Goodbye Twenty Fifteen, Hello Twenty Sixteen.

In a wink of eyes and it is the last few minutes at the time when I am typing or publishing this blog entry before we welcome year twenty sixteen (2016)!

Indeed, in the last 365 days, there are way too many that I have learnt in life regardless of the sources. Let’s pin point to the highlights of the year!

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) – PowerShell

On the 1st of April this year, I received an email from Microsoft that I am awarded my first Microsoft MVP award in the Windows PowerShell technical expertise and I am really thrill that my effort and work towards the community has been recognized by Microsoft.

Goodbye AirWatch by VMware

Today (31st December 2015) is my last day with VMware (AirWatch Division). I officially bid goodbye to VMware as I embarked into my next chapter of my life in 2016. Within the 13 months in VMware within the AirWatch division, I have learnt a lot as the Implementation Consultant covering the ASEAN region. I am also happy that I am part of the team that spearhead the whole regional implementation of the mobility solution to one of the biggest insurance company in the world!

It is certainly my lost that I no longer able to work with this whole bunch of folks but I am sure we will all be missed!

Microsoft MVP Summit

In November, I made my way to Seattle, Washington for my first ever Microsoft MVP Summit as a newbie MVP. In the 4 days spent in Microsoft campus, I get to meet up with fellow PowerShell MVPs and Product Group members. It is a whole new experience that is well deserve the 24 hours of flight from Singapore there.

One thing that I definitely missed is the time that I took to walk around the campus under the nice cold weather and different scenery that I enjoyed with my bare eyes! I really wish to be there in year 2016!

This kind of companionship and networking chance is something that one should not missed!

Well Deserved Break – West Coast of United States of America

At the end of November this year, I took a three weeks break and accompanied my family to tour the West Coast of United States of America (USA). So within these three weeks, we have tour the following states:

  • Los Angeles
  • Las Vegas
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco

The weather is really nice in the states and I definitely missed those days when I do not sweat at all! *Grins* Looking at my size, obviously I hate warm weather!

First Ever PowerShell Conference in Asia – Singapore

In September, a few of us (Matt, Ben and Ravi) took the leap to our first ever PowerShell Conference in Asia where we host attendees and speakers from all over the world! We could not be more than happy with the results that we have yearned and through this first ever paid conference that we have organised, we have learnt all the Dos and Don’ts!

This is great lesson and we would definitely have those changes incorporated into the next one in year 2016!

Successfully Built Partners Network

In my career in VMware (AirWatch Division), I have successfully worked with various partners from different countries (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand) and have successfully foster strong bonds between them and our company. I am really thrilled that all my effort was recognised and been regarded as the trusted advisor to all of them.

So what’s new in Year 2016 that I am working on?

Over the last few weeks of the year, I have been trying to reflect on what I have done and what I should have done within this year. I do know that I definitely could not rewind back to the time but I would like to take this opportunity to pin down some goals that I must achieved within year 2016. Some of the goals is:

Knowledge – Becoming an avid reader

One of the most efficient way to gain knowledge is to be reading and this is one of my short-coming although I should have started being an avid reader years ago. So in year 2016, I would love to cultivate myself to read more! Other than purely reading, I would love to share what I have learnt through different avenues to people so that I could spread out those knowledge and hopefully be the one that influence others to start reading those good books that I have read!

Leadership – One step forward to become the better leader

In my over five years of career, I have worked with many leaders and managers. In the coming year, I would love to work towards the People’s Manager or People’s Leader. Someone that would gain respect from everyone in the organisation and even from Customers or Partners. I certainly know that being a leader is not just by saying but it is by the action! There are more things that I need to learn in order to be handed the authority to lead and excel!

Personality – Ditching the bad habits, cultivating the good habits

Personality is something that was either born with it or it has been cultivated over the years depending on the environment that one has gone through. In this year, I have learnt a lot about my personality and I would be more than happy and eager to have it changed!

There is one thing that I have finally learnt over the last few weeks is that, I have learnt to Forgive and Forget. What doesn’t kill you only will make you stronger!

Lastly, I would be investing a lot more time in DevOps and PowerShell so that I could continue advocating all these principles and knowledges to those people around me like what I have done this year! I believe this kind of knowledge is fruitful and I hope that one day, Windows PowerShell / Automation / DevOps is something that Asia-Pacific can adopt and have it under every IT Pro / Developer belt!

