Ignite Cup 2017 re-cap #MSIgnite #MVPHour #MVPBuzz

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, A few weeks back we had a chance to run the 2nd annual Ignite Cup. This is a community event that we run at each Microsoft Ignite Conference. Now, you are asking yourself what is Ignite Cup?? Simply put it is an exhibition hockey game that takes place prior to the Ignite Conference. We like to call it Geeks vs. Locals. Eventually, we are hoping that we will have enough player to get geeks vs. more geeks. This year’s game was so much fun as we found ourselves playing against some REALLY REALLY good ex-College players....

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As we know, the WPA2 security protocol is using to protect and security communications Wi-Fi networks for many years, but the vulnerability affects all the most devices and operating system, included network devices, mobile devices,
Internet of Things (IoT) devices, Android, Apple, Windows, Linux, and more, if your devices support Wi-Fi, it most likely affected.

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Call for Papers for Tech Mentor and new Conference Co-Chair 2018 @TechmentorEvents #MVPHour #MVPBuzz

Hey Checkyourlogs fans, Today I finally get to write about something that has been in the works for quite some time. I am super pleased to announce that I will be the new Tech Mentor Conference Co-Chair with Sami Laiho for 2018. So, what does this mean for you? It means that I encourage anyone that wants to submit sessions to do so here: https://techmentorevents.com/pages/press-releases/dave-kawula.aspx We are anticipating the largest speaker session submission for any Tech Mentor Event ever. Especially, this being the 20th anniversary of the event we want it to be the biggest and the best yet....

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Join us for Windows Server Management (Project Honolulu) AMA #MVPBuzz #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, There is an exciting opportunity coming up to learn about Microsoft Project Honolulu on October 17, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST. The Microsoft Product teams and several MVP’s will be there to answer any of your questions. So, start thinking them up now and be prepared to learn about this amazing new wave of HTML Server Management from Microsoft. You can join by going to https://aka.ms/WindowsServerManagementAMA Hope you can join us,...

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Virtually There with Kevin Kaminski Episode 2: Ruben Spruijt @ Ignite 2017 #MVPBuzz #MVPHour #Canitpro

In this episode, I catch up with Ruben Spruijt who recently transitioned to Frame as their CTO. I’ve found Ruben to be a thought leader when it comes to the VDI space, and he has the recognition to show for it. Being a Microsoft MVP, Citrix CTP, VMware vExpert and a NVIDIA GRID Community Advisor you can get an idea of the achievements that have made him recognized in many of the technology circles that surround VDI.   Frame is part of a new breed of VDI solutions in the marketplace that have taken a cloud-first approach. These new solutions...

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URGENT – Microsoft KB 4049094 – Windows Devices may fail to boot after installing October 10 version of KB4041676 or KB4041691

Hey Checkyourlogs fans, As discussed, this week in a previous post there was an issue with the Windows Updates that came out in the October 10th Cumulative Updates. Microsoft has now released a new KB regarding this issue KB4049094 please read this to avoid being impacted by this issue. Here is the link to the KB for your reference: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4049094/windows-devices-may-fail-to-boot-after-installing-october-10-version-o Overview Microsoft is aware of a publishing issue with the October 10th, 2017 monthly security updates for Windows 10 version 1703 (KB4041676) and version 1607 (KB4041691), and Windows Server 2016 (KB4041691) for WSUS/SCCM managed devices. Customers that download updates...

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UPDATED – VM won’t boot after October 2017 Updates for Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 (KB4041691)

******UPDATE******* Update for those of you using WSUS and SCCM. The issue is with incorrect packages being published to the Catalog which impacted customers deploying via WSUS/SCCM.  A delta update was incorrectly published to WSUS, which resulted in both delta and full package being downloaded distributed, which results in INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE.   The delta package has been removed from the Catalog.   Be sure to re-sync WSUS/ SCCM. If you still have the issues with affected machines you can use the fixes described by Mike and Didier. ********************************     Hey Checkyourlogs fans, First of all, I have to start off by...

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SupTool: Using Azure to Monitor Windows Endpoint Health #MVPHour #CanITPro #MVPBuzz

Are you one of the few remaining administrators who double checks that the Configuration Manager client has been completely deployed to all endpoints? Despite there being fewer hours in the day (at least it feels that way), I still make time to assess the health of each agent and remediate issues as efficiently as I can. It’s time I’d rather invest elsewhere, but I believe it’s that important. As you can imagine, when Martins Kurtis at UonCloud (www.uoncloud.com) gave me a demonstration of his new product, SupTool, I was impressed by its innovative approach to this time-consuming problem. Now...

