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Read-Only User Role Introduced in OMS Log Analytics

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016


Today  OMS PG introduced read-only” user role in OMS Log Analytics.

Users marked as read-only will not be able to:

1. Add\remove solutions (solution gallery hidden)
2. Add\modify\remove ‘My Dashboards’
3. Setting page is hidden
4. In the Search view, PowerBI configuration, Saved Searches and Alerts tabs are hidden

Update Rollup 8 for System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager is now available

Thursday, October 29th, 2015


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Issues that are fixed in this update rollup


Data Protection Manager
  • The DPM Agent crashes intermittently during a backup.
  • If you are trying to recover data from an imported tape, DPM may crash with a "Connection to the DPM service has been lost" error.
  • If you try to back up a SharePoint site that uses SQL Always On as a content database, SQL logs are not truncated as expected.
  • You cannot verify tape library compatibility for tapes that use RSMCompatmode settings such as IBM 35xx, 2900, and so on.
  • If you have multiple SharePoint farms hosted on the same SQL cluster with different instances but the same database names, DPM cannot back up the correct SharePoint farm content.
  • If you run Update Rollup 7 for Data Protection Manager 2012 R2, and you have already configured online protection for one or more protection groups, trying to change the protection group populates the default DPM settings for the "Select long-term goals" wizard instead of the previous configured values.
  • When you try to protect a SQL failover cluster, the Data Protection Manager UI crashes for every backup or synchronization operation.
  • If you install Update Rollup 7 for Data Protection Manager 2012 R2, self-service recovery for SQL databases may not work, and you receive the following error message:
    Error message

Why Voyager Legend from Plantronics

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015


As I am always in the road and using Skype for business on daily basis . It is important to rely on a robust and high quality headset I choose  Voyager Legend from Plantronics this is why most of the IT professional choose Voyager Legend .

Simply Intuitive

Smart sensor technology reacts when you put the headset on, letting you quickly take a call without a click. If you’re already wearing it, Voyager Legend announces who’s calling and waits for you to say "Answer" or "Ignore." Simply tap the voice command button and ask to check battery level, connection status, and more. With technology this nimble, Voyager Legend is the first truly intelligent Bluetooth® headset

Moisture Protection

You can rely on the Voyager Legend to work as hard as you do, through rain, sweat and the inevitable coffee spill. Voyager Legend headsets are protected against sweat and moisture damage by P2i technology. The nano-coating is applied during the manufacturing process, resulting in invisible liquid repellent properties that also makes the headset more reliable, wherever your busy life takes you.

Smart Call Routing

Intuitively directs calls to your phone or headset, pauses music for incoming calls, and allows you to automatically answer by simply placing the headset on your ear.

Precision Audio

Multi-microphones optimize your voice and minimize noise caused by wind, movement, and background sounds.

Call Announce & Voice Commands

Announces incoming caller’s name and lets you say "answer" to accept the call or "ignore" to decline. Just say "answer" to take a call. Tap the voice button to check battery level, connection status, or dial Vocalyst to hear emails, newsfeeds, and more.

WSUS 2012 R2 Post Install failure

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

I was trying to install WSUS on a 2012 R2 server and kept failing with the following error : Fatal Error: The system cannot find the path specified.

First I thought it is complaining because it cant access the folder content location, them I found that It can create the folder successfully , same for  the Database server it was able to create the registry entry for the database server.

when I verified the logs located at C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Temp\2 I found the in the logs that it fails during the IIS Configuration, however the WSUS server is already created and bound  to correct port (in my case 8531, and 8530). image

On that server I had deleted the default web site with ID 1, as I never use the default site , so I thought it might WSUS requires the default site for the initial setup . Once I had recreated the site  I was able to successfully complete the Post installation


New in Windows Azure (VM Security Extensions)

Thursday, June 26th, 2014


During TechEd NA 2014 , Microsoft announced bunch of new features that are supported by windows Azure ,  some of these new features are (VM Security Extensions, ExpressRoute GA, Reserved IPs, Internal Load Balancing, Multi Site-to-Site VPNs, Storage Import/Export GA, New SMB File Service, API Management, Hybrid Connection Service, Redis Cache, Remote Apps).

one of my favorite feature is  VM Security Extensions.

VM Security Extensions:  These extensions offer a richer security protection to the VMs hosted in Azure using industry security products. Currently there are new three extensions for Microsoft Antimalware , Symantec Endpoint Protection and TrendMicro’s Deep Security Agent.

To enable any one the above extensions, login to  Azure Management Portal and check the extension when you create new a new Virtual Machine:


but wait you can enable these extensions from Power shell , the following cmdlets are available



Update Rollup System Center 2012 R2 is Now Available

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014


  • Data Protection Manager — KB2958100,
  • Operations Manager — KB2929891,
  • Orchestrator — KB2904689,
  • Service Manager — KB2904710,
  • Service Provider Foundation — KB2932939,
  • Virtual Machine Manager — KB2932926
  • Chocolatey for Open Source

    Monday, April 21st, 2014



    Microsoft Azure Brazil South region is now in public preview.

    Thursday, April 17th, 2014



    TechEd 2014 North America

    Wednesday, April 9th, 2014


    Yes , I am presenting at TechEd 2014 , Shereesh and I will be talking about protecting large Private cloud,  using DPM , please come an listen to this presentation it is demo driven session


    Deploy SQL VM using SCVMM 2012 SP1

    Friday, April 26th, 2013

    Takeaway: Islam Gomaa explains how to deploy SQL server 2012 Sp1 as a service oriented  using Microsoft System Center Virtual machine Manager 2012 Sp1 using Windows 2012.


    There are four (4) main steps on the deployment process  in order to deploy SQL Server as a service using SCVMM.

    1- Prepare the VM

    It’s strongly recommended to follow the SQL Server instructions on a VM to prepare an image. You can find how to do it with UI from here:

    2- Create SQL Profile

    The process of deploying SQL Server as a Service with System Center 2012 SP1 VMM starts with creating a SQL Server Profiles that contain the following

    a. Deployment Name, Instance Name, Instance ID, Product Key and the Installation account 




    3- Create a VMM Service template

    VMM runs SQL setup for you–after joining the VM to the domain, thus completing the other half of the SQL sysprep process.

    The SQL Server service template, seen in below diagram view, includes in the center, a single machine tier. That tier consists of one VM that includes a SQL Server Profile deployment to install as part of this VM instance.


    4- Deploy the service

    1. Select the Service Template for the SQL Server service and click the Configure Deployment button in the ribbon.
    2. Type your name for this SQL Server application instance (this will not be the name of the VM), and in the drop-down list, optionally change which private cloud to deploy the service into, and click OK.
    3. A diagram view of the service that is about to be deployed will pop up. If everything looks OK, click the Deploy Service button in the ribbon.