Social Solutions in SharePoint
?One of the new features of SharePoint 2013 is improved
Social features. The activity feed is
significantly improved and integrated with hash tags to make it easier to see
content from people that you are not following.
The ability to follow a user, a document, a site, a hashtag all make it
easier to interact socially
This is critical to making Social Solutions work in
Why should I use Operations Manager instead of open source monitoring solutions like Nagios? (#SCOM, #SYSCTR)
A good friend of mine reached out to me recently to ask me a candid question. He works in the monitoring industry and has a lot of history using open source solutions such as Nagios. Here’s what he asked and my thoughts on the topic. Question: “Why should I use SCOM to monitor my Linux systems instead of a free Linux monitoring tool that I can pretty much do anything and everything I need?” A...
Microsoft Office Mobile 1.0 now available for iPhones! What you need to know
Microsoft has released Office for iPhone! All iPhone users can download it, however, only users with an active Office 365 subscription can use it. First Look In the Apple App Store, search for Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office Mobile After downloading and opening the app, the next step is to sign in with your Office 365 Subscription. Then enter an email address associated with an Offic...
Extending the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 management pack (#SCOM)
At first glance – there really isn’t much to the current version of the management pack (6.0.5000.0). It does not even include views to see the health of WSUS (as discussed in this thread) . But if you are using this version of WSUS you need something to monitor it and this is what’s currently available. However there is more is going on behind the scenes than it may look like in this management p...
Dual Authentication for Office 365
Microsoft is rolling out two factor authentication for Windows Azure Active Directory (WAAD) called Windows Azure Active Authentication, http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/services/identity/. I wanted to give this a test drive, here is my experience with the new Active Authentication.
Microsoft published a TechNet Article about configuring WAAD for Active Authentication, http://technet.mic...
Savision Cloud Advisor and Virtual Machine Manager (#SCVMM, #Savision)
At MMS 2013, Rob Doucette showcased their Hyper-V capacity planning in VMM with a very cool free extension. A subset of that presentation is available here. In summary, this is an extremely cool free extension to Virtual Machine Manager 2012 which provides tips for hosts and virtual machines in VMM. After a quick talk with Rob today I realized that I really needed to check this out and try it out ...
DirSync with Password Sync Update
Wanted to make a quick note that with the newer version of the DirSync build with Password Sync, version 1.0.6385.24 and above, now does not require the user to login to the internal network when an Admin resets the user password for the password to sync to Office 365. I have tested this several times and when the Admin resets a user's password via Active Directory Users and Computers, the user i...
Tuning the NetApp OnCommand 3.2 management pack (#SCOM, #NetApp)
It’s funny at times how in-sync the various folks in the community are. I was working with the OnCommand Plug-in from NetApp one day and the next I ran across this article by Marnix: http://thoughtsonopsmgr.blogspot.com/2013/06/high-level-overview-netapp-san.html. So we were both working on the same management pack at the same time on different sides of the world. His article is solid so I won’t r...
Announcing the Data Explorer June Update - Microsoft "Data Explorer" Preview for Excel
Microsoft has released the latest update to Data Explorer, one of my newfound favorite tools for manipulating data in Excel. Download the June update and play around with the tool, I think you’ll be impressed! Check out my blog entry on Dynamic Web Sources using Data Explorer for a demo: http://scribblersblog.azurewebsites.net/post/2013/05/18/Dynamic-Web-Data-Sources-in-Excel-Sheets.aspx ...