Monthly Archives: September 2012

The training dilemma

If you are reading this blog it is very likely that you work in IT. IT is a dynamic subject. Today we deploy Windows 7 and tomorrow we will deploy Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10. And we will most probably use System Center Configuration Manager 2012 to do that. That brings up the constant need to keep our skillset always updated. As a consultant I work with a lot of different companies with different backgrounds and motivations to keep their IT staff on their peak of productivity. Most companies are very relaxed and tend to adopt a new technology only when they are forced to leave the old one behind. There are exceptions, where the client proactively trains the staff and implement new technologies as they become available. There is no right or wrong in this case, just a question of what fits the best the real business needs…

MAP Toolkit – machine keeps rebooting – Resolved!

I really like the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP). In most cases it captures more information than my clients can provide at the kick-off of a project. It gives me the ability to get a very solid overview of the current desktop estate of a domain and drill down important information for the decision making process later in the project. For example, it will give me the model of all the PCs so we can plan for the number of machines that need to be replaced or upgraded, and a list of the software installed on the machines, which serves as an initial application discovery exercise. I always run it form my laptop, and for the first time I had to run it from a client machine as we are not allowed to connect to the network of this specific client, which is perfectly fine. The issue I am had…