The WUA Dilemma in ConfigMgr

I’ve blogged about the *unfun* of the Windows Update Agent (WUA) before, answered many forums posts on the subject, and presented information on it at multiple venues including MMS and IT/Dev Connections. Until recently, I didn’t have a good solution though. The simple diagram in this post sums up the dilemma. Basically, the WUA is…

SQL SERVER: Cannot resolve the collation conflict between “SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS” and “Latin1_General_CI_AS” in the equal to operation

  I received the following error when I was attempting to compare columns in a SQL query between two tables located in two separate databases. In this case, the collation settings between the two databases were configured differently. Rather make any changes to the databases, I was able to apply a simple fix to my…

Azure Virtual Machines Dev/Test Billing

Overview As of June 2013 Microsoft made a competitive and attractive move by not charging owners of a subscription for VMs that are in a stopped state. This is a huge step forward and really puts organizations in a difficult position when trying to find that staying with an on-premises implementation of their Dev/Test environment…

AT&T MPLS will connect to Azure in 2014

This MPLS integration option eliminates the single point of failure that exists with Azure’s site-to-site VPN (aka Azure Virtual Network). The press release says this will happen in the first half of 2014. If the other big MPLS carriers follow, then this will allow many customers to begin moving substantial internal workloads into Azure. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2013/09/18/more-options-to-integrate-on-premises-networks-and-windows-azure-with-at-amp-t.aspx…