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August 22
ULS Viewer is Back From the Dead!

It was a sad day when the original MSDN ULS Viewer was discontinued. There was much weeping at the Klindt household when the news broke. Fortunately I found a backup copy. I put it on a USB stick and buried it in my backyard for safe keeping, next to the coffee can with my Honus Wagner baseball card in it. I also put a copy in The Cloud, whatever that is. There was still an open spot in my heart though. Smile

Then today I was putzing around the Internet, looking for some cat videos and discount pharmaceuticals when I saw one of the happiest headlines I’ve ever seen on the Internet, “ULS Viewing Like a Boss (ULS Viewer is now available)

First, I was in denial. I wouldn’t let myself believe it. I was worried it was an old blog post bubbling up some how. Then I was worried that maybe it was just a mean joke from Bill. He’s like that, you know. But I clicked it, then I clicked the Download Link, then I downloaded it, and it actually worked! Hallelujah!

So run, don’t walk, to your nearest web browser and go Bill Baer’s blog post and download the new and improved ULS Viewer. It has some bug fixes and it  has some new features, like some fancy command line parameters, and easier support for monitoring multiple servers. All the while maintaining the same charm and panache as the original version.

This time around the ULS Viewer looks a little more legit, so hopefully we don’t have to worry about it disappearing in the middle of the night like a deadbeat relative that owes you money, like it did last time. If you’re smart though, you’ll bury it in your backyard like I did.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/ulsviewer

August 22
Netcast 211 - Patch Ninja Achievement Unlocked

Another Netcast, another video failure. *sigh* When my video recording software wasn't crashing I talked about why I was gone last week. I also talk about some cool Windows Phone stuff coming down the pike, and how patching both SharePoint and Windows has gotten really complicated in the last month. Then I talk about hacking Shane's car. Please don't tell him.
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Running Time: 49:31

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  1. 08:00 - Guitar camp
  2. 16:25 - Offline maps with Here Maps
  3. 18:21 - Windows Phone update
  4. 24:51 - August 2014 CUs are out for SharePoint
  5. 31:52 - August Windows 8.1 yanked
  6. 33:00 - Community-supplied Fix for August Blue Screens
  7. 35:31 - Windows Threshold technical preview expected late September
  8. 36:50 - OBD Auto Doctor is a must-have Windows Phone app for any DIY auto enthusiast
  9. 38:15 - ODB Reader
  10. 40:25 – Shameless Self-Promotion

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August 18
Netcast 210 - Cloudy Things

Once again, Shane steals my show away from me and the wheels fall right off. He talks about his tablet and his phone and boring stuff like patches and encryption. Then he chats about how cool Internet Explorer is and how to hack his car. He also breaks the news to us that to use Internet services it takes Internet bandwidth.

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Running Time: 28:09

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04:05 - Shane's Surface Pro 3 is fancy and cool
09:31 - I want Nokia Cyan to come out for my 1020
10:43 - Microsoft is the leader in Gartners Magic Quadrant for Unified communications
11:54 - Running your public website on SharePoint? Time to consider encryption
13:51 - Update to Windows 8.1 tomorrow as part of patch Tuesday
15:50 - Only a year half more of a million versions of IE
17:20 - Couple this with last week's change in behavior around out-of-date Active X controllers being blocked
20:35 - Plan for Internet bandwidth usage for Office 365
22:32 - OBD Auto Doctor is a must-have Windows Phone app for any DIY auto enthusiast
24:46 – Shameless Todd-Promotion
26:38 - SharePoint Power Hour

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August 11
Netcast 209 - Kitten Juggling Ring

Tonight's Netcast is all over the board, in a good way. I start off giving my opinions on luck vs. hard work with a funny video I saw on the Internet. Then I follow up with some more technical, but less entertaining talk about URL rewriting and SharePoint Search performance. I follow it up by showing off what's new in the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1. Overall, not the worst work I've done.

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Running Time: 40:58

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03:47 - Luck vs. Hard work video
07:58 - 10 URL Rewriting Tips and Tricks (URL at 11:41)
10:44 - Using 301 Redirect URL Rewrite module to Redirect SharePoint urls
27:32 - Removing unwanted user related search results for SharePoint 2013 websites
30:38 - Update for Windows Phone 8.1 is rolling out

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August 03
Netcast 208 - Keeping Australian Housewives Happy

After my very successful tour of the Southern Hemisphere I get back in my squeaky chair and record another Netcast. I start out by regaling everyone with the tales of my trip including some Netcast viewers that I got to meet. Then I talk about how CUs come out once a month and how that's a good thing. Next I talk about when a SQL Service Pack isn't really a Service Pack. Then I breeze through some other topics like a Windows Phone update, a FitBit app for Windows Phone, how to share tabs between devices, and how to use PowerShell with SharePoint even if you're not on the SharePoint server.

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Running Time: 39:08

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20:27 - Double Your Cumulative Update Fun, SharePoint CUs Are Now Monthly!
24:14 - Problems installing SQL Server 2012 R2 SP2
30:45 - Project Siena
33:58 - Windows phone Live Lock screen app
35:52 - Official Fitbit app for Windows Phone 8

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July 31
Netcast 207 - Stay-Cation

Shane takes over the Netcast again in my absence. He rambles on and on about how great I am and how much he respects and adores me. Then he talks about all the fun he had at WPC and how it's just not as much fun without me there. And speaking of conferences Shane talks about how Microsoft is consolidating all their IT Pro conferences into one big conference next year. Finally he talks about some new Cloud offerings from Microsoft and just what "Cloud" means. While it's not as good as a Netcast from me, it's better than no Netcast at all.

