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Resolving issues with SharePoint 2013 App Store running HTTPS/SSL with a web proxy

Earlier this year, I wrote a post about running the SharePoint 2013 App Store behind a web proxy.  It went over the instructions on how to configure the SharePoint application to recognize and direct App Store traffic through your web proxy to make the App Store functionality work properly. Now that we’ve moved from a test […]

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Reload inaccessible or invalid VM’s with this PowerCLI one-liner

Can I let you in on a secret?  Although I blog to help others through my own experiences and troubleshooting, one of the other things I do is use my blog as my own personal knowledge base.  Once I’ve hit something, if I blog it, its there for me as much as you… One of […]

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3PAR StorServ 7000 series best practices for vSphere 5.1

This is part 4 in a multi-part series about 3PAR arrays from an EVA Administrator’s point of view – and specifically here, for the VMware Administrator, too. Running 3PAR StorServ with vSphere 5.1 comes with a short list of best practices from HP, which is great since VMware ESXi does most of the work for […]

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PowerCLI One-liners for Storage Problems

Automation has been a huge part of my recent learning curve.  I’ve spend a considerable amount of time working with tools to decrease my manual administration time within our VMware environment.  One tool is vCenter Orchestrator and the other is trusty old PowerCLI. In the process, I’ve found myself increasingly spending more time with PowerCLI […]

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Resolving errors running SharePoint 2013 App Store behind a proxy

First Impressions I have been playing with the final release copy of SharePoint 2013 to get my feet wet and learn the new environment.  The default style for 2013 is the Metro/Modern user interface layered onto a web application.  It’s approachable and welcoming, as opposed to earlier version of SharePoint which felt foreign and different from every […]

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CloudSystem for Service Providers provides path for cloud brokers

I’ve posted before about my impressions of CloudSystem Service Provider, but it seems I had some facts wrong about the solution.  I’ve had a lot of exposure to the core CloudSystem solution from briefings and demonstrations from HP, but whenever discussed, it seems I missed a critical fact about the Service Provider offering.  HP is […]

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HP Discover 2012: Driving better backups with StoreOnce Catalyst

You no longer have to think of your disk-to-disk (D2D) backup device as a virtual tape library (VTL) or a file share repository.  HP has introduced a software API, StoreOnce Catalyst, to the StoreOnce backup line and this new API will see the D2D and deduplication product for what it really is.  No longer will […]

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Microsoft SCCM 2012 puts structure around client software

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 has blossomed into a fairly amazing product and I’ve spent my week in Microsoft Official training for how to administer the product.  As the week wore on, I can’t help but think that this product looks an amazing amount like the cloud automation products I have seen that cater […]

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VMware PowerCLI rocks

Its pretty easy to see where I stand on PowerCLI from the headline on this entry.  Disclaimer, I haven’t used it extensively, but I can already see the why VMware has chosen to embrace PowerCLI for scripting.  These are some of my initial thoughts after some light usage — in short, I think PowerCLI is […]

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EA2631 Virtualizing Exchange 2007 session recap

Deja vu.  Well, almost.  I sat in on a simliar session last year and I wondered what has now changed with vSphere being available and what new expectations could be had for virtualizing Exchange and I found answers.  First of all, as the speaker put it – VMware has eaten their own dogfood and virtualized […]

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