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July 11
Making Clouds with PowerShell

While SharePoint is my main love, recently I’ve been dabbling in virtualization and making clouds. You can’t work at a big hosting company like Rackspace without getting a little cloud-curious and I was no exception. For the last year or so in my spare time I’ve been playing with setting up clouds, managing clouds, automating clouds, etc. My cloud weapon of choice has been the combination of Hyper-V, System Center, and the Windows Azure Pack (WAP). Having worked with Microsoft products for the last 20 years, it was an easy fit. Being the incredibly efficient (some call it “lazy,” I just don’t see that) guy that I am, the PowerShell integration has been one of my favorite parts. Especially once you see what it takes to get all of System Center and WAP installed and configured. It makes installing a SharePoint farm look like a carriage ride through a park.

Since I’m a little late to the game, smarter people than me have already seen this gap and filled it. Specifically Rob Willis at Microsoft wrote a tool called the PowerShell Deployment Toolkit (PDT) to automate all of this. It’s flat out amazing. For the last year or so I’ve been playing with the PDT and I’m constantly impressed by it.

Recently, one of my coworkers, Andre Stephens, and I wrote a short write-up about how we’re using the PDT to install large System Center deployments at Rackspace. You can read Provisioning a Microsoft Private Cloud with PDT at the Rackspace Developer blog.

You’ll probably be seeing a lot more posts from me about this kind of stuff. It’s been a lot of fun and I just can’t help myself sharing when I play with cool technology.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/UsePDT

July 10
Double Your Cumulative Update Fun, SharePoint CUs Are Now Monthly!

If you’re like me, you look forward to all the even numbered months. Not just because of Valentine’s Day and my dad’s birthday, but because that’s when our beloved SharePoint gets its new Cumulative Updates. The odd numbered months just don’t feel like as much fun in comparison. I felt bad for them.

Until today… (well, yesterday)

I was surprised two days ago when SharePoint 2013 got a July CU. July? That’s an odd month, this makes no sense! This changes everything. Is water still wet? Is the sky still blue? I can’t keep up!

Yesterday Microsoft announced that SharePoint on-premises, both 2010 and 2013, will start getting monthly CUs. That’s going to be a lot to keep track of, but I think I’m up to it. I will still maintain my SharePoint 2010 Builds page and my SharePoint 2013 Builds page. My guidance on CUs hasn’t changed. You shouldn’t install a CU unless it contains a fix that you need. And if you talk yourself into installing a CU, install it in a test environment first to see if it breaks anything. I maintain a wiki with a page for every patch. As soon as I know about a problem with a patch I’ll record it there. If you do find a problem with a patch, let me know and I’ll add it.

At first blush, I think this is a good thing. Like SharePoint Online, Microsoft seems committed to updating SharePoint on-prem at a rapid pace. The good news with on-prem SharePoint is that we get to choose whether the patches get installed or not. Seems like the best of both worlds to me.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/CUsRMonthly

July 09
Netcast 206 - Tomfoolery

In tonight's Netcast we cover more Service Pack 1 shenanigans and I talk about how you can keep up to date with the changes I make to my patch pages. We also talk about using PowerShell with SharePoint Online, and how you can get your digital library chock full of meaty Microsoft books without breaking any state or federal laws.

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Running Time: 38:01

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05:23 - MVP Award
08:40 - TechSmith
09:54 - VMWare
14:41 - How to tell which Service Pack 1 you have installed on SharePoint 2013
23:39 - Find out when my web pages change
25:22 - http://www.changedetection.com
27:37 - http://media.toddklindt.com/Netcast
28:42 - SharePoint Online PowerShell
33:00 - Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks ever

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July 03
Netcast 205 - Cacophony of Kludge

It's good to be back in the studio. This week's Netcast starts fast and keeps up that pace. I talk about the ShareThePoint Conference I'll be attending in Australia and New Zealand, and how some lucky listener can win a free pass. Then I cover a Distributed Cache problem I read about, and also how the April 2014 CU for SharePoint 2013 fixes an annoying bug where SharePoint ignores custom error pages. Then I talk about SQL a little bit. I link to a script you can use to generate some tables, and I talk about why you would install SQL Management Studio on your SharePoint server. I finish up with an Office365 authentication post, why Firefox hates SharePoint, and why you shouldn't use a dollar sign in an account name. My last story is about a Kickstarter project for a dock for the Dell Venue 8 Pro.

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Running Time: 50:29

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08:04 - Win a free pass to ShareThePoint Conference
16:23 - Exception 'Microsoft.ApplicationServer.Caching.DataCacheException: ErrorCode<ERRCA0017>:
19:46 - SharePoint 2013 is not using my Custom Error Page
21:54 - SharePoint 2013 Build Numbers
23:32 - https://twitter.com/sp2013Patches
24:00 - Put SQL Management Studio on SharePoint box (from Netcast 77)
28:20 - Simple SQL Server script to create a database and generate activity for a demo
29:55 - Firefox 30 breaks SharePoint on non-Windows machines
34:00 - Choosing a sign-in model for Office 365
35:55 - Do not use service account names that contain the symbol $
36:35 - Service Account Suggestions for SharePoint 2013
37:55 - Plugable launches Dell Venue 8 Pro charger Kickstarter project

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July 01
Netcast 204 - Not From Todd's Basement

I take one little vacation and Shane and Lori hijack my show! In this episode, Shane takes the mic, all by his lonesome. I haven't been able to listen to the whole thing, but I'm sure it's okay. He talks about SharePoint, his dog, and how much he looks up to me. It's a little embarrassing, but I'm okay with it.

