Departing Geocent

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Today is bittersweet, it is my last day working with Geocent.  For over past two years, I have donned many hats and had an opportunity to work on some great projects with some fantastic people.  I have led teams, developed and hopefully improved processes, and left the company better than when I came into it.  Geocent provided me with the opportunity to move back home to the greatest city in the world, New Orleans.  I have learned a lot since my arrival here and hope that I can outline and share some of the things I have learned. Vision, Goals, and Plans When leading or developing a business, a vision is important.  We ask the question, “who do you want to be …

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Disable Users with Powershell

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One of the standard tasks that administrators perform is disabling users access in their environments.  This is a task I found myself working on recently.  An ideal candidate for PowerShell, I wanted to share it here.  This is by no means a final version of this script.  There are additional features that I would add including having in pull from an Excel file for the user information and disabling the user for Lync but this is the raw first version.  Any updates will be published on this site and linked to the original.  I have added comments to each section.  If they are not clear, please let me know in the comments and I will clarify.  

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Book Review: The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry

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The title caught my eye but it was the association with the content that really made this book resonate with me.  Creatives are not only artist or writers but people also include anyone who’s job function is to create like consultants and architects. I fall into that group and struggle with the main premise of the book, burnout.  Maintaining consistency in a delivery product can be very challenging and many of us don’t know how to handle creating at a constant pace. Todd outlines a framework that is designed to aid creatives in combatting burnout and increasing their productive bandwidth. After a few months of implementing Todd recommendations, I have been able to clear out a large portion of my backlog …

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ExpressRoute: An MPLS Connection to Microsoft Azure

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I have tried to focus my posts regarding the cloud on how it can actually be leveraged in your environment. My goal is to relate actual solutions and use cases to business challenges we see with our customers daily. This post is no different. As organizations look to move to leverage the cloud, network administrators need to work to ensure a smooth, secure connection. While a secure connection can be made over the web, a dedicated VPN connection was made available to provide a secure link and allow on-premises resources to be extended to the cloud. ExpressRoute provides even richer capabilities by allowing a dedicated MPLS connection to Azure. There are two main options for connectivity with ExpressRoute; through a …

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My Weekend with Uber

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The car hiring service Uber has been in the news lately raising $1.2B in funding but it was not until my recent trip to Houston that I was able to use the service. My experience was nothing short of brilliant. I have used cabs all of the world and expected my experience with Uber to be similar.  Smelly, dirty, rude, and expensive could all be used when describing most of the cabs that I have ever used.  Uber has certainly disrupted that model and it is clear why cab companies are fighting to keep them out of their cities.  They will be forced to significantly change to keep pace. Hiring Experience I have used apps on my phone to try and get …

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