Visual Studio 2012 on Surface RT

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

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. While this is a valid and supported…

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Azure Storage Data Movement Uploader in Five Commits

I have two goals: Learn more about Git and learn about DMLib. Azure Storage Data Movement Library (DMLib) has the same performance and exposes the core functionalities of AzCopy and this is an awesome super(ficial) review of one of its methods. It’s not that in-depth, but it does a good job of checking just beneath…


Deploying Azure Resource Manager Virtual Machines with Visual Studio for IT Pros

While PowerShell alone is great for deploying Azure Virtual Machines, the newest innovations in Visual Studio make PowerShell plus Azure even easier! Join Tommy Patterson and I as we walk through the process of setting up Visual Studio with an Azure subscription, editing the scripts in the traditional PowerShell ISE then moving over to showing how this…


New Ch9 Video: Installing Jenkins in Two Minutes…

I’m working through a complete setup of a DevOps tool chain and figured I’d make some short videos for Ch9… Here is the first. Installing Jenkins in Two Minutes…


Authenticate to the Azure Service Management API

So, back in the day we used x509 Certificates to authenticate to Azure’s API. A year or so ago, Azure Active Directory became the defacto method of authentication. MSDN talks about it in the article: Authenticating Azure Resource Manager requests. From the article: “All of the tasks that you do on resources using the Azure…


Post to Slack from PowerShell

I was working on some reporting/alerting from my deployment and monitoring systems. I want them to talk to me on slack. A lot of the work is done in PowerShell so natrually this is some PoSh code I need… Anyhow I wanted to share… First you will need to enable Slackbot remote communications. I just…


Cloud, Azure, DevOps, Love and Hate

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 the hall and get in trouble for scream profanity in the office….


Changes to Windows 10 Preview – Insider Hub

I use this tool to say up-to-date with what’s going on in Windows 10. The most recent announcement stated that this is not going to be installed going forward. It also lists how to get it back, so for posterity sake I’d like to post it here to remember. From the announcement… Insider Hub &…