Heartbleed – How does it affect Microsoft Products?

At the beginning of April, a CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposure) notice was posted which gave the world visibility of a bug in the OpenSSL software library which could potentially be used to steal information which was thought to be secure. Although Microsoft products are not affected by this vulnerability as they use a different ...

30 days with a Lumia 925. A switcher’s tale

I’ve recently been sent three Lumia handsets by Nokia to trial in our business. I’ve decided that I’m going to utterly take the plung and dive in to Windows Phone, how long am I going to be able to leave my iPhone 5 turned off for? Day One – The Lumia 925 arrives Cool. A ...

High Availability Incoming Email in SharePoint 2013 – a bug!

The December 2013 CU for SharePoint foundation cures a bug (or was it a feature???) that’s hampered a few 2013 deployments that we’ve recently been working on. I think it’s worthwhile blogging this – as it has potential to hit a fair few people until the patch gets rolled up in to an official service ...

High DPI mode in Chrome 2

I’ve recently been using a small laptop with a high-res display – 1920×1080 in a 13″ laptop. Not quite Apple ‘Retina’ standards, but running IE11 on Windows 8.1 looks great. However Chrome looks like a blurry bag of spanners, it’s obviously being upscaled rather than natively rendering for a higher-dpi display. Lots of posts on ...

Bulk update of User Principal Names in AD

Recently I’ve been managing Active Directory on some dev and test environments, and scripted the creation of a large number of users. Unfortunately when creating some users I’d not changed the UPNs as required when moving across environments, and AD happily allowed me to create these users with invalid UPNs. The users had been issued ...

Host Named Site Collections and SharePoint 2013 1

Host Named Site collections were of course available in SharePoint 2010, but weren’t used in many environments, in fact all bar one of the production deployments I’ve been involved with used path-based site collections. This new TechNet Post (and the underlying article by PFE Timo Heidschuster) explain in detail the improvements in HNSC which have been made in ...

Testing SQL I/O for SharePoint 2

I’m currently deploying a newly developed SharePoint extranet for a client on to an environment they have provided. During the initial deployment phase we had some instances where the hypervisor environment stalled completely. My client’s IT support tracked this down to a bad configuration of the iSCSI interface used to connect the (virtual – I’m still ...

Viewing PDF files in Office Web Apps

Office Web Apps are a great addition to a SharePoint environment. Out-of-the-box you get a free solution which allows your users to view the contents of Microsoft Office documents. In the February Cumulative Update for OWA, Microsoft introduced a rather handy feature – the ability to load a PDF file in to the Word Web ...

Using Azure Mobile Services to warm-up a website 1

Recently I’ve been working on a website deployed to a shared Website instance on Windows Azure, and some of my testers have said that the site is sometimes really slow to load – in order that the resources are kept to a minimum you’ll find that these websites shutdown after a few minutes inactivity.  A classic ...

Search Architecture changes in SharePoint 2013

I wasn’t able to make the SUGUK meeting focussed on Search which was held yesterday evening, which was a shame as Neil Hodgkinson was presenting – and if there’s anything that Neil doesn’t know about search – it’s not worth knowing! Fortunately Neil has placed his slides on SkyDrive, they’re well worth a look.