Howard van Rooijen's Blog

End of Month Research Roundup – March 2014

by Howard van Rooijen

We spend quite a bit of time every week finding, consuming & sharing interesting content that can help us in our day to day work and we like to share & discuss internally on our Yammer account. Some of the links are new, some are old, but all are useful & interesting. Windows Azure Windows […]


Any person tasked with looking after a number of Windows Servers knows that Remote Desktop will only scale so far and that at some point you will need to turn to scripting to manage a server estate of any reasonable size. Two years ago I blogged “An Omega Geek’s Guide to Learning PowerShell“, so it […]


One of the great features of using cloud based infrastructure platform is being able to increase or decrease resources (compute / storage / bandwidth) on demand. Last week I wanted to scale up our TeamCity server as our demands on it have increased in the last few months, making the change via the Azure Management […]


I received quite a bit of positive feedback about my post “Equipping a kick-ass meeting room for less than £1500“, the general tone being “we’re looking at implementing the same thing for our meeting rooms”. We also get positive feedback (mixed with a bit of envy) when clients come to endjin HQ and see the […]


If you host ALM infrastructure in Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service, configuring email notifications can be a bit of a problem as you need a SMTP relay and there isn’t one available in the Windows Azure Fabric (to combat spammers), however, if you also use Office 365, you can use their public SMTP relay. […]


End of Month Research Roundup – February 2014

by Howard van Rooijen

We spend quite a bit of time every week finding, consuming & sharing interesting content that can help us in our day to day work and we like to share & discuss internally on our Yammer account. Some of the links are new, some are old, but all are useful & interesting. Windows Azure Windows […]


End of Month Research Roundup – January 2014

by Howard van Rooijen

We spend quite a bit of time every week finding, consuming & sharing interesting content that can help us in our day to day work and we like to share & discuss internally on our Yammer account. Some of the links are new, some are old, but all are useful & interesting. Windows Azure Diagnostics […]


Equipping a kick-ass meeting room for less than £1500

by Howard van Rooijen

Everyone knows that having a good working environment makes for a happier and more productive team. My first pet project for 2014 was to kit out our new meeting room and turn it into a collaboration and meeting space that we use on a daily basis for solution design & pairing sessions, conference calls with […]


End of Week Research Roundup

by Howard van Rooijen

We spend quite a bit of time every week finding, consuming & sharing interesting content that can help us in our day to day work. We read many of the same link lists you probably do (The Morning Brew, Morning Dew, A Fresh Cup, Hacker News, Reddit – consuming a few of them through the […]


Reclaiming Space after updating to Windows 8.1

by Howard van Rooijen

If you’ve recently updated to Windows 8.1 you may have noticed you have significantly less space on your machine than before the upgrade. Little tell-tale sign is the presence of a Windows.old folder – which suggests that rather than installing a series of updates, 8.1 actually did a full install and migrated your 8.0 installation. […]


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