After working with Windows Server 2012 since its release late last year I have built up enough experience to attempt the MCSA exam. Because I was already certified to a high enough level on Windows Server 2008 I was eligible to take the upgrade exam 70-417 and I'm delighted that I passed it first time. This is the first of many Windows Server 2012 related exams I will no doubt take over the new few years and I look forward to working with Microsoft's new server operating system.

Now onto learning the latest edition of one of my favourites Exchange Server 2013, not sure what to make of it yet but I'm sure as I get more experience with it I shall find out and will report back in a series of blog posts about it.


Ok so if you have followed my previous post and upgraded your DPM 2010 server to DPM 2012 SP1 you may be wanting to upgrade your operating system from Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 to Windows Server 2012 and wondering how best to go about this, well here is how I've done it. ...continue reading "Upgrading DPM 2012 SP1 to Windows Server 2012"


Upgrading to DPM 2012 is possible from DPM 2010 providing you have QFE4 (KB2615782) installed and DPM 2010 is installed on a Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008 64-bit operating system.

With the release of DPM 2012 Service Pack 1 please note there is no direct upgrade path from DPM 2010 to DPM 2012 with SP1 media. If you wish to upgrade a DPM 2010 server to DPM 2012 SP1 then you will need to follow the upgrade path shown below: ...continue reading "Upgrading from DPM 2010 to DPM 2012 SP1"

I have recently been setting up a 3 node Windows Server 2012 Hyper-v environment which I have configured in a Failover Cluster for high availability. Doing this was considerably easier that I had expected thanks to the improvements in Server 2012. Here is how I did it: ...continue reading "Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Failover Clustering"

I recently had the pleasure of assisting a client with their decommissioning of their Exchange 2003 environment as they wanted to move to Office 365 in the cloud rather than upgrading to an on-premise Exchange 2010 environment. This came down purely to cost as for 15 mailboxes in Office 365 is a lot less than the cost of a new server and Exchange 2010 licensing.

Anyway although I was initially asked only for some general advice and assistance because the client wanted to do it themselves, it soon became clear I was going to end up pretty much doing it for them. ...continue reading "Migrating Exchange 2003 to Office 365"

Well two years after first passing my ICND1 exam I have finally found the time to study for the ICND2 exam and as I passed I am now very happy Cisco CCNA certified IT Professional. After working with Microsoft technologies for so long I felt it necessary to branch out and get some experience working with other vendors products and I am now certified in two of the other major players Citrix and Cisco.

For study material I used the excellent CBTNuggets and the CCNA Study Guide book from Todd Lammle. Both are highly recommended and gave me the information I needed to pass and to feel confident about working with Cisco routers and switches in any size network.

For those of you still studying for CCNA dont give up its definitely worth the effort!