Richard Spitz - Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft

Synchronously copy all managed disks of an Azure Virtual Machine to Azure Storage Accounts in multiple Azure regions

There are many different ways to copy an Azure Virtual Machine's managed disks to different Azure...

Author: Richard Spitz Date: 01/24/2019

How to study for the "70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions" certification

Moving at a pace unthinkable a few years ago, Azure continues to grow leaps and bounds as the Cloud...

Author: Richard Spitz Date: 05/23/2018

PowerShell script to determine if an IP Range is part of the Azure Datacenter IP Range

Microsoft publishes an XML document that contains the IP address ranges (including Compute, SQL and...

Author: Richard Spitz Date: 03/02/2018

Just enough BGP to get your Azure dual-redundancy, active-active VPN gateways up and running

I'd last dabbled in Azure Site to Site (S2S) VPN or Virtual Network Gateways when the configuration...

Author: Richard Spitz Date: 02/19/2018

How to hot-add a Shared VHDX

Shared VHDX, a new feature in Windows Server 2012 R2, is a boon for administrators wanting to create...

Author: RichardSpitz Date: 01/24/2014

My First (Useful) PowerShell Script!

Heard of PowerShell? No? Just Kidding! Even if you run your IT department under a rock or on Mars,...

Author: RichardSpitz Date: 07/26/2013

Field, Here I Come!

Now and again, a colleague or customer points to my blog, having run into one of the issues I've...

Author: RichardSpitz Date: 07/24/2013

Cluster service fails to start on Windows Server 2008 SP2, cluster.log contains “Too many failures while attempting to start RHS process.”

It’s been a while since my last post – not due to the dearth of interesting issues to...

Author: RichardSpitz Date: 11/24/2011

Certain icons do not appear the first time you open Control Panel on Windows 7

I was over at the NTDebugging blog the other day and while browsing through the posts, I came across...

Author: RichardSpitz Date: 06/16/2011

How to run a script when a Resource Group fails over to the passive node of a Windows Server 2003 based MSCS Cluster

Having recently scripted the Cluster WMI Namespace (for fun) and blogged about it with my Cluster...

Author: RichardSpitz Date: 05/30/2011

Error when you click the “File Screens” section of FSRM on Windows Server 2003 R2 with Service Pack 2

When it comes to the cases we work on, issues related to the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) are...

Author: RichardSpitz Date: 05/20/2011

Playing around with the RootMSCluster WMI Namespace and WMI Notifications

MSCS and Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008/R2 respectively maintain...

Author: RichardSpitz Date: 05/11/2011

Error when you access the “Storage Reports Management” section of FSRM on Windows Server 2003 R2 with Service Pack 2

Some of the previous issues I’ve blogged about require hours upon hours of research to...

Author: RichardSpitz Date: 04/11/2011

Service fails to start and logs ERROR_DOWNGRADE_DETECTED in its log, on a Windows Server 2008 R2 based system

Microsoft Support is comprised of separate teams, each specialized in a few areas, so our customers...

Author: RichardSpitz Date: 11/23/2010

Scheduled Tasks appear hung in the “Running” state on Windows Server 2003 based systems

Some of the tougher issues we see here at Microsoft Support are those that are the result of...

Author: RichardSpitz Date: 11/07/2010

How to install a font from the command line on Windows 7

With the new Rupee symbol out, we’ve been getting a lot of queries about how to deploy a new...

Author: RichardSpitz Date: 09/25/2010

"Access is denied" when you attempt to start the Base Filtering Engine service, after upgrading from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 R2

Here's an issue that appears deceptively simple. After upgrading a Windows Server 2003 based system...

Author: RichardSpitz Date: 09/19/2010

The Cluster Service service terminated with service-specific error 183 (0xB7)

I worked on an issue recently where the cluster service was stopped on both nodes of a Windows...

Author: RichardSpitz Date: 08/26/2010

World, Hello!

I’m Richard, a Support Engineer here at Microsoft with the Platforms Core team. We’re...

Author: RichardSpitz Date: 08/26/2010