Cheers to all and Happy New Year! Let’s all work hard in year 2016!

Regards,
Milton Goh

Goodbye Y2014, Welcome Y2015!

I am really thrilled when I am writing this entry as this is the last entry to this blog for the year 2014. This year contains lots of ups and down and many changes have been made this year. Looking at my blog entry that I have made in December 2013 where I detailed out some of the goals that I would like to achieve in year 2014.

Let’s start off with some of the highlights of the year.

Travel

So, how much have I moved around this year?

January – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam – Leisure
March – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – System Center Universe APAC 2014
September – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam – Business
October – Hong Kong – Leisure
November – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Business
December – Lombok, Indonesia – Leisure

This year is all about the region and hopefully in the following year, I will get to travel more within the APAC region for Leisure and Business purposes.

Career

In November, I made a big switch in my career to focus on Enterprise Mobility where I joined AirWatch by VMware as an Application Support Engineer covering the ASEAN region. Is it goodbye to SharePoint? Well, yes or no. It is because as much as I am interfacing with my clients, I do see a lot of integration between various Enterprise Repositories and the AirWatch platform.

Thank you Dimension Data for the good three years of time!

Community

So… In year 2014, I am involved with…

  • PowerShell Saturday (Singapore) – February, May, August & December – 4 face-to-face sessions
  • PoSHBreakfast aka PowerBreakfast – May, June, July, August, October, November & December – 7 sessions delivered over Lync
  • Community Technology Update (CTU) – November – 1 day face-to-face all day event
  • Entries to my Blog
  • Technical Reviewers for PacktPub

Personal Growth

  • Managed a team of three Software Developers & System Engineers
  • Deep dived into many Technical aspect of stuffs in AirWatch.
  • Soft skill gained when meddling with Enterprise Customers.
  • Gained experience in Product Management

 

So what’s the expectation in Year 2015? Let’s keep it simple.

  1. Be the trusted Enterprise Mobility Expert in APAC
  2. Raise awareness about PowerShell and Enterprise Mobility across APAC
  3. Gather more speaking engagement during PowerShell Saturday and PoSHBreakfast
  4. Help more customers to achieve readiness and achieve better ROI with their Enterprise Mobility Deployment.
  5. Engage in more Product Management activities
  6. Provide more consultancy to Small-Medium Enterprise (SME)
  7. Sharing knowledge with people.

Cheers!

Milton Goh

Milton and his Microsoft Band

Kudos and big thank to Matthew Hitchcock (Microsoft PowerShell MVP and the Lead for Singapore PowerShell User Group) for bringing me one of this Microsoft Band from the US after his trip there for Microsoft MVP Summit (one of the perk as a Microsoft MVP! I am waiting for this chance to go too!).

Unboxing Process

So I collected this from Matthew on the day where we had our Community Technology Update (CTU) in Microsoft Singapore office. So it looks like this before I unwrap it.

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Finally I ripped off the bag to unveil the surprise inside (of course I know what I was expecting!) but still there is “WoW” factor!

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Matthew has helped to get extra charging cable and I am more than happy to buy it from him because I felt it is really helpful in this scenario.

  1. I could have one plug to my home computer and use it for charging when I am home during the evening.
  2. I could have the other one in my bag where I lug around everyday!
  3. I could use the one in my bag when I goes travelling.
  4. Act as a spare one if either one spoiled.

Now have a closer look at the FRONT OF THE BOX.

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Now have a closer look at the BACK OF THE BOX.

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Now have a closer look at the SIDE OF THE BOX. Now it tells you that this Band is friendly with all the three popular mobile platform but definitely have better integrate with Windows platform such as Cortana.

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I really like the way Microsoft has done this sizing thingy as I have never come across this before! Prior to getting this Band, I did print out the sizing guide downloadable from Microsoft Store US site to do the sizing. Of course with my big size wrist, I am definitely not hanging on with anything below Large.

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Now, after so many images, we are still UNBOXING it. We unbox it from one box to unveil another box.

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Microsoft has packaged it in a way that you are like opening the next watch box such as Hamilton one. (Well, I am aiming for one too but for now, I am still going for Smart Watches.)

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Connecting it for the First Time

First thing to do is to remove the cable from the box and connect it between the Band and your computer.

