Cannot connect to Windows Store (Windows 8.1, 8, RT and Pro)

 While updating the last of my devices to Windows 8.1, I received the following message when accessing the Windows Store. We weren’t able to connect to the Store. This might have happened because of a server problem or the network connection timed out. Please wait a few minutes and try again. I attempted to perform the…


How to switch to Yammer social from SharePoint social (Office 365)

As everyone knows (unless you did not get the memo), Yammer can be added onto Office 365. The way it works with Office 365 is that newsfeeds are still available but you won’t be able to post to everyone as Yammer is now the default. But not a lot of information exists on how it is setup,…


SharePoint 2013 Gamification Governance

As a consultant in the IT Service Management Practice hereat Microsoft, I am sometimes asked about Gamification for SharePoint 2013,specifically governance. I wanted to provide some guidance and outlines on howto manage from a people, process, and technology perspective. This doesn’tcover Yammer, stay tuned. For those who don’t know what that is, it is basicallydriving…


Windows 8.1 Wifi showing "limited" or "No Internet Access"

I finally upgraded one of my laptops to Windows 8.1 and my first immediate problem was the wifi adapter was showing “limited” or “No Internet Access”. I know my home wireless is functional cause it works on other devices so I go through the motions of solving it. 1. Troubleshoot Problems with the connection –…


SharePoint 2013: How to Update the Central Admin URL Desktop Icon Link

Scenario: You provision central administration web site on another server and want that server to be the primary. The new website is available however, when launched from the icon it points to the old url.  Resolution: You need to update the URL in the registry in every server in the farm. 1. Backup registry 2. Go…