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Customers lose with Microsoft’s takeover of NoIP domains

You may have missed the news yesterday, but Microsoft coordinated a takeover a over 20 domain names held by dynamic DNS company NoIP.  Microsoft took control of the 20 domains NoIP offers to customers as free dynamic DNS subdomains.  In doing so, Microsoft was seeking to disable domains used by a couple of malware attacks that were […]

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Elitebook Challenge: Day 1 crash, recovery and comparing Elitebooks

Sunday was my travel day, so I’m considering Monday as Day 1 full time on the Elitebook Folio 1040.  It’s been a doozy of a day with the new Elitebook starting off with an unrecoverable software error from Windows.  I cannot blame the hardware – its completely the software and perhaps my botched install of Windows 8.1 […]

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TechEd Session Recap: Future Look at Microsoft Exchange Server (OFC-B310)

Microsoft Exchange is the cornerstone for email in many businesses.  And a quick poll of the users in the room during this session indicated that the majority of those users are running Exchange on-premise and not Office 365′s flavor of Exchange.  So, we were all extremely interested to here where things are going in terms […]

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TechEd Session Recap: The StorSimple Approach to Solving Issues Related to Growing Data Trends (DCIM-B310)

Dealing with astronomical data growth is a problem that every business, small to large, is dealing with.  Data is expected to grow from about 4.4 trillion gigabytes to over 44 gigabytes by the end of this decade according to numbers reported by IDC this year.  But of all the data captured and created, most of […]

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Elitebook Folio 1040 Challenge: Attending MS TechEd with a twist

Tomorrow morning, I will depart for Microsoft TechEd in Houston, TX, and something will be missing from my bag when I go tomorrow.  I’m leaving my Macbook Pro at home and I’m calling the next week my Elitebook Challenge.   Instead of taking my Mac, I’m going to spend the next week running on an […]

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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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