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Take a look at the back view of the Band.

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The next thing the Band instruct is to get the Application (Microsoft Health App) from the various store.

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It will toggle between this message and how you can connect it via BlueTooth to it from your phone.

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The overall setup is very easy and seamless, there is no complex games in it and no difficulty was faced during the process. For this, we give it a 5 stars out of 5.

 

Setup Process

Welcome screen of the Mobile Application.

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Sign in with your Microsoft Account (Live Account) and you are good to go!

Upon successful pairing up the phone with the Band, you will expect this screen.

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You are able to do some customization and personalization of the look on the face of the Band. Look at how the display changes when different colour and wallpaper is being selected. This will then be synchronized to the Band via Bluetooth.

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It continues to get things set up……

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So by default since this is the best time the Band was setup, there isn’t anything in the statistics.

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Using it for the First Time

The next important thing after buying the Band and Setting it up is, to wear the band. So I put on the band for the first time on a Monday where I set off to work.

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For whatever reason it is that the face of the Band has to be faced down, I wouldn’t know why and I wouldn’t want to pursue it. However, I only know that it is much easier to view messages coming in in a discreet manner compared if the face of the Band were to face up.

I took a long walk but was a little early so I stopped over at the cafe to have a cup of Milk Tea.

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What I like it to measure?

So after wearing it for an hour before grabbing a cup of tea, this is the number of steps that I have walked and measured by the Band.

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The things that I like how the Band gathered is:

  1. My Heart Rate
  2. Steps that I walked
  3. Calories Burnt

 

There are a lot more apps that can be connected to the Microsoft Band for now and definitely more are in the process of building. I have full trust with Microsoft that the next version of this band would definitely have significant improvement!

Cheers.
Milton Goh

Unboxing of Gadget–Toshiba Encore Mini

This post serves as my thoughts after viewing the blog post from the SharePoint Guru & MVP Todd Klindt.

I couldn’t see no reason not to buy one set of this to meddle with since it is really selling at a cheap price! Where on earth could you find a tablet with full load of Windows 8.1 at just USD 99?

So here is just my unboxing experience of this little monster. I will explain on how do I go about ordering one of this from the States later on since I resides in Singapore.

 

General Unboxing

The box is designed rather normal, just like any laptop that you can find in the market. I find it rather decent – probably this outlook earns a 4.5 out of 5.

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This is the side of the box clearly stated this is a Toshiba Encore Mini WT7-C16MS. My feel of the reason why the code “MS” appears is because this was a set that is resell by Microsoft US directly out. (I may be wrong, do not fault me!)

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Now, I shall open up the box and get welcomed by Windows 8 along with the Microsoft Signature Experience. This is the program that is available in the US where computers sold by Microsoft US that is enrolled into this program will have some perks tagged with it. Click on the link to check it out.

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One thing that I love about getting Microsoft products is that, I am never lack of getting other perks like Skype World Unlimited or Office 365 plans. Seriously Microsoft, I salute you!

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We are all good with the packaging, let’s now dive in deeper with what is inside the box.

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Does it look pretty decent too? Well, there must be something that you think it is short off such as the power adapter? Well, I think that isn’t on the mandatory list since the price is so cheap! The set itself is so light and battery could be charged easily via USB to another computer or if you have some of the 3rd party adapter; it will get the job done.

Let’s take a look at the side of the tablet.

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Remember to read the notices carefully! (Well, I ripped it off after taking this photo!)

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Comparison (vs Apple iPad Mini Gen 1 & vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3)

Let’s have the Toshiba tablet as a benchmark.

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Then we put the Apple iPad Mini Generation 1 beside it.

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I feel that the Toshiba tablet is about 2/3 of the size compared to the Apple iPad Mini. Screen size is definitely way smaller because of the Microsoft Licensing to the manufacturer that if anything that goes below certain inches (from time to time, this may change – therefore I am not quoting any sizes here), the license to the Windows client will be made free. This in terms bring the benefits to Manufacturer and Consumers. (Cheers to Microsoft again!)

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The back view of the two devices. Seems rather ok but at this time, I feel that the Toshiba tablet gives me a very “plastic” feeling where it may be more fragile than the Apple iPad Mini but anyway, an iPad Mini can purchase how many Toshiba tablet? (Do the mathematics yourself!)