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Deploying Storage Spaces Direct Part 44 – Deep Internal Diagnostics of #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Storage Spaces Direct Fans, I was recently working with the support teams at Microsoft and was given a custom PowerShell Module to diagnose Storage Spaces Direct. Now, unfortunately there is some internal tooling at Microsoft that makes the format of this code more readable but it should give you some nice ideas as to what to look for. Invoke-WebRequest -Uri "https://github.com/PowerShell/PrivateCloud.DiagnosticInfo/archive/master.zip" -outfile "$env:TEMP\master.zip" -Verbose Expand-Archive -Path "$env:TEMP\master.zip" -DestinationPath "$env:TEMP" -Force -Verbose Copy-Item -Recurse -Path "$env:TEMP\PrivateCloud.DiagnosticInfo-master\PrivateCloud.DiagnosticInfo" -Destination "$env:SystemRoot\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules\" -Force -Verbose Import-Module PrivateCloud.DiagnosticInfo -Verbose Get-PCStorageDiagnosticInfo  -WriteToPath c:\logs -HoursOfEvents 1   Now, if we dig into the PrivateCloud.Diagnosticinfo.psm1 we can see...

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Virtually there with Kevin Kaminski – Episode 1 #MVPHour #Canitpro #MVPBuzz

The Virtually There with Kevin Kaminski series is a concept where I interview various people in the industry that I’ve come to know over the years in my journeys in IT as a Microsoft MVP. In this episode, I sit down with Marcos Nogueira who happens to be a co-worker of mine who I met several years ago when he first moved to Calgary. He is not only a Microsoft MVP but a long time Microsoft MCT with a very extensive consulting background. We talk about some of the common challenges customers have implementing Azure in their environment along...

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New Hyperloop transportation system could move us around at 750 Mph #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Something a bit different to talk about today. I was recently in Las Vegas, NV for the NetApp Insight conference and I learned about this new transportation technology called the Hyperloop. It is being championed by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and has already begun testing in North Las Vegas. It promises to move people, cargo, and other items with amazing efficiency and solar powered. In chatting with some locals in Las Vegas they mentioned that there are over 600 cities around the world wanting Mr. Musk to pick them as a test bed. Imagine how...

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You heard it right NFS on Azure via NetApp #Azure #NetApp #NFSaaS

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today NetApp announced that it would be the data services technology behind first-of-its-kind cloud- centric capabilities for the hybrid cloud. NetApp will be powering the first Network File System (NFS) service in the cloud, the Microsoft Azure Enterprise NFS Service. On top of that, NetApp and Mircosoft are announcing a handful of other deeper integrations surrounding Azure, Office 365, and AltaVault. Microsoft is enabling users to access this NFS service directly through their Azure console. And in order to deliver the performance needed, NetApp will power this service. According to the companies, cloud architects and storage...

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The future of Server Management with Project Honolulu #MVPHour #HyperV

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Over the past few months Microsoft has been working on a release of a brand-new version of Server Manager called Project Honolulu. We have finally moved to a new HTML driven solution that is giving us what we have been asking for with a “Single Pane of Glass” to manage all of our key infrastructure. Here is a look at the new UI with Project Honolulu How does it work?? It using PowerShell and WMI over WinRM and is presented in a HTTPS site. Here is a sneak peek of the UI… You can download your...

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Introducing Microsoft Azure Data Box #Azure

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, This past week we had the pleasure of working at the Microsoft Booth at the NetApp Insight Conference. At the booth the #1 topic of discussion was Microsoft’s brand-new Azure Data Box. So, what is Azure Data Box. It is an import/export device that can be shipped to a customer site and then back to Microsoft for quick Data Import to their storage account. It comes with 100 TB of available storage and is in preview right now. You can check I tout here https://aka.ms/azuredatabox The use cases for this are poor wan connectivity, large amounts...

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#MVPHour live from #MSIgnite 2017 – Podcast Center

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, This year at Microsoft Ignite we had the chance to do a live streaming #MVPHour from the Podcast Center. We chatted about all things Windows Server, Deployment and Community in this segment. Also, one of the coolest parts of being at Microsoft Ignite was that the one and only Jeffry Snover was on right before us. From Emile, Clint, Cristal, and myself we really hope you enjoyed this as much as we did putting it together. Thanks, and happy learning. Team...

