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Lab Ops 5 - Access Rights in PowerShell
In my last post I had a section in my script to create access right to a share I had just created and as promised I wanted to dissect that a bit more. To recap what I wanted to do was to create a share with sufficient privileges to use that share for storing VMs as part of my VDI demo. In order to understand...
10 Oct 2013
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
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
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
BCDBoot–one of my new best friends
I am getting ready for a series of interactive events next month and one of the things I wanted to show was a hyper-V cluster. No doubt Simon and could have blagged some kit, but we decided to use what we had lying around in the office. This meant I had to muck about with my shiny Orange...
29 Nov 2011
Anti-Virus and Hyper-V, Yes or No?
The parent operating system in Hyper-V is windows server and it’s a relatively simple matter to install your standard anti-malware tools on it, but is this a good idea? You can in fact install all sorts of applications and roles in the parent/physical operating system, and the guidance from Microsoft...
9 Nov 2011
Yesterday I spent a great day at the Leeds Virtual Machine User Group, with attendees varying from the IT Professionals from most of the cities law firms, to local universities and colleges where both the IT guys and the students took time out to attend, so a great talking shop and the subject of IT...
12 Oct 2011
SQL Server on Windows Server Core - part 1 Server Core installation
A while ago I got SQL Server (only the database engine) running on Server core and then found out that this wasn’t going to be a supported scenario for SQL Server 2008 R2. However with the launch of SQL Server Denali this will be supported scenario but now it’s a little more complicated to...
12 Aug 2011
Before I get started with SQL Server Denali ctp3
I have spent the last couple of days setting up a demo environment for SQL Server “Denali”, and I thought it might be useful to share some of my experiences over the next few days. Before I get into that a short post about the environment I have which will comprise of 7 x virtual machines (VMs) running...
18 Jul 2011
Guest Clustering–What is it and do you need it?
I am pretty sure the term guest clustering is not a standard industry term nor is it official Microsoft speak, so what do I mean by it? I mean the business of creating a cluster out of a group of virtual machines – you might call this a virtual cluster but that might confuse it with clustering physical...
9 May 2011
Orange Data Centre part 4–hold the phone
I was going to do The next part of setting up my Dell Covet as a data centre install System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) on it etc. and I have to be honest I got stuck because SCOM 2007 R2 is not really that keen on SQL Server 2008 R2, and while I was researching this at home my phone and broadband...
14 Mar 2011
Orange Data Centre - part 1 introduction
Dell have kindly loaned my a very Orange Dell Precision M6500 (aka Covet) and I plan to use it to show off the latest developments in SQL Server and System Centre etc. However I won’t pretend I can run a private cloud on it as that needs at least one cluster and I don’t see me lugging two of these...
4 Mar 2011
Moving virtual machines in parallel or in serial?
If I want to copy 10 files from server A to server B it doesn’t matter whether I copy them one at a time or try and launch 10 copy processes at once, both methods will take about the same amount of time and the limiting factor is the network bandwidth I have. Now imagine I want to migrate ten virtual...
22 Feb 2011
Beta to release upgrade paths for Windows Server 2008 R2 sp1
I see loads and loads of threads tweets and forum questions which run along the lines of “What is the upgrade path from [insert any Microsoft Product here] RC to RTM?” To which the answer is always “There isn’t one – you have to uninstall RC and install RTM”. First let me translate the acronyms: The...
7 Dec 2010
.VHD, one of my favourite file formats
Virtual Hard Disks or VHD’s are not just the format used to hold a hard disk for use with they also have at least three other uses I know of: They are the format used for windows backup so making a virtual machine from a physical one (aka P2V) is simply a matter of making a backup, creaing a new hyper...
26 Jul 2010
Woodland Trust part 2
In my second interview with Lionel Wilson Head of IS at the Woodland Trust, I wanted explore what the challenges are of moving from this .. . into a new sustainable HQ that wouldn’t look out of place in Grand Designs albeit on a larger scale. It’s packed full of passive and active...
21 Jul 2010
What is ADFS, and why you should care?
Active Directory Federated Services (ADFS) doesn’t sound like the most exciting topic for a post, but I am going to post on it anyway precisely because it is boring. First let me log in to windows with a Live ID.. You’ll notice I have used my Microsoft alias to sign in, and I haven’t entered my password...
9 Jun 2010
SQL Server scalability?
Is SQL Server is only as good as the operating system – discuss The ability of SQL Server to make use of underlying hardware is often held up by the operating system, or to put it another way, pretty much as soon as there is support for some new thing the SQL Server team have a version that uses it. ...
9 Dec 2009
Wir fahr'n fahr'n fahr'n auf der Autobahn
James and I are on our way to TechEd Berlin, but we’re driving because we’re both a little bit eccentric. Not only that we have a bit of stuff to take.. four laptops, a shuttle, a hub assorted drives, cables so that we can demo a bunch of interesting stuff in our session. We’ll be showing as many...
7 Nov 2009
An Interesting VDI case, Holmes.
Last June I didi a series of interviews with Alun Rodgers of Risual about the cool stuff in Windows Server 2008. In one of these.. Alun is telling me about how Terminal Services (now known as Remote Desktop Services, RDS, in Windows Server 2008 R2) could be used to provide a secure desktop for police...
6 Nov 2009
Server Core in Windows Server 2008 R2 – part 3
If I have convinced you to look at server core there some things you need to know to get started. There’s a simple step by step guide on the initial release of server core here, most of which still applies to server core in R2. First and foremost as part of Microsoft’s 3D security philosophy Windows...
3 Nov 2009
Server Core in Windows Server 2008 R2 – part 2
Server Core is lean and mean but what can it be used for aside from sitting behind your infrastructure? The biggest new thing is IIS, specifically server core can now support asp.net websites. I think this is really useful as web servers need to be secure and increasingly highly available. Server...
29 Oct 2009
SQL Server 2008 on Windows 7 / Windows server 2008 r2
I haven’t had many problems myself when installing SQL Server 2008 on either Windows 7 or Windows server 2008 r2 but there are a few things to watch out for which I have shamelessly lifted from KB955725 : You should install SQL Server 2008 sp1 as this is the supported verion on htese new operating systems...
8 Jul 2009
Windows 7 rumours and facts
The latest rumours around Windows 7 can be found on this Reuters article citing a public release in October and I’ll leave you to judge the voracity of that. However for those of you that haven’t tried it then it might be just as important to know why you should bother. My good friends James O...
3 Jun 2009
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