpoint Protection Cookbook

From start to finish this book helps you through the installation of the server, rolling out the client and the updates over the network and configuring groups to define the behavour of the client depending on what group it is a member of. As most of the machines that we would be looking to manage with this tool will be servers I the use of the command line tool mpcmdrun.exe and the use of psexec to connect to remote machine is going to be a great help.

I am really impressed with the knowledge contained in this book and will definitely be using it as a reference to ensure our own SCEP environment runs smoothly.

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And you lot thought I was dead.

by on Nov.04, 2011, under General, Microsoft

I know I know this appears to look like just another abandoned blog. At first, second or possibly even third glance you might be right, but the truth is I have been trying to think of content up there and on my other site At least once a week I must have clicked on new post and started writing a new post about what I was doing. Only to scrap it because it didn’t sound interesting enough for you all. Well not this time. This entry is going to be published for you all to see. So without further ado on with the update.

Since my last update way back in January alot has changed. My wife and I have welcomed our 3rd son Thomas Logan into the world. Our eldest Ryan is just gone up to year 11 (5th year for anyone who is too old to know the new school yearing system). So he is about to sit his GCSE’s. Samual is coming on leaps and bounds as a 2 and a half year old. With his latest trick being it is time to become potty trained.

It Is Movember Time

Movember is the new name for November. In Movember men are encouraged to grow moustaches or “mo’s” to rise awareness of men;s health issues such prostate cancer and the other cancers that can affect men. So by grow a “mo” I am inviting people to come up and ask about my “mo”, this will then allow us to talk about the cause.

If you wish to donate to my “mo” growing please click here and then click on donate. Also for more information on Movember please visit

Work Stuff

In other news I am currently building a Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 hosting platform. It is quite a exciting and demanding task as there are lots of things to plan and deploy. As I complelte a section I will write a bit about it up here, I will not go into a lot of details but I will talk about any issues I have encountered and how I resolved them.

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New year new me!

by on Jan.05, 2011, under General, Linux

As with every year that goes past I try and become a little more organised and willing to get on with things. This year is no different, with several house hold tasks that require completing from previous years and some that require starting. Here is a general list so far

  • Finish back fence and fit gate
  • Paint bathroom
  • Paint living room
  • Tidy garage

I think with everything else including work and spending time with the kids I could sensibly finish all this by March. In work related news I am currently revising for a repeat certification hopefully by Easter. Meaning I will have both Microsoft and Linux qualifications.

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site update

by on Jun.23, 2010, under Computing, Microsoft

Now I know I haven’t been updating this site much as I could so with a deep breathe I am going to write about what has been going on since I last updated.

WordPress upgrade

Tonight I logged in to the admin section of this blog and found that the latest version of wordpress was available so without even checking what had been updated I clicked the upgrade button. I am now working away with the new version and  this will be the first post written with in.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4

In what seems like a life time but in fact was only 6 months I have managed to become Microsoft Certified in installing and maintaining it. Exam code MB2-633.

New training

I am currently on a training course an Compellent UK Office learning how to use the features on the Compellent SAN. So far I must admit that the SAN is a great thing. The enterprise manager is a great tool where it will configure the server to automatically connect to the volume you are creating.

*Providing the server has the enterprise manager agents installed*.

Windows 2008 R2 Upgrade

In the office we are looking at upgrading the current Windows 2008 to the r” edition, this will open up new features within IIS and Hyper-V which we are currently using. I am in charge of planning the upgrade so once I have the upgrade planned I shall write how we are going to perform the upgrade without killing the servers in the process.

Upgrading Thecus SANs

I also have the task of upgrading our Thecus SANs to their latest firmware. We currently have two Thecus SAN which sit on our Data Protection Manager system. I have two Thecus boxes to upgrade on Friday. I shall write about how it goes.

So thats it for the moment I will update this on Friday after the upgrade has happened.

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A week without facebook

by on Nov.30, 2009, under Computing

I did it, I finally did it. I managed to pluck up enough self control to deactivate my facebook account and what is better is that a week later I don’t miss it as much as I thought I would.

Was it hard ?

In all honesty I should have done it weeks ago when I first thought about it but I waited. I don’t quite know what I was waiting for. Was I in search for the next great game, A friend request I from someone I have thought to already request or just because I didn’t want to let go..?

What am I doing instead?

Spending time with my wife and two children, starting and finishing jobs around the house reducing the amount of time I spend in front of a PC. Although some time has now been added to play on wii fit and bonding on the xbox360 with the eldest.

Am I going back?

I really hope not. Although there are some times where I end up at the front page they have only been for a spilt second usually because it was my most visited page my browser was trying to be helpful. I feel if I go back I have failed at something and this is one thing I don’t want to fail at. If that day came where I am sucked back into the website called facebook would be a very sad day.

