What is Azure Stack

Watch this…to understand what Azure Stack is and is not…great job by @jsnover https://youtu.be/qLIzMwgY_Cw


Spring is coming and so are changes…

I’m really fired up about an exciting change in my career and the opportunities and challenges ahead. I’ve been lucky to have worked with an amazing group over the past 19 months as we re-orged, renamed, went through acquisition transition, and re-orged again…all while maintaining focus and productivity as a group. #DoYourJob definitely applied! However, just before Christmas, an opportunity came up to join a new team, around a new product, that was just starting up. Like all of my past teams, there was a great leader already in place, and the chance to work on something new was too hard to not try for.

“Try”, what do I mean by that? Well, it wasn’t a given that I’d be a fit for the role. A good match for sure, which got my name in the hat, however, building a team is a process of looking at the individual pieces to see if they fit together. So after several interviews, and a hastily thrown together PPT to show my understanding of the platform and keys to its success, I waited. It was a tough few weeks of waiting, and HR could certainly use a little Agile added to their process. A call finally came from HR, to make sure I was eligible for the position, and then emails with the typical ‘fill out the form’ links, however there was still no ‘Congrats, you’re in’ call or email. Then a few weeks later an automated message to fill out a form, followed by a call from the Team Leader that I’d been hoping for!

So this week my next new adventure starts as part of Dell EMC’s Microsoft Hybrid Cloud Team, in the role of Applications Architect for Azure Stack, and I couldn’t be more excited! I’m looking forward to the opportunity to meet and work with an amazing group, and the challenges of getting something new off the Launchpad. I use the word Launchpad emphatically, as given what I have learned of the Roadmap, I’ve agreed to strap myself to a rocket! 🚀


Love this GIF? Check out Joe Ski on Dribble!

Windows Server 2012 R2 VMs and the Network Location wizard

With Win2012 R2 VMs deployed with vCloud Director there was the annoyance of having the Network Location Wizard popup on 1st Login, asking to discover new networks. Answer ‘Yes’ and things were fine, answer ‘No’, and *BAM* not RDP.

Screen Shot 2015-04-01 at 10.24.37 PM

A quick search points to a TechNet article for turning this off for Windows 2008 R2 and Windows Server 7 for all users or current user. As there maybe multiple users logging in I wanted the ‘all users’ option, which called for the following steps:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.

    Registry Editor opens.

  3. In Registry Editor, click Edit, click New, and then click Key.
  4. Type the following registry entry:


1st things first, there’s no Start in Windows 2012 R2. OK, you can just open a cmd window and type in regedit, that’s not a problem. Once in regedit I tried steps 3 & 4 and was greeted by:

Screen Shot 2015-04-01 at 10.36.29 PM


I next tried just drilling down to the location specified and was of course able to create a key there as there were no “\” in the name.

#Success, right?

I thought so, and went about a reboot, clean shutdown, adding it back to the Catalog, and then deploying back to ‘My Cloud’. Guess what I saw on my 1st Login?


Now what? I went back to my search and checked a few other sites and most of them pointed me back to the same TechNet page or something similar. There were a few pointers to Forums that wanted me to download a Reg Key, umm, that would be ‘No’. I did find something that looked promising here, that looked interesting.

Just using a simple ‘reg add HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Network\NewNetworkWindowOff’

It was the same desired result the TechNet article alluded to, but Windows being Windows, I thought giving this method a try was worth the time, the little it would take to open cmd and paste that puppy straight in.

Turns out that it did the trick, after the reboot, shutdown, add to catalog, and add to ‘My Cloud’ shuffle I’ve not seen the Network Location wizard again…back to OZ/Redmond with you sir!

Joint EMC Isilon/Syncplicity File Share Solution

Dave Henry has a great post on the EMC announcement on Isilon/Syncplicity File Share/Sync offering.

I know I’ve run into “the wall” around file sharing/access across devices and look forward to being able to access files when and where I need them!

Checkout the post over on GeekFluent.

Here’s the EMC announcement, and I should mention there is the option of using EMC Atmos in place of Isilon, so that opens things up to a bigger audience: EMC Online File Sharing Solutions.