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Deploying Storage Spaces Direct – Part 43 – Dave Kawula’s Notes from the Field on #StorageSpacesDirect #MSIgnite Session online

Hey Storage Spaces Direct fans, My session from Microsoft Ignite has now been uploaded and is available online. I have a ton of great information in here from the field deployments we have done. We had so much fun at Microsoft Ignite this year. Here is a shot of the crowd at one of my Theater Sessions… Here is the Recording of this session for you. If you like it make sure you follow me on twitter and checkout our Storage Spaces Direct book on Amazon. Enjoy the session and happy learning....

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Missing or Couldn’t attend Microsoft Ignite 2017?

Well thousands don’t have this problem, but perhaps you do, or couldn’t attend all the sessions. Microsoft Ignite has so much information and sessions that it’s hard to attend all the ones that interest you. Good thing they have streams and will bring them to us during and after the event. Microsoft Ignite Updates Well you may not be there, but you can always take part and get information directly from the Microsoft Ignite Mobile App https://myignite.microsoft.com/mobileapp Here are the first of the key notes – Power transformative change with Microsoft business applications and platform Speaker: James Phillips Empower...

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Deploying Storage Spaces Direct – Part 42 – HPE RDMA Issues Mellanox CX3-Pro Prod Issue #StorageSpacesDirect #HPE #S2D @MellanoxTech

Hey Storage Spaces Direct Fans, Today seemed to have finally resolved the case of the jobs that were stuck on our Production 4 x Node S2D Cluster running on HPE DL380 G9’s and Mellanox CX3-Pro NICS. We had been banging our heads against the wall and I decided to re-test our RDMA Configuration using the script mentions in an earlier post called Test-RDMA.ps1. The results of the above script indicate that we have some issues with RDMA being configured. This is kind of funny because after I had set this up everything was working great. We tested all of...

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Deploying Storage Spaces Direct – Part 41 – HPE Build Guide #StorageSpacesDirect #HPE #S2D

Hey Storage Spaces Direct Fans, Recently I had the privilege of speaking at the TechMentor Event in Redmond, WA. During my session there one of the other speakers Bruce Mackenzie-Low who works for HPE shared the link to the HPE’s Storage Spaces Direct Build Guide. I had been hunting all over the internet and HPE’s site for months trying to find something like this. This is the first real guide for HPE hardware that I have found and I hope more are coming. This guide is really important if you are going to be building on HPE Hardware. It...

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List of must Attend Sessions at Microsoft Ignite #MSIgnite .@MSIgnite #MVPHour

Hey Microsoft Fans, Today I wanted to chat with you about some of the must attend sessions at Microsoft Ignite. With a session catalog over 1100 sessions deep this year it can often be difficult to decide which sessions to attend. First on my list every year is checking out what MVP – Sami Laiho has to say. His sessions are always ranked high and he even received the Top Speaker at Ignite a few years back. Troubleshooting processes with Process Explorer and Process Monitor Sami Laiho On this session Sami Laiho, one of the world’s leading Windows professionals,...

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Deploying Storage Spaces Direct – Part 40 – 500k IOPS in 2-Node Non-RDMA Config #StorageSpacesDirect #HPE #S2D @MellanoxTech

Hey Storage Spaces Direct Fans, Today I deployed a 2x Node Storage Spaces Direct configuration for a customer. They purchased 2 x HP DL380 G9’s, P840 Controllers (HBA’s), 256GB RAM, 6 x Intel 1.6 TB SSD, Mellanox CX-3 Pro network adapters, and connected to their existing Cisco Meraki Switches. Now, if you remember from an earlier blog post I was talking about the issues with Cisco Meraki not being able to support RDMA (RoCE) traffic in this current release. As a result this customer decided to use a non-RDMA configuration. Here are some of the results from our stress...

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Hot off the press E-Book – 6 Common #HyperV Configuration Mistakes to Avoid #Altaro

What do MVP’s do over their summer Vacation? Well, Cristal and I were busy writing another book. This time a great little E-Book Reference Guide on Hyper-V Configuration Mistakes to Avoid. This book is free from: https://www.altaro.com/hyper-v-backup/ebook/6-hyper-v-configuration-mistakes.php What’s in this eBook? Hyper-V can be a deceptive technology. Although it’s straightforward enough to get a basic installation up and running with some elementary reading, it’s just as easy to make some bad mistakes when starting out. Certain environments lend themselves well to an initial deployment but often inexperienced users soon encounter unexpected problems. You’ll find plenty of resources online helping...

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