|I’ve just been to my local grocery store and as I was leaving I spotted a hand sanitizer dispenser hanging on a wall accompanied by those ominous “wash your hands or else!” signs. Of course being the clean living guy that I am, I wandered over, put my hand under it and … nada. Nothing came out because it was empty. On reflection I think this has been my experience with these 9 times out of 10. Read More »|
I had an interesting issue crop up from a client this week. They were testing failover of their High Availability cluster and for some reason SharePoint wasn’t working after failover.
It turns out that SharePoint had been installed months ago, before the SQL Availability Group was configured. Production SharePoint was pointing to the SQLServer\Instance name in the form of Cluster\Prod. Ideally if you are planning to use High Availability then SharePoint should be installed with this in mind.
In order for SharePoint to failover successfully with SQL, we need to change the SharePoint database server to point to the SQL Availability Group listener instead. The listener will then handle redirecting to the active node.
Changing the SharePoint environment to use the AG Listener was actually a lot easier than you (or at least I) would think.
After stopping all the SharePoint services, I simply configured a SQL Alias to let SharePoint continue to use Cluster\Prod even though in reality it was now connecting to the AG Listener:
We tested the failover again and this time it worked successfully.
SharePoint offers a huge number of features, and with the growing popularity of Office 365, SharePoint Online adds even more options to mix.
Here is a great comparison chart that might help you in your self hosted SharePoint decision making processes. I’ll create a separate post for a similar SharePoint Online chart.
SharePoint 2013 Foundation, Standard, and Enterprise
Credit for the following chart goes to Microsoft at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj819267.aspx
1 Requires connection to Office Web Apps Server 2013 and an Office desktop suite license, such as Office Professional Plus or Office Standard.
2 Requires connection to Microsoft Exchange Server or Microsoft Exchange Online to enable integrated features.
3 Windows Server AD RMS is an on-premises server that must be purchased and managed separately by the customer in order to enable supported IRM features.
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Have you heard about the Myers-Briggs Types? It’s a great tool to learn more about your strengths and weakness. More than just that, it is also a great way to see the similarities and differences in decision making that you share with other people. Understanding the preferences you use in everyday decisions can help you better understand yourself and better relate to others.
These days you can find a lot of information on the 16 different types, but recently I came across this infographic. It demonstrates the correlations between personality type and socio-economic status. Where do you stack up? Take a look!
Don’t know your Myers-Briggs type?
Take the test here.
A few years ago at my last workplace I decided to try a standing desk. It was only a month or two before I made the move to Quercus. Lifehacker articles were the main reason I gave it a shot, coupled with a few back issues from leading a sedentary lifestyle.
At Quercus, the low-walled cubicle style and my preferred position in the office (right in the middle!) made it unfeasible to set up a standing desk.
Having asked for and obtained an “OK” from HR, and Kalin having recently moved desks (say hi, Kalin!), I decided to take his corner spot and try the standing desk again.
In the past, I found that the easiest way to get the minimal back exercise needed to avoid injuring myself during everyday activity was to work at the standing desk. I found that my left knee (injured while skiing many years ago) didn’t like it at first, but overall I found the position quite comfortable.
It has been a day and a half into my “standing desk reboot”.
Day one was brutal on my bad knee and my feet.
One element I have not reintroduced is standing, shoeless, on a folded up yoga mat. I’m not sure whether that cushiness is better in the long term or whether I just need to toughen up.
The bad knee is going to need flexing throughout the day. The cartilage is in chunks, and I find that it gets stiff when I’m standing for long periods. Bending at the knees helps, so I take sitting breaks, which are a welcome break for my feet and back.
As time goes on, my goal is to be able to stand the entire time I’m at my desk rather than giving up and sitting down. On my first day, I lasted until 4pm, after which I had to sit for an hour. Today I’m “feeling the burn” right before lunch. It’s proving difficult somehow to remember to stand on the balls of my feet rather than on my heels, and when I remember to shift my weight forward, I get more comfortable. I’ll be posting updates about the success or failure of my second attempt at a standing desk. Stay posted, and remember to Keep Fit & Have Fun!
Reactive communications is the opposite of transparency; it is when management withholds information until every possible detail is known, and the event itself has finally occurred. The employees are not informed before the event, nor are employees engaged as part of the input and analysis process.
Reactive communications are impersonal, crafted, spun, and often written or recorded as opposed to spoken face-to-face. Most of all: reactive communications are delivered well after employees have a chance to provide input. Business authors Jo Ann Sweeney and Roger D’Aprix explain more about reactive communications, and how this is becoming a tragic trend of distrust in modern corporations…
Paul Butler started as an intern on Facebook’s data infrastructure team. As a side project encouraged by the company, he took 10 million records from the FB database, and began geomatically plotting their latitude and longitude points. The brightness of the lines indicate the number of relationships at that locale.
On a magnificent 2010 world map, Paul Butler managed to plot millions of Facebook’s user relationships…