My Last Presentation For 2015

This Tuesday I will be one of the presenters at the Teleios event: Leveraging Microsoft Azure as part of your Cloud Journey. I will be discussing SQL Server in Azure VMs and Azure SQL Database so you can understand the options available for moving your SQL environment to Azure. Demonstrations will be done using the new Azure portal to show how to set up the environment and migrate databases from on premises to the two Azure options. Another presenter will be demonstrating how to setup a Domain Controller in Azure.
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A New Journey

Unbeknownst to most people, I resigned from my Account Technology Strategist (ATS) position at Microsoft Trinidad and Tobago in October. The job, just like everything in life, had its ups and downs. I was not able to focus on some of the technology that I wanted to but, at the same time, I was able to learn a lot from being on the other side of the wall and seeing the world from a different point of view. I was able to get a refresher on technologies that I stopped focusing on, such as System Center, and also learn first-hand about new products and programs. Another great benefit of the positon was the friends that I made in the local Microsoft office and in the IT community.

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M4 Technical Session: Evolving your Infrastructure

This Thursday, Microsoft Trinidad and Tobago team will be hosting their annual M4 event at the Hyatt Regency, Trinidad. This year they also have a separate technical session for the IT Professionals in the Caribbean starting at 1pm. See the invite below for more information and register here.
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Speaking for Windows 10 IT Pro Readiness

I will be presenting at the Powered by MVPS - Windows 10 IT Pro Readiness event on October 12th for the US/Canada region. This event will provide insights and guidance on Windows 10 Enterprise for the IT pro community. It consists of a series of free live webcasts delivered worldwide during the week of October 12th to 17th 2015.
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Finding Your Active O365 Usage

Your organisation owns a number of office 365 (O365) licenses but how do you know that they are being used and ensure you are getting value for your money? There are few reports available to the administrator but the one that will answer this question is the Licensing vs Active Usage.
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AzureCon and Azure Tour

AzureCon is a free, virtual event where experts from Microsoft and the community will present the latest in Azure innovation and easy-to-adopt solutions. This event has three (3) Keynotes, fifty (50) technical breakout sessions and live Q&A with Microsoft executives, Azure engineers and community members including:
Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise
• Jason Zander, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise
• Bill Staples, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise
Mark Russinovich, CTO, Microsoft Azure

Event details: September 29, 2015 9am - 5pm PST

The Azure Tour starts in Philadelphia and continues in eight (8) different cities around the world from October 2015 to March 2016. Each city will host a free, in-person, one-day technical training event that offers technical breakout sessions, hands-on experiences and full-day immersions. The tour site has more details.

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Announcing SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.3, Upgrade Advisor 2016 Preview 1.1 and Management Studio August Preview

The SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.3 release includes enhancements to the core SQL Server components and also addresses issues that were reported for CTP 2, CTP 2.1 and CTP 2.2. The full list of features and improvements can be found on SQL Server blog. Download CTP 2.3 here.

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Row-level Security Available for SQL Database

Earlier this week, Microsoft made Row-Level Security (RLS) available for SQL Database. This feature, which was released as a preview in January, allows the customer to control who has access to rows in their database table based on a user's characteristics such as identity, role and execution context.  The concept is similar to having  all the data is in one table and then using a query with predicates to decide what data is returned, the query doesn’t change only the values being used in the where clause changes.

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Dude, Where's my GUI - Windows Server 2012/R2

During one of my classes, a student encountered an issue with his virtual machine (VM) which was running Windows Server 2012. After attempting multiple solutions to fix the issue the VM restarted but all that came up was the command prompt, the Server Manager tool didn’t start, there was no task bar. Holy crap, we just lost our GUI!

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Clone Virtual Disk Image (VDI) as a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) file

Due to some laptop issues I needed to move some virtual machines (VM) to my replacement machine but this time I decided to run them on Hyper-V. Instead of trying to convert the disk image files to VHD I decided that having a VDI and VHD copy for future would be best. Virtual Box has a command-line interface called VBoxManage that allows you to clone the hard disk image using the clonehd command.

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