Vigilant.IT rewarded yet another Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP)!

Talk about ‘it’s been a while since I’ve last posted…’ just see my last post here on VITBlurb.

Vigilant.IT rewarded another Microsoft MVP – 2 in as many cycles!

Sheesh… Oct 2016! Pathetic!

I’m back again to announce (albeit several months after the fact) that we, Vigilant.IT have yet another, Microsoft MVP within our team.

Enter, Daniel Apps.

Unfortunately since the last post, we lost one of our Microsoft MVPs, to another company, a company some may have heard of within the IT community…

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Although we dipped down to 2 for a short time, we have brought that count back to 3 with Daniel Apps joining this prestegious line up.

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So… who are our Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals?

Stephane Budo

Also known as ‘Steph’, ‘Budo’, ‘Our in house Dev!’, Steph holds his MVP award, 2 years in a row, within the ‘Microsoft Azure’ category.

Budo is one of the two directors here at Vigilant.IT. Someone who is very, very passionate about the IT dev space, Stephane leads the development /engineering team, continuously building Microsoft solutions for many of our new /existing enterprise clients.

Steph has developed an indepth timesheet solution that we use (internally) which integrates Microsoft’s System Center Service Manager to our custom time and billing application. Everyone knows how much of a pain timesheet is, however Steph’s solution has allowed us as technicians to focus on what we do best, solve technical problems and do very little admin work noting down the work we did. The granularity of information captured is an accountant or business owners dream (the finer details)!

Steph also started hosts an Azure Meetup here on Sydney’s lower north shore.

You can find Stephane Budo on the following platforms;

 

Steven Hosking

Also known as ‘Steveo’, ‘Hosko’, Steveo too is part of the development /engineering team here at Vigilant.IT. Steveo holds his MVP award within the ‘Enterprise Mobility’ category.

Steveo has just returned (at the time of writing) from a trip over to America, to present at the Midwest Management Summit 2018 in Minnesota. If he’s not working on a System Centre or Intune solution for a client, we generally find Steveo out at a conference on the other side of the world, presenting on all things Microsoft (well, System Centre, Intune and anything else that Microsoft need him for).

Steveo too has his own Meetup, being one of the founders of the Sydney System Centre and Infrastructure Group here in Sydney. A common theme you see with MVPs, and also one of their requirements – to help educate and empower the community on Microsoft soultions, products and services.

You can find Steven Hosking on the following platforms;

 

Daniel Apps

Also known as ‘Apps’, ‘Dan’, ‘The sh*t stirer in the office’, and the most recent to receive their Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award, within the ‘Cloud and Datacenter Management’ category, Dan is somewhat of a unique character, in a good way.

Borderline overzellous with anything other than IT, giving opinions on all things cricket or the general news, when it comes to the achievements and continous solutions he develops for all our new, existing clients, he is known to be humble and quiet about these sorts of things. As an example, his MVP announcement earlier this year. We had to see /hear it on Twitter before the team here knew!

Someone new to the social media /twitter scene, you can find Dan giving out good value to those who follow him and to see how good /quick wit he is with anything and everything (mostly Microsoft related topics).

Dan too (like the other two) continuously gives to the community via his blog as well as conferences he attends, both presenting or being part of the crowd.

You can find Daniel Apps on the following platforms;

 

So there you have it. A company that consists of 20 odd employees, and with only 3,500 Microsoft MVPs worldwide, we have within our ranks 3 recognised Microsoft Professionals. For a company our size, it is unheard of and I hope that this article just shows the technicial prowess we have /hold within our company.

This is something to be proud of, as a company but as a fellow colleague.

I’ll see you in 2020 (I really hope not!)

 

Vigilant.IT rewarded another Microsoft MVP – 2 in as many cycles!

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It has been a while since I have posted on this forum and what better way to kick it (and myself) back into gear than to announce a massive achievement for our company, Vigilant.IT.

Who are MVPs?

Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, or MVPs, are technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community. They are always on the “bleeding edge” and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies. They have very deep knowledge of Microsoft products and services, while also being able to bring together diverse platforms, products and solutions, to solve real world problems. MVPs are driven by their passion, community spirit and their quest for knowledge. Above all and in addition to their amazing technical abilities, MVPs are always willing to help others – that’s what sets them apart.

What is the MVP Award?

MVP Award is Microsoft’s way in saying “Thanks!” to the outstanding community leaders. The contributions MVPs make to the community, ranging from speaking engagements, to social media posts, to writing books, to helping others in online communities, have an incredible impact.

Essentially it’s the amount of value they have given the community and enabling companies with the latest Microsoft technologies.

They also have a very close relationship with the local Microsoft teams in their area, who are there to support and empower MVPs to address needs and opportunities in the local ecosystem.

So who in Vigilant.IT are Microsoft MVPs?

Back in July of this year, our in-house developer, guru, and overall legend of a person, Stephane Budo was rewarded with this accolade for his work within the Microsoft Azure space.

At the back end of last week, it was announced that Marc Kean was too rewarded with the Microsoft MVP status with his work within the Azure space.

Not only is Stephane and Marc very knowledgeable in their respective fields, but they are genuine, down to earth human beings who enjoy a good bit of humour amongst their peers. It just shows the versatility of the two, that they have a relatable side outside of the tech world.

These rewards are highly regarded within the IT industry and it is a privilege to be working closely with not only one, but two Microsoft MVPs within the one  company.

For more information on the MVPs and our company, checkout below links!

Stephane Budo MVP – Microsoft Azure

Marc Kean MVP – Microsoft Azure

Marc Kean – Blog

Vigilant.IT – Click to Find Out More

SOLVED! – Bluetooth issue on MacBook Pro running Windows 10

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So I’ve finally gotten around to upgrading my Windows 8.1 OS to Windows 10 on my MacBook Pro (late 2011 model).

All appeared well after the initial setup, with everything responding with the basic checks made (i.e. is the keyboard, touchpad and other basic functions working).

My setup at work varies from the norm. I have my general day-to-day workstation with 3 monitors on my desk. I use my MacBook as a forth monitor. From here I use an application called ‘Mouse without Boarders’ which essentially allows me to work off the singular keyboard/mouse (using Microsoft’s Sculpt Ergonomic set which is great!) in the office.

Making the assumption (which I know should NEVER do!), I was under the impression that the installation of Windows 10 was a success. Little did I know though, several drivers weren’t installed correctly.

As soon as I got home, I connect my laptop to my external monitor + my keyboard/mouse using Bluetooth and attempted to start working away – nothing was happening, no input from my keyboard or mouse.

Reluctantly having to revert to the keyboard/touchpad  on the laptop, I went straight to device manager which I should have done immediately after upgrading to Windows 10 – Bluetooth Host Bus Controller had an exclamation mark against, all other drivers were installed successfully.

How to resolve this issue – see below;

SOLUTION –

Prerequisites – USB drive (larger than 2GB in size). USB drive too needs to be in a FAT format.

1. Boot into your Mac OSX partition

2. Open Disk Utility

3. Download Bootcamp drivers for Windows.

4. Boot back into Windows 10

5. Run the setup.exe file off the USB and let it re-run through the driver installation again.

6. Once completed, check to see if device manager to confirm all drivers are installed successfully.

7. Finally, test your Bluetooth devices, ensure that you’re able to use them.

Hopefully this helps someone else out there!

Good luck!

Enabling PowerShell ISE on Windows Server 2008 R2

So I needed to run a PowerShell script on Windows Server 2008 R2, and needed PowerShell ISE.

I realised the server I was on did not have it installed.

As you can see here when doing a quick search, there is no PowerShell ISE option available.

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Here is how you install PowerShell ISE;

Open Server Manager > Select Features > Add Features

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Once selected, scroll down and find PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE)

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Once selected, select Next and hit Install

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Once installed do a quick browse for PowerShell ISE, you should see it in the list now (below)

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Hope this helps!