Month: December 2016

Comparing Office 2016 and Office365 ProPlus

With the widespread adoption of Office365, a popular question that comes our way is whether to deploy the Office 2016 Client, Office365 Client, or a hybrid of the two. The Office365 ProPlus client is available to license as a standalone monthly/annual subscription, or comes included in many of the subscription levels available on Office365.com, whereas Office 2016 is licensable software that adheres to traditional software purchase practices…a one-time cost for the license which you then own for the life of the product. In this post I’m not going to provide you with a cost-benefit analysis of subscription vs. perpetual...

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PowerShell – My way to prepare a SQL Server VM

As I get called on a lot of to do SQL Server installations, I’ve come up with what I’ve found works best for me. Every location has different infrastructure, security, networks and their way of doing things. Since I’m the one doing the installation, and I know I’ll get called back in the future at some point to upgrade, troubleshoot or manage the SQL Server environment, I like to have a set of standards. Documentation, I actually do enjoy writing it (yes I may be sick), but having a self-documenting PowerShell script is even better!

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PowerShell – Start-Service, Stop-Service, they work, but not always well enough!

Well as the title suggests, I’m happy with the code, but I always find myself adding more and more code around the cmdlets. Service control in Windows has been pretty straight forward for the past few decades. Obviously PowerShell can control the state and configuration of services, but one thing I’ve always run into with service control is reacting to how the service stops and starts and also managing the state of dependent services. I’m sharing some short code functions that I use.

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Hyper Converged for the best price possible – E-Book

Well based on some extremely wonderful feedback from our attendees of the North American MVPDays Community Roadshow we have released our 2nd @mvpdays e-book. This one was compiled by Dave Kawula MVP @davekawula. The book reveals what you need to know about the Hyper Converged industry and how to acquire your infrastructure for the best possible price. The book documents the way the typical maintenance contracts are calculated and how you can completely eliminate them by using technology that you already own and trust from Microsoft. It focuses on key elements: The facts about maintenance renewals Top 10 critical...

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