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Forcing Internet Explorer Compatability Mode within HTML for SharePoint 2013

internet_explorer_9_icon_svgIf you work in an environment that has multiple versions of Internet Explorer and trying to support SharePoint 2013, you will need to add a simple HTML tag to your master page/custom master page in order to be truly backwards compatible especially if you have IE 8 or IE 9 in your environment.

Place this tag in your <head></head> section in your start page.

<meta http-equiv=”x-ua-compatible” content=”ie=edge”>

This will help with forward and backwards compatibility.

Please TEST in your test/development environment(s) first before applying to your production site.

 

 

 

The 2016 Microsoft Product Road Map

Redmond Channel Partner Website

The Redmond Channel Partner website is my “go-to” source for insight to the Microsoft software roadmaps and software release dates.

Example:  The link to the upcoming Microsoft 2016 product suites that are set to be released in the upcoming months.

https://rcpmag.com/Articles/2011/02/01/The-2011-Microsoft-Product-Roadmap.aspx?Page=1

This week, it was announced that SharePoint 2016 RTM will be released on March/2016.

 

 

Global Azure Bootcamp 2016 – April 16, 2016

Global Azure Bootcamp 2016 is scheduled for Saturday April 16, 2016.

I am sure it’s early but a regional office here in the Ohio/Indiana area will be hosting an venue for this event.

Great time to geek out and network with other great IT professionals in the area.

 

Here is the official website for more information:

http://global.azurebootcamp.net/

 

Tony Maddin

A.K.A. ~Crouching Tony, Hidden Maddin~

Windows Azure is currently performing an operation on this deployment that requires exclusive access.

Microsoft_Azurepowershell-logoWindows Azure Error, “Windows Azure is currently performing an operation on this deployment that requires exclusive access.

I got this error when trying to provision multiple virtual servers with PowerShell at the same time.  Unfortunately, Azure will not allow you to create/provision Virtual Servers at the same time.

Answer = To create and/or provision your virtual servers in sequence.

~ Tony Maddin ~

Global Azure Bootcamp 2015

I will be in attendance for this Microsoft event.

Here is the website for information for this free event.

http://global.azurebootcamp.net/

Twitter handle:  @GlobalAzure

Office365 Roadmap Website

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Microsoft continues trying to be proactive on where their business and technical features sets are heading in the future.

Here is the link to keep up-to-date with future changes.

http://roadmap.office.com/en-us

~Tony Maddin~

The website to monitor Microsoft Azure status

Microsoft_AzureHere is a link from the Microsoft Azure team to monitor Azure and all the IaaS, Paas, and SaaS layers.

http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/status/

SharePoint Conference 2014 Videos from Channel 9

Click here to watch all the presentations from the national SPC 2014 conference.

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/SharePoint-Conference/2014

~ Tony Maddin ~

Azure Explorer – Great tool to map to Azure Storage

cerebrata_logoAs an systems administrator; PowerShell is my tool of choice to perform job functions.  However, reviewing all the steps necessary to connect to Azure storage and all the steps to remove/delete a single file seemed to take more time than it’s worth.

I wanted to just find a way to explore and zap the file I wanted to save storage space (and cost.)

Here is the answer, Azure Explorer by Cerebrata.  http://www.cerebrata.com/products/azure-explorer/introduction

Cerebrata has a great other great Azure tools for purchase.

AzureExplorer

Image from Cerebrata’s website.

This free, tool set was exactly what I needed.  I simply configured Azure explorer with my storage key, and poof!  I was connected to my Azure Storage with a view like Windows Explorer.

I was able to right click and remove the file.  Bonus: Within my backup folder, I was able to download and archive backups to save storage and $$.

I recommend this tool if you are using Azure and leveraging Azure storage as an efficient way to map and work with blob storage.

Here is the link to Cerebrata’s site for the tool.  http://www.cerebrata.com/products/azure-explorer/introduction

~ Tony Maddin ~

Microsoft Rereleases Service Pack 1 for SharePoint 2013

According to this post, Microsoft rereleases service pack 1 for SharePoint 2013.  SharePoint MVP, Todd Klindt, wrote a nice little post about it.

