Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014 (MSPress)

20 02 2015

There is no such thing as enough information. 🙂

Just found this one out and looks very interesting:

Check it out!


Evolution of SharePoint

6 02 2015

Julia White from the Office 365 Team released a post on the Office Blogs regarding the futures of Sharepoint. An interesting insight to keep in mind now that a new version of Sharepoint is coming up.


MS User voice

5 02 2015

It is just what it sounds: a place where the end users can shout to the product group with feedback on products.
The product group teams DO READ and consider the expressed opinions. Trust me, I know!

You can search and read the already existing ideas, vote on them (up or down!) and add new ones if you feel nobody has already picked the topic.

Take a look and be a part of the product shaping process.

Don’t stand-by!


My favourite ones:

A bigger list has been shared in a great post by Darrell C Webster in his Curah! blog  here.

Bring the products closer to your needs!

DevOps Demos series: cFileShare module

2 02 2015

The cFileShare module is a part of the ALM Ranger DevOps solutions (, 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:


Get it

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

  • Click on Downloads


  • Click on the link “zip


  • Save the file in your system

Install it

After downloading the “” 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\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:

Now Available: BK’s Visual Studio 2013 RTM ALM Virtual Machine + Hands-on-Labs & Demo Scripts

27 11 2013

Brian Keller has just published his new dev VM.

This virtual machine replaces the previous Visual Studio 2013 ALM virtual machine which was based on Preview bits. This is a publicly downloadable set of content, so you may feel free to share this with your customers, partners, etc. It’s designed to be both a tool for demonstrating our ALM story and as a self-paced training environment for learning how to use our ALM tools.

This virtual machine is configured with:
• Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Standard Evaluation
• Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate 2013
• Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013
• Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)
• Microsoft Visio Professional 2013
• Microsoft Release Management for Visual Studio 2013
• Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Standard
• Sample users and data required to support hands-on-lab scripts which accompany this download and exercise 4 new ALM scenarios.

Public URL:


TF30063: You are not authorized to access …

9 08 2013

When working with more than one account, you frequently get an error trying to connect to a TFS server. This happens both in the on premises or int the TFSPREVIEW.COM service. The most painful process, suggests you clear all your ached credentials, but this is a real pain, and you’ll have to do it every time you change the server/project that requires a different account.

Searching for a solution, I found this great/simple/elegant post ( with my favorite solution for the problem:

  • open a browser window inside the Visual studio (View->Other Windows->Web Browser; Ctrl+W, W (or Ctrl+Alt+R in VS2012))
  • access the server URL
  • logout from the erroneous account
  • now connect to the server again and inser your correct credentials


Your done!