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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BizTalk 2013 R2 Redistributable CAB file locations

As of today (June 23rd, 2014) BizTalk 2013 R2 is available on MSDN!  In keeping with some previous posts (and because I need to start deploying this) I’m posting links to the OS-specific BtsRedist.cab file locations as listed in the setup(_64).xml files should you need to get a copy outside of the normal Setup.exe process. Windows…

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BizTalk 2013 Wcf-Sql adapter fails because it could not load Microsoft.BizTalk.Interop.SSOClient

In a remarkably similar post to my last post I noticed that my Wcf-Sql receive locations were failing with the error:  Could not load file or assembly ‘Microsoft.BizTalk.Interop.SSOClient, Version=7.0.2300.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35’ or one of its dependencies.  The system cannot find the file specified.  From my previous run in with this error I suspected that something was…

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