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Author: Ian

List all MS Teams

I have just had a client want a list of all the Teams in thair Office 365 Tennant and they could not find a quick way to do this via the MS Teams Admin Center. The following commands run in PowerShell got the listing they needed.

Woodturning project #10 – A key bowl

So after a very long break from the garage I have finally made something.This is a key bowl for my son’s new place, tomorrow I have the fun of driving a big Luton van around and I thought a key bowl is just the thing for someone who can misplace most things.

Sunset in The Broads

A few days away up Norfolk way and this is tonight’s sunset, this time lapse was taken on my Google Pixel phone using the DJI Osmo 2. As I have not taken my laptop the video was editing using Adobe clip with the music being added and the watermark all on the phone, it it […]

DJI Osmo Mobile 2

So time for a new toy I think, I have just had a DJI Osmo Mobile 2 delivered to help me with some time lapsed photos and videography. This is the first two time lapsed videos, one with and one without motion, just setup on a tripod in the back garden, next time I will […]


One hobby I am beginning out in is leatherwork, my projects can be found on both this site and my YouTube channel.

Gary Numan – 24 September 2016

Gary Numan - 24 September 2016

Today I got to go to a Gary Numan gig in Portsmouth and t was fantastic. He was revisiting the Replicas, The Pleasure Principle & Telekon albums bringing them bang up to date and he did a fantastic job, I also get to see the same just up the coast in Bexhill on Monday evening […]

Once in a blue moon

So for the second night on the trot the moon has been out and I have had the time to take some photos, tonight I thought I would add some filters to see if it would define the craters and ridges in more detail, still not too sure about it’s success.

Woodturning project #9 – Pens


So I have moved on from bowls for a moment and decided to give pens a try and this is my first 6, quite fun little projects and useful as well. I think I will keep at it as there are issues with them but not a bad start.  

Hallvik – Dive site

Hallvik - Diving

This is Hallvik in Iceland, not too far from the Silfra fissure and just as stunning, the photos do not do the viability and blues justice, the best things is the water was quite warm rangeing from 3 – 9 degrees. We where guided by Dave from http://magmadive.is a guide that I could not recommend highly enough so if […]

Silfra – Dive 2

Silfra – Dive 2

After the first dive my wife being the sensible woman she is decided to get out of her diving kit and get warm me on the other hand could not help but go back in, this is the second dive. We where able to dive the Silfra fissure crack between the North American and Eurasian continents where the continental […]

Silfra – Dive 1

Silfra - Dive 1

I had the absolute pleasure of diving on my wedding anniversary with my wife in Iceland this weekend. We where able to dive the Silfra fissure crack between the North American and Eurasian continents where the continental plates meet, one truly unique place. We where guided by Dave from http://magmadive.is a guide that I could not recommend highly enough so […]

Woodturning project #7 – Burning and ebonising

Ebony and burning

Well this weekend I have been playing with a couple of news items, a blow torch & ebonising spray and the results are below. They are not too bad for a first attempt but I should have built up the ebony  layers much slower and a lot thinner.   Today’s inspiration has come from both Mike Waldt and Martin Saban-Smith both […]

I am in Turner’s Rest

Turner's Rest 16 April 2016

It looks like two of my turnings have been included in Turner’s Rest. Turner’s Rest is a paper.li content aggregator run my Martin Saban-Smith and it has picked up on two pieces of work that I did last weekend, quite exciting. Pop over to www.turnersrest.com and take a look and subscribe it hits your email […]

Woodturning project #4 – A wooden box

Wooden box - Cherry

This weekend I have had the pleasure of being taught how to turn some wood. I spent two days with Tom Pockley and have learned so very much that I hope I don’t forget. I guess the best way is to get some more practice in during the week all I need to do is […]

Woodturning project #3 – A wooden bowl

Wooden bowl

This weekend I have had the pleasure of being taught how to turn some wood. I spent two days with Tom Pockley and have learned so very much that I hope I don’t forget. I guess the best way is to get some more practice in during the week all I need to do is […]

Misadventures in wood turning

So we are in March 2016 and the time has come to begin a new woodworking related hobby I have chosen wood turning. This section will document my misadventures in wood turning from photos of my first pieces to eventually videos to detail my journey, I am sure I will make many many mistakes but […]

Hastings by night

Hastings by night

So some fun tonight in Hastings with long exposures. I need to bring the time down quite a bit as they are a little too light in places and the images are suffering as a result, I will go back to the spot and play again in a few evenings times and hopefully the outcome […]

Water droplet photography

Water droplet 1'st session

So after an age I have been able to start with doing some water droplet photography, this is my first try and a few lessons learned. Firstly the boring bits: Shutter speed: 1/250 ISO: 400 F-Stop: f16 Camera: Cannon Eos 700D Post editing With the exception of cropping there was no post editing, so what […]

That x64 setting.

