Free ebooks: Windows 10 IT Pro Essentials, Microsoft Azure Essentials and SharePoint Hybrid

Having taken a sabbatical over the summer I’m back and have a little bit of catching up to do! In my absence Microsoft Press have been busy this summer with a number of free ebooks which look like they will be really useful to the seasoned IT professional.

First up are a couple of Windows 10 books. Windows 10 IT Pro Essentials: Top 10 Tool, and Windows 10 IT Pro Essentials Support Secrets, both written by Ed Bott.

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Next up are a couple of Azure books, first we have Migrating SQL Server Databases to Azure, by Carl Rabeler. “This ebook, Microsoft Azure Essentials Migrating SQL Server Databases to Azure, introduces you to SQL Server in an Azure virtual machine and to Azure SQL Database, and walks you through getting started with each approach. It takes you from creating a SQL Server instance in a virtual machine or as a platform service to migrating an on-premises database into Azure and then to securing the data and the database in Azure.”

Then we have Microsoft Azure Essentials Fundamentals of Azure Second Edition by Michael Collier and Robin Shahan. “This book covers the fundamentals of Azure you need to start developing solutions right away. It concentrates on the features of the Azure platform that you are most likely to need to know rather than on every feature and service available on the platform. This book also provides several walkthroughs you can follow to learn how to create VMs and virtual networks, websites and storage accounts, and so on. In many cases, real-world tips are included to help you get the most out of your Azure experience.”

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Then there are a couple of SharePoint Hybrid books. Planning and Preparing for Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid by Jeremy Taylor, and Configuring Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid Capabilities by Jeremy Taylor, Neil Hodgkinson and Manas Biswas. “The first book is part of a series to provide readers from all over the world with a guide on to connect SharePoint on-premises to Microsoft’s cloud services. You will gain insight into planning, architecture, configuration, and management of SharePoint hybrid. This book covers foundational topics with which you will learn more about Office 365 and Microsoft Azure, architecture planning, platform hygiene and preparation, directory synchronization, and how to configure a seamless single sign-on experience for users.”

“The next book provides a deep dive on various SharePoint hybrid capabilities, how to configure them, and considerations to take into account. There is a perception that hybrid deployments are very complex; this book proves that wrong, especially with the highlight on hybrid scenarios picker which provides a few clicks configuration wizard.”

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Finally we have two books on unrelated topics. Introducing Microsoft Power BI by Alberto Ferrari and Marco Russo, and Microsoft System Center Data Protection for the Hybrid Cloud by Shreesh Dubey et al.

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Don’t forget all Microsoft ebooks can be found on the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA).

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3. How to resolve VMware Workstation “The network bridge on device ‘VMnet0’ is not running”

4. Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings

How to resolve VMware Workstation “The network bridge on device ‘VMnet0’ is not running”


So I turned on my test SBS 2011 server today to test out the latest Exchange Update Rollup and was greeted by an VM  that was hanging on startup. Looking into the issue more closely the virtual network adapter was disconnected and when I tried to select ‘connect’ I received the following error message:

The network bridge on device ‘VMnet0’ is not running. The virtual machine will not be able to communicate with the host or with other machines on your network. Failed to connect virtual device ‘Ethernet0’.

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Dell Server Update Utility SUU 16.04.00 released

Dell Server Update Utility

The latest version of Dell Server Update Utility (Dell SUU) 16.04.00 was released on the 11th April 2016. The Dell SUU is an application used to help patch Dell PowerEdge servers. It will compare currently installed drivers and firmware with those available on the mounted iso file.

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Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 13 released and installation tips

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It been a busy couple of months with two Exchange migrations, one from SBS 2008 to Exchange 2013 and another from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2016 so this post is a little late coming!

On 14th March Microsoft released the Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 13.

I installed Update Rollup 13 on my test SBS 2011 server this evening and it took just 9 minutes from start to finish, so I wouldn’t expect it to take much longer than this in production.

The new update was released today so please test before installing into your production environment. Maybe even wait a few days or a week or two to make sure the QA is up to scratch on it.

For migrations to Exchange 2016, Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 11 is the minimum version that will be supported in a coexistance environment.

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WatchGuard: How to resolve “Response denied by WatchGuard HTTP Proxy – Reason: header-line too large”


I’ve seen a couple of instances recently from two different customers where the WatchGuard HTTP Proxy has blocked websites from being accessed with the following message:

Response denied by WatchGuard HTTP Proxy
Reason: header-line too large=’Set-Cookie:
Please contact your administrator for assistance.
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Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings: How to configure virtual directories (Part 10)

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In part 10 of this mini-series, I’ll look at how to configure the virtual directories used by Exchange 2013. We’ll need to configure these to match the FQDNs we request on our SSL certificate.

It’s assumed that split-brain DNS will be setup for the configuration to work. The essenace of split-brain DNS is that your external domain name is also configured on your internal DNS servers, but the A records on the internal DNS server point to the internal IP address of the server whereas the domain name configured on your external DNS servers point to the external IP address of your server. So whether a client is internal or external the FQDN will always resolve to the correct IP address.

We’ll be configuring the following services:

  • Autodiscover
  • Exchange Admin  Center (ecp)
  • Outlook Web App (owa)
  • Exchange Web Services (EWS)
  • Active Sync
  • Offline Address Book (OAB)
  • Outlook Anywhere

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Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings: How to change the FQDN on the Default Frontend receive connector (Part 9)

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In part 9 of this mini-series, I’ll look at how to configure the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) of the Default Frontend receive connector in Exchange 2013.

Firstly a warning: Don’t modify the FQDN value on the default Receive connector Default that’s automatically created on Mailbox servers. If you have multiple Mailbox servers in your Exchange organization and you change the FQDN value on the Default Receive connector, internal mail flow between Mailbox servers fails.

In a single Mailbox server environment to change the Default Frontend receive connector FQDN follow the steps below.

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