The Azure PowerShell session has not been properly initialized.

I recently tried to update my Azure PowerShell version and noticed that even though I had run the “Install-Module AzureRM -force -allowclobber” command, which will overwrite your current version, I was still stuck on version 3.8.0 instead of the 4.1.0 version (latest) I was trying to install.  I played with a few things, including uninstalling…

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Little gotcha in Docker for Windows

I am writing a small ASP.NET Core Web Application and decided to add Docker support. However, even though this was a vanilla application built from the Visual Studio project template, I kept getting the following error trying to run this: “Can not find the container with the name starting with dockercompose1234567890” Docker appeared healthy and…

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Moving databases to new storage within an Availability Group

I had a customer come to me for help in adding storage for their SQL servers which were supporting their SharePoint farm.  Their SQL architecture consisted of three (3) SQL servers configured in an AlwaysOn Availability group.  One server was configured as the primary replica for Search, one as the primary replica for Content, and…

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Creating a Hyper-V host with Nano Server – Part 3

In Part 2, I covered initially connecting via PSRemoting and domain joining the Nano Server.  In this part I’ll cover finishing the Nano Server installation as a Hyper-V host managed by System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2016.  And for that, I’ll take an aside into updating Nano Server packages. In Part 1 I mentioned making…

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Creating a Hyper-V host with Nano Server – Part 2

In Part 1 I went over how to create the Nano Server image and configure the physical computer to boot to the VHD.  In this part I’ll explain how to access the computer and get it configured, to include domain join. Remoting to Nano Server Unlike previous Server Core installations, Nano Server is truly headless in…

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Creating a Hyper-V host with Nano Server - Part 1

Recently I decided to re-build my home lab cleanly with Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016.  Amongst my collection of disused components includes an older laptop workstation which has decent specifications and would make a good Hyper-V host.  So I decided to try my hand at making this machine a Nano Server and manage…

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Updating multiple SQL instances simultaneously

A customer I was working with has undergone a lot of growth recently, and to support their development efforts has deployed a LOT of dev/test environments.  As often happens with rapid growth and expansion, these environments were in varying states depending on the care and feeding they’d been receiving, and we were helping them get…

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Yet another cause for "Enterprise Single Sign-On Server: Unspecified error"

My customer’s BizTalk environment uses a 2-node failover cluster to host the SQL instances where the BizTalk databases live.  We also clustered Enterprise SSO on this failover cluster.  Recently there was a catastrophic issue with the NAS device where the VM storage lived, and one of the nodes of this cluster didn’t come back cleanly when…

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Activating a Windows 2012 R2 Server offline

If you’re trying to activate a server which has no internet connectivity or access to a KMS server, your options for activating Windows are narrowed to calling the automated phone service.  In previous versions of Windows, it would prompt you to enter a product key, then ask if you would like to activate over the…

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Cannot bring SQL resource online after installation

I’m going through what feels like iteration 14,354 of the process to migrate my customer to a completely new platform, which involves moving from physical to virtual resources and leaping forward 3-4 product versions for just about every product on which the customer’s solution runs, which includes a generous helping of SQL Server. I’m building…

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