vExpert. Bloody vExpert! I AM HIM!

This will be a brief post, but I discovered just after leaving work on Friday that I'd been awarded the status of vExpert 2016. Words totally fail me. This has been something I've been shooting at for a number of years now, but I've never felt that I had what it took. I have utmost respect for the other folk who have been awarded this status, and I'm still sure that someone has either made a mistake, or is massively
- vExpert. Bloody vExpert! I AM HIM!

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Charity begins at GIVING ME YOUR MONEY

A quick blog here, not least because I've likely blogged more this week than in the previous 6 months. You're welcome. Anyhoo, in a month and a bit I'll be doing my best not to injure myself or anyone else with the main intention being to raise cash for our local Hospice, St Leonard's. The folks there (and let's face it, at all Hospices) are absolute heroes, and deliver amazing care to people in terrible situations. I genuinely hope that
- Charity begins at GIVING ME YOUR MONEY

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IDP Error [31] when trying to join to domain

So today I spent a couple of hours troubleshooting an issue that I've dealt with (and resolved in the same way) a number of times before. As such, this is a reminder to myself rather than anyone else however if it helps you out then... all the better! I built a domain recently based on Windows Server 2012R2, joined the VCSA (v6) in with no issues and the continued the build. I then get to the point where the core
- IDP Error [31] when trying to join to domain

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Logs 101, or how I learned to stop worrying and love the log

Back in my early days in the industry a grizzled veteran imbued in me the importance of logs, and how they will save your backside time after time after time. These were the days when “have you turned it off and back on again” were my default position. We all started somewhere, right? Anyhow - I’m a few years down the line and I totally understand why that grizzled vet was so keen on logs. And this blog tries
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How do you log yours?

I speak to a number of people about security related issues in their infrastructure, and while most of them understand the importance of logs I'm always amazed that so few are doing anything to protect the integrity of their logs, or leverage them. I get it: logs are about as sexy as backup, but they're also important in exactly the same way: you don't really care about them until you need them. Let's say you've had a breach (and chances
- How do you log yours?

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