 

Getting Stuffs from Microsoft US Store to Singapore

The answer to this problem is to thanks comGateway service of BuyForMe. I made the order via their online portal by inputting the details of the product I am looking for since Microsoft US Store only allows US credit card to be used for making payment. This is something that happened way before since my Toshiba tablet has arrived to Singapore already.

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The mobile application that comGateway has notified me via Push Notification and email that my items that I have engaged them to assist in the purchased has arrived at the US address and is pending the next action from me.

Administrative Fee

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Now, you must be wondering how much fee I have paid. Look at the image above, it clearly stated that the processing fee is US $4.95. The fee is so low (as it is 5% of the price of the total purchased order) that I could probably missed a cup of StarBucks drink just for this tablet.

Shipping Fee

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The shipping charges from US to Singapore is US $30. Well, does it make sense to you? Ship 3 of this tablet back to Singapore would get me one tablet for free. I see it as a form of investment to calm the little monster in me in which I am always yearning for new gadget. To each its own. If you think that your biggest drawback is the shipping, then probably wait for all these to be made available in Singapore or at least to our neighbouring country.

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This just merely just detailed how much heavy that tablet is in the box. I am poor in understanding how all these shipping charges are tabulated but since I want it OR need it, just get it over and done with.

Is your heart melted by the price tag or are you retreating because of the hefty price to pay for the shipping? Speak to me a little and see how my next purchase could include yours.

Cheers.

Milton Goh

Woot! Now you get #UNLIMITED space on #OneDrive ?!?!

To start of my day when I was commuting to work, I read on FaceBook through my friend (Chee Yong Poh, Microsoft Technical Evangelist) re-shared a post on The Verge that Microsoft has decided to provide UNLIMITED space on OneDrive – read the article here.

How would this change affect you? Well, when I was dwelling whether to archive my media that I will no longer require access to it on a regular basis to put it into the cloud so that it will not hurt the almost-filled NAS further. I was deciding between Amazon Glacier, DropBox and OneDrive but I tried Glacier at first because it is something pretty cool while OneDrive and DropBox has been in my daily life already. From my previous article titled “Is there something missing in #OneDrive ?” where I talks about something related as it shows that I am uploading all the media files to OneDrive.

So where is the value proposition of Amazon Glacier? Where would you see the value in OneDrive over Amazon Glacier? Well, in terms of space consumed and amount paid or you will be paying. Let’s see.

Microsoft OneDrive Cost (USD) Amazon Glacier Cost (USD)
100GB $6.99 100GB $1.00
500GB $6.99 500GB $5.00
1024GB (1TB) $6.99 1024GB (1TB) $10.24
2048GB (2TB) $6.99 2048GB (2TB) $20.48
10240GB (10TB) $6.99 10240GB (10TB) $102.40

 

Do not forget that Amazon Glacier charges you to bring the data out from the cloud back to any devices you are trying to retrieve from while Microsoft OneDrive, it is the same as DropBox or Box storage where it does not implicitly charge you for data transfer. (Of course, you can’t complain much if the retrieval takes forever! *evil grins*)

Do you have more than 1TB of data to store to the Cloud right now? – Yes, go to Microsoft OneDrive now!

Do you require your data to be used by other cloud services in Amazon? – Yes, stick to Amazon Glacier, there are nice API that can do retrieval from the vault.

Do you need Office suite of products? – Yes, go to Microsoft OneDrive now!

Has this come across to you that storage is getting cheaper and cheaper and Microsoft is well aligning its strategy to Cloud-First, Mobile-First?

 

Do you know that you can sign up to enjoy the unlimited storage first? Hit on to https://preview.onedrive.com/ now!

Cheers.
Milton Goh

[Gadget]–Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard

I realize that I have been getting lots of different mouse and keyboard since year 2013. So just a couple of days ago, I went to grab one keyboard from our local computer store, Challenger. The latest addition is the Microsoft Wedge Mobile keyboard that has Bluetooth connectivity capabilities.

One thing that spunk my head recently is that, why isn’t there more devices that are manufactured or design to have Bluetooth connectivity installed? Devices nowadays are getting smaller and comes usually with one or two USB port. My previous work laptop (Dell XPS 13) comes with two USB port but only one that is on-board mounted to the mainboard. The other one are just external one that is connected to the power source of the mainboard. Therefore one of the problem that I faced with my Dell XPS 13 is that I couldn’t use the one that is not connected directly to the mainboard to power up my portable hard disk else I will be getting some USB malfunction issues.

