VMware – Working with Snapshots (orphaned, broken VMDK descriptor file etc.)

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Snapshots created via API (NetApp SMVI, Equallogic’s Auto-Snapshot Manager/VMware Edition, VMware VCB or VDR) occasionally get stuck. If you find an orphaned snapshot (ie – it is not listed in the snapshot manager but you can’t change the size of a vmdk / the provisioned size grayed out, or you happen to notice a -delta file where there shouldn’t be one or your scheduled monitoring tasks report an issue here are some potential fixes. Logo_VMware

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Send text messages directly from any e-mail program (Outlook, Thunderbird..)

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eSMS by Dolphin Systems allows you to send and receive text messages from any e-mail program.
You must have a Swisscom mobile phone number for using eSMS.

Ready for immediate use

Before you can use eSMS, you have to register via text message; follow the relevant user manual for this. You can then use eSMS immediately.

Billing directly on your mobile phone

The billing of SMS messages is done via the mobile phone bill or prepaid credit from the mobile number given at registration. The costs per SMS (160 characters) is CHF 0.20.

The advantages

  • Very easy setup

  • Send and receive SMS

  • Direct answers back

  • Contacts from Outlook adress book

  • Preview of the transmission order

  • Delayed transmission

Very easy to use

pdfeSMS Manual for MS Outlook 2010

pdfeSMS Manual for MS Outlook 2007

For users of MS Outlook 2003 and other e-mail programs:

pdfeSMS Manual for all e-mail programs

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Release Preview

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Release Preview enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server 2012 from a remote computer that is running Windows 8 Release Preview.

Overview

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Release Preview includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers, and command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server 2012. In limited cases, the tools can be used to manage roles and features that are running on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008. Some of the tools work for managing roles and features on Windows Server 2003.

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Use PowerShell to Back Up System State Prior to Making Changes

Did you know you can use PowerShell to back up the system state?

Understanding the Computer Restore cmdlets

One of the easiest ways to ensure system reliability is to create a restore point prior to making potentially damaging changes. In this way, if a problem arises, it is rather simple to roll back the changes. In Windows PowerShell, the easy way to create a restore point is to use the Windows PowerShell cmdlets. These cmdlets require administrator rights (due to access to protected registry keys and other vital configuration files). Therefore, you need to right-click the Windows PowerShell icon and select Run As Administrator from the Action menu. Keep in mind that these cmdlets only work on client systems later than Windows XP. These cmdlets do not work on server versions of the operating system.

 

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Business Intelligence in SharePoint Server 2010

Business intelligence is the delivery of accurate, useful information to the appropriate
decision makers within the necessary timeframe to support effective decision
making. Microsoft SQL Server 2005, 2008 and 2008 R2 provides a storage and
management foundation for business data, and a set of reporting and analysis tools.
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 provides controlled access to, and analysis of,
business data, and the ability to leverage data to make better business decisions.

The business intelligence tools you use depend on the specific problems you
are trying to solve.
Your daily business activities have associated information and
insights that emerge in three main areas of business intelligence: personal, team,
and organizational. There will be overlap across these areas.

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Office 365–Change the password expiration policy

The default password expiration policy of Office 365 is set to 90 days. That means that users have to change their password every 90 days. I think basically this is a good and secure policy but on the other side, it can be annoying and maybe your company has an other security policy or for some other reason you have to deactivate/change this.
We can change this setting through PowerShell with the Microsoft Online PowerShell Module.

 

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