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Mikhail Rodionov
Mikhail Rodionov
Mikhail is IT engineer focusing on applications and infrastructure support domains. He works closely with K2 platform and Microsoft technology stack and holds number of certifications from these software vendors.

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Posted by Mikhail Rodionov on February 7, 2019
Migrating K2 database to a different SQL Server instance – how to copy SQL Server instance Master Key

Initially my plan for this blog post was to write up a short explanation of how to copy SQL Server instance master key between SQL Server instances, but too many people around me keep saying “start with why”, so I decided to go through some practical example from K2 world to illustrate when you may need to perform this operation. We will consider scenario of migration of already existing K2 database to a new SQL Server instance. This scenario will serve us as an illustration and essential “why part”. I also feel that it may facilitate understanding of the process itself.

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Posted by Mikhail Rodionov on January 8, 2019
Installing SharePoint 2019

Installing SharePoint 2019 – Be ready to move to the cloud! In October 2018, SharePoint Server 2019 became available to the public. Compared to SharePoint 2016, the new release attempts to prepare the user for the hybrid route and move to the cloud. Do you need to design and build your SharePoint based solutions and infrastructures with the cloud in mind, even if you still install on-premise version?

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Posted by Mikhail Rodionov on June 21, 2018
SQL Server Always Encrypted feature explained

Talking about SQL Server 2016 features, it won’t be fair to leave Always Encrypted aside. This feature prevents your sensitive data from leaking out and enables to get more freedom for your data placement choices. Always Encrypted comes in handy, when, let’s say, you hire external vendors to administer your SQL server and do not want them to see your sensitive data, or when both your client and data are hosted in Azure. So, if you still do not use it, that’s high time to start!
Read the full article by Mikhail Rodionov to learn more about SQL Server Always Encrypted benefits and why and when you need it.

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Posted by Mikhail Rodionov on March 27, 2018
SQL AlwaysOn

I guess once you will read through this article you will also notice how this technology is shaped out of familiar building blocks, but what I also hope for is that you will get a grasp of what is AlwaysOn, and get a basic understanding of how it works. I will fully cover installation and configuration of SQL Server AlwaysOn environment (using new and shiny SQL Server 2017) in my next article while focusing on technology overview here.

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Posted by Mikhail Rodionov on December 19, 2017
Configure K2 and SharePoint Online integration

Despite I have mentioned in my previous article that setting up an integration between K2 blackpearl and SharePoint online is rather “a piece of cake” level of complexity compared to manual AAD integration set up the process, I’ve decided to write this article and describe this process from start to finish. Why? Because it is one thing to say that entire process boils down to adding K2 for SharePoint App to your SharePoint Online site through app catalog, and another thing to set this up completely from the ground up.

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Posted by Mikhail Rodionov on July 21, 2017
SQL indexes 101

When it comes to SQL Server database indexes there is a wide scale of variation in depth of knowledge on this important topic among IT professionals leveraging SQL Server power while not necessarily being specialist DBA. Let’s discuss SQL server indexes a bit here with non-SQL DBAs/non-DB developers audience in mind covering why and how sides of the subject.

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Posted by Mikhail Rodionov on May 30, 2017
Windows Server 2016: NIC Teaming functionality

NIC teaming is not something we got with Windows Server 2016 but I just find it interesting to review this functionality as we have it in the current iteration of Windows Server, as usual, touching a bit on basics and history of this feature.

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Posted by Mikhail Rodionov on April 6, 2017
Configuring SharePoint 2016 App Catalog

In my previous blog post, I covered SharePoint 2016 installation process, my next logical step after that was to configure SharePoint app catalog so that I can add K2 for SharePoint app and as I covered this process earlier on my personal blog, I expected this to be a small task. Indeed, I had created it following steps from my old blog post in just minutes, but, alas, I run into loads of warnings while running K2 for SharePoint AppDeployment.exe. I sorted most of them but after seeing extra warnings telling me that additional configuration is required just because I’m using HTTP instead of HTTPS I decided that it is better to re-create my app catalog using HTTPS.

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Posted by Mikhail Rodionov on March 10, 2017
Installing SharePoint 2016

Recently there was an article on StarWind Blog dedicated to Exchange 2016 installation written by Nicolas Prigent, so I decided that some folks might want to get something similar for SharePoint 2016, so here you are. Disclaimer: I did not touch on scripting SharePoint installation with PowerShell or any other advanced stuff, but I promise that you’ll find some interesting details beyond of “how do I click my way through setup wizard” information.

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Posted by Mikhail Rodionov on February 7, 2017
Windows Server 2016 Nano Server – Installation and Management

Time to continue our conversation about that “scaled down even further” Server 2016 installation option. In my previous article, I covered general concepts around Nano Server, now I want to switch gears and talk about more practical aspects: installation and management. At the end of the day, you would agree that the best way to learn new technology it is trying to use it – this way you will be exposed to its strengths and weaknesses directly, and can get the real understanding of whether it works for you or not. Though at this point even Microsoft admits that despite all its greatness, at the moment, Nano Server has quite limited utility as it supports only a small subset of roles and features out of those which you can find in full GUI version of Windows Server.

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