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…


Building up a learning lab based on Windows 8 and Hyper-V, Part V, the triumphant return

When we last left our “how to build a Hyper-V based lab” blog post, which is here by the way, we were building our Domain Controller.  So here’s what it looks like as it goes through setup:   Progressing nicely, yay! Woot, 100%!   Almost there! Rock on! And it is done, sort of…  …


Windows 8 Tip of the Day: How to map a drive in Windows to a Skydrive folder or root.

1) Open a document in SkyDrive – such as an excel xls or word doc 2) File->Save As (Note folder – it will be something like{your-id}/Documents 3) In Windows Explorer, click Map Network Drive and enter path Note: I use{your –id} as I have other files at one level higher than Documents.  …


Windows 8 Tip of the Day, Storage Spaces Explained

From Robert Mitchell! Storage Spaces is functionality built into Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 that allows you to pool together physical disks into a logical grouping and then carve out virtual disks (aka storage spaces or just spaces).  These spaces can utilize different RAID levels and even thin provisioning. Today’s tip explains what happens…


Windows 8 Tip of the Day–Sysinternals Updates!

Today’s Tip… From Robert Mitchell! A number of SysInternals tools were recently updated.  For those of you that use these tools on a regular basis, you might want to grab these updates and add them to your respective collections. AccessChk v5.11: AccessChk, a command line utility for dumping the effective permissions and security descriptors for…