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Lab Ops - Stop Press Windows Server 2012R2 Evaluation edition released
I have just got back to my blog after a few days at various events and I see the Evaluation edition of Windows Server 2012R2 has been released. I need this for my lab ops because I am building and blowing away VMs for er… evaluations and I don’t want to have to muck about with license keys. For...
30 Oct 2013
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
Green IT Fatigue
I recently got asked to do an interview on for TechWeek Europe about green initiatives in the IT industry. However let’s be honest, computers burn a lot of power, require a lot of power to make and are made of some nasty exotic compounds and chemicals, so they aren’t going to save the planet by...
22 Aug 2013
SQL Server Spruce up
Landrovers, will take a lot of pounding and neglect, but when my wife drove hers to Australia she made very sure it was properly set up for 2 years on the road Similarly SQL Server is also often out in the wild far from DBA’s and inspection from maintenance tools, like System Center . However now...
8 Aug 2013
Spruce Up your Data Centre
The summer holidays can generally be a quiet time for some IT Pros, depending on the industry you work in, so I wondered if this would be a good time for a bit of a tidy up in the data centre. The easy bit of that is to actually tidy up the physical environment such as cabling left lying around...
7 Aug 2013
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
Virtualizing Tier 1 SQL Server
A while back I published a couple of posts on virtualizing SQL Server, and in the light of developments in both the virtualization platform out there and SQL Server itself I feel the need to do a complete rewrite. The traditional approach to implementing high availability (HA) in SQL Server has...
22 Jul 2013
Virtualisation and Interoperability
I often think that Microsoft is a bit like the English language, a lot of people speak it, a lot of people don’t and for many people it’s a second or third language they need for work e.g. air traffic controllers. In technology few of us run a totally Microsoft environment, a few more will have...
11 Jul 2013
Server 4024 part 3 - Networking
Databases are typically bound either by networking or IO and actually this can be two sides of the same coin if you are using remote storage. So what’s new in Windows Server to improve networking both to improve access to shared storage and access to database workloads from another tier in a service...
9 Jul 2013
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
Microsoft Free Software – a personal top ten
You might think this will would make for a really short article post but actually there’s a huge amount of free tools and resource out there and I have had to restrict myself to a top ten across the server and client, based on what Simon and I have used. So please feel free to...
22 May 2013
Evaluate This - Shared Nothing Live Migration
In earlier versions of Windows Server you needed to build a cluster with shared storage (i.e. a SAN) if you wanted to move a virtual machine from server to server without stopping it ( known as Live migration in Hyper-V ). In server 2012 you just need to configure Live Migration in each of the...
8 Jan 2013
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...
30 Dec 2012
Evaluate This – Multi-server management
My favourite feature in Windows Server 2012 is it’s ability to manage and be managed. For those of you that aren’t yet PowerShell fans, then this means Server Manager and that's the main thing I am using in this screencast.. In a small business you could get away with just using server manager...
16 Dec 2012
Working anywhere isn’t working
I was invited to attend the EMEA Dell Partner Direct conference in Madrid last week, specifically to represent Microsoft, alongside Vmware at a discussion about consumerisation, hosted by Dell Wyse. There has been much written about this, the decline of laptop sales as other form factors such as phones...
21 Oct 2012
TechDays Online 2012
Simon and I are doing so many events that frankly our blogs are nearly dying of neglect so I am not even sure if anyone is out there reading this! I am not apologising because it’s great to be out there meeting people at IT Camps, launch events etc. However not everyone can get to one of those...
5 Oct 2012
Moving to Hyper-V
I am being asked more and more often about how to move virtual machines onto Hyper-V and so I wanted to do a definitive post on the tools and techniques to do this. Whatever your reasons for doing this you’ll want to ensure your users have a good experience post migration and the secret to this...
10 Sep 2012
System Center Advisor– now live
I remember hearing about a Project Houston about a year ago, a cunning plan to allow Microsoft to check the heath of your SQL Server databases and the operating system it sits on. It is now live and it’s called System Center Advisor . It works by using an internet gateway server you setup which in turn...
7 Mar 2012
Data Centre Resource Planning and System Center 2012
Most of us like have the proper tools for the job; trying to undo Phillips screws with a penknife, using your gold card to get the ice off the windscreen or using notepad to write F# is no fun. I would argue that the proper tool for running a modern Data Centre is System Center not just to save money...
24 Feb 2012
Managing a hybrid cloud with System Center 2012
Hybrid cloud is the term applied to the increasingly common scenario where a business runs some of its services in the public cloud but retains some on premises, although it is also possible to use assets from both to provide a service as well. For some business this is just a transitional step as more...
17 Feb 2012
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
Exploiting Orchestrator - Tips to avoid the hidden bear traps
Following on from my last post about getting started with System Center 2012 Orchestrator, I asked a good friend of mine Greg Charman from Kelverion , to share some of his experience. System Center 2012 Orchestrator and its predecessor Opalis 6.3 are a very new subject to many IT Professionals...
13 Feb 2012
Superglue now available for System Center 2012
One of my frustrations to date when showing off System Center 2012 is that it doesn’t quite fit together yet; each of the individual products is in beta and works pretty well, however joining them up is not there yet. This is not because there’s a flaw in the line up or missing functionality, it...
9 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
ITIL and System Center 2012
If ITIL is the Why , the What and the When of IT operations System Center provides the how.. I have been quite harsh with the tick boxes here, for example you could argue that part of Service improvement could be to redesign a process and this could be done in System Center (Orchestrator), and...
9 Jan 2012
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