Blogs


SQL Server
2017

Broken SQL, Broken Company: A Client Story

Everyone has head about SQL Server.  We share client stories in the hope that something will spark something, cause someone to take some action, or otherwise turn on a light bulb to alleviate some sort of corporate darkness (ha), and this story is, frankly, filled with corporate darkness – the type of darkness we see […]

client access server
2017

Exchange 2013 | What’s New Client Access Server

One of the many new changes with Exchange Server 2013 is the collapsing of the four roles that made up Exchange Server 2007 and 2010; the fifth role, the Edge Transport role, has been dropped completely from 2013. Similar to the Front End/Back End topology of Exchange 2003, there are now two roles in Exchange […]

Configuration Item
2017

The OpsMan Alert Connector and An Often Over-Looked Step

If you have both Operations Manager and Service Manager in your environment it can be very useful to set up both the Configuration Item (CI) and the Alert Connector. As a result, the CI connector will help build your CMDB, and the Alert Connector will sync your OpsMan alerts to Service Manager, creating incidents for […]

Service Manager
2017

SCSM 2012 – How-To: Relationship Subscriptions

When performing Service Manager implementations, a near-universal request from clients is to have a notification email triggered upon a work item’s assignment changing. As a Service Manager admin, you may or may not already be aware that this functionality is present within Service Manager, however, is unable to be created from within the GUI as […]

BYOA
2017

BYOD? More Like BYOA. Your Secrets Might Be Leaking…

I was rather astounded to read the recent New Your Tines article, Where Apps Meet Work, Secret Data Is at Risk by Quentin Hardy.  I realized that there are organizations where employees are employing hundreds of personal applications and allowing those apps to interact with corporate information. Let's Bring Your Own Apps I knew it was […]

Office 365 Email
2017

Office 365 Promo to Expire Shortly, Regeneration Expected

We had a client tell us yesterday that the current pricing promotion for Microsoft Office 365 is too good to ignore.  Office 365 is being used by some of the largest enterprises in the world (CapGemini, American Red Cross), and it is most definitely an enterprise-class solution.  To lower the barrier of adoption, Microsoft put […]

Aspect Oriented Programming
2017

Aspect Oriented Programming In MVC

Sit back and relax.  We are going to get technical.  Ready?  Much like recursion, Aspect Oriented Programming is a programming paradigm for solving problems from a different perspective. The goal of this approach is to create reusable code which solves solution-wide concerns. The end result of investments in Aspect Oriented Programming are usually large dividends due to […]

bring your own device
2017

A Mobile Application Brainstorm – Go

Do you accept the proposition that every business should have a mobile application?  Part of your acceptance is the acknowledgment that the user community is carrying around hand-sized computers on which they sometimes have telephone conversations.  However, many businesses have not yet made the leap from their particular business model into the mobile application world. […]

Office 365 Email
2017

Office 365 Hybrid Deployment; Get Prepared!!

Hybrid deployment?  What exactly is it?  Over the last several months we have worked on many Office 365 deployment projects. In some cases, they can be straightforward, but most commonly they are not. This seems to hold particularly true for hybrid deployments.  This is especially true if there are several integration points.  Also, you need […]

Office 365 Hybrid Deployment
2017

Dismantling an Office 365 Hybrid Deployment

Recently we dismantled an Office 365 Hybrid Deployment. In this scenario, we had a hybrid with SSO deployed but hadn’t started migrating users. We were signed up in the v14 tenant and wanted to start deploying Exchange 2013 in our organization, but that’s not a compatible configuration. The solution was to remove the association between […]

employee portal
2017

Employee Portal | What Drives Strategy for Success?

Are you considering a revamp of your existing Employee Portal? First of all, the concept of an Employee Portal aligns well with SharePoint, especially 2013. Aside from being simply the “landing page” for an organization, a well-architected portal can drive strategic engagement, and finally, ultimately resulting in a stronger ROI. It is important to identify […]

Migrating To The Cloud
2017

The Value of the Cloud Webinar

Thinking about migrating to the cloud?  Enjoy this video.  It's a no-nonsense business discussion that cuts through vendor marketing fluff and gets to the bottom of how the cloud can impact your organization. In this discussion, we cover basic cloud terminology, market trends, technical value, business value, and a few incentives that make starting in […]

organizational change management
2017

Organizational Change Management Facilitated by SharePoint

Oakwood has long-standing expertise with affecting and facilitating organizational change management (OCM), primarily around significant IT initiatives within large organizations with many business units involved.  Oakwood has also worked with several organizations who did not understand the need to invest in OCM and have had less-than-desired results from project implementations.   In our experience, any substantial technology initiative will […]

client access server
2017

How Can Exchange 2013 Help Your Organization?

