Verify an Availability Group with SharePoint 2013

I’ve been working in the lab recently on a SharePoint 2013 farm. My coworker Adam and I were experimenting with setting up an AlwaysOn availability group for the Content database. After setting up our availability group with a  couple database servers, HA1 and HA2, we wanted to run through a quick series of steps to make…

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Solution Doc – SharePoint Disaster Recovery in Azure

I’ve been working with folks on my team in the Microsoft Office User Assistance organization on some cool solutions lately. Each solution is a set of conceptual documentation and other resources that can help you deploy a technology scenario that spans more than one Microsoft product or service (SharePoint and Azure IaaS in this case). One I’ve been working on lately is SharePoint…

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Azure: Your Subscription has been Disabled

I recently ran out of credit on an Azure trial account I’ve been using. I was reading up on trial subscriptions and how Azure credit works, and this blog post by Jim O’Neil was really helpful: Windows Azure Trial Account Spending Limit

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I wrote a Test Lab Guide! Configuring an Office 365 Trial Subscription

I’ve been fortunate recently to try my hand at writing a test-lab guide that’s helpful if you have an interest in Office 365: Configuring an Office 365 Trial Subscription I wrote a blog post at the Microsoft Test Lab Guides blog that has more details: This new TLG uses a fictional Microsoft account and company and…

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SharePoint High Availability

I’ve been reading up on SharePoint high availability and disaster recovery lately. In my search for resources, I came across this very recent TechEd presentation by Neil Hodgkinson, called SharePoint Business Continuity Management. Neil is a senior program manager and knows quite a bit about the Microsoft Office server products. In the discussion, Neil talks about…

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Getting a handle on Hadoop

I like to keep up with Microsoft’s financial analyst meetings so I can get a sense of company strategy at a high level. Last week I was checking out the Financial Analyst Meeting 2013 and specifically Kevin Turner’s message. (I found out there was a power outage during his talk, but it looks like the transcript contains everything…

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Microsoft Curated Answers – Windows Azure and SharePoint

I’ve been checking out the Curated Answers and I like how the information is formatted to make it easy to ramp up on a concept. You can take a bunch of helpful links on a specific subject and present them in a spare, simple format that is easy to glance through. Here are a couple I found…

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FOPE to EOP Service Upgrade

Last week one of my coworkers published some TechNet content that will be of interest to Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) customers. It’s called the Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) Transition Center. You may know that all FOPE customers are being upgraded to Exchange Online Protection and wondered, “How is this going to work?” This…

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Phishing Scams – Hard to Spot

This article on MSN Money, Phishing: Consumers take the bait, caught my attention: Phishing — typically emails that fool the victim into believing they’re answering a request for information from a company they do business with — is one of the most common and longest running types of internet scams. Yet losses increased by more…

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Interview with an IT Pro

Recently I interviewed a couple IT pros I know to get their feedback on our products and our technical documentation (most of the questions are about Exchange, Exchange documentation, and Office 365, since I work on those products). My goal is to get a feel for how an IT pro approaches our products and the documentation on…

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