Debugging which drive is dying in a storage pool and monitoring for it in Operations Manager (#SYSCTR, #SCOM, #WindowsServer)

As part of my lab, I have one server which provides storage for the Hyper-V servers with SMB3. The server uses Windows Storage Spaces to storage for each of the nodes of my Hyper-V cluster. Recently I started experiencing extreme issues with performance with some of my virtuals. After some digging I started finding indications…

Microsoft officially announces the retirement of Microsoft Unified Access Gateway (UAG)

Back in September of 2012 Microsoft announced that they would discontinue any future releases of TMG.  There was a lot of unanswered questions about the future of UAG and on December 17th, 2013 Microsoft announced UAG’s future.  Highlights from Microsoft’s announcement: Microsoft will not deliver any future full version releases of Forefront UAG and the…

Customize Office 365 OWA Login Page

With the recent release of Windows Azure Active Directory (WAAD) Premium Beta release, you can now customize the Office 365 OWA Sign In Page and WAAD Access Portal pages. This is not the only features that are available with WAAD Premium beta, the other features are User Self-service Password Reset, Group-based Application Access and Additional…