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Window 7 review

by on Nov.04, 2009, under Microsoft

Well I have been using Windows 7 of the last couple of days so I though I would write a review of on how I am finding it.

First of the version of Window 7 I am using is “Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit”.

My machine has a 2.79 GHz Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU with  4GB of RAM and a PNY Geforce 8400 graphics card with 256MB Memory 64-bit. This machine scores a 3.5 and that is due to the Graphics component.

One of the good things is the ability to view which machines you are recently connectrd to via Remote Desktop. Another good feature I have found is the preview with Internet Explore version 8 where you can see all tabs.

I shall write about some more of the features I have found usual later on.

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Tethering google android to a linux box

by on Oct.26, 2009, under Computing

I have had a google android mobile phone for a while I have missed not being able to use my mobile as a modem when out and about.

That has all change now that I have found proxoid for my HTC Magic. It took me 30 minutes to download everything and setup things up as per the instructions. Everything seemed to go swimming well until it came time to active the forward the my device but my device wasn’t showing in the command “adb devices” so a quick reboot of my laptop and still nothing so I started searching the Internet for any sort of ideas on how to resolve this I couldn’t find anything to help so I rebooted the phone just to see if that would help and bingo. After a very slow but satisfying test I am now happy that when I am on call I am able to go out and not have to be too close to home.

My next article will be added online later this week.

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A computing update

by on Jul.02, 2009, under Microsoft

Well I know I haven’t written much about the type of computing I have been doing recently,  well that is about to change.

As I work on a support desk having to do technical support and new service provisioning. I spend a lot of time working on helping our users troubleshoot issues they may have.

Recently I have been building a virtual exchange 2007 server server a virtual machine with Icewarps merak mail server. once I have the whole thing configured and built I shall do a write up on provisioning the setup.

Today I have been setting up a MS FTP 7.5 server which allows connections of SSL. The main instructions for the service were obtained from but I then encountered some problems being able to connect to the service from the Internet.

As my office has a direct VPN connect to the servers it was difficult to test the connection. what we found for the Internet was the passive connection could not be established after the initial FTP connection.

We found after reading Configuring FTP Firewall settings also from and applying the firewall rule

netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="FTP for IIS7" service=ftpsvc action=allow protocol=TCP dir=in

and adding the passive connection ports to the Windows Firewall the issue seems to be resolved.

One thing I must add is that if you are using the ftp server for yourself and just want to encrypt the traffic a self signed certificate is OK but if you are opening up the server the clients, suppliers, partners or any one else I would suggest a certificate from a recognised certificate body like Thawte or Verisign and other certificate authorities are also available.

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A Mid April Update

by on Apr.15, 2009, under Computing, General, Ice Skating, Photos

Well it has been a while is I have updated this much to my own dissatisfaction. I have been up to a few things in recent months and will try and write about everything now but I may well miss somethings.

So what have I been doing?

Ice Skating –

I have still been going fairly regularly and I am not improving at the rate I was but still a nice rate, my personal fitness could do with a lot of work but it isn’t anything to be worried about.


  1. I have been trying to setup shrewsoft VPN client to allow me to my office systems without using my desktop, this means that when I am on call I can be out and about without having to worry about staying too close to home.
  2. I have also been playing the sirens game at hack3r website I am currently on level6 trying to gain access to level7 and I hope to have that done at some point tonight.

Photography –

  1. Having played with my samsung trying to get the best pictures I could I decided to upgrade to the sony A200k entry level digital SLR. ( I shall write some more on the camera by the end of the week).
  2. I have a photo I have taken with it up at “My Gallery” and there will be some more photos added shortly.
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General Update

by on Nov.05, 2008, under Computing, General, Ice Skating

Well it has a long time since I have updated this with what I am actually doing, so here goes.

On Sunday I did the usual think of going ice skating and I most say that over the past couple of month I have been improve a lot, I still can’t ice hockey stop but that will come with time.

Over the Weekend I decided to upgrade my laptop to Ubuntu 8.10. I decide to do this at 22:00 on a Saturday night which is never the best idea I could have as I kept falling asleep and the whole process didn’t finish until 5:00 the following morning and then I had to go back through the ubuntu guide to make sure everything was working on my laptop correctly.

All of last week I was learning about Active Directory (AD) at the “Learning Tree” centre in London. I must admit that I did know some of the things that were being discussed the slightly more basic things such as adding machines to the domain, promoting a machine to be a domain controller and creating users, groups, Organisational Units (OUs), but I was unclear about how to actually plan an AD but this course I believe has helped put me in the mind set of what requirements to look at when planning.
Also on Sunday the 26th of October I was invited by Microsoft to watch an American Football game at Wembley Stadium in there corporate box. It was the San Diego Chargers Vs New Orleans Saints. The Saints went on to win the game but is was a close game which went down to the wire.

That is about all I have done over the past week and a bit and I shall update with a bit more technical information shortly.

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