Workaround for Storage Spaces Direct – Unspecified Media Type

With the release of our Master Storage Spaces Direct book on Amazon we have been getting a lot of requests to help people setup some test labs. Storage Spaces Direct does require some specific hardware to get going and today we had one such case. We wanted to use some existing Dell R620 hardware to play with Storage Spaces Direct S2D in the lab. We put in 2 x SSD Drives for the Cache (Journal) and 4 x SATA Drives for the Storage Pool So, we actually followed the configuration that we had laid out in Chapter #5 in the...

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Free E-Book Available for the next 72 Hours – Master Storage Spaces Direct

Just for you we have a promotion running on our latest book called Master Storage Spaces Direct Volume 1. This time it is 100 % free on Amazon for the next 72 hours.   In this book, you will learn how to deploy Microsoft HyperConverged solution called Storage Spaces Direct. We have included as bonus content in this book all of the scripts that we used to stand up our own lab environments. So, after reading this you should be able to stand up very own Microsoft HCI Solution. You can learn a lot more about the content this...

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Free E-Book for the next 48 hours – Master PowerShell Ticks

  Just for you we have a promotion running again on Master PowerShell Tricks Volume 1. This time it is 100 % free on Amazon for the next 48 hours.   http://amzn.to/2jhiQBT         The coolest part about this is we are currently ranked #329 on the Bestsellers list at #Amazon.       So, you have one job… Download the book, read it, enjoy it and help us get closer to #1.   Thanks,  ...

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Free – Azure Training!

On-going training is something that anyone in IT needs. IT changes as fast as the clouds come and go! You need to keep up! There are several ways to easily keep your head in the clouds using Microsoft’s resources and social media. The New Year is here and one of your new year resolutions or opportunities that you have is to take advantage of free training that is provided by Microsoft. It’s time to upgrade, it’s time to improve your skills, yearly performance plans and salary talks are coming. Be prepared! Get educated and get compensated for your knowledge...

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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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Master PowerShell tricks Volume 1

Update…. Order your copy today. Our E-Book is available on Kindle from Amazon Below is a preview of the Kindle Version that was just released as of today. December 19, 2016. The book documents the following Master PowerShell tricks that these two experts employ with they day jobs at IT System Admins. My personal favourite was the Simulating a Ransomware attach with PowerShell. Other topics in this first E-Book are: Using PowerShell to retrieve the lists of a users is a member of Identifying large exchange mailbox folders via PowerShell Deploying a domain joined Nano Server via PowerShell Enabling...

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PowerShell – Is your AD Sites and Services missing subnets?

This has been a very common pain point for Active Directory administrators. AD is perfectly planned according to Microsoft’s best practices and successfully deployed. But as time goes on, network admins change the network topology, devices are added here and there and if there is no formal process of adding new networks, AD Sites and Services will mostly likely not be updated to reflect these changes.

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Massive Savings on Hyper Converged Infrastructure with Project @Data_Raft #S2D

Many customers and friends have been asking me why I am so passionate about the developments with Microsoft flagship operating system Windows 2016. The answer is really simple. It is because of the massive value that has been added free of charge allowing us to build out our own Software Defined Data Center. Specifically, Storage Spaces Direct, is the single biggest feature addition in the core Windows 2016 stack that I can think of.   We have been crunching the hyper converged numbers for quite some time now. Basically, I have seen almost every flavor of Hyper Converged infrastructure...

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Need Leverage for your next Hardware Purchase?

Negotiate your Maintenance Contracts One of the games our industry has played for as long as I have been around, is with maintenance contracts. These contracts are the lifeblood of most of these organizations as they generate run rate revenue well beyond the initial sale. If you don’t read the fine print in your contract most vendors have clauses written into them that allow them to increase the MSRP (Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price) at a reasonable rate each year. Or in some cases they can just raise it as they see fit. So here is some simple math for...

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Countdown to Orlando MVPDays

We are less than 1 week away from our last stop on the North American MVPDays Community roadshow. This time we are heading all the way down to Orlando Florida on December 2, 2016. We still have space left to come out and see some amazing presenters and support your local MVP’s. When at the Channel 9 Studio @Ch9 in Redmond last month we recorded this quick countdown show for you. MVPDays was founded by Cristal and Dave Kawula back in 2013. It started as a simple idea; “There’s got to be a good way for Microsoft MVPs to...

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Why Do Hyper Converged Installs fail?

About two years ago the term Hyper Converged infrastructure was not common in most discussions around that IT water cooler. Now it seems like this is all that people are talking about. Hyper Converged has skyrocketed onto the Gartner Magic quadrant and customers are buying it faster than vendors can build it. Let’s take a step back and have a look at this video from Microsoft Product Manager Cosmos Darwin. In less than 5 minutes he will explain what Hyper Converged Infrastructure is. Ok so here is how I normally explain it to people. In traditional converged infrastructure, there...

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Hyper-V Operational Training Part 2

Welcome to our second in a series of Hyper-V Operational Training.   This training started prior to the release of Windows Server 2016.   Most of it is based on current technology on Windows 2012 R2 however there is a ton of amazing content.   In todays session we will focus on the Windows 2012 R2 Networking Stack including: Network Architecture Teaming Configuring with PowerShell Automation Troubleshooting The premise of this training is to teach you everything that you need to know about Hyper-V and System Center from an operational standpoint.   I like to call it Operationalizing your ops team....

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Hyper-V Operational Training – Part 1

Welcome to our first in a series of Hyper-V Operational Training.   This training started prior to the release of Windows Server 2016.   Most of it is based on current technology on Windows 2012 R2 however there is a ton of amazing content. The premise of this training is to teach you everything that you need to know about Hyper-V and System Center from an operational standpoint.   I like to call it Operationalizing your ops team.   When your project team is done and now you are left with having to operate all of the day to...

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Huge Milestone – Episode 50 – MVPDays Countdown Show – Orlando

Wow I can’t believe we finally did it. 50 Episodes are up and live at http://channel9.msdn.com/blogs/interview-with-an-mvp I have to say a huge thank you to our fearless Microsoft CPM MVP Lead – Simran Chaudry @sim_100. He was the one that pushed us to start getting our content up on @CH9 Channel 9. Cheers to the next 50. We hoped you enjoyed the ride so far there is a lot more content coming. Thanks,   Dave, Cristal and all of our special guests on Interview with an...

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Windows Time Sync – The fixes!

As many of you know when running a simple standalone machine at home, at work, in a datacenter or in the cloud, time keeping can be tricky. Very odd though, it’s been around for over a decade and people/enterprises still can’t seem to figure out how it really works or how they should configure it.

Every Windows computer has a lovely service on it that is called W32Time with a description that reads “Windows Time Service”. This service is set to manual, and for all intents and purposes can be left that way.

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