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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Long time, no blog…

So, it has been quite a while since I have posted anything here. Did you miss me? Heh… as if anyone is here.

Anyway, here’s a quick synopsis of the current goings-on around here:

1) Moving forward on our Exchange migration project. This is a biggie. We are currently running to forests/domain side by side. One domain (Win08) hosts everything EXCEPT email. The second domain (Win03) hosts our email. This has not be ideal, to say the least, from a usability and management point. But, we are going to be rectifying that shortly. We are going to be putting in an Exchange 2010 infrastructure in our new domain and migrating everything to that. So, we will finally be able to decommission our old domain and be rid of this multi-domain structure. Looking forward to that!

2) Continuing my ‘developing development’. I finished version 1.0 of my Friendly URL Management App. It is an Arena module and works pretty well, though it is a bit slow form a performance standpoint. I haven’t done any work on trying to optimize it yet. But, it is functioning. Users can visit the page to see which Friendly URLs (fURLs! Just thought of this… and like it!) exists, check their destinations, create requests to add new or edit fURLs, etc. Users can also get a QR Code for the fURL, even choosing the size of the QR Code. The app also has a management component so I can add/edit/remove fURLs from the web interface. All in all, it is a great app and I learned a ton writing it! As always, I have to give huge shout-outs to Nick and Jason for their guidance, input, and mentoring. Thanks guys!!

3) Along the lines of Point 2 above, I have been working on a new Arena App recently. This app is for our Prayer Ministry and is intended to replace an existing app with the same functionality. The existing app is hosted off-site (at a cost to us) and does not leverage any of the functionality/data available to us in Arena. So, I have been working on creating an Arena’ed version of the app. Basically, this is an app to collect prayer requests for various contributors and then create a book/compilation that is distributed to prayer team members. This has been a fun project to work on and, again, I have learned so much. I am excited by the prospect of actually rolling this out for use by our Prayer Ministry.

4) In addition to all of this, I still have my day-to-day work on network management, Windows server admin, backups, etc. etc. etc.

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