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Lab Ops – part 1 Introduction
For some people building demo setups is a part of the job, for example Trainers pre-sales Technical roles and evangelists like me. Everything shifts as these evolve for example a beta product comes out and we need to show new concepts that the technology introduces, for example software defined...
17 Sep 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
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
Curiously one of the topics we hardly ever get asked about at our IT Camps is security in Hyper-V. Perhaps it’s because you all have total confidence in our approach security, or you already have the facts to hand, but more likely is that you forgot to ask about because it’s not top of your agenda...
11 May 2012
Business Intelligence for the Private Cloud part 1
If you have looked at any of the new components of System Center 2012 you may have noticed that everyone seems to have a bunch of reports, some of them have data marts or data warehouses and some of them have analytics in the form of analysis services cubes. Apart from the confusion over when to...
30 Apr 2012
Private Cloud IT Camps
I have covered some of what we do at IT camps in a couple of previous posts, but what we did in Birmingham and London this week was to launch a new kind of camp, on Private Cloud. This builds on knowledge gained at a Hyper-V IT camp and on Microsoft Virtual Academy and explain the how and why of...
23 Mar 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
Notes from IT Camp, Leeds 28th Feb
Simon and I did our first IT camp in Leeds on Tuesday, and I would like to say thank you to those that cam along as you were the beta testers for this new kind of event. As you can see we had a much more informal setup of groups of 8 or 9 around tables with a lot more collaboration and interaction...
1 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
Private Cloud–Nothing to see please move along
One of the reasons the term Private Cloud is getting a bad press is that it’s all marketing fluff and isn’t real. In any data centre you are going to be doing thing like.. deploying applications fixing applications performance tuning load balancing resource planning decommissioning applications patching...
7 Dec 2011
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 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
System Center 2012–It’s all about the application
The Accountants, sales guys and lawyers in your business don’t understand or care about how fast your hypervisor is or how many nodes there are in your cluster. What they care about is that the e-mail works the intranet is up and the business can trade with its customers. In short they care about...
24 Oct 2011
SQL Server HP Appliances & the modern data centre
There is a lot of advice on whether to virtualise SQL Server and many dbas are under pressure to do this. There’s good advice here from SQL CAT on best practice on hyper-V and if you are in the business of acquiring hardware to run SQL Server virtualised then there are two reference architectures...
17 Oct 2011
SQL Server on Windows Server Core part 4 – Sysprep & SQL Server
Installing SQL Server can be tedious and boring, and now that we live in a virtual world surely there’s a better way to give developers, application managers and even tech savvy business users theSQL love without the putting your self through installation hell each time? I imagine some of you...
17 Aug 2011
Back to Skool
Getting time, and resources to stay current with technology is always hard for IT professionals even when that training applies directly to your role. If you are thinking of cross training because for whatever reason you can’t see a future in doing what you are currently doing then you’re...
11 Aug 2011
Many of us would associate the the term critical with the Register, so when I was asked by Tim Phillips their broadcast and commercial editor to join a discussion titled “Going Critical” I was a little nervous. The title refers to some Register commissioned research by Andrew Buss at Freeform Dynamics...
13 Jul 2011
SCO Saturday part 2–configuring interop with SCVMM
Apologies for skipping a post on this last week, embarrassingly I couldn’t get System Center Orchestrator 2012 (SCO) to work with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (SCVMM). Since then I have been on a course with QA Training which included a day on Opalis and the excellent trainer Paul Gregory...
9 Jul 2011
Virtualisation Good management tools Private cloud appears Public cloud worries Cause myth and uncertainty, Trust is essential [ Haiku is a strict form of Japanese poetry dating back to the 1600s]
8 Jul 2011
Reach for the Cloud - System Center 2012
For me the most interesting stuff in the System Center 2012 is the cloud stuff. Some of this is obvious there’s cloud button in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012, and there’s even a new product in the line up, currently called Concero that is totally cloud focused as you can see from...
7 Jul 2011
SCO Saturday – part 1 What is System Center Orchestrator?
Of all the bits of System Center to come out next year it is Orchestrator (SCO) I am most interested in, as it is one of the enablers to create a private cloud. It’s a new bit of the System Center suite and is the glue that not only integrates the rest of System Center, but also most of the popular non...
25 Jun 2011
Mixing the public and private cloud
No one except startups will completely embrace the public cloud immediately. This means that a mixed environment of some services on site and some not will persist for some time in many organisations. For any given service, a decision will be made about where to put it , in the public cloud to...
9 Jun 2011
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