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Monthly Archives: September 2015

  1. Patching Manually Installed Agents in SCOM 2012 R2

    Every time I discuss installing the System Center Operations Manager Agent, the question of whether or not to run setup.exe on the installation DVD always comes up.  But before you deploy a number of agents manually, it’s important to understand how the agent is patched.

    Here’s how the update works: a management server is updated, then the management server updates the Operations Manager agents. However, the management server will only update agents that were deployed from the management server.  Agents that were manually deployed have to be updated manually.

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  2. 3 Things to Know About Windows 10

    It's been a long time coming, and we're so excited to start delivering new Windows 10 training. Have you heard about some of the new features?

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  3. 4 Every Day Project Management Tips

    When most people think of project management, they think of big, complex undertakings like building a skyscraper or developing a software program.

    But the basics of this process can apply to any task with a start and end date.

    Using key concepts of project management, you can make your work and personal life run much more efficiently.

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  4. Picture Passwords



    Picture Passwords are a new feature added in Windows 8.  Many security experts consider it to be more secure than a traditional username and password.

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  5. Deciphering SIP Codes

    One of the fun subjects that we talk about throughout our Lync classes is understanding of SIP error codes and the troubleshooting part that goes along with it.

    A look at a TechNet article shows us the SipResponseMetaTable:    …which per the article was introduced with Lync 2013.

    I learned about the SIP protocol though deploying and configuring OCS (R1/R2) and Lync (2010/2013), so for me the number classification table was learned this way:

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  6. Why Spell-Check Won’t Make You A Better Writer

    Thanks to our digital age, written communication has become more and more prominent with emails and text messages being a prime source of connection among colleagues.

    But while technology has made it easier to communicate, it has also caused us to become lax about the quality of our writing.

    In business, being able to correctly and clearly communicate your ideas is imperative to success, and even small mistakes have the potential to be disastrous.

    I’m not just talking about missing commas and incorrect usages of the word ‘their.’

    If your email lacks clarity, it may have prospective clients questioning your competency.

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  7. Things That Might Surprise You About SQL Server Management Studio

    SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) has been around since SQL Server 2005 and is a surprisingly nice environment from which to manage SQL Server.  Of course it has its shortcomings and there are 3d party tools that supply either replacements or add-ins to it.  However, if you have not given it a through look over, it might be easy to ignore some of its best features, so I thought I would take you on a quick tour.  Everything I list here is for the version of SSMS that shipped with SQL 2012, but most of the items mentioned are available in any version.  So, let’s start with some basics and then move on to some more sophisticated things.

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