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  • (Cloud) Tip of the Day: Collect Diag Info for Azure Management Portal

    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 and if it's an organizational...
  • Tip of the Day: Can't Power on My Surface Pro

    Today’s Tip… Solution #1 – Check for conditions that might prevent charging Check the outlet. Does it work? Plug something else into the outlet to verify. Your Surface Pro was designed to best charge at room temperature. Is your Surface Pro in extreme...
  • (SQL) Tip of the Day: Using Azure Automation as your SQL Agent in Azure

    Today’s (SQL) Tip… One common complaint with SQL Azure is that it can be hard to easily automate maintenance tasks such as rebuilding indexes or updating statistics. With the advent of Azure Automation we now have a great way to automate these tasks....
  • (SQL) Tip of the Day: New Near Real Time Resource DMV

    Today’s (SQL) Tip… http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/09/11/azure-sql-database-introduces-new-near-real-time-performance-metrics/ With the GA of Editions, this new DMV exposes near real-time resource usage metrics within a database on a 15 second interval...
  • (SQL) Tip of the Day: New Tiers for SQL Azure Generally Available

    Today’s (SQL) Tip… Three new Azure SQL Database service tiers—Basic, Standard, and Premium—are generally available. The tiers target seven performance levels, so they’re flexible enough for light to heavyweight workloads. You can look forward to: 99.99...
  • (SQL) Tip of the Day: Custom Server Names for SQL Azure

    Today’s (SQL) Tip… If you are using the Azure Preview Portal you can now create your own logical server names for your SQL Azure Servers. Instead of a random string you can no use something that makes sense to you. Currently your server name can only...
  • (SQL) Tip of the Day: DTU Limits per SQL Azure Logical Server

    Today’s (SQL) Tip… If you are running a few SQL Azure databases you will notice on your server screen we now list your Available DTU quota instead of the number of Premium DBs you can have. You are now able to add any number of databases up to the DTU...
  • (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...