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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
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
Evaluate this - Deduplication
Deduplication is the business of compressing data without loss and this is now built into Windows Server 2012 as a role service. The official marketing from us states that you will save somewhere between 20-70% of the space on your file servers if you implement this. If that’s sounds interesting...
10 Feb 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
Microsoft, and Hadoop for Big Data
Despite common misconceptions Microsoft now has extensive interoperability with open source technologies for example you can run a php application on Azure, get support from us to run RedHat, SUSE or CentOs on Hyper-V and manage your applications from System Center. , So extending this approach...
5 Jul 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
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
Event: IT Camp Leeds Feb 28th
Back in December Simon and I invited a few friends along to help us beta test a different kind of event, an IT Camp . The idea is simply to do smaller, more interactive events where discussions and questions are encouraged. The presenters, (Simon and I) being a bit more in the background...
1 Feb 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
Virtual machine density in your data centre
I can only run 11 server based Virtual machines on my laptop, but all bar three of them are running SQL Server: 3 x VMs running SQL Server 2012 beta and the new AlwaysOn Cluster. Note one of these is running SQL Server 2012 on Windows Server Core 1 x VM running SQL Server 2012 the database...
20 Dec 2011
We aren’t all the same, we learn differently, we work in a wide range of business that have very different needs, and we learn at different speeds. So spending a day being lectured to on technical stuff, isn’t going to be the right answer for everyone and no matter how good the speaker is...
13 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
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
Data Mining not dead, but possibly forgotten
With the launch of SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server Denali ctp3 there has been ever more BI functionality built in but nothing has been mentioned about the strange world of data mining . Data mining has been in SQL Server since analysis services was launched but I have rarely seen it being used - it...
4 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
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
Get your own best of the Microsoft Management Summit bits
Many of us couldn’t afford to make it Vegas for the MMS 2011 so in the UK last month the UK TechNet team put together a one day event Best of MMS and we managed to get quite a few of the US speakers over for that. However that day was quickly sold out, and I know many of you couldn’t get to it...
19 May 2011
I spent yesterday at the Best of the Microsoft Management Summit in London and rather than have endless debates about what is or isn’t private cloud the term extreme standardisation was used to explain Microsoft’s approach to the modern data centre. Although this term doesn’t implicitly refer to...
4 May 2011
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