Service Manager 2012 R2 with SQL 2014

Microsoft announced support for SQL 2014 with Update Rollup 6 for System Center Service Manager 2012 R2. While working on a recent project, I wanted to explore the possibility of building a fresh instance of Service Manager 2012 R2 with SQL 2014. Since UR 6 update is not slipstreamed in to System Center Service Manager

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Continue to use Windows Server Technical Preview 1 (OCT 2014)

In this blog post we will look at how we can continue to use Windows Server Technical Preview and extend its expiry date till 1st OCT 2015. At the moment when we login to Server Technical Preview before applying the hotfix, we get following message (I have another blog post earlier regarding this https://nirmalt.com/2015/04/04/this-build-of-windows-will-expire-soon-windows-server-technical-preview/) Checking

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This Build of Windows will expire soon – (Windows Server Technical Preview)

UPDATE : Hotfix is now available and for more details please have a look at my blog https://nirmalt.com/2015/04/14/continue-to-use-windows-server-technical-preview-1-oct-2014 If you are running Windows Server Preview (Technical Preview 1 Released in 1st Oct 2014), you might have already realized that it’s set to expire on 15th April. While Microsoft is preparing to release Technical Preview 2 sometime

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Updating Configuration Manager Client Package with Client Agent Hotfixes

This is a quick post, to detail how we can install Configuration Manager client updates as a part of Client Deployment within Configuration Manager 2012 R2. There are multiple ways to achieve this task and the below explained method would be the easiest to configure. Problem: Due to multiple Cumulative updates for Configuration Manager 2012

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Windows 10 Preview–January Build Now Available (9926)

Microsoft has just released latest preview build for Windows 10 which is known as the January Build or Technical Preview 2. This release contains build version 9926. Latest build comes with Cortana and XBOX features which were demonstrated few days back at the Public event held by Microsoft. In order to obtain this build, you

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Cloud Witness in Windows Server vNext Technical Preview (2014-OCT)

In this blog post, we will look at configuring Cloud Witness, a new quorum option introduced in Windows Server vNext Technical Preview (OCT 2014 Release). Cloud witness was introduced as an option similar to a File Share Witness, but hosted on Azure without having to maintain any infrastructure within your datacenter. This allows us to

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Announcing Windows 10

Earlier today Microsoft announced Windows 10, next version of the client Operating System. Following the announcement today, Technical Preview to be available on 1st October (US Date & Time), which will be available for us later tonight or early tomorrow. Microsoft is also introducing Windows Insider Program, which allows a user to download Windows 10

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VMM 2012 R2 Error–Hardware Management error has occurred trying to contact server

In this blog post i will be discussing regarding an issue which i have faced recently on System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2. In one of my recent projects, I had to setup two VMM 2012 R2 instances to configure Azure Site Recovery, for a Datacenter Failover simulation. While installing VMM 2012 R2, I

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TECH2014 Houston Sessions by Cluster Team

Cluster Product group presented multiple sessions at TECH2014 which took place in Houston from 12th to 15th May 2014. please find below list of sessions which were presented at the event. 1) DCIM-B354 Failover Clustering: What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 2) DCIM-B364 Step-by-Step to Deploying Microsoft SQL Server 2014 with Cluster Shared Volumes

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Updated Windows Server / Windows Client Media Now Available

Microsoft has released updated Media files containing Windows Server 2012 R2 / Windows 8.1 Client Update on Volume License Service Center. This new media kit is recommended to be used for any future deployments since it contains all security fixes since RTM. Updated ISO files can be obtained from following sources MSDN (For Evaluation) TECHNET

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