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    Visual Studio 2012 on Surface RT

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    This is a short video showing my Surface RT running Visual Studio 2012. A how-to is coming soon, so stay tuned! To read more >>
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    Moving a SharePoint 2010 Content Database to a Different Drive

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    Let’s say you have a ContentDB that’s growing larger. I know, crazy idea right… Anyhow, the SQL server is running out of drive space. The solution is to move the ContentDB. There are two ways of going about this. One is to move to a new server instance...
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    How-to: Download VMs From Windows Azure

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    Today I was trying to download a few of the VMs I have running at azure. After a couple of minutes on Bing I had a plan. First you'll need your storage Account ID and the Primary Access Key. The Storage Account ID can be found easily on the Preview Portal...
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    A Little Something for your PowerShell Profile: Add Types Directly from the GAC

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    I was working with one of my customers today. They asked a question… Can we use Add-Type against DLLs in the GAC? This is what I added to my profile. To read more >>
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    Install Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012

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    Here is a short video showing how to install Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012. I use these tools to do SharePoint 2013 development. To read more >>
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    PowerShell and the Kinect

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    A few months back I wrote a “module” for scripting the Kinect with PowerShell. It’s located at: https://github.com/adminian/PowerKinect . Recently a new Kinect SDK was released. I’m going to be testing out the new SDK to make sure everything works as...
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    PowerDNSimple: A PowerShell module for DNSimple.com REST API

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    This journey started when I was building a test lab on Windows Azure. The goal was to run two SharePoint instances, one SharePoint 2010 farm and one SharePoint 2013 farm. In keeping with automating this network setup and build… I wanted a good way to...
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    Hello World

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    As I run across interesting stuff, I’ll post.
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    Using the ULSViewer and Correlation ID's in SharePoint 2010

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    This is a quick and dirty screencast. It's pretty basic and I hope it helps.
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    SharePoint 2010 Solution and Feature Deployment

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    In SharePoint 2010 PowerShell should be used to deploy solutions and enable features. There are a number of cmdlets used in this process. PowerShell Cmdlets To add a solution to SharePoint previously used: · Stsadm –o addsolution...
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    What are the text file special characters?

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    Just some notes I have in my PowerShell profile... <# Text File Special Characters # -- `0 - (zero)Null -- `a - Alert -- `b - Backspace -- `f - Form feed -- `n - New line -- `r - Carriage return -- `t - Horizontal tab -- `v - Vertical tab --...
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    SharePoint 2013 Prerequisites and Errors I’ve seen

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    Like its predecessors, SharePoint 2013 has a whole list of prerequisites to install. Not unexpected, but yet it’s a hoop we need to plan on jumping through. SharePoint 2013’s prereqs are: Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.5 Release...
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    10 Useful SharePoint 2013 Preview Downloads

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    Downloadable eBook: Deployment guide for SharePoint 2013 Preview http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30384 SharePoint 2013 Preview Upgrade Process http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/3/4/C342C7FA-521A-4DE8-B5CE-6A507CB354D3/sp2013...
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    Script: Check BitLocker Status of a Volume

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    Recently a customer reached out to me with a challenge. They’d just purchased a number of Surface Pro devices. Being good stewards they wanted to ensure these devices had BitLocker enabled. We solved this by using a simple PowerShell script that gathered...
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    How To: Setup Windows Azure PowerShell

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    A lot of the demos, lab environments, and test I do are in Azure. I try to script everything so that it’s repeatable and I don’t turn into a monkey clicking next. What fun is that? With that said I’ve put together how I setup my environment for communicating...
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    Windows Azure, Remote PowerShell and the Case of the Unknown Certificate Authority

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    Recently the folks over on the Azure team released a bunch of improvements to Azure. One of them caught my eye. They’ve provided us a way to enable PowerShell remoting when provisioning a machine. As someone who tries to automate all things I was...
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    New Video: Save Time and Money with Azure Automation

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    We’ve all seen compute power sitting idle, costing us money... Well no more! Automate the creation, deployment, monitoring, and maintenance of resources in your Microsoft Azure environment using a highly scalable and reliable workflow execution engine...
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    Azure Web Sites DaaS–Diagnostics as a Service

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    DaaS for Azure Web Sites is a great tool when “bad things happen to a good site”! It allows you to collect a plethora of different logs and parses them into an easily digestible format. The idea is to enable you to get to root cause without turning to...
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    8 Azure Preview Features You Should Look At

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    Azure… There is plenty to keep up with, just dealing with the features that have been released. With that in mind, have you enabled the preview features? Take a minute and go to your subscription account portal and have a look… https://account.windowsazure...
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    Post to Yammer from Azure Automation

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    This little diddy pulls down the Azure Updates RSS feed, get’s the last days posts (if there are any) and posts them to Yammer using email… Something to keep folks in our Yammer group informed. Read More >>
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    The Case of Azure Websites and Continuous Deployment

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    So this post has a misleading title… Because I’m not going to explain how this works, Azure Websites continuous deployment is not anything really new, and also It’s well documented here and here . Read more >>
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    Cloud, Azure, DevOps, Love and Hate

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    Early in 2007 or 2008, the one and only, DigUnix got back from an overnight hack-a-thon. During this thon he was introduced to running Linux boxes in Amazon’s datacenters. Till then, he and I used to just remotely build Gentoo boxes from across...
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