The Worlds Largest Availability Conference – VeeamOn, May 16-19, New Orleans

2017 is a big year for IT infrastructure. Non-volatile SSDs are readily available, Azure datacenters are cropping up in all corners of the planet, and HyperConverged Infrastructure is free to everyone running Windows Server 2016. A lot of companies have been keeping existing systems running for a few years now, as IT budgets were severely cut due to the economy. Hardware, along with operating systems, are due for a refresh. Now oil is on the rise, the government is bloating the deficit with financial incentives, and a production outage has suddenly opened the door to some new upgrades. Time...

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GPO/GPP – Control the Local Administrators Group

One of the issues that data center or even any Windows Administrator has is managing the local administrators group on each and every one of their domain members. There is a lovely security setting that has been around for many years, Restricted Groups, which can be controlled via local security policies of via GPO. This works, but has a few pitfalls as you’ve probably run into once in a while. Keep reading to see how you can solve some of them with Group Policy Preferences.

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Master PowerShell Tricks Volume 2 – Now Available on Kindle

This time with the help of these amazing Co-Authors we have released another amazing volume of Master PowerShell Tricks.   This time we have some new MVP’s that helped out and in no particular order here they are:   Thomas Rayner – MVP and Honorary Scripting Guy Will Anderson – MVP and Honorary Scripting Guy Mick Pletcher -MVP Allan Rafuse – Future MVP Myself – Dave Kawula – MVP And of course, the legendary Ed Wilson – The Scrpting Guys at Microsoft You can get it in paperback or on kindle today. Thanks, Dave...

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Free Azure Training – Microsoft Tech Summit Sessions on #Azure from 2016

Did you miss out on the Microsoft Tech Summit in Toronto, October 27-28, 2016? Well you can check out all of the amazing #Azure Sessions that were recorded. It is an amazing opportunity to ramp up your skills.   Hope you enjoy, Cristal   All Azure Sessions at Tech Summit Looking for Azure session content from the Microsoft Tech Summits? Here is a directory of all of the Azure sessions. Click the link to see the session post, view the PowerPoints, and ask questions.       Find a city near you! Find a city near you! ...

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SCCM – Using Multiple SUPs, but clients aren’t switching

One of the issues I’ve come across is using Configuration Managers (2012 R2+) feature of being able to deploy multiple Software Update Points (SUP) within a site. This scenario is essentially to avoid using traditional network load balancing (NLB) and offload the work to the clients. One would think, if one SUP is not available it’s pretty simple, switch to the next one in the list. Well this doesn’t always happen as one may expect. Why?

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Great Free Training – Live Stream Tech Field Day #TFD13

Hey folks you definitely need to check out this live event streaming via LiveSteam called Tech Field Day.   My good friends and colleagues from Veeam Rick Vanover and Clint Wyckoff are presenting later this afternoon. The best part is that this 3-day event is streaming live for free.   You can check it out here:     Hope you enjoy  ...

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Configuring Multiple Software Update Points (SUP) in SCCM

I was working on a SCCM deployment where there was already one existing Software Update Point (SUP). Due to new firewall restrictions, a few new SUPs were required. Microsoft has changed their best practices with SCCM in regards to using multiple SUPs. The best practice is to share the WSUS Database (SUSDB) and the WSUS content directory. This cuts down on a lot of space, replication and administrative issues.

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Master PowerShell Tricks – Volume 2

With the amazing success of our first release of Master PowerShell Tricks Volume 1 we have commenced Volume 2 already. This time we have added some amazing new Authors to the series. It is going to be another huge success and hit the #1 Best Sellers list just like Volume 1. Here is a quick look at the talent that we have assembled for this Volume: About the Authors Dave Kawula – MVP Dave is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. His background includes data communications networks within multi-server...

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Edmonton MVPDays Early bird tickets Sold Out #mvphour @mvpdays

Still want to attend MVPDays? Well you can you just have to pay for your ticket. I know you are asking yourselves: Man I wish I was faster and got one of the Free Early Bird tickets! Now I have to pay $99.00 to attend. Why would I do that? Well let’s see what your $99.00 gets you: Access to some of the brightest Speakers from all over North America You are fed all day long (Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, and a Cocktail hour at the end) (FYI…The food and beverage costs are a lot more than $99.00 per person...

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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.         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, 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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