Today the following error was being thrown by a new SharePoint c# application, “An unhandled exception of type ‘System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException’ occurred in Microsoft.SharePoint.dll” with the following detail: “Additional information: Retrieving the COM class factory for component with CLSID {BDEADF26-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F} failed due to the following error: 80040154 Class not registered (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80040154 (REGDB_E_CLASSNOTREG)).” The application […]

Diving at Holbrough Lakes

Went for a little dive over at Holbrough lakes this afternoon / this evening trying out a Liquid Image video camera mask, pleasantly surprised with the video. We found the bus that was sunk at Holbrough lakes a couple of weeks ago.    

Star trail photography

I have loved star trail photos for quite some time now so I thought I would have a play. This image of from a set of images taken last night, not the best night for star trails as there was a almost full moon but I needed to try out the theory. The image below […]

Luna photography

Uncropped Luna Photo 2

I thought I would try my hand at Luna photography and after a little messing around with the settings I was able to get a few shots off. The following are the four that I have selected out of the 9 in focus photos that I was able to take tonight. ISO : 400 F-stop : F3.5 […]

Fireworks 2014

Fireworks 2014

It has been a while since I had the time to play with the manual mode of a camera as as the local school was having a fireworks night in my back garden I thought I would have a play. So I set my Nikon D5100 up on a tripod got out the IR shutter release […]

Virtual box to Hyper-V is one easy step

Tip of the day, this tip has been shamelessly stolen from Diary of a SharePoint consultant like many others I run Virtual Box and have lots of different environments ready to run to aid development & migration and the thought of re-creating them in Hyper-V has filled me me dread for quite a while now. I […]

Office 365, ADFS & SSO

IE Settings for Office 365, ADFS & SSO

So you have made the move into Office 365, you have ADFS so you can have a single sign on so your user do not need to worry about logging in when they are in the office but it is not working, you check your ADFS setup and it looks good once you users logon […]

Keeping your PowerShell tidy

I am quite a fan of Powershell but miss the ability to include other files in a simple and clean way. I quite like the idea that as you run scripts in the different environments dev, test, UAT, staging and production they should never change, the only thing that should change are the variables in […]

SQL Server Audit

Who did what and when did they do it? SQL Servers has some fantastic audit capability but sometimes a client will want to hand craft their own and this script can act as a place to start. The script will create audit tables that will audit what your users are up to. The script has […]

Database documentation

Documentation is the bane of my life you design a fantastic database and someone tells you that they would like to know how it works, so the task begins. This script will take a look at the database and do the graft for you, if you have been well behaved and added descriptions to objects […]

Database CRUD scripts

The use of a database is always a good idea and not giving users any direct access to the tables is an even better idea but wrapping the tables with stored procedures that you can secure up by group membership is a little bit of a pain, this script will enable you to create all […]

PowerShell script template

This file is the Powershell template file that I use when creating PowerShell scripts. The code below is a functioning PowerShell script for you to build on, it has the syntax for the Get-Help cmdlet to function correctly and takes three parameters some mandatory some not, it also outputs to the screen the script execution […]

One of my favorite dives

I have wanted to dive all of my life and not too long ago I finally took the plunge and went for it, I have loved every moment of it but one dive stands out for me. So while I was more than happy to make bubbles my other half was not quite so keen, […]

Scraping Back Time

Scraping Back Time

I have always liked the “Scraping Back Time” photos that I have seen around so I thought I would give it a go. I am currently working in Guernsey one of the Channel Islands and the only part of the UK that was successfully occupied during the Second World War so I thought I would […]

Holbrough lakes dive map

Unfortunately for me my underwater navigation is not the best so in an attempt to get better I have decided to map out Holbrough Lakes and then use a custom Google map to show my work. Lets hope it go’s well. I am going to use different layers in the map so you can see […]

Spitfire BM597

On 6th March 2011 I was treated to a flight in a helicopter while one of the few remaining spitfires fly around us, it has to be one on the most wonderful experiences I have had. This is a set of photos from the day.  


Turtle - Egypt 2014

I have had the pleasure of taking diving up as a hobby. I am currently a PADI Master Scuba Diver and would recommend that anyone who can should give diving a go it is just fantastic, where else will you see a turtle floating around free and happy.


When I first left school I trained to become a photographer and after 3 years  I decided it was not for me. I have still had an interest in photography and I plan to start up again, so this is where my photos will be for everyone to see, lets hope they are OK.

Aerial video & photos

I own a DJI Phantom Vision 2 that enables me to take aerial photos & video. This is the clever little thing hovering a few feet from the air. If you have an unmanned aircraft then this video if well worth a watch.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6uU1LTdI8M#t=49