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April 21, 2016

The Windows Server 2016 release is getting closer.

Jeffrey Snover told the attendees at PowerShell Conference EU that the next Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview (TP) is coming soon and that it will be the last TP before the release version.

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I have gathered some resources for you to get started.

First and foremost I would urge you to download the Free E-book Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview
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https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/microsoft_press/2016/04/20/free-ebook-introducing-windows-server-2016-technical-preview/

Then head over to the TechNet Virtual Labs and take a look at:

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2016 has kicked off in an awesome way

January 19, 2016

Tomorrow I’ll fly out to Copenhagen to attend a Microsoft DevOps Hackaton. https://www.microsoftevents.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x62435714f

Between in February 3-5 I’m off to Oslo for the NIC Conference http://www.nicconf.com were Niklas and I have two sessions:
Managing your Azure workloads with Chef and PSDSC
http://www.nicconf.com/managing-your-azure-workloads-with-chef-and-psdsc 
Sharpen your Chef Knife! Cooking dinner with Azure Resource Manager
http://www.nicconf.com/sharpen-your-chef-knife-cooking-dinner-with-azure-resource-manager

February 15-16 we have three sessions at TechX Azure http://www.techx.se/
Introduction to Operations Management Suite
Azure Stack – Here comes Azure for real to your datacenter
Managing your Azure workloads with Chef and PSDSC

Finally the 24:th me and Niklas (the Ops guys) will be joined by two awesome Dev guys, Jakob Ehn & Mathias Olausson to form a DevOps team and deliver a full day DevOps workshop. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/framtiden-for-effektiva-team-kom-igang-med-devops-tickets-20070603716

If you haven’t already Sign up for them!
Remember if you see me, don’t be a stranger! I really would like to meet you. 🙂


TechDays Sweden 2015

October 29, 2015

First and foremost I would like to thank all of you that attended mine and Niklas presentation.

We had a really good time with some really interesting DevOps discussions before and after our presentation. The video of the presentation has been published and you can watch it on Channel 9 and all the other sessions as well.
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechDays-Sweden/TechDays-Sweden-2015/Managing-your-Azure-workloads-with-Chef-and-PSDSC/player

Since the presentation screen was blanked out during most of our presentation we have decided to record it again. So stay tuned.

In the meantime you can get/view the PowerPoint slides here


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.


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 😀 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


Windows Update error 0x80070057

March 19, 2015

I was about to update my Windows 10 Build 9926 to the latest one when i realized I had some issues with Windows Update

There were some problems installing updates, but we’ll try again later. If you keep seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information, this may help – (0x80070057).

Solution:
Check and update two registry settings and reboot your machine.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX] “IsConvergedUpdateStackEnabled”=dword:00000000

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings] “UxOption”=dword:00000000


Microsoft Ignite: Content Catalog Deep Dive

February 3, 2015

I have been playing around with the Microsoft Ignite Content Catalog and  must say I like what I see.

There are currently 274 282 371 Ignite Sessions listed in the Catalog and I think there will be more then a thousand sessions when the conference kicks of on Star Wars Day, May the 4:th.

So back to the Content Catalog with that huge amount of sessions there needs to be a great way to sort out the sessions. The session catalog of Microsoft Ignite is the best I have seen so far.

The catalog is dynamic in multiple dimensions and will automatically react to the settings you define. The result is a personalized list of sessions.

The Search Session Catalog function gives you the ability to search the entire catalog for keywords.

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A quick look in the Products list displays 0 Azure Pack sessions but the search returns two hits at the moment. So don’t be alarmed if the topic you are looking for isn’t displayed, do a search for it. 🙂

Dynamic filters

On the left side are the filters sorted into six areas, Audiences, Topics, Formats, Products, Themes and Levels

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Simply click the area/areas of interest and  the list will dynamically change to display the sessions associated with your selection.

