May 29, 2014

After working with the raw materials to install Hortonworks Data Platform HDP on Windows in an Azure IaaS VM, I came across the automated install tool from Hortonworks.

You get it from github and run the exe included.  It uses a config file to describe where all the install files are such as python, java, etc. and it goes through and installs them all.  It then runs smoke tests to see if everything is working.

An easy way to get a cluster up and running!



November 14, 2011

Well – I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had much time to blog, but I wanted to make an announcement here that I’m taking a job at Microsoft. I’ll be starting in a couple weeks as a TS for the Data Platform out of the North Central District. I’m really excited and hopefully I’ll be doing a little more blogging here as a result.

SharePoint 2010 Prerequisite Install

April 26, 2010

I was trying to install SharePoint 2010 (final version) today on Windows Server 2008 (no luck with R2) and I had to try to intsall prerequisites twice before everything would install. If you have trouble, keep trying. 🙂

Report Data Window Disappears

February 26, 2010

Ever lost your Report Data window that shows Datasets in Reporting Services 2008?

I just did and there wasn’t a menu item on the View menu in VS 2008 to bring it up.  There is a KB article that fixes a bug with this, but I wanted to add there is a keyboard shortcut you may not know.

Ctrl-Alt-D brings it up.

Keyboard shortcuts are always good.

Deploying to a Brand New Reporting Services 2008 Install

October 30, 2009

Having problems deploying to a brand new Reporting Services 2008 install?

There are two kinds of permissions in Reporting Services – Server Level and Item Level.  To get to the Server Level permissions, in Report Manager, go to home, and then click on Site Settings in the upper right hand corner, then click the Security menu item on the left.  If you click, New Role Assignment, Notice there are only two roles here.  You can make yourself an administrator here – although local Administrators is automatically added.  This may be enough.  FYI – it may be a good idea to take the local administrators out anyways so that hardware administrators don’t get administrative rights to the Reporting Services Server inadvertently.

But before you can deploy a Reporting Services project to the server, you have to do one more thing.  You need to have item level permissions as well.  To add yourself, go to Home and then click Properties – the blue tab next to Contents.  If you click New Role Assignment, you’ll see item level roles.  You’ll need to be at least Publisher, but you’ll probably just want to be Content Editor.  Publisher can’t modify folder structure, Content Editor can.

After you add yourself, you should be good to go.

Update: Here is a link to more info on adding Item Level Permissions

Microsoft’s Gartner Position

October 22, 2009

Here is an aggregation of all the market research about Microsoft Products.  After having looked at them, Microsoft is in the Leader’s Quadrant in nearly all reports.  Impressive.

PerformancePoint Monitoring Authentication

October 16, 2009

While deploying Monitoring Server, I was having trouble viewing dashboards from SharePoint, but preview was working fine.  I referenced Nick and Adrian’s book and it suggested using the same identity for the SharePoint application pool for the credentials for the Monitoring Server application pool.  I’m working in an environment where the SharePoint service accounts are already deployed and Monitoring Server is coming in later.  The account names already in use for the SharePoint application pool wouldn’t make sense.

On page 241 on Nick and Adrian’s book, there is an awesome diagram of data/security flow for rendering a dashboard.  (Buy the book – it’s great!)

Just don’t forget that for a preview of the dashboard, it will use the application pool identity of the Monitoring Server, but when you render on SharePoint, it will use the credentials of the application pool for SharePoint.  If they are two different accounts, you’ll need to add them both with read permission to your data sources.

If you care to look and you are using SQL Server or Analysis Server as your data source, fire up Profiler and watch.  You’ll see two different accounts.