I just ran across this when trying to perform Windows Updates for Server 2008 and thought I would share. I was attempting to install Windows updates AND Office updates, but I was not receiving the option in Windows Update to install Windows and Other Microsoft products.  This becomes useful as there seem to be a lot…

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In SQL Server 2012, the SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) and in earlier versions of SQL, the Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS), was always included as an option during installation.  If you work with SQL Server Integration Services packages, this is needed to create or edit SSIS packages. Microsoft has decided to make the SSDT-BI…

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Recently, I received an e-mail which was also sent to 10 other people about organizing a meeting.  In my usual timely fashion, I replied only to the sender that I was unable to attend.  And, as I’m sure many of you have experienced, I continued to receive emails regarding the invitation by the other people…

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After a recent rollout of Microsoft DirectAccess I ran into a specific issue around the addition of a Microsoft account to the domain account. After attempting to add the Microsoft account I was constantly presented with “username is already here” and an empty data entry box. Given the deep integration between the “Microsoft Account” (i.e.…

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