Microsoft Ignite 2016 Cancelled ?

Woke up this morning to see my twitter feed full of stories saying Ignite has been cancelled in 2016 Source. Whilst I wasn’t its greatest fan of the venue I do hope this is just a rumour mill. Maybe I cursed it yesterday when a client asked if there was going to be a TechEd Europe next year, I’m hoping this maybe what they are doing and going to back to the drawing board with smaller regional events.

If you are a UK Business or Microsoft Partner there are now only limited tickets to FutureDecoded on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th November. 


Office Mix

Stumbled across this little gem today, it’s a free add in to Microsoft PowerPoint 2013+ which allows you to create and host interactive online presentations.   Easily embed the presentations on company blogs, websites, and social media.

Best bit its totally FREE, I’m guessing they may start shouting about this feature goes out of customer preview at a later date.

Key features:

  • Voice and Video
  • Digital Ink for annotations on your slides
  • Polls and Interactive Applications
  • Insight and Analytics into viewers of the content
  • Playback on ANY Device


But I Instantly thought of one of my education customers who are at the forefront of Technology in Education and how this could help them.  Now the analytics item stands out for me and this education customer, they will be able to see which student has viewed the presentation.  Even see how long they spent on a slide, so if a student was struggling with a particular question the teacher would be able to tell.  They can also see if a student quit the presentation early and at what point.

Take a look here

DPM 2012 – Drives Invalid

Had an odd one with a customer today, where some volumes within the DPM server had gone into an “INVALID” state and you couldn’t reactivate the disk.  Rebooted and yet more drives went offline, gone from 80 volumes to 57 working.  So lets give you a run down of the environment:

DPM 2012 R2 running as a Virtual Machine with 80x 1TB Volumes on a Scale out File Server (SOFS) with De-Dupe (works a dream by the way 84% dedupe rate).

So after some desperate googling came across something similar which mainly related to SAN volumes.  Thanks to Peter Zerger over at System Center Central for this one.

SAN policy was been introduced in Windows Server 2008 to protect shared disks accessed by multiple servers. The first time the server sees the disk, it will be offline, but after being brought online once, should be online even after reboot.You can change the San Policy setting to OnlineAllsetting to get around this, but it must be very clear that if the disks are shared among servers, this can lead to data corruption. Users are encouraged to use the proper SAN policy to protect data.

However, the VHD file in a highly available VM is not a shared disk in the same fashion, so in this case it should be safe. To avoid the issue newly deployed virtual machines, you’ll need to implement the fix in the VM before you sysprep the OS (create a template). You can check the current setting of the San policy using the DISKPART utility as follows:



SAN Policy : Offline Shared

The Fix

The fix is to use the DISKPART utility is to make a SAN policy change within the VM that is running DPM. The steps are once in DISKPART:

DISKPART> san policy=OnlineAll

DiskPart successfully changed the SAN policy for the current operating system.”

After this you should be able to bring your drives back on after a reboot.