Misc

Configuration of Hyper-V and creation of VMs

In continuing with the post that I started last week, this week I focus on how I used PowerShell to install Hyper-V on Windows 8 and then create all necessary items to continue the creation of the SharePoint lab running on Hyper-V on Windows 8. First thing, in all situations I started PowerShell as Administrator. And yes, many of this items can be done and worked on through the GUI. But, the point is how do I automate. Also, assumptions here are you have a licensed version of Windows 8, and your ......

Nice to have tools for the SharePoint IT Pro

Coming from SPC a couple of weeks ago, during the keynote there was a demo on some great Visio Diagrams. It was created using the following: http://visiospfarmaddin.cod... Expect a post here in the next week or so on how to configure it. Another great tool I came across is targeted to those who are becoming familiar with PowerShell for SharePoint, and also if you want to use PowerShell with SharePoint Online. It is a Command Builder, you pick the verbs and nouns as you would regularly do with ......

Microsoft Community Contributor Award

On August 31st I was pleasantly surprised by Microsoft when they notified me of receiving the Community Contributor Award. Here is an excerpt of the email: “Congratulations! We’re pleased to inform you that your contributions to Microsoft online technical communities have been recognized with the Microsoft Community Contributor Award. The Microsoft Community Contributor Award is reserved for participants who have made notable contributions in Microsoft online community forums such as TechNet, MSDN ......

A fork in the road … and the road ahead

Back in June of 2009, I joined an Indianapolis based Company called Apparatus. But there are times when we find forks in the road (Muppet movie reference). So the end of the road has come for my being at Apparatus on Sept. 24th.  It has been a couple of years of great experiences.

The future looks fun, entertaining, packed with community interaction and time to take ALM and SharePoint to another level.  Stay tuned.

Creating a SharePoint Demo/Dev Lab using Hyper-V on Windows 8. The Overview.

In the last number of days, I have come across the release of the Microsoft Office Division Demo VMs. While a great asset, it is also quite large and it consumes a lot of resources, this being said as I have a Lenovo W530 with 32GB RAM, and 3 Hard Drives. The download is a 56GB set, then expanded it comes to 220GB. That is just the storage piece. Then in order to get all VMs running, it requires 42GB RAM … not quite what I wanted in the end, but still useful in a given situation. That brought me ......

Windows Azure IaaS General Availability

You may have been working with Windows Azure for a while and likely you tested the IaaS beta/preview. Today, early today, was announced by Scott Guthrie the general availability of the Infrastructure as a Service piece. And with it prices, additional capabilities and new templates. Check the announcement here … http://weblogs.asp.net/scot... ......

New set of Visio stencils for Exchange, Lync and SharePoint 2013

As versions of the server products have changed, and a more “modern” interface and cleaner display is about. Well, so are the Visio stencils we should be using when designing our infrastructure or enterprise diagrams. Below is a list of the new stencils available. SharePoint, Exchange, Lync and Office 2013 http://www.microsoft.com/en... Exchange 2013 http://www.microsoft.com/en... ......

How to Configure Microsoft Word 2013 to Connect to Geekswithblogs

The first step in this process is to open Word 2013. Once there, you will have the different templates available. You will select Blog Post. Once the template for Blog Post opens, you will have a dialog popup with the option to Register a Blog Account. And click on Register Now. The next part of the dialog will prompt you to provide the New Blog Account details, starting with the type of Blog you have (SharePoint, WordPress, TypePad and others are listed). In our case for GeeksWithBlogs, we will ......

First blog post from Surface RT using Microsoft Word 2013

One of the concerns I had in using a Surface RT was the need I have to be able to post.Recently, and not so recently, I have stopped posting. Between getting busy, carrying different devices. Well, it has been hard to do. Tried doing that with an iPad, and I can't say it didn't work, it just didn't work for me. Again, back to the concern with the Surface RT. But, looking at the App Store I started getting that same frustration I had with other platforms that left me with a feeling of "I have to compromise ......

Windows 8 and Cisco AnyConnect client issue

As many of us are doing these days, I have fully moved to Windows 8 on my PCs (laptops and desktops). And in my role as a consultant I work with many clients, many of them use different vpn technologies. While pretty much every single vpn client I had installed needed a trick or two to work, well Cisco’s AnyConnect vpn client had some issues. Installation went well, no problem there. The problem appeared when I attempted to connect, as I received the following message: Pretty clear what the issue ......

Back in the Saddle

It seems 2012 has started with an even faster pace than 2011 did. And with that the activities for a year full of promise have started. So far this year I am scheduled to be at the following events in Q1. Inaugural Office 365 Saturday in Redmond: February 25th, 2012. codepaLOUsa, Louisville, KY: March 15-17, 2012. There have been changes and more changes going on, but will be back to post and go through a memory dump of the challenges I have encountered, but more importantly, the solutions that have ......

Getting started with the Azure Hosted TFS (aka TFSPreview): Connecting Team Explorer and Visual Studio 2010

The updates are installed, all you want to do now is get connected, authenticated and get going. The first step needed here is to open Visual Studio 2010, once opened then you need to get to Team Explorer. Once there, you will click on the Connect to Team Project button on the toolbar. If you had a connection defined to another TFS environment, this will be adding one more, so you click on Servers… On the next dialog, you will click on Add… Then you will proceed to provide the details of your Team ......

Windows Azure for the ITPro presentation at MCT Summit

Azure for the ITPro View more presentations from Enrique Lima ......

If Dr. Seuss explained the Cloud presentation at MCT Summit

If Dr. Seuss explained the Cloud View more presentations from Enrique Lima ......

What can TFS do for me, as an IT Pro? An Overview. Part 1 of 3.

Let’s define what this should mean and be about. How can I as an IT Pro be able to use TFS for the tasks and activities I normally do. Whether it is controlling a project or creating scripts and such. The vision while it goes into execution with TFS, will include a process with SharePoint somewhere in there too. Scenario #1: Change Control, Change Management or Specific no-code Project Control. As an IT Pro, what do I do? Change Control, Change Management, Project Management. The problem? Yes, we ......

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