I created a blogpost about Business Service Management in Azure with Live Maps Unity.I’m showing in this blogpost how to create a business service dashboard for Microsoft Azure, which provides you an overview of the state of the resources you have in Azure, like storage, virtual machines, and Azure websites.
See here for more information
Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2
The Windows Management User Group Netherlands (WMUG NL) is proud to announce that it will be hosting a webcast on the 11th of March 2014. The topic of the event will be about Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2, hosted by Rick Claus.
The webcast, which will be demo heavy will explain Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2.
Rick is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. He is one of four “Corp” based Technical Evangelist at Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, Washington. He engages the worldwide technical community at major conferences, work with product teams to refine their “content” for the IT Professional audience and connect with online technical communities. From a technology perspective he focuses on the Windows Server platform (current and future versions) and building solutions, demos and scenarios that are relevant to organizations of all sizes.
You can register for this webinar for free on our eventbrite website, which can be found here: http://wmugnlwebinar2014-2.eventbrite.nl/
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Slow Hyper-V Live Migration Performance?? Check out this webcast about Hyper-V Live Migration Performance!
The Windows Management User Group Netherlands (WMUG NL) is proud to announce that it will be hosting a webcast on the 22nd of January 2014. The topic of the event will be about Troubleshooting Hyper-V Live Migration performance issues, hosted by Microsoft Virtual Machine MVP Didier van Hoye.
The webcast, which will be demo heavy will explain the options you can configure and optimize when Live Migration performance is slow, also features like VMQ an RSS will be covered.
Didier Van Hoye is an IT pro who works “IT” for over 15 years. Didier currently holds the following Microsoft certifications: MCP, MCSD, MCDBA, MCSA, MCSE & MCTP and, last but not least, he is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with the Virtual Machine expertise.
Didier blogs at the Working Hard in IT blog which can be found here: http://workinghardinit.wordpress.com. He can also be found on twitter with the following handle: @WorkingHardInIt (http://twitter.com/WorkingHardInIt)
Check out here for more info: http://wmug.nl/2014/01/07/wmug-nl-webinar-1-2014-troubleshooting-slow-hyper-v-live-migration-performance/
I created a blog post at the IT Pro’s Rock blog owned by Senior Technical Evangelist working about Workplace Join.
Check it out here:
What is Workplace Join?
With Workplace Join, Users can register their device which creates a new device object in Active Directory and installs a certificate on the device, allowing IT to take into account the users device authentication as part of conditional access policies. Users can also opt-in to the Windows Intune management service for consistent access to applications (including internal LOB apps and links to public app stores), management of their own devices and to gain access to their data.
What steps are needed to configure Workplace Join for a Windows Device?
First configure ADFS as described here:
And then follow this Walktrough Guide:
What steps are needed to configure Workplace Join for a iOS device?
Again also configure ADFS as described here:
And then follow this walktrough guide:
Today I tried to upgrade the Windows 8.1 Preview to the Windows 8.1 RTM, which was released today on MSDN Subscriptions/TechNet Plus. When kicking-off the setup I choose the option “Keep Personal Files(Data only)”, after waiting a while, I got a message that the upgrade failed and was resetted back to the latest state before starting the upgrade (that’s a good thing, that you don’t lose everything). I wanted to know why the setup failed and search the setup logfile using this article:
Windows Setup Log Files and Event Logs (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh824819.aspx)
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find any error in that log (which bugs me a bit)
I then started the setup again and then choose option “Keep Nothing”. Using this option of installing the install when smoothly without any errors, and I’am now running Windows 8.1 RTM. Some things I catched while booting the first time.
- Not all of my old apps are being reinstalled.
- I had hoped that the “Documents” (C:\Users\%username%\Documents) folder in my User Profile was synced from the cloud, since I’m logging on with a Microsoft account, that wasn’t the case. This folder is empty with no files after installing the RTM version of Windows 8.1, and I had some documents there. If there was sync mechanism the sync should have restored those files (same concept as the SkyDrive library folder)
As soon as I find the root cause of the first time not installing with the option Keep Personal Files in the setup, I will update this blog post.
Today a short blog post about some news I received about a Microsoft connect I was a member of.
On Microsoft Connect I was a member of the System Center connect site. Today I received an email that the System Center connect site will be retired effective August 30, 2013.
But the good news is that all members of the System Center Connect Site (that’s you!) will be automatically migrated to the new Windows Server/ System Center Connect site into a new group on that site. Any new suggestions, bugs and feedback will be submitted via this new site at the URL:
If you cannot access the Windows Server site linked above, you can join the program directly here:
A quick post from me today about the Certification Updates to to the upcoming certification updates to R2
In this blogpost on the Born to Learn blog from Microsoft Learning, Microsoft Learning announced that certifications will be updated to Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2:
In a recent comment Erika Cravens (Product Manager at Microsoft Learning) provided more information about the exact timelines:
The following updates to Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC) and Microsoft Certification Exams will happen as follows:
January 2014 -
- MCSA: Windows Server 2012 – Exams 70-410, 70-411 and 70-412 will be updated to included Windows Server 2012 R2 content
- MCSA: Windows 8 – Exams 70-687 and 70-688 will be updated to include Windows 8.1 content
April 2014 -
- MCSE: Server Infrastructure – Exams 70-413 and 70-414 will be updated to include Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 content
- MCSE: Private Cloud – Exams 70-246 and 70-247 will be updated to include System Center 2012 R2 content and Windows Server 2012 R2 content
They will update their website with more specifics soon, including the exact changes you will see in the exams. Keep this in mind when you are studying for an exam.
Since I’m using Windows 8.1 I discovered that my favorite feature in OneNote 2013 doesn’t seem to work anymore. In Windows 8 I used the key combination “Windows + S” a lot to create a screenshot. After some research I found out that in Windows 8.1, Windows + S brings up Search. After some research I found out that the new OneNote shortcut key will be Windows + Shift + S. Keep in mind that this won’t be available until later in the year as an update. But there is a workaround. See here for that workaround:
In summary the article on the OneNote Blog( Windows 8.1 Preview and a workaround for your favorite Win+S shortcut key) describes the following workaround:
- Use Windows + R to pull up this dialog, and type regedit.
- Now in the folders on the left, navigate down this path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\OneNote\Options\OtherNote: The path requires the specific version of Office. In the path above, 15.0 refers to Office 2013. If you’re using Office 2010, type 14.0 in place of 15.0 at the end of the path. Replace 15.0 with 12.0 if you’re using Office 2007.
- In the folder named Other, right-click the white space underneath the files in that folder and select New, then select DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- In the text entry field that pops up, type ScreenClippingShortcutKey. You just created a new DWORD. (If you are in Office 12.0, this DWORD will already exist.)
- Right click this DWORD and select Modify, then in the Value field, type 41.Your new shortcut key has been assigned to Windows + A. Now log off and log on again and you should be all set!Remember, the Windows + Shift + S fix is coming later this year, but hopefully this will help you out until then!For a full article on this topic, see an earlier blog post: Changing the OneNote Screen Clipping and New Side Note keyboard shortcuts.
Today I saw on Twitter that the What’s New in System Center 2012 R2 has been published for on-demand viewing:
— MS Virtual Academy (@MSVirtAcademy) July 26, 2013
This was my first Jump Start as a member of the Q&A Panel and it was a phenomenal Jump Start to be part of. The live questions from our audience was exceptional and a lot of great questions came in. Symon and his co-presenters during the Jump Start did a great job of presenting all the new cool features in System Center 2012 R2.