Microsoft Ignite: My session is in the Session Catalog

April 22, 2015

How cool is this? My session on Chef can now be found and added to the schedule.

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So if you are wondering what Chef is and are attending Microsoft Ignite, make sure to add it to your schedule.

See you in Chicago.


Microsoft Ignite: Packing tips

April 17, 2015
Packing for your trip?

I’d like to share some packing tips that I have gathered over the years traveling to various conferences. (Some doesn’t apply to all trips but you get the idea.)

In your pockets:

  • Credit cards/money
  • Remember your travel documents (Passport, VISA, ESTA or other travel documents). If you plan to use your phone during checkins and such, take a screen shot/photo of barcodes and confirmation mails. (There is nothing more annoying then waiting behind someone that suddenly lost internet connection and can’t get to the e-mails.)
  • Mobile phone

In your Carry On:

    • One change of clothes. If your luggage gets lost you will at least be able to change when you get to the hotel.
    • Hygienic articles, toothbrush, toothpaste and so on
    • Your computer and other necessary equipment like portable power bank, different adapters and a HDMI cable to be used in the hotel room for movies and an extra screen if some work needs to be done.
    • Pain killers, and nasal spray. I got that tip from a flight attendant some 20 years ago. There is nothing worse than clogged ears during a flight. Use it about an hour before take-off to clear the canal between ear and nose. Have worked really well :)
    • Power adapters, bring two. One for the necessary phone charge in the conference area and one for your hotel room.
    • Your pair of comfortable shoes (if not worn)

In your luggage:

    • A power strip that you connect the extra adapter to. Makes it easier to charge all the equipment in the comfort of your room.
    • One change of clothes that are a bit nicer, a button down shirt and a pair of pants and shoes. It is nice to be able to dress up if you get invited to a nice evening occasion. A suit isn’t really necessary.
    • Several pairs of socks and underwear. You will walk a lot so blisters and “infantry fire” is your worst enemy so change often. (http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infanterield Swedish article about the military term, translate it if you want to know what it is)
    • A warmer sweater/hoodie the AC in the conference area tends to be set to arctic temperatures.

Hey I almost forgot, don’t pack any t-shirts! You will get plenty of those in the Ignite Expo area.

If you have any further suggestions let me know and I update the post.


Replace Command Prompt in Windows + X

April 13, 2015

If you haven’t already I would suggest that you change the Command Prompt to use PowerShell instead.

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The replacement process is really straight forward, Right-click on Taskbar and select Properties option.

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Choose the “Navigation” tab and check “Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the lower-left corner or press Windows key+X

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Fix broken Mail, Calendar, and People apps

April 13, 2015

I updated my Windows 10 build to Build 10049 a couple of days ago and realized that my Mail, Colander and People apps had stopped working again. The same happened with the 10041 update and a quick reinstall of the apps from the Store and the App was functional again.

This time I received an error message.

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To uninstall the app you need to use PowerShell,

Run PowerShell as Administrator and type the following command and then install the App from Store again.

Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like “*windowscommunicationsapps*”} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online


Microsoft Ignite: Plan your Ignite year with MyIgnite

April 11, 2015

Getting ready to plan your Ignite year? Yes, Microsoft Ignite will for me be a year long experience. The sheer amount of content is actually to much to digest for just one week. If this is your first larger Microsoft Conference, be prepared to have your brain cooked.

I wrote a blog post about my TechEd year, almost a year ago and Ignite will be no different. If you haven’t checked out the MyIgnite tool do it today.

In a previous post i covered the Session catalog (Microsoft Ignite- Content Catalog Deep Dive), and some features has been added since then. Check out the Countdown to Microsoft Ignite video and get up to date. Countdown to Ignite- The One About Schedule Builder on MyIgnite

Build your Schedule

Two of my good friends Scott Ladewig and Michael bender has put down some awesome tips for building your Schedule make sure you check them out.

Schedule building tips from speaker and president of The Krewe, Michael Bender

Tips for building your Ignite schedule, from IT Pro and conference veteran Scott Ladewig

I build my schedule in a similar way as both Mike and Scott. I work on the schedule builder weekly before the conference starts to try to find the ones that I really want to attend, and those I might skip and catch online. This makes my schedule quite full with a lot of conflicts.

I also try to find sessions on topics that isn’t something I do on a day to day basis. It could be a completely new technical area or perhaps a topic I know something about but want to deepen. I use the Levels filter to filer out those those Level 100 or 200 sessions on the topic of interest.

To get a description of the levels check out my previous blog post Microsoft Ignite- Content Catalog Deep Dive

I don’t know yet if we get a pocket conference guide and the pen with a highlight marker. (Like we got at TechEd)

But if we do this will be my best friend during the week
I use the marker to highlight the first days sessions from the ones I have selected in the schedule builder and circle the ones that i really want to attend on site. That leaves me with alternative sessions if the session fills up so I don’t make it or if the session isn’t what i expected it to be.
At the end of each day I plan the next day by repeating the procedure.

A good thing is also to make plans for a session free slot each day to chill your brain a little. :) I usually plan those slots so that I can call home and talk to the wife and kids.

When it comes to Outlook ICS files i personally don’t use them.

Once the conference is over I use my schedule to find the sessions I’ve attended and those i missed.

See you in Chicago :)


Another Windows 10 fix

March 27, 2015

iFrmewrk.exe
The program can’t start because MSVCR110.dll is missing from your computer.
Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem

I looked in the Windows 10 feedback database and saw that at least one more has the same issue that I had after upgrading to Build 1041. I added my solutions off course to the issue but that isn’t visible (as far as I can see)

Well this issue is related to the Intel Wireless driver.

I use my work laptop a Dell Latitude E7440 so i downloaded and installed the Windows 8.1 version of the driver package and the problem was solved.


SOLVED Couldn’t install Windows 10 Technical Preview

March 19, 2015

Well today is two blog posts in a row :D Both covering Windows 10.

After my first issue I ran into another that had me stunned for a while.

WTF

“Couldn’t install Windows 10 Technical Preview.  Windows can’t be installed because this PC has an unsupported disk layout for UEFI firmware.  Please reboot and change the PC’s firmware to BIOS to allow Windows to setup to continue.”

I then looked into the log C:\$Windows.~BT\Sources\Panther\setupact.log

There I found the cause to this error:

CONX ConX::Compatibility::CSystemAbstraction::HostIsUEFIDiskLayout: Boot disk has ESP partition.
CONX ConX::Compatibility::CSystemAbstraction::HostIsUEFIDiskLayout: Boot disk does not have MSR partition.
ConX::Compatibility::CSystemAbstraction::HostIsUEFIDiskLayout: Boot disk does not have UEFI disk layout.

I didn’t seem to have a MSR partition. https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd799232%28v=ws.10%29.aspx#MicrosoftRecoveryPartitions

A quick look using diskpart confirmed this. So i opened up some space on the disk using Disk Management and created the partition.

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That sorted the issue and I’m writing this blog post from Build 10041


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