Pay the Piper – Software Licensing and Audits

Once upon a Wikipedia safari, I found myself sucked into the article on the Pied Piper of Hamelin. I read that contrary to popular belief, the expression “pay the piper” actually comes not from the Pied Piper, but from the phrase “He who pays the piper calls the tune.” You learn something new every day, I thought to myself. You see, over the years, I have advised employers, clients, and contemporaries that when it comes to software licensing, it is best to “pay the piper.” It was an expression I learned as a kid in the Boston area. Keep reading…

“http 401.1 Access denied” error after Dynamics CRM 2015 upgrade

We found a case where after upgrading a Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 on-premise installation that uses Windows Authentication to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015, even the Deployment Administrator started getting

http 401.1  Access denied

The upgrade process runs fairly easily (after you back up your encryption key Keep reading…

FRESH orange juice will go with hot sauce, donuts, OR toast!

Logical processing order (a.k.a. binding order) of a SELECT query in Microsoft SQL Server T-SQL is fundamental.  This is because it has direct bearing on what results (data) you get, which is the whole reason for querying in the first place.  Unfortunately for us, it looks almost nothing like the order we have to remember to use when writing T-SQL syntax.  Keep reading…

Get Microsoft Windows 8.1 installation media (ISO) for offline update or fresh installation

I just found something I thought I should pass along. Sure, it’s only for the desktop OS, but many if not all of us in this line of work use one. (If you don’t use Windows, or don’t support your own workstation, maybe sharing the info can gain you some brownie points with folks who do.) It was not readily apparent in my searching the web, either: Microsoft has made Windows 8.1 (or 8.1 Pro) installation bits available for download for you and me– and yes, you can install from that media using your retail Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro Product Key.

Not so long ago, one would have had to install Windows 8, then get online for hours to patch it and then upgrade to Windows 8.1. For me, this got in the way of having what I like to call a “gold copy” of a system build. IMO, being networked for so long increases risk exposure, reduces trustworthiness, and otherwise tarnishes the golden-ness of a system build image. What about doing a Windows 8.1 offline update? Keep reading…