SharePoint 2013 Build Numbers and CU’s

I’m presenting a summarized “Build Numbers Cube Sheet” as I did so before, so please find the most recent info about SharePoint Updates here: Jump List: Current table with all Build Numbers! Office Web Apps Server Updates Project Server Updates SharePoint 2013 Language Packs Workflow Manager Versions In reference to other/older SharePoint Versions, please find…

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Introducing #AzureAD Pass-Through Authentication and Seamless Single Sign-on

Howdy folks, Today’s news might well be our biggest news of the year. Azure AD Pass-Through Authentication and Seamless Single Sign-on are now both in public preview! When we talk to organizations about how they want to integrate their identity infrastructure to the cloud, we often hear the same set of requirements: “I’ve got to…

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Deep Dive: The Storage Pool in Storage Spaces Direct

Hi! I’m Cosmos. Follow me on Twitter @cosmosdarwin. Review The storage pool is the collection of physical drives which form the basis of your software-defined storage. Those familiar with Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 or 2012R2 will remember that pools took some managing – you had to create and configure them, and then manage…

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Windows 7 refreshed media creation

The fastest way to patch a Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 machine is to take advantage of the Convenience Update Rollup from April 2016 (KB3125574). The Conv. UR updates a lot of components and to ensure that that happens without any servicing problems, it has as a prerequisite the Servicing Stack Update from April 2015 (KB3020369)….

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Update to Supersedence Behaviour for Security Only and Security Monthly Quality Rollup Updates

Further to my recent post about Changes to Software Updates on Down Level Operating Systems for ConfigMgr Admins there has been some changes to how the updates are superseded based on feedback for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2. The official update is explained here…


Running a Remote Desktop on a Windows Azure Linux VM

A complete click-by-click, step-by-step video of this article is available here.   OR… You can read the article, line-by-line. It all starts with a Linux Server running in the Windows Azure cloud… Onto this you’ll install a remote desktop protocol (RDP) server called xrdp. But to get this server software installed, you need to configure…

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Interview with a SQL Server Expert and Wiki Ninja – Prashanth Jayaram

Welcome to another interview with a Wiki Ninja! It’s database time, as we interview… Prashanth Jayaram Let’s look at some of Prashanth’s stats! Prashanth has had an incredible impact on the community: 39K Recognition Points 31 TechNet Wiki Articles! 1,065 Wiki Edits 432 Wiki Comments 1,099 Forum Answers And here are some of Prashanth’s Wiki…


More on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 servicing changes

UPDATE: 12/5/2016: In November 2016, the Security Monthly Quality Rollups were released as superseding the Security Only Quality updates. This resulted in an impact to customers deploying the Security Only Quality updates, using tools that cannot easily deploy superseded updates, such as System Center Configuration Manager 2007. Based on customer feedback, this supersedence has been changed…


PowerShell Remoting Kerberos Double Hop Solved Securely

The struggle is real. Are you facing issues with PowerShell remoting and credentials? You remote into your jump box, but then any remoting beyond there gets a big red ACCESS DENIED. Maybe you’ve tried CredSSP, but people say that isn’t safe. Read today’s post for a completely legit, secure, safe, and easy way to enable…

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Let’s Configure Azure Site-to-Site VPN with RRAS in Azure Resource Manager!

UPDATE 12/20/2016: The correct port forwarding rules need to be in place in order for the VPN to work.  Here is a link to a blog with more information about which ports need to be configured on the router. There are several blog posts about configuring an Azure site-to-site VPN with Microsoft RRAS in the…

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