Field Notes: The case of the failed SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance – Binaries Disks Added to Cluster

I paid a customer a visit a while ago and was requested to assist with a SQL Server Failover Cluster issue they were experiencing.  They had internally transferred the case from the SQL team to folks who look after the Windows Server platform as they could not pick up anything relating to SQL during initial…


Save The Date – End of Exchange 2010 Support–T Minus 1 Year

January 2020 is going to be a very important month.  There are multiple large and important products which will exit out of their extended support lifecycle phase.  The list includes Exchange 2010. We reviewed this a year ago, to provide additional warning and notification as many customers still run Exchange 2010 on-premises.  For those who…


Understanding Volume Activation Services – Part 1 (KMS and MAK)

Windows Activation and KMS have been around for many years – and still – a lot of people don’t understand the basics of Windows activation, what are the differences between KMS and MAK, and how to choose the best Volume Activation method that meets the organization’s needs. In this blog post, we’ll shed some light on these…


Kalenderwoche 2/2019 für IT-Experten im Rückblick: Azure Data Box Disk, Microsoft 365, Azure SQL Database und mehr

Was hat sich in der vergangenen Woche für IT-Professionals getan? Gab es wichtige Ankündigungen oder neue Wissensressourcen? Unser TechWiese-Team hat zehn interessante Links für Sie zusammengestellt. Viel Spaß beim Stöbern! Azure Data Box Disk jetzt allgemein verfügbar CIS Microsoft 365 Foundations Benchmark: Best Practices für die sichere Nutzung von Microsoft 365 (engl.) Cloud-Migration: Verbesserungen bei…


Script to Clear Credman

With my customer facing role, there are lot of demonstrations to enterprise customers.  Manually reverting machines back to the initial starting point for the next demo can be time consuming and error prone. One example of this is clearing out the contents on Window’s Credential Manager.  There is no option to do a block select…


Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (December, 2018)

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SCCM on Windows Server 2016: The Defender Gotcha

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Field Notes: The case of accidentally misconfigured Failover Cluster CSV cache

Introduction In this post, I take you through a process of troubleshooting high pool usage using free tools available in the Windows Sysinternals suite and the Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT).  I also show you how to resolve the issue by properly configuring the Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) cache using PowerShell command-lets available in the Failover…


RSAT on Windows 10 1809 in Disconnected Environments

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Announcing Public Preview of Azure Blob Storage on IoT Edge

Azure Blob Storage on IoT Edge Version 1.1 is now available with new features, please visit https://aka.ms/abs-iot-blogpost1.1 This post was authored by @Arpita Duppala, PM on the Core Operating System and Intelligent Edge team. Follow her @arnuwish on Twitter. Today, we are excited to announce the public preview of Azure Blob Storage on IoT Edge—where this…

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