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Running Time: 27:31

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03:00 - Todd's Mic - Blue Yeti Pro
24:00 - THE Ceiling fan!

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June 28
Charging Dock for Dell Venue 8 Pro

Since the spunky Dell Venue 8 Pro came out last year I’ve had a huge crush on it. It’s cute, it’s powerful, and it won’t break the bank. While the DV8 Pro is super fun, it has at least one annoying limitation. Because it uses a single USB OTG connection it can’t be charged while a USB device is attached. There are a couple of creative workarounds, including my own blog post, “How to use USB devices with your Dell Venue 8 Pro and charge it at the same time.” While my solution is both brilliant and elegant, it has a touch of kludge to it.

The good news is that the folks at Plugable have come to our rescue. I’ve been using a Plugable UD-3900 with my Surface Pro 2 for months, and I like it. The minds at Plugable have stayed up night and day and they’ve designed a Plugable dock for the DV8 Pro that will charge the device while also allowing you to use USB devices. Hallelujah! To gauge interest they’ve created a Kickstarter project.

If you have a Dell Venue 8 Pro or Lenovo Miix, and you’d like an elegant solution to this frustrating problem, consider helping Plugable out and pledging the project. I already have, you should too. Smile

tk

http://www.toddklindt.com/DV8ProDock

June 26
Netcast 203 - Honeymoon Suite

Tonight's netcast has a special treat, Todd and Shane in a hotel room. After they settle down they talk about tips for beginning podcasters, The June 2014 CU for SharePoint 2013, and patching the Distributed Cache. Then Shane fawns over his Lumia 1020 phone for a bit. Todd finished it up by talking about a new tech toy that he recently bought that might get him attacked by a crazed bystander.


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Running Time: 54:10

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07:22 - 7 Tips For Beginner Podcasters
19:41 - SharePoint 2013 Patch installation script
20:24 - SharePoint 2013 Builds list
23:35 - How to patch the Distributed Cache in SharePoint 2013
39:07 - Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 GPS Edition Quadricopter

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June 15
Netcast 202 - You Won't Believe What Happened Next!

Tonight's netcast delves into the black art of patching SharePoint without destroying your farm in the process. I'm looking at you, recent SharePoint 2013 patches. To be fair I also talk about some new functionality (besides breaking People Search) that April 2014 CU for SharePoint 2013 adds. I also talk about some reference material on virtualizing SharePoint on Hyper-V. I finish up with some of my favorite recent Windows Phone 8.1 tips, and I brag a little about a situation where I kicked the UPS' butt this week.

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Running Time: 42:14

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1:29 – Production Notes
1:57 – Splunk
3:58 - Topics
3:58 - MS14-022 wiki page
11:48 - Provisioning site collections using SP App model in on-premises with just CSOM
16:02 - Use best practice configurations for the SharePoint 2013 virtual machines and Hyper-V environment
20:05 - User Profile Picture and Certificate Trusts
29:54 - Windows Phone tips
29:54 - Office Remote
31:30 - Files for Windows Phone

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June 05
Netcast 201 - Missed It By That Much

In tonight's episode I go through a list of handy tools that any SharePoint admin worth hizzorher salt should have at the ready. I also talk about a couple of cool PowerShell tips and scripts I discovered in the last week. Then I cover the latest hysterical bug with the SharePoint 2013 April 2014 CU.

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Running Time: 32:22

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03:55 - ULS Viewer is gone. *sniff* *sniff*
04:32 - I have it archived
07:00 - Tools for your SharePoint 2013 development toolbox
08:28 - SharePoint Manager
09:36 - SharePoint Search Tool
11:30 - Fiddler
12:35 - Reflector
16:30 - Open Scripts in a new tab in the PowerShell ISE using PSEdit
18:32 - Copy all SharePoint Files and Folders Using PowerShell
20:00 - How to Upload Files to SharePoint 2013 with PowerShell
20:53 - Issues converting Classic to Claims in SharePoint 2013 April 2013 CU
23:18 – SharePoint 2013 April 2014 CU Notes 
25:45 - MS14-022
28:30 - Notepad++

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May 26
Netcast 200 - Here's to 200 More

In tonight's Netcast I wax nostalgically on the previous 199 Netcasts. I thank a few of the people that have helped me along the way. Then I go over some of my fondest memories of TechEd, and how you can create some of your own. Then I dig into the fun tech stuff. I talk about how to leverage OneDrive for Business in your on prem SharePoint farm. Next I talk about a Windows Phone update you should download. I follow that up with showing some cool stuff you can do with Cortana once you do. Finally I talk about not virtualizing SQL like a chump, and all the news that's fit to print about the April 2014 CU for SharePoint 2013.
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Running Time: 48:54

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06:16 – Production Notes
09:15 - 200 episodes!
28:13 - Rename all of your databases with PowerShell
30:18 - TechEd overview
34:18 - All the TechEd 2014 slides and videos
34:50 - Get Up and Running Fast with Microsoft OneDrive for Business: Planning Guidance and Best Practices
37:55 - How to redirect users to Office 365 with OneDrive for Business
38:25 - Windows Phone 8.1 Preview update
40:11 - Have Cortana Wake Your PC by Time and Proximity
44:52 - Making SQL Server Work in VMware and Hyper-V screencast
46:12 - Brent Ozar’s blog
46:35 - April 2014 CU Wiki
47:35 – Shameless Self Promotion

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