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Running Time: 20:36

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07:04 - Microsoft Unified Commercial Conference

08:40 - Thanks to John Engates

10:16 - Post from Bill Baer

10:20 - Azure Preview Portal - Set up SharePoint 2013 HA Farm:

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July 11
Making Clouds with PowerShell

While SharePoint is my main love, recently I’ve been dabbling in virtualization and making clouds. You can’t work at a big hosting company like Rackspace without getting a little cloud-curious and I was no exception. For the last year or so in my spare time I’ve been playing with setting up clouds, managing clouds, automating clouds, etc. My cloud weapon of choice has been the combination of Hyper-V, System Center, and the Windows Azure Pack (WAP). Having worked with Microsoft products for the last 20 years, it was an easy fit. Being the incredibly efficient (some call it “lazy,” I just don’t see that) guy that I am, the PowerShell integration has been one of my favorite parts. Especially once you see what it takes to get all of System Center and WAP installed and configured. It makes installing a SharePoint farm look like a carriage ride through a park.

Since I’m a little late to the game, smarter people than me have already seen this gap and filled it. Specifically Rob Willis at Microsoft wrote a tool called the PowerShell Deployment Toolkit (PDT) to automate all of this. It’s flat out amazing. For the last year or so I’ve been playing with the PDT and I’m constantly impressed by it.

Recently, one of my coworkers, Andre Stephens, and I wrote a short write-up about how we’re using the PDT to install large System Center deployments at Rackspace. You can read Provisioning a Microsoft Private Cloud with PDT at the Rackspace Developer blog.

You’ll probably be seeing a lot more posts from me about this kind of stuff. It’s been a lot of fun and I just can’t help myself sharing when I play with cool technology.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/UsePDT

July 10
Double Your Cumulative Update Fun, SharePoint CUs Are Now Monthly!

If you’re like me, you look forward to all the even numbered months. Not just because of Valentine’s Day and my dad’s birthday, but because that’s when our beloved SharePoint gets its new Cumulative Updates. The odd numbered months just don’t feel like as much fun in comparison. I felt bad for them.

Until today… (well, yesterday)

I was surprised two days ago when SharePoint 2013 got a July CU. July? That’s an odd month, this makes no sense! This changes everything. Is water still wet? Is the sky still blue? I can’t keep up!

Yesterday Microsoft announced that SharePoint on-premises, both 2010 and 2013, will start getting monthly CUs. That’s going to be a lot to keep track of, but I think I’m up to it. I will still maintain my SharePoint 2010 Builds page and my SharePoint 2013 Builds page. My guidance on CUs hasn’t changed. You shouldn’t install a CU unless it contains a fix that you need. And if you talk yourself into installing a CU, install it in a test environment first to see if it breaks anything. I maintain a wiki with a page for every patch. As soon as I know about a problem with a patch I’ll record it there. If you do find a problem with a patch, let me know and I’ll add it.

At first blush, I think this is a good thing. Like SharePoint Online, Microsoft seems committed to updating SharePoint on-prem at a rapid pace. The good news with on-prem SharePoint is that we get to choose whether the patches get installed or not. Seems like the best of both worlds to me.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/CUsRMonthly

July 09
Netcast 206 - Tomfoolery

In tonight's Netcast we cover more Service Pack 1 shenanigans and I talk about how you can keep up to date with the changes I make to my patch pages. We also talk about using PowerShell with SharePoint Online, and how you can get your digital library chock full of meaty Microsoft books without breaking any state or federal laws.

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Running Time: 38:01

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05:23 - MVP Award
08:40 - TechSmith
09:54 - VMWare
14:41 - How to tell which Service Pack 1 you have installed on SharePoint 2013
23:39 - Find out when my web pages change
25:22 - http://www.changedetection.com
27:37 - http://media.toddklindt.com/Netcast
28:42 - SharePoint Online PowerShell
33:00 - Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks ever

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July 03
Netcast 205 - Cacophony of Kludge

It's good to be back in the studio. This week's Netcast starts fast and keeps up that pace. I talk about the ShareThePoint Conference I'll be attending in Australia and New Zealand, and how some lucky listener can win a free pass. Then I cover a Distributed Cache problem I read about, and also how the April 2014 CU for SharePoint 2013 fixes an annoying bug where SharePoint ignores custom error pages. Then I talk about SQL a little bit. I link to a script you can use to generate some tables, and I talk about why you would install SQL Management Studio on your SharePoint server. I finish up with an Office365 authentication post, why Firefox hates SharePoint, and why you shouldn't use a dollar sign in an account name. My last story is about a Kickstarter project for a dock for the Dell Venue 8 Pro.

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08:04 - Win a free pass to ShareThePoint Conference
16:23 - Exception 'Microsoft.ApplicationServer.Caching.DataCacheException: ErrorCode<ERRCA0017>:
19:46 - SharePoint 2013 is not using my Custom Error Page
21:54 - SharePoint 2013 Build Numbers
23:32 - https://twitter.com/sp2013Patches
24:00 - Put SQL Management Studio on SharePoint box (from Netcast 77)
28:20 - Simple SQL Server script to create a database and generate activity for a demo
29:55 - Firefox 30 breaks SharePoint on non-Windows machines
34:00 - Choosing a sign-in model for Office 365
35:55 - Do not use service account names that contain the symbol $
36:35 - Service Account Suggestions for SharePoint 2013
37:55 - Plugable launches Dell Venue 8 Pro charger Kickstarter project

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