There you go, Microsoft…

For a long time you could really despair on Microsoft. They were always panting behind the innovations of others. Nothing on their own – just “me too” products. Smartphones – Microsoft slept. Touch – again slept. Store (Apps / music) – they slept. Then Windows 8, not bad, but for many who were used to the former windows versions, it was unreasonable. They made changes without added value.

And now there is HoloLens. What a fantastic product! Feels like science fiction. As in Deamon and Darknet. According to reports of people who were lucky enough to get to try it out, the product really works, has a good picture and smoothly integrates itself to the surrounding. Incredible possibilities! Games, in which you need to catch little creatures in your own living room, hiding behind real objects. A computer work surface, which does not depend on your screen size.

Ok, it is version 1.0. It won’t be perfect. Rough as every first version. Probably the accumulator just lasts a few minutes.

It doesn’t matter. It’s cool. I want one. ASAP!!

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SQL Server 2014 – DPM 2012R2

That makes no fun, Microsoft!

Actually the backup of a SQL 2014 server with Data Protection Manager 2012R2 is officially supported since RU3 for DPM. It’s just awkward if you rely on it.

Apparently they only changed the version number. Not supported are the new features of SQL 2014. If you want to save instances on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) it is not possible.

This feature is planned for RU6 according to Microsoft Support. Means, that if the release cycle stays the same it will be in March 2015…

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SharePoint 2010: Problems with search result page

Here’s the next SharePoint problem, this time concerning search results. The basis is a fully patched SharePoint 2010 server (September 2014 CU)… Authorizations have broken open on a subsite on a document library and an additional user with reading rights has been added.
This user now wants to use the normal search field in the top right corner list. That won’t work, though. SharePoint will ask for the user’s credentials and then displays an “Access denied”. However, the user has rights to the target page (osssearchresults.aspx)..
I found the solution at “Surya SharePoint Tips”, but I don’t fully agree. In my opinion the problem is that the original page is being edited. So if you update it can happen that it’s being overwritten by the Service Pack / CU and that the problem will simply reoccur.
So I would copy the page and enter the new page as the result page of the website-collection.
So step by step:
1. Create a copy of “C:\Program Files\Common files\Microsoft Shared\web server\Extensions\14\TEMPLATE\LAYOUTS\osssearchresults.aspx” on one of the SharePoint web servers. (name e.g. “osssearchresultsFIXED.aspx”)
2. In the new file:

<%@ Page Language="C#" DynamicMasterPageFile="~masterurl/default.master"  
EnableViewState="false" EnableViewStateMac="false"%>

3. change into:

<%@ Page Language=C# MasterPageFile=/_layouts/v4.master  EnableViewState="false" EnableViewStateMac="false" %>

4. copy this file to all web servers into the same folders
5. Then change the value in the field “Site Collection Search Results Page” at http://root/ofthe/SiteCollection/_layouts/enhancedSearch.aspx to the new page (e.g. layouts/OSSSearchResultsFIXED.aspx)
Repeat the last point for every website-collection concerned. This way, there should be no problems after another update.

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MineCraft for $2.5 billion? Really, Microsoft?

What on Earth did you think? Sure, MineCraft is a really cool game and millions of people play it. There’s a great community, zillions of add ons. All great.
But 2.5 BILLION? What amazing things you could have used that kind of money for:

But no, now it’s MineCraft. Pretty please, don’t screw it up this time. That would be a real pity.

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Cloud, Office 365

Dear friends at Microsoft,

could you please stop trying to sell your stupid “Cloud” no matter what? Have you not yet understood that nobody wants to use it in business?
Right, I get that it must be a splendid vision for you guys to deliver not only the software we’re all dependant on, but also to have us save all your data with you – so migration to other systems becomes practically impossible if you don’t want it.

I can almost see the dollar signs in your eyes all the way from here!

Oh, that wasn’t your intention? You only want to spare us the annoying installation and maintenance? Are we supposed to believe that? Really?
And please don’t tell me all the time that umpteen companies are already using Office 365 and OneDrive Pro and what not. If you have to increase the storage of OneDrive Pro from 25GB to 1TB (!!!) I can hardly believe it’s selling like hot cakes. Oh, you did that because Google drastically lowered the prices for its Google drive ? And Google did that because they’re selling the Google Drive like hot cakes, right?
And I always hear how many Office 365 licences are already being used. Big deal considering you’ve given away 8 million licences for free to student in Thailand . Or think of the new Office for iPad that forces a subscription down your throat when you want to use it. Yes, that’s how you make big game.

But does it make happy customers?

It would be great if you developed products your customers actually want. Like, how about a Windows in the starting menu? Or maybe Office for iPad that requires purchase and hence lets you save your data wherever the CUSTOMER wants it. Without restrictions and restraints. Without an obligatory Cloud account.

That would be great.


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