About Me

  My name is Nicolas Blank, I live in Cape Town, South Africa. I am a Microsoft Exchange MVP (10 years) and a Microsoft Certified Master in Exchange 2010 and Office 365, and Microsoft Certified Solutions Master in Exchange 2013. I spend most of my time in the messaging world, and Exchange is a particular […]

ITPRO Africa Cape Town Event – 10 June 2010

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We’re having our next free Cape Town based event. This time round we’ll have a particular focus on OCS integration and Windows 7. What can OCS integrate with, well darn near anything. To prove the point Uwin’s going to demonstrate integration from two extreme’s – Asterisk and Exchange 2010. One you would to be totally […]

May Q&A with the SharePoint MVP Experts Chat

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Do you have tough technical questions regarding SharePoint for which you’re seeking answers? Do you want to tap into the deep knowledge of the talented Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals? The SharePoint MVPs are the same people you see in the technical community as authors, speakers, user group leaders and answerers in the MSDN forums. By […]

On my way to TEC2010

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I’m writing this in Heathrow Terminal 5 whilst en-route to LAX to speak at TEC2010. I’m super honoured to be delivering two sessions in one of the most technically recognised conferences ever. The line-up of speakers is staggering, folks from the Exchange product group as well as several super bright MVP’s. Speaking amongst such greatness […]

AstraSync saves my mobile bacon

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My mobile phone’s a BlackBerry. I love how stable it is, I love the community support, the battery life, and so on and so on, Except I battle with the fact the RIM haven’t done anything about licensing ActiveSync. So, I understand there’s competing platforms, etc, but honestly, I don’t care. As the consumer, I […]

Exchange 2010 is new, or is it?

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So Exchange 2010 was released for worldwide consumption, and was seen for the first time yesterday, or was it? Actually no. Due to the partners and customers who have spent months and even years working with Microsoft, a number of people have been benefitting from Exchange 2010 for a while now already, albeit in various […]

Exchange 2010 Release Candidate Available

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Release Candidate means that the features have been locked, but some bugs are still being chased. More importantly it’s available for download. There’s two links you want to checkout: The fist one is the Exchange Team Blog, the second one is the download site. The download site is taking a bit of time to come […]

Tech-Ed Africa Website Goes Live

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And what a good-looking site it is too! Speaker bio’s, sessions information and agenda’s are up as well as the 19 tracks, which should present something for everyone. I’m expecting more detail on the site closer to the time but it’s looking great already! Were going to have 7 type of sessions, including Breakout Sessions, […]

MVP Interop Event Happening

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I’m going to be part of Interop in South Africa. Essentially it’s a meeting between ourselves and the open source community to share how we can play together nicely. I do believe I’m going to be the only one waving the infrastructure flag, but I’m happy to take questions on anything. Things I’m playing with […]