Seeing and Transparency Scales

This is a handy guide as often when I'm observing I want to make a note of the seeing and transparency but I always "gut" feel it as 1-5 for seeing and 1-7 for transparency. This gives me a bit more of an objective way to rate it. [More]

Verifying Active Directory Credentials

If you're like me, you are often configuring servers and services to use service accounts - a service account is a dedicated Active Directory account that is not used by any users, instead it is used by an application to access network resources. Sometimes I am unsure if I have the right password for the service account (for example, configuring SQL Reporting Services to use an AD account), so it is helpful if I can verify that I have the right username and password. [More]

Set ADFS Timeout for CRM/D365 On Premises using IFD

If you run CRM/D365 on premises you may notice that out of the box the security tokens only last for an hour and then you have to log in again. This is because the default lifetime of the security token for claims-based authentication in Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) is 60 minutes. When I normally set up an on premises installation, I set the token lifetime to be at least 8 hours (480 minutes) so that users will be able to log in when they arrive in the morning and then use CRM uninterrupted until they leave at the end of the day. The next day when they go to CRM, they have to log in again. [More]

Bypass WSUS Server for Windows Updates

Most of the time using your local WSUS server is a very good idea - that means your getting your Windows Updates from a local server on your network. However, sometimes the WSUS server has issues, or it doesn't have the updates you require (I have run into this trying to manually install .NET 3.5 onto some older servers). To bypass the WSUS server is relatively simple. [More]

Welcome to 2020!

I did notice when I looked through the content of my websites is that my "web pages" were more like blog entries than actual web pages. Web pages usually contain unique content that expresses an idea in some decent level of detail. Were you to print out a good web page, it would likely take 6 to 60 pieces of paper to print out. Most of my web pages would only take 1 or 2 - that's why I thought the venerable Web Log (blog) format would be suitable. [More]