Man about town

Jeffs world, party time, excellent Hi some random stuff of late… Firstly, I had a head concussion, which is why I’ve been quiet lately… I had a head concussion a year ago February. This article I wrote on my blog is about some recovery I did and some insights I think are worth sharing. The article…


How to trigger a full memory dump based on a user mode process exception

Scenario: You have something kernel related triggering crashes of user mode processes (you think). You are trying to prove it. You're told you need a full memory dump of the system at time of the crash of the user mode process. How to do it? Glad you asked! <edit> (to back this out, delete the…


Windows 10 VDI Optimization Script

Hello party people! Dude here. Carl Luberti has worked some scriptastic magic on WIndows 10 to make it a friendly (er) VM guest for VDI. Edit – non-persistent pooled VMs may have issues. Undocumented/untested/etc. Twitter post is here  and includes a nice picture I took at Gibbs Gardens in North Georgia. If you prefer to go…


How To: Collect ETL/WPT tracing diagnostics when you can never logon to the host.

First, guess who's back?! Me! I left Microsoft of my own accord last year. I came back. I wrote this about my experience, I hope you enjoy it. There and back again, an IT tale… Anyways, I was asked a few times recently, Dude, how do you collect an ETW trace for boot/logon if the…


Today’s (Cloud) Tip…Performance Guidance for SQL Server in Windows Azure Virtual Machines

Post courtesy of Evan Basalik One of the most resource intensive applications you can run on Windows is SQL Server. To some extent, this is demonstrated by the vast amounts of performance guidance and troubleshooting documents that exist all over the web. When running SQL Server in an Azure Virtual Machine (i.e., IaaS), there is…


Another (Cloud) Tip…Federated vs. Managed Users

By Evan Basalik Office 365 authentication has the concept of two types of users – federated and managed. Federated users are ones for whose authentication Office 365 communicates with an on-premises federation provider (ADFS, Ping, etc) that then talks to an on-premises authentication directory (i.e., Active Directory or other directories) to validate a user’s credentials….


Today’s (Cloud) Tip… Same sign-on vs. Single sign-on

By Evan Basalik Customers can leverage Directory Synchronization (DirSync) to keep their local Active Directory and Windows Azure Active Directory in sync. The DirSync application runs on a regular basis and copies on-premises attributes to Windows Azure Active Directory. Applications like ACS and Office 365 then use Azure Active Directory to validate users’ identity and…


(Cloud) Tip Of The Day

This tip of the day is cloud yo!  Straight from Evan Basalik, an Senior Support Escalation Engineer! Today’s (Cloud) Tip…Security of customer data in Office 365 We employ all of the follow methods to secure customer data in Office 365: 1) Network segmentation to ensure physical separate of back-end services and devices from public-facing interfaces…


How to stand up a MediaWiki on Windows Server 2012 (10 easy steps with pictures)

Step 1.  Setup Windows Server 2012 (see my build a lab series for that if you don’t know how). Step 2.  Patch it and name it blah blah. Step 3.  Download Microsoft Web Platform 4.5: Step 4.  Run it. Step 5.  Click Database, then “MySQL Windows 5.1” and click “Add” Step 6.  Click “Applications”…


Building up a learning lab based on Windows 8 and Hyper-V, Part VI

So in our previous installment, we were at Server Manager, ready to configure our pristine Domain Controller.  So lets get to it! First, click on “Local Server” on the left pane. What do we notice in the image below?  Computer name is goofy so lets fix it. Clik the hyperlink for the machine name, which…