Russian Federation Permanently Switches to Winter Time October 26, 2014: Changes to Microsoft Products

(Update 082214: Please see the new post Update on Windows support for new Russian Time Zones with more information on the upcoming update.) Back in 2011, I wrote on the Microsoft corporate blog about the of daylight saving time in the Russian Federation. Then in 2012, I noted Russia considered a return to Winter Time in 2012….


Microsoft SQL Replication Between Windows Azure Virtual Machines

Chris Skorlinski Microsoft SQL Server Escalation Services You can use SQL Server Replication technologies to move data between local on premises SQL Server to SQL Server running in Windows Azure Virtual Machines or between Windows Azure Virtual Machines.  Similar to move data between non-trusted corporate domains, keys are 1) use SQL Server Authentication and 2)…


3 Challenges to Help You Set New Benchmarks in Innovation

Note: This article is updated at 3 Challenges to Unleash Innovation. If you want to change your game, you need to know what the key challenges are. Innovation is a game that you can play much better, if you know where and how to debottleneck it. In the book The Future of Management, Gary Hamel…


SQL Server Profiler showing 9003 Exception when CDC is configured

While troubleshooting a customers environment I encountered the following 9003 Exception error message captured in SQL Server Profiler. “The log scan number (42:358:1) passed to log scan in database ‘<db name>’ is not valid. This error may indicate data corruption or that the log file (.ldf) does not match the data file (.mdf). If this…


Using Traffic Manager as a FAILOVER solution for Azure App Services

This articles has been moved to its new home here: https://benperk.github.io/msdn/2014/2014-07-using-traffic-manager-as-a-failover-solution-for-azure-web-sites.html I wanted to share an experience I had when using the Azure Traffic Manager with 2 Microsoft Azure App Service Web Apps.  If you are not clear on what the Traffic Manager does, read my other post here.  Simply, it is a way to balance…


Renew an IIS 7, IIS 7.5, IIS 8.0 or IIS 8.5 … SSL Certificate (PKCS #10 vs. PKCS #7)

This articles has been moved to its new home here: https://benperk.github.io/msdn/2014/2014-07-renew-an-iis-7-iis-7-5-iis-8-0-or-iis-8-5-ssl-certificate-pkcs-10-vs-pkcs-7.html I will confess to not being a security expert.  So this article is not about how the process works, instead about a change that I had a hard time finding when working with a customer some months ago.  Security is serious business, so I like…


What is Agile?

Note: This article is updated at What is Agile? “Becoming limitless involves mental agility; the ability to quickly grasp and incorporate new ideas and concepts with confidence.” — Lorii Myers I was asked to give an Intro to Agile talk to a group in Microsoft, in addition to a talk on Getting Results the Agile…


Using Traffic Manager with Microsoft Azure Web App

This articles has been moved to its new home here: https://benperk.github.io/msdn/2014/2014-06-using-traffic-manager-with-microsoft-azure-web-site.html One of the most challenging aspects of creating a disaster recovery environment was having a quick failover to a website that exists in another datacenter.  These failover instances usually contained stale code, the hardware for the environment was expensive and  rarely, if ever utilized and…


Configure Application Request Routing (ARR) with Client Certificates

This article has been moved to its new home here:  https://benperk.github.io/msdn/2014/2014-06-configure-application-request-routing-arr-with-client-certificates.html The kind of Client Certificate I use most is stored electronically on a chip located on the back of my id badge.  There is a card reader in my PC that can access these certificates, which are protected by a pin and requested when I…


My Own Accessibility Experience

  “So, what happened to your blog?” That’s a quest I got on Friday at the office from one of my associates. She asked why I had posted fewer and fewer posts per month until about a year ago, and then nearly nothing at all, save a few posts which were more general updates than…