MP Author a new authoring tool

Bridgeways has released a new Authoring tool targeted at the IT Pro. The Authoring tool, which is free, lets you build new MPs or customizing existing MPs without beeing a developer.

You can register and download the MP Author tool here: https://bridgeways.com/products/mp-author

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Automatic Virtual Machine Activation

One of the news in Hyper-V 2012 R2 is Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA), which lets you install virtual machines on a properly activated Windows server (running Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter) without having to manage product keys for each individual virtual machine. It works even in disconnected Environments. AVMA binds the virtual machine activation to the licensed virtualization server and activates the virtual machine (running Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter, Standard or Essential) when it starts. Real-time reporting and tracking data is available on the virtualization server.

AVMA is easy to implement, use one of the following AVMA keys when installing a new virtual machine in Hyper-V:

Edition AVMA key
Datacenter Y4TGP-NPTV9-HTC2H-7MGQ3-DV4TW
Standard DBGBW-NPF86-BJVTX-K3WKJ-MTB6V
Essentials K2XGM-NMBT3-2R6Q8-WF2FK-P36R2

More information is available on Technet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn303421.aspx

Check Database Size

There is a standard SQL report that shows how much space a database is using. In SQL Server Management Studio for SQL Server 2008 R2 and newer, right-click on the database you are interested in and select Reports->Standard Reports->Disk Usage.

There is a good description of this report, including information about how to resize a Operations Manager database in the SCOMfaq.ch blog: http://blog.scomfaq.ch/2012/06/26/scom-check-size-of-databases-sql-standard-reports/

Use Windows 7 as Wireless Access Point

The fiberconverter for our Internet connection broke this weekend and I had to provide Internet access for the rest of my family until the converter was repaired. What to do?

My Windows 7 laptop has an internal 3G modem, maybe I could share that?

I found the following description that was very useful:
https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/isg/?p=437

Following the description I created a temporary Wireless Access Point as described in the following steps:

  1. I started an elevated command prompt.
  2. Then I executed the following command to configure the new wireless network:
    netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=temp key=mysecretkey
  3. I opened up the “Network and connection sharing center” and clicked on “change settings for network adapters”.
  4. Then I looked for the Wireless Networkconnection with the highest number and that was configured with the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter. In my case that network connection was called Wireless Network Connection 3.
  5. I renamed the connection to WLAN Hotspot and deselected all objects except Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
  6. When the Wireless connection was renamed I opened up properties for the 3G connection.
  7. On the Sharing tab I selected “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection”, in the “Home networking connection” textbox I entered “WLAN hotspot”.
  8. To start the hotspot I executed the following command in the already open command prompt:
    netsh wlan start hostednetwork

To remove the settings and cleanup the configuration, just do as follows:

  1. Stop the hotspot by executing the following in an alevated command prompt:
    netsh wlan stop hostednetwork
  2. Go to the “Network and connection sharing center” and click on “change settings for network adapters”.
  3. Right-click on the 3G connection and select properties.
  4. On the “sharing” tab, deselect the checkbox next to “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” and click OK.
  5. Finally execute the following command in an elevated command prompt:
    netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=disallow