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leejghardy has written 31 posts for Lee J G Hardy

Setup Azure Powershell

A great reference for setting up Azure Powershell and connecting to your subscription is available here

Azure: Upload and Download VHDs

With Microsoft Azure Powershell you have the ability to upload and download VHD files between on premise and Azure. Please note that at the time of writing, only the VHD format is supported. First you need to ensure you have Azure Powershell installed, there is a great guide you can follow here After you’re connected … Continue reading

Enabling features on Windows Server 2012 R2

When I was trying to enable the .Net Framework 3.5 Features from server manager, I received the prompt “Do you need to specify an alternate source path? One or more installation selections are missing source files on the destination…” I did the usual and clicked “Specify an alternate source path”, pointing to the installation media where … Continue reading

Optimise and maintain Dynamics CRM 2011 performance

I came across this document online from Microsoft which I thought would be good to share, relating to performance optimisation of a Dynamics CRM infrastructure. It covers a quite a few area’s such as managing the SQL and IIS servers to WAN acceleration. You can download it from Microsoft here Alternatively, if the link above … Continue reading

Dynamics CRM for Outlook trusted sites error

I have been working with one of our developers to install the Dynamics CRM 2011 client for Outlook (Rollup 13). We were having quite a few issues getting this to work including the ribbon not loading, and when clicking contact details and other links to open in a new windows we were getting the error … Continue reading

Patch SharePoint 2010 RTM to SP2 with latest CU

I was tasked with upgrading our SharePoint 2010 farm from RTM to the latest Cumulative Update (April 2014) to ease our migration to SharePoint 2013. I’d never really touched SharePoint before, so was quite unsure of the steps. After reading some contradicting articles online, here’s the steps I followed to successfully get to the April … Continue reading

SharePoint My Site “An unexpected error has occurred” after installing Cumulative Update

After installing the April 2014 Cumulative Update on our SharePoint 2010 farm (updating from Service Pack 2), when browsing to My Site we got the error “An unexpected error has occurred” Error presented when My Site loads Looking in the Windows event logs on the farm servers provided no information on this error, however looking … Continue reading

Reset SQL SA account password

Don’t know the SA password for your SQL server instance? Here are a few ways that you can reset the SQL SA account password should you ever need to. Both methods focus on getting a command window running as the SYSTEM account, and then launching SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) from this window. This will … Continue reading

Windows Server Backup Failed Recovery

I was trying to recover a Hyper-V server from a volume/system state backup created by Microsoft DPM 2010 using Windows Server Backup (WSB) on a new Windows Server 2012 R2 host, as part of a Disaster Recovery project. In the following post I use MYSERVER to replace the actual server name. DPM had backed up … Continue reading

Free online training at Microsoft Virtual Academy

I came across the Microsoft Virtual Academy a few days ago, and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of free educational material on offer there. I thought I’d share it here for anyone who isn’t aware of it, I’d say its definitely worth taking a look at. And there’s also free Microsoft Press ebooks you … Continue reading