Unboxing

I rather fall in love with the packaging of Microsoft products this days as it really improved a lot.

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Form Factor

I rather like the form factor of the Microsoft Wedge Mobile keyboard, the keyword “mobile” simply just explained all. It just meant that any devices such as iOS or Android Tablet could use this as long as there is Bluetooth capability. It also comes with a cover so that to protect the keyboard when travelling especially when placed in the bag with other items.

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How does it compete with the Surface Type Cover 2 that I have and is already using with my Surface Pro 2 currently? In terms of the size, the Wedge Mobile keyboard is about the same with my Type Cover 2, just that we should not be counting the touch pad area that is part of the Type Cover 2.

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The Wedge Mobile keyboard is thicker compared to the Type Cover 2 because of the ability / need to be able to plug in 2 x AA batteries. However, that compartment that is used for the batteries is a good place used for holding the keyboard up so that the keyboard do not lie flat.

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Conclusion

It is a really good keyboard in terms of mobile usage. However, in terms of Ergonomics, of course it cannot fight with the other version that Microsoft has. Do checkout other series from Microsoft here.

For the comfort of carrying it around, I would give this keyboard 9/10. The 1 point that I have deducted is the keys are rather small for some, not all.

My Revamped Command Post @ Home Office

It has been a long time since I wanted to use my new polished Microsoft Surface Pro 2 as my only computer for my day work and other purposes after office hours. However, the problem lies with the ability to connect two of my monitors to my Surface because it comes with just one Mini DisplayPort. So all along I have been stuck with using my Lenovo T420 that I bought in year 2011 primarily for my University usage. It has a good specifications but I realized that although the RAM and Hard Disk is never a problem, it felts a little sluggish for the CPU. It just seems to take slightly longer to process stuffs now.

I have been wanting to get the a docking station so that I can hook up more stuffs (USB etc) to my Surface but the one docking station from Microsoft itself is really expensive! With a price tag of USD 199, I simply could not put myself into buying it! One disadvantage of that docking station is that, even if extends more USB ports but I am still limited to extending one monitor only. So while posting over on Twitter, Todd Klindt (@toddklindt) recommended me the one he used for his Surface. He recommended to me Plugable UD-3900 Dual Display Universal Docking Station. The price tag for this is USD 119, which is relative fair. I could simply order it from Amazon but the constraints is…

  1. For this item, Amazon does not support shipping directly back to Singapore. Therefore I will be stuck with using vPOST (which provides me with a US address and have it shipped back from vPOST all the way to Singapore).
  2. Lesson learnt from my last purchase of hardware from US through comGateway the last time have spank me to think – Once bitten, twice shy. Refer to post here.

So I took some time to do more research on whether there will be any docking station available for purchase off the shelf in Singapore but to no avail. Then on one fine day, I got to check out this post from Paul Mah (@paulmah) where he wrote a review on the docking station from Targus that he was provided to write the post. I drop him a tweet to check with him on whether where I could grab one of the docking station which he had used before. He was kind enough to have given me the set that he has as it has been lying around in his new home for a long time. So credits goes to him for enabling my Surface Pro 2 to be connected to two of my monitors. See photo below with my new command post.

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Look at the docking station in action:

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I personally think that the Microsoft Surface adoption rate is very slow in Singapore because I don’t see lots of people using that as their preferred tablet. However, I believe more and more people would start to buy the idea of using a Surface for their work/study if Microsoft is willing to bring in Surface Pro 2 into the Singapore market.

Cheers!
Milton Goh

Failed to Install Team Foundation Server 2012 using “Standard” Mode Installation

Few weeks ago I started to doodle around with Team Foundation Server 2012 and it surprises a couple of people around who knows that I have already partially retired from the “Developer” role and people thought I would have already moved on to being an IT Professional. Well o well, I believe that it will require an Administrator or IT Professional to administer and provide the insights on how to make that piece of machine running the Team Foundation Server 2012 remaining robust so that the real Developers can just focus on producing excellent program or application! (Totally no offends to the Developers! I don’t mean that you are not qualified to maintain Team Foundation Server 2012! Just trying to offload from you folks so we IT Professional still have a piece of the cake!)

