Update Rollup 6 for System Center Service Manager

On the 28th April 2015, Microsoft are going to make available Update Rollup 6 for System Center Service Manager 2012 R2. Microsoft have provided the details of the update in a blog post at http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager/archive/2015/04/22/it-39-s-time-for-ur6.aspx. This update heavily focuses on performance enhancements including improvements to the AD and SCCM connectors as well as improvements to the MPSyncJob, one of the many Data Warehouse jobs which causes no end of problems in my experience. Read more...

Managing the Skype for Business User Experience

Yesterday, Microsoft rolled out the April 2015 update for Lync 2013 which replaces Lync 2013 with the Skype for Business user experience. I tried out Skype for Business with the Office 2016 Technical Preview a few weeks ago and although it’s early doors, I’m liking the coming together of the two product families thus far. In this post, I am going to cover off the prerequisites for client and server and also the configuration settings for managing the end-user experience as already, there seems to be a wave of confusion online about it. Read more...

Changing SQL Server Instance Collation

Working in my home lab over the last couple of evenings, I have been installing some additional SQL Server instances ready for me to install System Center Service Manager. As anyone who has worked with System Center 2012 or 2012 R2 knows, getting your SQL instance collation right is critical. To compound matters, when you think you’ve got an instance setup right, you could end up finding that although one product has the correct collation, another does not. Read more...

jQuery and WordPress No Conflict

Last night, I was doing some work on my blog as ever since I wrote the custom theme I use (and since updated it) I have neglected my mobile visitors and the mobile views not only looked awful but in some cases, depending on the device you were using made the content totally invisible due to the black wallpaper background and the black body text appearing on top of each other. I decided I wanted to add a fixed top header that faded away as you scroll down the page and reappeared as you scroll back up as I’ve seen it on a number of sites before and the effect is both aesthetically pleasing and maximises the real estate on devices with small screens such as smartphones. I found a site which had a good reference on how to implement this using jQuery and I added the script to the site and the relevant CSS selectors but it wasn’t working. Read more...

One Year Left for SQL Server 2005 Support

Many enterprises are still dealing with the challenges of completing Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 migrations. Whether you are moving to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, perhaps even running the gauntlet on Windows XP and hedging your bets for Windows 10 later this year on your clients all the while, evaluating and testing your line of business applications and servers on Windows Server 2012 R2, there is a lot to deal with. There’s nothing like a little added pressure to throw into the mix and that is why as of 12th April 2015, there is one year left on the extended support status of SQL Server 2005. Read more...

Mail Calendar and People Apps in Windows 10 Build 10049

In previous builds of Windows 10, there was a known issue with the default Mail, Calendar and People apps which caused them to become corrupted and you had to use PowerShell to resolve the issue by removing the old app instances and re-installing them from the Windows 8.1 Store. My PC downloaded Build 10049 overnight and this build seems to have the same issue however the catch appears to be that if you follow the old instructions that it doesn’t work off the bat and you have to repeat the process as suggested on the thread http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/03/30/windows-10-technical-preview-build-10049-now-available/. Read more...

Automatically Assign DVD Drive Letter VMM Private Cloud

Like many administrators, I like to move my DVD Drive to the Z: drive so that it is still there to allow me to mount .iso files on the VM using stored .iso files in the VMM Library Share but that way, I know that all my data drives are kept together. Unfortunately, Windows Server will automatically assign the DVD Drive to the D: letter which means a manual task is required to move it to another letter however I have a nice little solution that will move it to the Z: drive or any letter you desire using the VMM GUI Run Once commands. Read more...

Nvarchar Data Type Error with SCSM 2012 R2 Update Rollup 5

There is a bug in Update Rollup 5 which only effects systems which use a System Locale that results in a change to the date and time format. US systems store their date and time in the MM/DD/YY format however here in the UK and many other countries, we store the date as DD/MM/YY. The bug in Update Rollup 5 meant that SCSM isn’t able to understand how a month could have more than 12 days as it isn’t able to use international date formatting. Read more...
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