15 12 2015

A very interesting post that discusses what continuous improvement is all about: Do it faster, better, make an impact … or fail fast, and move on! (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalmrangers/archive/2015/12/14/do-it-faster-better-make-an-impact-or-fail-fast-and-move-on.aspx).



SP2016 documentation

22 09 2015

Some interesting content available regarding SP 2016:

Get up and running quickly with SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview with the new Quick Start Guide > http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=4871….

Learn more about SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview with the new Datasheet >

Learn more about SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview with the new Reviewer’s Guide >

DevOps Demos series: cFileShare module

2 02 2015

The cFileShare module is a part of the ALM Ranger DevOps solutions (vsardevops.codeplex.com), which consists of code as config guidance, quick reference posters and supporting resources.

cFileShare module contains the cCreateFileShare and cSetSharePermissions resources. These DSC Resources allow configuration of a node’s file share and share permission Rules.

Demo #1: cFileShare – get it, install it and run test cases

In this demo you will learn how to get, install and run the test cases for the cFileShare module. You can find the recording here: https://vsardevops.codeplex.com/downloads/get/1423663..


Get it

As mentioned previously, cFileShare module is part of the DevOps initiative, which can be found in clodeplex (vsardevops.codeplex.com). For this demo, you will need to grab the full package named “Rangers_vsarDsc_Everything.zip”:

  • Click on Downloads


  • Click on the link “zip


  • Save the file in your system

Install it

After downloading the “Rangers_vsarDsc_everything.zip” package execute the following steps:

  • Unzip it into a folder in order to access its content. The cFileShare resource is located in the <zip root>\Walkthrough – File Server and Share Custom Resource.zip\Walkthrough – File Server and Share Custom Resource\


  • Copying the cFileShare folder to $env:ProgramFiles\WindowsPowerShell\Modules
  • Check if module is being correctly recognized by running Get-Module –ListAvailable


  • Check if DSC resources have been correctly imported


Run test cases

After the installation procedure, unit tests will be located at $env:ProgramFiles\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\cFileShare\Unit Tests\. In order to execute them, execute the following steps:

Create File Share

  • Open a powershell console with elevated priveledges
  • Change to the Unit Tests folder

cd -d “$env:ProgramFiles\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\cFileShare\Unit Tests\”

  • Create the base test folder

md c:\test

  • Execute VSAR_cCreateFileShare_UnitTests.ps1 script

Assign permissions

  • Edit the file ps1
  • In the configuration area, adjust to your reality. In the demo user1 and user2 have been previously created as local accounts on the machine where the test is being executed:
    • #Variable Declarations
    • $ShareName = “TestShare”
    • $Users = @(“[domain]\[user1]”, “[domain]\[user2]”)
    • $Path = “C:\Test”
    • $User1 = “[domain]\[user1]”
    • $User2 = “[domain]\[user2]”
  • Open a powershell console with elevated priveledges
  • Change to the Unit Tests folder

cd -d “$env:ProgramFiles\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\cFileShare\Unit Tests\”

  • Create the base test folder (if not created previously)

md c:\test

  • Execute ps1 script

8 04 2014

SharePoint Online announces 1TB site collections and unlimited tenant storage scale: http://blogs.office.com/2014/03/14/sharepoint-online-announces-1tb-site-collections-and-unlimited-tenant-storage-scale/

VSTS Rangers shipped BRDLite on codeplex

21 02 2013

The Build Release and Deploy (BRD) Lite is a set of build process reference templates that allows you to quickly setup a real-world build process in your environment. It leverages extensions from Community TFS Build Extensions, which provide capabilities for your Team Foundation builds such as automatic compile, build version number customization, build packaging, code signing, basic deployment functionality, and environment configuration file management into your Team Foundation builds.

The “Lite” comes from a build template that you or your Build administrators can use “out of the box” for most scenarios. Of course, you can always customize and extend as needed.



Project landing page: BRDLite on Codeplex

Read more here: Rangers blog.

Sharepoint 2013 grab bag (capabilities and features)

18 01 2013

When a new wave comes along, I usually scout for all the information I can get my hands on. learning from others is a great source, especially in a great community as Sharepoint has built up (quite frankly one of the most share willing community I have ever met). Going forward i came upon a very interesting technet page that contains an interesting collection of information, from an overview of the new version of Sharepoint, to the recommended migration process. You can find the page at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/fp142374.aspx.

MS has heard the field and produced a much better documentation for 2013 than in previous versions, so in short, go read it! 🙂

Have a great weekend!

2012 in review

16 01 2013

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

The numbers reflect the low activity of a highly defying year. Recovery mode on 🙂

Just for fun, here is the automated report:

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 15,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.