I’m back!

After a hiatus of about 6 months I decided to bring my blog back online, I hope you’ll find it useful. There have been a couple of changes!  First off the former address, thebeagle.beagledom.ca has been shortened down to simply…

OpenVPN with FusionPBX and Grandstream Phones

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately with my FusionPBX installation at work (single server with extensions in three separate physical locations).  I’ve been tweaking things here and there in an attempt to drive down the incidence of “bad…

Hammers and Screwdrivers (O365 Teams and Groups)

I’m attending the Microsoft MVP Summit (third time, brain still explodes) and while I can’t say anything about what I’ve seen and heard (NDA, don’t you know), I can say that I am very impressed with Microsoft’s emphasis on providing customers…

Office 365 Apps and Non-Microsoft Clients

Not so long ago Microsoft was a “closed shop” … you used Microsoft services (Exchange, SQLserver, and so on) with Microsoft clients (Windows on the desktop).  Fast forward to 2016 and things have changed dramatically.  Yes, you still get the…

Meraki Firewalls (Security Appliance) and VLAN’s

In an earlier post I stated that we (Lekker Foods) were moving on to Meraki firewalls; well, we are there!  This post is going to detail the things I discovered on my journey from Sonicwall to Meraki. The biggest thing…

Time for a change …

If you have perused my blog you’ll know that I have wrangled Sonicwall devices for many years.  I kind of “fell into” the Sonicwall world through the back door years ago as it fell onto me to take care of…

Office Installation on RDS/Terminal Servers

If you have a terminal server/RDS server you probably know that there are specific rules that Microsoft puts in place regarding software licensing for use on such a box.  The short description of those rules is that you have to…

Office 365–SMTP Connectors

In the “old” days of on premise Exchange servers we would always have to set up email relay connectors in order to allow the Exchange server to accept and forward (relay) email from devices on the LAN.  You know the…

Non-profit? On SBS? Can’t go to O365? Here’s what to do! (Part 6 – Exchange)

The earlier posts in this series (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5) focused on the set up and configuration of the Server Essentials role on a Server 2012 R2 machine followed by the set up and configuration…