Load Balance a SharePoint 2013 Farm in Azure using KEMP

There are a lot of organisations out there like Toyota using SharePoint in Azure. KEMP are the first vendor to offer a layer 7 (application) load balancing product on Azure. I will be showing you how to Load Balance a SharePoint 2013 workload in Windows Azure using KEMP's Azure VLM. KEMP's VLM offers more features than the default Azure Load balancing solution. Please... Continue Reading →

PowerShell Script for SQL Firewall rules

As Netsh Firewall commands are now deprecated , I have written a PowerShell script for use with deploying SQL or accessing remote instances.   Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned  #Enabling SQL Server Ports New-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName “SQL Server” -Direction Inbound –Protocol TCP –LocalPort 1433 -Action allow New-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName “SQL Admin Connection” -Direction Inbound –Protocol TCP –LocalPort 1434 -Action allow... Continue Reading →

Troubles with Removing RD Connection Broker High Availability

I thought it would be a good Idea to include a post that provides information on the troubles caused by removing a RD Connection Broker Availability configuration. Once a RD Connection Broker HA configuration is installed, you cannot revert back to the windows internal Database with out decommissioning  the whole RDS configuration. When you add... Continue Reading →

Deploying RD Connection Broker High Availability in Windows Server 2012

Prerequisite Configuration Create a folder on the root directory of the SQL Server ("DB_path") "if a local path is used" (on the SQL Server). Ensure that all RDS servers are added to the Server pool. Before deploying a RD Connection broker HA configuration, Please see the following post: Troubles with Removing RD Connection Broker High Availability RDCB... Continue Reading →

Configure SQL for RDS 2012

Installing SQL for RDS 2012 - RD HA Mode For this example i am using SQL Express 2012 and a single instance. For more information on high available SQL Solutions please see the following link: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms190202.aspx  you can set a Service account, for this example i have used the defaults. Enter the User names that can... Continue Reading →

Deploying System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager

Data Protection Manager 2012 is part of Microsoft System Center 2012 Stack and is designed to help business's to manage their IT infrastructure. Data Protection Manager is a hybrid data replication and archival product that uses features found in common backup products to provide centralised management for Microsoft-based Servers/End-user workstations. Data Protection Manager Provides disk-to-disk, disk-to-tape, and disk-to-disk-to-cloud data... Continue Reading →

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