What is Advanced Capture?

Posted Posted in Advanced Capture, Enterprise Content Management

Too frequently in the technology world we assume that everyone already knows all the lingo for whatever topic we happen to be talking about. As much as I try to avoid speaking in jargon, even I am guilty of not correctly establishing the basic concepts and vocabulary. In the Content Management world, the difference between the terms Capture and Advance Capture are seldom discussed. Hopefully this post will clear things up. History of Capture When you hear the word Capture, what vendors are usually talking about scanning software that allows you to convert paper documents to electronic formats, usually PDF […]

Enterprise Monitoring

Posted Posted in Development, Information Technology, User Experience

At Quest Software, I was a software development manager and co-architect of vFoglight. My team designed the Dell vFoglight User Interface. As part of my work on vFoglight, I was issued a patent for Intelligent monitoring of virtualized systems. The patent relates to monitoring system performance of virtual machine(s) in the context of the overall performance of the physical server(s) and the environment in which the virtual machine(s) are running. For instance, the monitoring system can track performance metrics over a determined period of time to view changes to the allocation of resources to virtual machines and their location(s) on physical platforms. […]

5 Steps to SharePoint Architecture Planning

Posted Posted in Enterprise Content Management

Michael Porter has a discussion of a Steve Pogrebivsky post on the 5 critical steps to SharePoint Architecture planning. [Steve] focuses on the people and the needs first before diving into techno geek details. It’s about: 1. Understanding the current landscape of document, content, IA and culture 2. Know what players need to be involved 3. Understand how content flows across your organization 4. Have a plan to get started 5. Plan for change and it won’t happen overnight (read more) Both are worth a read.

Exchange 2010 Room List Report from PowerShell

Posted Posted in Information Technology

Mike Pfeiffer has a nice write up on querying a list of conference rooms in Exchange 2010 using PowerShell. If you work in an campus type of environment, where you have conference rooms spread out across multiple buildings or physical sites, you may have heard of the Room Finder functionality introduced with Exchange 2010 and Outlook 2010. The Room Finder allows users to easily locate a room resource when scheduling a meeting in Outlook. Instead of users having to scroll through the Global Address List (GAL) or try to guess which room resources are located in a particular location, they […]

Get VMware Session Information

Posted Posted in Information Technology, Virtualization

Luc Dekens has a new post that includes a VMware auditing script that shows how to find out who is logged into the VMware/vSphere Virtual Center and how long they have been online. There was an interesting thread in the PowerCLI Community today. It raised the question how one could report on the current vCenter sessions, including the IP address or hostname from where the session was started. Unfortunately the SessionManager doesn’t hold any information from where the session was started. But there are other ways of finding that information. The UserLoginSessionEvent object has a property, called ipAddress, that has the information we’re after. Btw if you are only interested in looking for […]

PowerShell is key to the Future of Exchange Administration

Posted Posted in Development, Information Technology

Tony Redmond at WindowsITPro has a new post on the future on Exchange administration.  Not surprisingly, PowerShell is at the heart of his discussion. Microsoft is heading towards a world of automated management based on PowerShell in Windows Server 8 Exchange 2010 is close to where Microsoft wants to go because it already uses web-based consoles and Remote PowerShell The trend will continue, but will administrators heed the clarion call? (read more)

PowerShell – the reporting tool

Posted Posted in Information Technology

I think one of the most popular uses for PowerShell is as a reporting tool.  Alan Renouf’s VMware Daily report is one of the most comprehensive PowerShell/PowerCLI reports I have seen. Jeff Hicks has released his own daily report that he runs against his machines every day. My script, MorningReport.ps1, relies on WMI to gather a variety of system information. By default it connects to the local host, but I’ve provided a computername parameter. I’m assuming current credentials are good enough for any remote system, but you can always add support for alternate credentials, assuming I don’t in some future […]

PowerShell and Office 365

Posted Posted in Information Technology

New article on using PowerShell to automate Office 365 – There are actually two Powershell environments available to O365 administrators: 1. Microsoft Online Services Module for Windows PowerShell.  This environment, which is created and set up by a downloadable executable located here, provides PowerShell access to O365-specific components, such as licenses and user management features.  It also provides a set of Federation commands used when setting up Single Sign-On.  You can see the entire O365-specific command set by entering the following line after launching the MSOL Module shortcut: Get-Command *MSOL* 2. Remote Exchange Powershell.  The real powerhouse behind O365 Exchange […]