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Howdy! I'm James, a website developer who loves all things web. When I'm not in web developer mode I enjoy writing on my blog and gaming. When I'm not doing that I'm probably on Netflix going on the latest TV series binge.

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Configuring different DNS servers per interface with DNSMasq

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DD-WRT Web Interface on the ASUS RT N66U

In my home I happen to run a small Windows Server 2012 R2 domain, I have two Active Directory servers, one is the primary and the other replicates the primary AD server in the event of it ever going down. Because of this AD setup, I am running the DNS role on these servers but leave DHCP duties to my ASUS RT N66U router, running DD-WRT. I configured my RT N66U to push Static DNS addresses of the AD servers to clients, however I also have Virtual Wireless interfaces which are not part of the same subnet and unbridged. Pushing these DNS servers at clients connecting via these interfaces will essentially sink hole their DNS lookup ability, so I needed a way to configure DNS servers addresses based on the interface, fortunately with DNSmasq you can!

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HP Microserver N54L using Storage Spaces with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

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After recently migrating away from Windows Home Server 2011 to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials on my HP Microserver N54L I also took the opportunity to reconfigure my disk storage setup for better optimisation of storage capacity and backup/redundancy. I’ll be going through my previous and new setup detailing the key changes I made and why. My objective was to “future proof” my setup for a good few years to come under Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, making improvements along with the way and leaving expansion options open for the future. I focused on utilising a new feature in Windows Server 2012 Essentials called Storage Spaces.

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Revisiting the email rendering quirks of Office 365/OWA

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Recently Microsoft have made an update to its webmail offering Office 365 in terms of how it renders emails. As reported by Nicholas Carter on the Litmus Community many of the previously known Office 365 quirks are no longer happening. Has Microsoft listened to the community on this one and changed its ways? Find out more in my analysis of what’s different under the hood of the Outlook Web App since the changes.

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Bulletproofing images in email design

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You might of heard of bulletproof guides for background images and buttons in email design, but what about the basics of using images? Due to varying level of HTML/CSS support in email clients, embedding images in email templates isn’t as easy as you’d think. I’ve decided to compile all of the information and potential problems with images in email design and how to maintain compatibility with various email clients.

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Windows 8 mail app and the background-size CSS property

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Recently I discovered the Windows 8 mail app (Touch/Metro) not playing nice with the background-size CSS property. This property is often used when you need scale down an image on the fly, one reason for doing this is for optimising image assets for high resolution devices. The Windows 8 mail app supports CSS3 and hence this can be done. However background-size doesn’t actually work in some cases and its all dependant on the way you write background CSS properties. Find out more on how to avoid this quirk below!

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