Speaking at Technology UG

Well I had an amazing time at Technology UG in Manchester this week. Speaking was fun and hearing from the other speakers and generally interacting with the guests was a great experience. I would happily take another days annual leave to attend or speak at one again, maybe next time work will let me go without … Read more

Technology UG Event in Manchester

How exciting! I’ve been asked to speak at a Technology UG event in Manchester on May 18th – here’s a link to their website along with the event page. http://www.technologyug.co.uk http://www.technologyug.co.uk/Events/Manchester/TechUG-Manchester-Thurs-18th-May-2017 My talk has been titled “Running Production Hyper-V and vSphere – A User Comparison Analysis” and will cover our journey from a single hypervisor … Read more

HPE 3PAR Want List 2017

I still remember being impressed with the design and architecture of the HPE 3PAR storage system all those years ago when going through a tender process for a replacement SAN. Over time new versions of the hardware and software have been released and again I’ve been impressed and excited to see the new possibilities. I … Read more

HPE Discover 2016 Slides and Presentations

I meant to post this shortly after the HPE ‘Discover’ event in London last December but unfortunately it slipped my mind and it was only this week when I went looking for a particular presentation that I remembered. For anyone who attended the event I’m sure you had a great time and came away with … Read more

HPE Purchase Nimble Storage

Well this is an interesting and unexpected announcement – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) are to purchase Nimble storage. This is in addition to the recent acquisition of Simplivity which is a player in the hyperconverged market. We already have 3PAR storage arrays at various price points with the current 8200 as the entry level with … Read more

Infrastructure as Code – The Journey Begins

I’m sure there are many of you who will be familiar with the arduous nature of spinning up many new systems on a regular basis. There is certainly a lot which can be done to automate that process but once the server is running (let us assume it is a virtual machine) you still need … Read more

UK Public Sector DNS Service

Today the UK government (via the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)) announced that the DNS service it has been working on for public sector organisations within the country is now available. This is an interesting move and I think it’s worth discussing. First let me provide you with some useful links for background reading – https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/uk-public-sector-dns-service … Read more

SHA1 Collision Finally Occured

Well it was bound to happen eventually – the Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA1) has finally been broken in so much as a team of researches at Google managed to generate a collision. If you aren’t sure what that means consider that the idea of a hashing algorithm is to take a variable length input and … Read more

Active Directory Delegate Control to User Account

I’m in the process of rebuilding my home lab and right now I have reached the point where I need to join my VMware ESXi hosts to the Active Directory infrastructure that makes up my lab domain. To do this I will setup a service account with delegated control to join computers to the domain. Delegation … Read more