Understanding Meta Configuration in Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration

UPDATE 2/6/2018 – The latest information regarding LCM configuration is available in the documentation at the following link: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/dsc/metaconfig ………. LCM and Meta Configuration To understand the concept of Meta Configuration, first we need to know what Local Configuration Manager (LCM) is, and what its responsibilities are. In short, LCM is the engine of Windows…


Topology Blast–Send topology change updates to all instances at once

  Windows Azure SDK 2.2 introduces the concept of a topology blast.  This blog post will describe how topology changes happen at the fabric level and how you can take advantage of topology blast to build a more robust service.   Definitions: Role Topology – The number of instances, number of internal endpoints, and composition…


Push and Pull Configuration Modes

Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration: Push and Pull Configuration Modes What are push and pull modes? The Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) system has two configuration modes, which are referred to as push and pull modes. Each mode allows the user to apply a desired state over a target node. Push mode vs. pull…


Simple consoles and async

[UPDATE: 12/11/2017 – Asynchronous Main methods are now directly supported in c# 7.1. See this post https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/benwilli/2017/12/08/async-main-is-available-but-hidden/] When presenting, I like to demonstrate simple concepts in console apps because they don’t have any other baggage around them. This is a problem with async code though because you cannot have an async Main method. Entry point…


PowerShell DSC Resource for configuring Pull Server environment

UPDATE 2/6/2018 – The latest information regarding DSC Pull Service can be found in the DSC documentation using the link – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/dsc/pullserver ………. DSC is a PowerShell extension that is part of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1. DSC enables deploying and managing configuration data for software services and managing the environment in which…


Important application hotfixes

Short link to this page is http://aka.ms/axapp   Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations Area Topic Build Comment Update Link Financials General Electronic Reporting 7.2.11792.62135 15 Aug 17 After App7.2 KB4036532   Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Area Topic Build Comment Update Link RUS CLADR > Storage and Import of FIAS 6.3.6000.3510 27 Dec 2017 After CU13…


Visual Studio 2012: "The event log file is full" error message

I installed Visual Studio 2012 Professional. The installation did not complete successfully so I ran a Repair. During the Repair, the following error occurred: The event log file is full   Thanks to a StackOverflow post, (which I’m not finding today), the following steps resolved the issue: 1. In Control Panel, uninstall Visual Studio 2012. 2….


Living without D3DX

Over the past few years, I’ve been working on a number of projects in part motivated by the need to replace legacy D3DX functionality. As noted on MSDN, all versions of D3DX are deprecated and are not shipped with the Windows 8.x SDK. This includes D3DX9, D3DX10, and D3DX11. There are plenty of options for…


Setting up Always On Availability group on SQL Server 2012

Note: User is expected to have basic knowledge of Always On Availability groups. Pre-requisites :- Setting up Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) Installation of Windows Server edition (2008 R2 or higher), SQL Server 2012, Windows Cluster + KB for quorum voting configuration, SQL Light Speed and DFS. The primary and the secondaries on the primary…


Apply snapshot from Alternate folder to improve performance when initialize a Subscription in Transactional Replication

Apply snapshot from Alternate folder to improve performance when initialize a Subscription in Transactional Replication 訂閱的初始化有兩個過程: 1.產生snapshot file,這個是snapshot agent所負責的工作。 Type of Replication Common Snapshot Files Snapshot Replication or Transactional Replication schema (.sch); data (.bcp); constraints and indexes (.dri); constraints (.idx); triggers (.trg):for updating Subscribers only; compressed snapshot files (.cab). Merge Replication schema (.sch); data (.bcp);…