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Bootstrapping Windows Servers with AWS EC2

Posted by Buddy Brooks on Jun 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

When working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 instances, bootstrapping refers to using scripts provided at launch to configure new EC2 instances (servers). Concerning Windows servers, there are several considerations when determining the best method of bootstrapping. Bootstrap scripts can be applied directly from the management console, but we will be looking at a programmatic method of using bootstrapping scripts through the AWS CLI. There are many alternative choices. Many can be quite elaborate. This approach is one with very few dependencies. This scope of this blog covers creating a batch file that will run at the command prompt using the AWS CLI interface.
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Topics: DevOps, SharePoint, Windows, Infrastructure as Code, PowerShell, Architecture, Windows Server, AWS, Cloud Computing, Programming, Programmable Infrastructure

Outlook 2013 Connectivity Issues with Office 365 (HSRESULT:0x80040115)

Posted by Pirooz Javan on Jan 12, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Assessing the Problem 

For months, I have been battling connectivity issues with Exchange Online from home. My Outlook seems to function fine at work, on wifi tether, but when I get home, the connectivity is unstable. Some of the symptoms I've been seeing are:

  1. Message stuck in outbox
  2. Frequent Sync Errors
  3. No messages coming into inbox, then all of a sudden a stream of messages come in

Some of the sync errors I experienced look like: 

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Topics: Windows, PowerShell, Office 365, Outlook

Extending Active Directory & Integrating into SharePoint 2013 (Part 1)

Posted by Pirooz Javan on Oct 7, 2015 2:30:00 PM

If you've managed, administered, or developed on SharePoint, chances are at some point you've already encountered or resisted working with the User Profile Service (UPS) Application. There is no secret that UPS is one of the more complicated service applications available in SharePoint to configure, but is the effort worth the reward? I'm here to say yes. UPS has a lot to offer (beyond required for My Sites) and this blog will hopefully give you some insight into one use case for UPS that you can relate to. This blog will be a 3-part blog series broken down into the following sections:

  1. Extending Active Directory with Custom Attributes (the current post)
  2. Configuring ADFS 3.0 with SharePoint 2013
  3. Configuring User Profile Services to support Custom Attributes

Let's dive into the business scenario I was recently faced with and how we used UPS to address the challenge. 

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Topics: SharePoint, PowerShell

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