Excel Add-In not displayed in ribbon due to Group Policy setting

Excel Add-In not displayed in ribbon due to Group Policy setting Problem: The Excel Solver Add-in is enabled and appears to load during startup, but is not displayed/visible in the ribbon. Solution: Update the Group Policy setting titled “Disable UI extending from documents and templates” to uncheck/disable “Disallow in Excel”. Details: Today I encountered another…

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What is the minimum number of AlwaysOn nodes required to obtain both HA and DR?

While recently answering questions in the MSDN SQL Server forums, I came across a great question about the minimum number of nodes required to obtain both high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) with AlwaysOn Availability Groups. As an on-site SQL Server engineer, this is a very typical type of question that I receive from…

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Creating a New Project in Visual Studio fails when FIPS is enabled

While testing application compatibility on Windows 10, one of my customers encountered an issue creating a new project in Visual Studio 2015 when FIPS was enabled. A new project could be completed successfully one time, but all future attempts to create a new project failed with an error message stating “Object reference not set to…

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