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Server 4024 part 1 – Virtualisation
A database is only as good as the operating system it resides on. SQL Server only runs on Windows and given that Windows Server 2012 (WS2012) is a huge change from what there was in Server 2008 R2 what does this new OS mean for the DBA. The reference to Server 4012 is because that would be WS2012...
29 May 2013
Read it and keep
I have to confess to having quite a few real books in my house. Some of these books are reproductions of originals or have really big hi definition pictures in so they don’t work well as e-books. I also find that on occasion technical books work better in print than they do on a small ebook reader...
29 May 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 – Hyper-V Server 2012
Hyper-V Server is a free operating system specifically designed to just run Hyper-V so basically a cut down core installation of a paid for edition of Windows Server. The cut down bit refers to the fact that only the roles and features needed to run Hyper-V are there. However Hyper-V itself is...
3 Apr 2013
Evaluate This – Hyper-V Replica
In many of the screencast in this series I have moved a VM around my demo setup, however there has only been the one copy of it whether it was on a scale-out file server, in a cluster or both. In any production environment you would want to augment this with additional disaster recovery techniques including...
20 Jan 2013
Evaluate This–Collapsed Cluster
19 March 2013 - This post has been changed to reflect the best way to configure a cluster in a box In my last post I used two clusters; one to host a high availability (HA) file server where I stored a virtual machine and another cluster to run the virtual machine. The file server cluster...
16 Jan 2013
Evaluate This–High Availability Virtual Machines
Server virtualisation is all about decoupling the operating system form the hardware it’s running on, and one of the benefits of doing this is to ensure that a virtual machine (VM) can be made resilient to any underlying hardware failure. In the world of Hyper-V this is achieved by building a Windows...
13 Jan 2013
Evaluate This–Storage Migration
In some smaller organisations virtual machines (VM) often run on local storage DAS – Direct Attached Storage on the hosts whereas in bigger businesses many if not all production VMs are hosted on shared storage (e.g. a SAN) , so the virtual machine executes on a given host but the virtual hard disk and...
10 Jan 2013
Evaluate This – Highly Availability File Servers
Storage in Windows Server 2012 is more than firing up a few file shares and setting up security on them. With SMB3 file shares can now be used to host high performance application data like running hyper-V virtual machines and SQL Server databases. Speed is one thing but reliability is what...
7 Jan 2013
Evaluate This – NIC teaming
In the third in this video series I wanted to show you NIC Teaming.. which is how you can provide a single network interface from multiple interface even if these are from different manufacturers. That's why in the video below I have used some Belkin USB Ethernet adapters combined with the on-board network...
10 Dec 2012
Evaluate This–an Introduction to Hyper-V
Hopefully you will have read the introduction to our Evaluate This series and are now ready to start to have a look at how stuff works in Windows Server 2102. The obvious place to start is Hyper-V as in subsequent videos in the series well need a number of virtual machine, and not everyone knows how...
9 Dec 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
Windows Server 2012 IT camps
I have been out in the US for the past four weeks, and during my absence the rest of the UK TechNet team have filled my diary with various events including the next series of IT camps. These camps will all be on Windows Server 2012 specifically around how virtualisation changes in this release...
20 Aug 2012
Dell and Hyper-V for the smaller business
Over the last month I have been on tour with Dell showing what Hyper-V can do for small/medium businesses, and later this week I’ll be with them in Falmouth. The argument they put forward for Hyper-V is really simple: You want use a new server for virtualisation, and now that moderns servers...
17 Jul 2012
Hyper-V Snapshots in Production
It’s sometimes quite difficult to talk and think at the same time, and at our camps last week I think we may have caused some confusion around snapshots for virtual machines (VM) that are in production so I wanted to write this up from first principles so that I have somewhere to refer to in future....
22 Jun 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
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
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
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
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