Tip of the Day

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  • (Cloud) Tip of the Day: More monitoring in Office 365

    Today’s Tip… Two new reports have been released that enable you to monitor which operating systems and browsers are being used to access Office 365 online. These reports give you a summary view of the different operating systems and browsers and browser...
  • (Cloud) Tip of the Day: Office 365 First Release

    Today’s Tip… Office 365 First Release is a fairly new feature that provides customers the opportunity to get a small selection of significant enhancements to the Office 365 user experience, SharePoint Online, and Exchange Online first. If you opt-in to...
  • Tip of the Day: Customize top navigation bar in SharePoint Online

    Today’s Tip… SharePoint Online has released a series of new features. One of them, you as an admin can customize the top navigation bar for SharePoint Online items. You can add or remove the following items… OneDrive Yammer/Newsfeed Sites To do this,...
  • (Cloud) Tip of the Day: Monitor Cloud Service and Virtual Machine performance

    Today’s (Cloud) Tip… Monitor Cloud Service and Virtual Machine performance You can gather diagnostic data, enable monitoring, and set alerts based on key performance indicators. Simply ensure that the VM Agent is installed on your virtual machine (Azure...
  • (Cloud) Tip of the Day: Azure Resource Manager

    Today’s (Cloud) Tip… Azure Resource Manager Azure now supports the ability to deploy preconfigured environments with a single click by creating json templates easily edited in Visual Studio. Azure Resource Manager Tools Preview The Azure Resource Manager...
  • Tip of the Day: FORMAT also triggers UNMAP

    Today’s Tip… NTFS issues an UNMAP whenever a significant number of clusters have been released. In Windows Server 2012, this is part of our thin provisioning. However, one thing I just never thought about before (but it makes sense) is that when FORMAT...
  • Tip of the Day: Can't Mount an ISO

    Today’s Tip… Normally I don’t send out tips about issues with Microsoft products. However it is not hard and fast rule. So when I became involved with this particular article, I wanted to use TotD to make sure it got circulated. 2993573 "You don't...
  • Tip of the Day: More on Alternate Data Streams

    Today’s Tip… Using Windows PowerShell 4.0, you can manipulate alternate data streams. Get-Item can be used to display any data streams. The first stream is the primary and the one called ‘Test’ is an alternate data stream. I created that stream using...
  • Tip of the Day: ReFS clarification

    Today’s Tip… The new file system introduced in Windows Server 2012, ReFS, has been with us for a couple releases. However, I still get questions about how to configure Windows to boot to it. The short answer is that you can’t. Windows won’t let you do...
  • Tip of the Day: Dell/Credant System Crash Issue

    Today’s Tip… Special thanks to Michael Champion Users have been reporting Dell Data Protection|Encryption (DDP|E) encrypted systems crashing with either a STOP 0x6F or STOP 0x74 error code or producing a black recovery screen for CMGShield after applying...
  • Tip of the Day: Demystifying MS14-045

    Today’s Tip… Special thanks to Arren Conner and Joseph Conway There have been several articles written about Microsoft’s August release of MS14-045 . Unfortunately the majority of these articles are inaccurate and may lead users to a less secure state...
  • Tip of the Day: Azure MFA IP Whitelist

    Today’s (Cloud) Tip… If you're using Azure MFA, you can now add your corporate IP addresses so that users within your network does not have to perform Multi-Factor Authentication. Any users trying to authenticate from an IP address not added to the...
  • (Cloud) Tip of the Day: Collect Diagnostic Info for Azure Management Portal

    Today’s (Cloud) Tip… You can collect basic information from the Azure Management Portal @ https://manage.windowsazure.com such as Browser information, language settings, Portal version, the page request ID, subscription GUID, and the signed in account...
  • (SQL) Tip of the Day: Geo-Repl for Standard Databases in SQL Azure

    Today’s (SQL) Tip… Built on the same continuous copy mechanism as Active Geo-Replication, Standard Geo-Replication asynchronously replicates committed transactions from the primary database to one secondary database. The secondary, unlike Active Geo-Replication...
  • (SQL) Tip of the Day: Geo-Restore for SQL Azure

    Today’s (SQL) Tip… Geo-Restore is the most basic disaster recovery option available in Azure SQL Database. It is available with Basic, Standard, and Premium service tiers. The weekly full backup and at least one daily differential backup are stored in...
  • Tip of the Day: SQL Azure Auditing

    Today’s (SQL) Tip… SQL Azure Auditing allows you to keep a full audit log of your actions in your SQL Azure DB. It stores the information in your Azure Storage account and allows you to process the data with Excel. You can read more about it here: http...
  • Tip of the Day: Closer look at ODX

    Today’s Tip… We’ve talked about ODX (Offloaded Data Transfer) in previous tips. This is a functionality that was added as part of Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2. Imagine a very large file that was located on a SAN. If that file were to be copied to another...
  • Tip of the Day: VSS on file shares

    Today’s Tip… Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 added the ability to VSS snapshots across file shares. This allows VSS compatible backup applications to backups of file shares and take advantage of snapshots. Previously this meant that every time you did...
  • Tip of the Day: KMS - Set or Auto-Discovery

    Today’s Tip… Is your KMS client set to the default auto-discovery or is it set to a specific KMS host? By default, your KMS clients are set to automatically discover the Service (SRV) record for the KMS host from DNS. If the SRV record has been published...
  • Tip of the Day: Who's winning?

    Today’s Tip… How do you determine the winning driver version? Let’s start with what is meant by “winning”. As updates are applied to the system, multiple versions of the same file are present on the system. The version being used by the system is considered...
  • Tip of the Day: Troubleshooting Service Pack One Issues on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    Today’s Tip… First Step - CheckSUR The System Update Readiness tool ( CheckSUR ) should be used to determine if your system is readiness for updates as the name suggestions. Prior to attempting to install Service Pack One, you should run CheckSUR. The...
  • Tip of the Day: KMS Host Configuration Can's and Cannot's

    Today’s Tip… By default, your KMS Host has the following values set for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. The rearm limit has been increased to 1,000 since Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, where the rearm limit is set to three and cannot be...
  • (SQL) Tip of the Day: Troubleshoot connection problems to Azure SQL Database

    Today’s (SQL) Tip… Customers receive error messages when the connection to Azure SQL Database fails. The connection problems can be caused by the firewall settings, connection time-out, or incorrect login information. Additionally, if the maximum limit...
  • (SQL) Tip of the Day: SQL 2014 Backup Improvements and Changes

    Today’s (SQL) Tip… Beyond the new Smart Backup in SQL 2014 there are some other improvements that were made including backing up to Windows Azure and the ability to encrypt your backups. This blog article outlines all the changes in depth: http://blogs...
  • (SQL) Tip of the Day: Transfer Files through RDP on an Azure VM

    Today’s (SQL) Tip… This tip is not wholly SQL related but has made my life easier when using Azure VMs with SQL. Did you know you can share your local drives to an Azure VM? All you have to do is save the RDP file provided to you when you connect to your...