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A couple of weeks ago at the Ignite conference in Atlanta, Microsoft announced an upgrade to the underlying software defined network (SDN) infrastructure which powers the Azure public cloud – an upgrade which makes Azure the fastest and most Artificial Intelligence-optimized network platform amongst cloud providers. Some time ago in what was known as ‘Project…

SQL 2014 Install Error: The specified account already exists (Solved)

I was recently attempting to install SQL Server 2012 on Windows Server 2016 and the install kept hanging at the step “Install_sqlncli_Cpu64_Action: PublishProduct. Publishing product information.” After checking the Summary.txt log in the folder “C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\120\Setup Bootstrap\Log”, I noticed that every feature failed with the same details: Feature: Management Tools – Complete Status:…

Spell Check Your Service Manager Environment

Good spelling is an important, and sometimes overlooked, aspect of providing your users and customers a professional IT Service Management experience. Nothing is more embarrassing than going back to look at the Request Offering or Email Template, sometimes months after it has been in production, and finding a misspelled word. So to help avoid situations…

What I learned about Operations Manager 2016 and OMS by (not) attending Ignite

Marnix already beat me to the “What’s new in Operations Manager 2016” answer so for those please go to his blog post at: http://thoughtsonopsmgr.blogspot.com/2016/10/whats-new-in-scom-2016.html On the OMS side of things, here’s the big announcements that I found out about via Twitter or sessions which were available from live stream: OMS integration with Azure: https://scomanswers.com/2016/09/24/new-oms-health-state-threshold-in-view-designer/ Monitoring…

This Friday learn about how to Super-Power your PowerShell and the Anatomy of a Cloud solution

This Friday the DFWSMUG crew will be meeting to cover both PowerShell and Cloud technologies. Details are below: Donnie Taylor (General Motors Architect – Infrastructure Solutions)Super-Powered PowerShellIn this session, Donnie will go over the recently released PowerShell for Linux, multi-threading for fun and profit, showcase a set of useful modules, and more!    Yung Chou…