Archive for Windows Server

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 ~

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~

 

Must have command for your system admin toolbox – GPRESULT

I was in need of getting detailed network information in a development/DMZ environment with heightened security.   In particular, Domain Controller information.   I did a lot of NSLOOKUP’s and PING’s to the gateway and dns servers to see what name(s) returned.  I got zero results.  (Very tight security.  🙂 )

 

 

[box type=”info”]My buddy pointed me to the command GPRESULT.exe. It’s a built-in executable for Windows operating systems.

I was able to get a detailed report of the NIC card and the network settings.  A great tool to use![/box]

[box type=”info”]Click here for the Technet article on how to use it. [/box]

[box type=”bio”]Another special thanks to John Chism on his advice.[/box]

Open Source eMail Server

 

I found on a discussion thread on a great, open source email server to install in a development enviornment.  This is nice to have so you do not have to become a Microsoft Exchange guru.

http://hmailserver.com/

 

Extending your Windows 2008 Activiation in a virtual environment

I live and die with my virtual servers on my local computers to test proof-of-concepts; PowerShell scripts, backup/recovery scenarios, and many other important aspects to my job as a Web and SharePoint Administrator.

But one aggrevating thing is the Windows 2008 Activation feature that creeps up if you do not manage it.

I found a great TechNet article on how to extended the grace period in Virtual Environments.  This will work with VMWare Workstation, VirtualBox, Virtual Server, and Hyper-V.  In theory, it should work in other virtual enviornments.

Here is a link to the entire article.