However, I would caution to try it out for at least a minimum of 2 months.  And monitor the forums and social media to gain insight how the service pack is reacting to production systems.

Here is the link to the main article.

http://redmondmag.com/articles/2014/04/22/sp1-for-sharepoint-2013.aspx

~ Tony Maddin ~

 

 

 

 

To leverage Windows Server 2012 R2 Deduplication feature prior to uploading documents into SharePoint

Win2k12LogoTo have SharePoint take place of a file share is a logical choice.  One of the many pillars of SharePoint is enterprise content management.

 

SharePoint robust features can be offset of bring the mess from a file share/shared drive and just simply bringing a new environment without cleansing the documents first.

Windows Server 2012 R2 has a great feature to help tackle the information explosion prior to migrating all your documents into SharePoint called Data Deduplication.

Data deduplication will allow your organization to help cut down on the number of “like” versions that can be scattered across numerous folders.

As a result, you get down the “single versions” of the truth with your primary documents.  Then you can take full advantage of search, records management, etc. within SharePoint to help your organization save money with regard to storage and time to search for vital information.

Here is the article on how you can use data deduplication in Windows 2012 R2.

http://redmondmag.com/articles/2014/03/13/data-deduplication-in-windows-server.aspx

 

Global Windows Azure Boot Camp – Saturday March 29, 2014

windows_azure_smallMicrosoft has put together a free, global Windows Azure boot camp on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

It’s free to register and attend.  Space is limited so register fast.

 

 

Update:  There is also a free, Microsoft Azure event on March 19th, in Columbus, Ohio.

Here is the link to this event.  https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032576700&Culture=en-US&community=0

Thanks – Jesse Grigsby!

The main website is:

http://global.windowsazurebootcamp.com/

The Columbus, Ohio website and registration.

https://gwabc2-columbus.eventday.com/

~Tony Maddin~

 

Setting up a SMTP service in Microsoft Azure

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I am part of a project team that is building a custom Windows 8 application that is leveraging Microsoft Azure.

 

 

My project role is multi-tenant infrastructure architect.  This role curtails:

  • Infrastructure as a service design.  To maximize performance while balancing cost in Microsoft Azure.
  • To perform a detail security analysis on all points of data in motion and data at rest.

One of my task items on the project is to come up with a SMTP solution.  My first thought as a system administrator is to leverage a virtual server and enable SMTP as a service.

However, my thinking is changing with the times.  J  Now there are apps for system administrators.

So I looked in the Azure store and found SendGrid.  After doing some internet searches; there have been positive comments about this SMTP application.

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I have activated this application in my Azure subscription. Below are my steps.

Open up the Azure Dashboard, click New, select Store and then choose SendGrid from the App Services Add-ons list.

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We will not be sending over 25,000 emails a month so the free subscription will fit our current business needs.

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The subscription will be tied in with your monthly billing.

I welcome any feedback.

~ Tony Maddin ~

 

A quick guide to create Active Directory in Azure

windows_azure_smallI first read the documentation on Microsoft’s website on how to create a domain controller and Active Directory.

This guide looked intense so I continued my internet searching until I found this blog post.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/archive/2013/01/17/step-by-step-building-a-windows-server-2012-active-directory-forest-in-the-cloud-with-windows-azure.aspx#.UvL66IUeeZQ

I am happy to report these steps worked like a champ!  I have now built my SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 training farms.

A special thank you to Keith Mayer at Microsoft for his awesome article.

 

Office365 Password Character

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While I was helping out a co-worker; we could not get Lync to properly work on the desktop.  So during the course of troubleshooting; we reset the password for the Office365 account.

After the password reset, with a different symbol, the Lync client was now happy.

While looking at the original password; it had a \ in the password.

It appears you can change your password in Office365 with a \ symbol.  But the Lync client will not log in with a \ symbol in the password string.

Summary:  It appears you cannot have the \ symbol in your password if you plan on using Lync with Office365.