Here it goes…

I met into this problem when I am happily deploying Team Foundation Server 2012 (TFS 2012 in short) on-premises after downloading the ISO from Microsoft site. Happily doodling and clicking next till I get the following error.

If the image is too small or low-resolution, the message that was highlighted is,-

  • SharePoint Foundation 2010 can not be installed on Windows 8.
  • TF400080: Your system does not have the recommended amount of system memory available: 10 GB. While SharePoint 2010 with Team Foundation Server can operate with less than this amount of memory, the performance will be degraded. Upgrade your system memory to at least the recommended minimum for optimal performance.

I stumbled on this error and finally found out that, “Hey! I am running Windows Server 2012, not Windows 8! Why are you flagging out!”. Well-o-well, but as we all know that Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 have similar binary used so it may explained that. The only thing that help in concluding is that, since TFS 2012 is made so easy that anyone can run it off even on Windows client computer running Windows 7 or Windows 8.

SharePoint Foundation 2010

So why it still flag the error?

Go easy… I quickly did some search online and find the following article. [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/dd578592.aspx]

It just simply states the following…

Because Team Foundation Server installs SharePoint Foundation 2010 with the standard configuration, you can’t use it on Windows Server 2012. If you want to install Team Foundation Server on Windows Server 2012, use the advanced configuration and skip the installation of SharePoint Foundation 2010.

It just means that, for the folks out there trying to install TFS 2012 on Windows Server 2012, you just have to do the “advanced” configuration instead of the standard configuration that usually beginners like me will go for since it is my first installation and I am just testing out the piece of software.

Prior to this, I also send the above screen capture to my Twitter where I used the #TFS hashtag which caught the response from one of the Microsoft guy (Buck Hodges – @tfsbuck) working on the TFS stuffs. He responded that I would be good with going with the “Advanced” configuration to skip the error as SharePoint Foundation 2010 cannot be installed on Windows Server 2012.

So I go ahead and popped the golden question whether SharePoint Foundation 2013 will be updated into the upcoming (perhaps) roll-out of TFS 2012. He said that it is unlikely. Therefore, I guess for Administrator or Developer, the only option to run TFS 2012 on Window Server 2012 will be to use Advanced Configuration after installing SharePoint Foundation 2013 first.

Memory (RAM) Requirements

So the question is, is it necessary to have 10GB RAM equipped for this? Yes and No, in my opinion.

Yes, because SharePoint consumes lots of memory, so if you are in for a real thing, then equipped your physical server or virtual server with adequate memory!

No, if you are doing testing, I packed mine with 4GB and things are working fine, for now!

 

In my next post, I will be writing the steps that it took for me to configure TFS 2012 with SharePoint Foundation 2013.

Cheers.

Connecting System Center 2012 App Controller to Windows Azure

In today video post, I am going to demonstrate the steps to make use of your on-premises System Center 2012 App Controller to manage the Virtual Machine / Cloud that is hosted in the public cloud – Microsoft Azure. In today video, the agenda is as followed.

  1. Exporting the .CER and .PFX from App Controller.
  2. Importing .CER into Windows Azure Management Certificate section.
  3. Adding Windows Azure subscription into System Center 2012 App Controller.

There are multiple links out there to demonstrate with screen shot on how we can achieve this some of them may have outdated. Nevertheless, we should always give credits to the fellow community leader for their earlier effort.

System Center 2012 App Controller connecting to Windows Azure by Thomas Maurer (Virtual Machine MVP)

Cheers,
Milton Goh

Create Virtual Machine Template in System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager

In today video podcast, it will be all about creating virtual machine template using an existing virtual machine that is hosted within the perimeter of Virtual Machine Manager 2012. With the newly created template, a new Virtual Machine is being created on the spot to ensure that there is no error and also to prove that the whole process is seamless, easy and organized.

Some pointers to take note for this whole exercise is that,-

  • Make sure the virtual machine that you intend to use for creating virtual machine template is sysprep with generalized first.
  • Ensure that the virtual machine you are intending to use for creating virtual machine template is not any of the production virtual machine and do make sure you clone it to ensure things doesn’t goes wrong.

It’s always better to be on the safe side. 😉

Some information about Virtual Machine Manager 2012 can be found here. – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg610610.aspx