EduGeek Conference June 2011 in Preston

It is now the end of another very successful EduGeek conference in Preston. I am going to summarise the event below and also go through some of the ‘social’ area’s of the evening get together. 🙂 The Journey Inbound to Preston actually went very quickly after a fellow EduGeek joined the train at Crewe Train…


Script: – Bulk Assign Users to SaaS Application using Graph API & ADAL

Assigning users permissions to access to azure active directory SaaS Applications can be quite a mundane task especially if you haven’t purchased Azure Active Directory Premium which would enable you to assign permissions to a group which i would honestly recommend as a long term sustainable solution for this but if you have a requirement…


Configure Server 2012 CA for Smartcard Authentication

In this article I am going to walkthrough how to configure your internal certificate authority (Windows Active Directory Certificate Services) in order to allow you to use smartcard authentication on your windows active directory domain. Introduction The need for security and enhanced privacy is increasing as electronic forms of identification replace face-to-face and paper-based ones….


Setup AD Federation Services with Office 365

I have been meaning to post this up for sometime now but just have not got around to it and with the new version of Office 365 going live and the fact we are now seeing quite a few organizations adopting Microsoft Cloud Services with SSO I thought this would be an ideal time to…


Microsoft Lync 2010 + Polycom CX Handsets Configuration

It is becoming more common now for Microsoft Lync 2010 Enterprise Voice to replace traditional PBX Telephone Systems. IT Managers generally choose not to deploy Desktop Phones when doing this and provide employees with HD Grade Headsets but they appreciate that many employees / job roles require a desktop handset. The Polycom CX Range are…


EduGeek Conference 2012 – EDIT2012

 Another Year, Another EduGeek Conference with a great turn out as always. This year EduGeek decided to re-brand the conferences with a name ‘EDIT’ as oppose to just calling it the ‘EduGeek Conference followed by the Year’. I had the pleasure of being able to attend again this year and although I could only stay…


Microsoft Tech.Days UK – 2012

    If you are a member of the Microsoft Virtual Academy you will now be aware of the Tech.Days set out for 2012. Registration for a new-look series of Tech.Days UK training events is now open. With a fresh format for 2012, Microsoft will be bringing more learning and networking sessions to your doorstep,…


Set Multi-factor Authentication for Microsoft Office 365

* I have updated this post to reflect information since MFA went into General Availability * Multi-factor authentication is an additional security measure to validate the identity of End Users. A secondary-authentication process gets initiated typically via an automated phone call to a mobile device or via a text message requiring a password. Microsoft also…


Microsoft UK Education Webcast: Virtualise your schools’ servers with Microsoft Hyper-V and save money

More and more schools are starting to look at server virtualisation as a way of reducing cost, through hardware and energy savings. Since 2008, Microsoft’s virtualisation solution Hyper-V has been included as part of the Windows Server operating system, and is therefore a cost-effective yet powerful solution. In this session you will hear first-hand from…