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IT Camp - Extend your Data Centre with Azure
I have been on a journey over the last year that some of you may already be embarked on and that is to transition my skills to use cloud services and specifically Azure. For me it’s like going to America, the language is similar, the culture less so and everything over seems to be much bigger such as...
18 Dec 2014
IT Camps–What are they good for.
One of the most rewarding yet most difficult part of my job over the last three years has been involved with designing and delivering something called an IT camp. So I thought it might be useful to explain what they are in case an invite lands in your mailbox. What IT Camps are: Technical. it’s designed...
17 Dec 2014
Virtual Machine Manager 2012R2 Templates cubed
Up until now in my Lab Ops series I have been using bits of PowerShell to create VM’s in a known state, however this requires a certain amount of editing and I would have to write a lot more code to automate it and properly log what is going on. Plus I would probably want a database to store variables...
27 Jan 2014
System Center: Use the right tool for the right job
This post isn’t really about Lab Ops as it’s more theory than Ops, but before I dive in to the world of what you can do with System Center I wanted to stress one important concept: Use the right tool for the right job. That old saying that when you have a hammer everything looks like a nail can harm...
21 Jan 2014
Lab Ops– 16 System Center setup
This post isn’t going to tell you how to install System Center screen by screen as there are some 434 of these to do a complete install and configure. That’s a lot of clicking with a lot of opportunity for mistakes and while I realise that not everyone needs to tear down and reset everything surely there...
15 Jan 2014
Server 4024 part 2 - Management
In the second post in this series I wanted to look at how changes to the way you manage things in Windows Server 2012 (WS 2012) affects your management of SQL Server 2012 (SQL 2012). Multi Server Management Traditionally to manage the OS we used to remote desktop onto every server we managed and applied...
12 Jun 2013
SQL Server Unleashed – Decks
Quite a few people have asked me where the decks are for the SQL Server unleashed event and I now have an answer: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/bb945096.aspx which I need to put on my blog so I can also remember myself! Also we have filmed this and I am hoping it will be on UGTV shortly as well...
15 Sep 2008
3 clouds and a screen
No I haven’t got the numbers the wrong way round, the three clouds I am referring to are the three tracks we have put together for TechDays on 8th October and the screen is where you’ll be watching it as this is Online rather than in person. Those three tracks are: Cirrus Room - A high-level summary...
23 Sep 2010
How to Manage Chaos with an ITIL Framework
I have to confess I don’t know too much about the detailed mechanics of ITIL, but I couple of months ago I got chatting to an expert, Erin Palmer from Villanova University in the US, and over the Christmas holidays he’s written up a really good post by way of an introduction.. So you think...
3 Jan 2012
Lab Ops 7 – Setting up a pooled VDI collection in Windows Server 2012 R2
In Windows Server you can create two kinds of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), personal or pooled. A personal collection is a bit like a company car scheme where everyone chooses their own car. This means there needs to be car for everyone even if they are on leave or sick etc. and each car...
28 Oct 2013
Metadata Databases & System Center Essentials 2010
One of the reasons SQL server can spread through your organisation is that it underpins so many applications, including quite a few candidates from Microsoft, like Project Enterprise , Visual Studio Team Server, and the System Center line-up. All of these use SQL Server to store metadata, for example...
7 Oct 2010
Installing SQL Server in a Virtual World
I do get occasional feedback that SQL Server is hard to install, all those screens all those checkboxes etc. etc. This is simply a reflection that there is so much in SQL Server aside form the database engine, however if you know what you want and you are doing this regularly then script it, if...
29 Jul 2013
SQL Azure Update
The annoying thing about cloud services like SQL Azure is that they keep changing as more features are added. The great thing about cloud services like SQL Azure is that they keep changing as more features are added. So if I write post about version x of SQL Server that has some value while that version...
3 May 2011
Evaluate This–Server Core and MinShell
In my last video I showed you how to use Server Manager to manage lots of servers, and given that you want to do that, there is less of a need to have all the management tools on every server. So in this screencast I wanted to show you how to rip parts of the interface out of Windows Server to...
31 Dec 2012
Normal Service has been resumed
I’ve just got back from 5 weeks off in NZ to celebrate my 50th lap of the sun, hence the guest posts on here recently. Just before I went away the UK TechNet team setup Tech Days Online .. based on a chat Simon and I had about what 2011 holds for the IT Professional which you can watch here...
18 Feb 2011
Orange Data Centre part 6 – Self Service Portal data centre administration
Getting started with the Self Service Portal (SSP) for the System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), isn’t just turning on the portal and letting users create virtual machines at random, as that would cause a lot of sprawl and control. Also you probably don’t want users creating these all...
23 Mar 2011
A cloudy day at EZE IT
I got asked to do a 40 minute slot on Virtualisation and cloud at a partner event to day run by EZEIT , while Simon got the tough job of condensing windows deployment down to 40 minutes as well (his post and deck is here).. I got a bit flat footed here, as the audience were already familiar with...
27 Oct 2010
SCE Sunday part 3 – Post setup Administration
In part 3 of my tour of System Center Essentials 2010 (SCE 2010) , I have simply left SCE to bed in after installing and configuring it: During this time SCE will have done the following: Implemented the group policy changes needed, Installed the agents on each of the computers I wanted to...
7 Nov 2010
Just the Facts
I spent the first part of my career working IT for various UK government departments, and in every case we had exacting methods for working out the total cost of ownership (TCO) of any IT system we acquired, the point being it was our model based on the way IT is run in our organisations. This...
21 Aug 2013
Getting Started with SCOM 2012 beta
System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2012 is now in beta along with all of the other System Center 2012 suite , and because it’s a beta the installation process is a little tricky. Having spent a morning on it I thought it would be good if I told you what I did so you don’t have to go through this...
3 Nov 2011
SQL Azure – Back to the Future
As I write this I am setting up a SQL Azure database to use as the source for some of my BI demos over the coming months, and the experience takes me back to when I first started in business intelligence. If you haven’t come across SQL Azure, imagine someone has set up SQL Server for you on a server...
15 May 2010
SQL Server 2012 and the private cloud
Putting up a marketing slide that says SQL Server is a good private cloud citizen is good marketing, but what’s in the box to back the claim up? My top three would be: Windows Server core . Patching is a major maintenance problem with lots of virtual machines, and server core cuts that in half...
1 Nov 2011
Are we spending too much time with Excel?
Despite my love of SQL Server and my respect for Oracle, and MySQL the worlds number one database is excel. I know that many purists and DBA’s will shudder at me grouping a spreadsheet with a database, but look at this form the perspective of number of hours of users using excel and the volume...
15 May 2008
Microsoft System Center and BMC Management Tools Integration and Interaction
In his second guest post Greg Charman from Kelverion has a look at BMC integration. Many customers have made large investments in both Microsoft System Center and BMC Datacenter Management Tools. Historically integrating these two vendors product sets has been challenging and time consuming.With the...
14 Feb 2012
Simon and I have spent most of last week on stand duty at BETT one of the largest education events in the world. We were there to field questions from teachers and some of the hardest working IT Professionals, those supporting the IT in schools. Agility is essential to cope with the new influx...
16 Jan 2012
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