These days, organizations typically need business justification for migrating, and it’s necessary to key in on specific improvements in Exchange 2013 that directly address business benefits worthy of migrating. As much as the underlying improvements of Exchange 2013 add significant value to the overall stability, reliability, scalability, and manageability of Exchange, organizations see these enhancements […]

Exchange 2013
2017

Exchange 2013 CU2 will support 100 databases per server

With Exchange 2010 there was a database per-server limit of 100 databases.  How about Exchange 2013?  In Exchange 2013 this number was reduced to 50 databases per-server. This is because it utilizes more CPU and memory than its predecessors. This is due to the architecture changes that were made, as well as the changes to reduce […]

Office 365 Email
2017

Office 365 Managed Services

The Business Office 365 value proposition is greater reliability, security, and productivity at less cost than on-premise server infrastructure or applications.  Office 365 is a hosted offering for Software as a Service (SaaS) providing portals and applications for administrators and end-users. It combines the familiar Office desktop suite with cloud-based versions of next-generation communications and collaboration […]

bring your own device
2017

Any Device Anywhere | Bring Your Own Device

BYOD.  It stands for Bring Your Own Device.  This has been a topic that has alternatively generated excitement and instilled fear and loathing within IT organizations for the last two years.  Users want to be able to work from anywhere, using any device, whereas IT groups want to reduce device management overhead while simultaneously enabling user […]

Microsoft Operating System
2017

Microsoft CloudOS: Enabling the Next Generation of IT – Video and Slidedeck

How much do you really know about the Microsoft Operating System?  To take advantage of the vast possibilities the cloud offers, IT Departments need to transform the data center. This should be done by rethinking old processes while continuing to leverage existing skills and resources.  In this session, we are going to share with you how […]

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
2017

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012

Using MDT 2012 for imaging is a great solution on your System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMan) 2012 journey.  How can the free tool called Microsoft Deployment Toolkit help me to implement ConfigMan 2012?  Read more and let's get to work. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit MDT 2012 has a nice feature that allows you to create an […]

Orchestrator Runbooks for Service Manager
2017

Designing Orchestrator Runbooks for Service Manager- Video and Slide Deck

  Why is Orchestrator Runbooks for Service Manager important to you and your business?  Have you been left wondering the best way to go about presenting your Orchestrator-automated processes to end users for Self-Service?  Do you have advanced request processes you are trying to manage via Service Manager?  Do you find you need the ability to […]

Securely Store Passwords
2017

Embedding CoffeeScript within SharePoint 2013

Embedding CoffeeScript into a SharePoint 2013 development environment can be done with two web parts. In this post, we assume you are a Site Collection Administrator and that you are familiar with the process of adding web parts to a page. Where Is My CoffeeScript? Start by editing a page, you will need to add a Content […]

Powershell
2017

Using PowerShell To Get All The Users From SharePoint’s User Profile Service

Are you interested in using PowerShell to get users from SharePoint?  Brace yourself.  It's a lot easier than you think.  Below is a simple way to make that happen.  If you need more information contact us directly. Powershell Script Help A simple PowerShell script to get a list of all the accounts in the User Profile […]

Target Stores
2017

Don’t Be The Next Target | Protect your Active Directory

The recent Target compromise was a wake-up call for many firms, especially all of the Target stores across the U.S.  Let’s face it – IT security is often not at the top of the priority list for budgeting every year.  Your organization needs to be proactive in applying smart, effective security practices.  One area of […]

Azure Monitoring Management Pack
2017

Azure Testing & Debugging Case Study | Save Money

Recently our team was preparing for the first launch of a massive operations focused application. The team had run all of the basic load & performance testing required to meet our contractual obligations. The app was in a temporary code freeze – hot fix only time. PMs & Scrum Masters anxiously worked down the checklist […]

Azure Development Team
2017

Azure Development Team Training

It’s amazing to us the number of customers over the years who told us they couldn’t dare become an Azure Development Team. They are web or mobile developers.  They could not justify investing the time it takes to retrain their developers to build solutions for the Azure platform.  What's going on here? Becoming Azure We […]

reduce operating costs
2017

How We Reduced A Client’s Operating Costs

Everyone wants to reduce operating costs.  All over the web, TV, & social media, we see companies touting the savings that can be had from a few minutes of your time. Seldom are these statements viable, but their darn catchy slogans.  However, in some cases adding a little bit of time back to peoples’ day can […]

service costs
2017

Intelligent Apps Saves On Wasted Service Costs

Worried about wasted service costs?  Makes sense.  Everyone wants to save money.  It’s the simple things that impact the bottom line, like service costs.  To see this, just follow the paper trail. Understanding how money flows through an organization provides a very clear view into ways to improve the company.  Oakwood pays a lot of […]

cloud service line
2017

Why Don’t We Have A Cloud Service Line?

The cloud service line.  Are you familiar with it?  We all like to believe that we’re unique, but Oakwood is similar to many systems integrators in the country. Like others, we offer services related to systems management, infrastructure automation, data management, business intelligence and data services, communication and collaboration such as SharePoint, application management including […]

Outdated Technology
2017

Application Development Lessons from the 90’s

Who is ready to party like it's 1999 and who remembers anything from the 90's, especially application development lessons?  What about user experience?  No one was talking about that back then, right?  It’s the simple things that make us better.  Let's talk about the days of outdated technology, shall we? Remember Outdated Technology? 20 years […]

Azure Load and Performance Testing
2017

Load Performance Testing with Azure

Azure load and performance testing is something we know a lot about.  Recently we engaged in load and performance testing a custom web application that we developed for an Oakwood client. We were encouraged by the strength and depth of the testing tool within the Visual Studio environment. Azure Load and Performance Testing | History N-tier […]