Lets say you want to learn the best practices in upgrading SQL Server. You click SQL Server in the Products section, Best Practices in the Formats section and Level 400 in the Levels section. That will direct you to the session “Upgrading and Migrating Microsoft SQL Server”

Each area displays several related categories

The Audiences area displays the sub categories, IT Influencers and Implementers, Enterprise Developers, IT Decision Makers and Architects

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In Topics we find Deployment & Implementation, Usage & Adoption, Development, Security & Access Management, Architecture, Operations & Management, Governance & Compliance, Upgrade & Migration

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Formats lets you choose; Overview, Best Practices, Deep Dive, How to, What’s New, Pre-Day Sessions, Business Value, Strategy, Customer Showcase

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Products, listed at the moment are:
Office 365, Azure, Exchange, SharePoint, Windows, Skype for Business, SQL Server, Visual Studio, Office Client, Yammer, Windows Server, OneDrive, Delve, System Center, Project, Surface, Visual Studio Online, Microsoft Intune, Application Insights, Team Foundation Server, Visio, .NET, ASP.NET, Azure Pack, Dynamics

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Themes lists Productivity and Collaboration, Cloud, Big Data, Mobility, Unified Communications, Security and Compliance, Social and Internet of Things

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All sessions are graded into Levels, 400, 300, 200, 100

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Level 100;
is an introductory and overview session. Assumes little or no expertise with topic and covers topic concepts, functions, features, and benefits.

Level 200;
means intermediate leveled content will be presented. Assumes 100-level knowledge and provides specific details about the topic.

Level 300;
this session contains advanced material. Assumes 200-level knowledge, in-depth understanding of features in a real-world environment, and strong coding skills. Provides a detailed technical overview of a subset of product/technology features, covering architecture, performance, migration, deployment, and development.

Level 400;
this is the expert session often with detailed material. Assumes a deep level of technical knowledge and experience and a detailed, thorough understanding of topic. Provides expert-to-expert interaction and coverage of specialized topics.

This concludes my initial explanation of the Microsoft Ignite Catalog. I will continue this exploration when future functions are reviled. The schedule building process very much involves knowledge of the content catalog.

Have you registered yet? Go to the Microsoft Ignite Registration page and do it today

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I hope we meet in Chicago…

Ahh I also found a currently hidden section in the content catalog when I poked around. The hidden section called Roles and I expect it to be reviled soon, perhaps in combination with the schedule builder function of the catalog. The list contains sub categories that will add further filtering options.

  • IT Generalist
  • CIO, CTO, CISO, or Chief or Sr. Architect
  • Cloud Services Architect/Administrator
  • Director of MIS, IS, or IT
  • Technical or Business Consultant
  • Mgr, Cloud Services, Planning, & Support
  • Cloud Services Support
  • Cloud Services/Business Systems Analyst
  • Security/Storage/Web Admins
  • Mgr, App Development & Support
  • Systems/Network/Datacntr Admin
  • Technology Trainer or Teacher
  • Chief or Sr. Architect
  • Mgr, Infrastructure, Networking, or Datacenter
  • CEO or CFO or COO
  • Help Desk/Call Center Support
  • Power Users
  • VP of MIS, IS, or IT
  • Business Analyst
  • Journalists
  • LOB Managers
  • Researchers
  • VP or Executive/Senior Vice President
  • Database, BI & Data Warehouse Admin
  • Owner/Partner
  • President/Chairman
  • Sales
  • Unofficial IT Person (Office Manager, SMB Owner)
  • Chief Officer
  • Social Manager

On demand training, Windows Azure Pack pt 2

August 15, 2014

Yesterday I posted a short article covering Windows Azure Pack video training resources. Today I will guide you to free hands on resources. 🙂

In case you dont know what Windows Azure Pac is the following text is taken from TechEd North America page on Channel 9

The Azure Pack is a collection of Microsoft Azure technologies available to Microsoft customers at no additional cost. Once installed in your datacenter, the Azure Pack integrates with Microsoft System Center and Windows Server to help provide a self-service portal for managing services such as websites, Virtual Machines, and Service Bus; a portal for administrators to manage resource clouds; scalable web hosting; and more.

Windows Azure Pack: Introducing Windows Azure Pack

Windows Azure Pack: Installation and Configuration

Windows Azure Pack: IaaS Management

Windows Azure Pack: Service Management Automation

Windows Azure Pack: Virtual Machine Roles


The summer break is over, no sleep ‘til Christmas!

August 19, 2013

Autumn is approaching even if i try my hardest to resist the colder weather. I probably will use shorts until the first frost

I kick off with delivery of two Microsoft Private Cloud classes at Cornerstone in Stockholm.

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I start with the Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 and then continue the following week with Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

The corresponding exams 70-246 and 70-247 adds to the MCSA on Windows Server to the MCSE Private Cloud.

It’s going to be great fun, so if you are interested hurry up and get your seat.