The future of Windows

September 16, 2014

Win9

This autumn gets better and better! On September 30 I think we will see the first glimpse of Windows 9. (No link to the site just yet)
Soon after that if not the same day I expect we get the opportunity to download a technical preview.

October 28 TechEd Europe kicks off in barcelona, Spain. My guess is that we will see a lot of content covering the Future of Windows. :)
Stay tuned for an updated TechEd Europe 2014 Content Catalog

Have you registered yet? If not go ahead an do it today, you really don’t want to miss this one… #JustSayin

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Find your DevOps sessions at TechEd Europe

September 16, 2014

DevOps is one of the most written-about terms in the world of agile development and continuous delivery. The lasted Countdown to TechEd Europe Show are focusing on the DevOps and the Spotlight feature of the schedule builder.

Check it out here aka.ms/tee14cd07

To learn more about DevOps don’t miss upcoming Jump Start Training on October 9, 2014.
Azure Resource Manager DevOps Jump Start

While you are waiting for that make sure you check out the Microsoft Virtual Academy Training

DevOps: An IT Pro Guide

and the DevObs Blog and the latest blogpost from Volker Will
CIO Guide – Eight Steps to Enterprise DevOps – Step 1

If you haven’t registered yet, why not use the DevOps trainings available in Barcelona to boost your arguments :)

You will find the registration page and some help convincing your boss and much more by visiting the TechEd Europe website.

If you have any questions or comments about TechEd Europe you can post them in the TechEd Europe Forum or use Twitter or Facebook and reach out to:

Twitter handles for the people behind the Countdown Show:

Until next time,

C’Ya all in the binary space that’s 4zure Ler


Improve MSDN/TechNet download speed

September 4, 2014

The other day I had to download some ISO files from MSDN and noticed that it would take quite some time to get the files downloaded using the Download Manager.

What I wanted was to launch the File Transfer Manager (FTM) the ActiveX based tool that did a pretty good job downloading files from MSDN/TechNet.

Internet Explorer 10 or 11 doesn’t launch FTM but what if you want to use it anyway.

To use the File Transfer Manager in Internet Explorer 11 you must launch the emulation mode

  • Press F12 to bring up the F12 Developer Tools window
  • Choose the Emulation icon

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  • Document Mode Select 9
  • Under User Agent String choose Internet Explorer 9

Click a download link and you will be prompted to install FTM :)

Happy downloading


How to add a product key when you are installing System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager.

September 3, 2014

Once your installation is complete it’s time to make sure you apply your license key. As you know there isn’t any prompt for adding the license key during the installs.

Instead it’s a Post-installation task you must perform.

The process I really simple. We use the PowerShell Set-SCOMLicence cmdlet.

1. Open an elevated PowerShell prompt. (Run as Administrator).

2. Type import-module operationsmanager.

3. Type New-SCOMManagementGroupConnection to connect your management group

4. Run the command Set-SCOMLicense -ProductId “<yourlicensekey>“

5. Check the settings by running the command:

Get-SCOMManagementGroup | ft skuforlicense, version, timeofexpiration –a

You may have to restart the Management server/-s to make sure that these changes are registered correctly.


System Center 2012 R2 – Register SPN fails

September 2, 2014

I received the following error wile pasting the command from my solution document.

C:\Windows\system32>SETSPN.exe -A MSOMSdkSvc/MyServer domain\service_account

Unknown parameter MSOMSdkSvc/MyServer. Please check your usage.

I have encountered this before and thought I would share the knowledge to save you some troubleshooting.

As you know the data access service account runs as a domain user and doesn’t have access to creation of the service principal names in Active Directory. There for you must run the commands with administrative or delegated privileges to user objects.

The syntax for adding SPN are two commands are found at TechNet http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd548282.aspx

SETSPN.exe –A MSOMSdkSvc/<ManagementServerFQDN> <domain>\<SDKServiceAccount>

SETSPN.exe –A MSOMSdkSvc/<ManagementServerNetBIOS> <domain>\<SDKServiceAccount>

It is really tempting to just copy the lines and replace the information between <> with your data. But if you do you should know that there are issues with that. Windows and the command prompt or PowerShell interprets the minus character differently.

To display the differences I have copied and pasted the same line from Notepad, the command prompt and from PowerShell into Notepad++.

Plain

As you can see there are no differences between the lines but if I display the text in Hex you will see where the problem occurs.

HEX

The Hex code for minus sign hyphen is 2d which both PowerShell and command prompt delivers correct (marked in green). But the line pasted from notepad displays something different (marked in red).

That is the reason you will get the error message even if it looks correct.

One way to sort this in your documentation is to use the slash / (hex 2f) which displays the correct character in all three cases instead of the minus sign. Another way is to change the minus sign in the prompt.


The saga continues…

August 29, 2014

The coming months will be exiting…

#1 New job at Crayon 
My focus area at Crayon will be Microsoft Hybrid Cloud Solutions to Hosting, Service Provider and Enterprise customers.

#2 TechEd Europe in Barcelona

Hope to see you there!

#3 Rumored public preview of the Threshold release (Windows 9)

Cant wait to get the news…

 

C’ya in the binary space


TechEd Europe 2014 Content Catalog

August 21, 2014

Only 10 weeks to TechEd Europe!

Today the first version of the Content Catalog is live showing a lot of session from a huge amount of speakers. More content like sessions and labs will be added in the weeks to come, so make sure to check it out regularly so that you don’t miss anything of the good stuff. J

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Make sure you watch the now weekly TechEd Countdown shows to get information about the latest news in and around TechEd Europe.

Watch the latest episode is of the The One with the Content Catalog

Previous episodes are:

The Other One with Barcelona Dining Tips

The One with Dining Tips

If you haven’t registered yet, why not use the content catalog to boost your arguments :)

You will find the registration page and some help convincing your boss and much more by visiting the TechEd Europe website.

If you have any questions or comments about TechEd Europe you can post them in the TechEd Europe Forum or use Twitter or Facebook and reach out to:

Twitter handles for the people bbehing the Countdown Show:


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