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Lab Ops part 8 –Tidying up
If you have been to one of our IT camps you’ll know it’s all live and unstructured which can mean things can go wrong, typically because we didn’t tidy up properly after the previous event. The problems of repeatedly creating VMs are that: The VM still exists in Hyper-V The files making up the...
5 Nov 2013
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
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
Microsoft Valuable Penguin
I sometimes think the IT industry is a bit like a load of penguins on the pack ice, each one checking the others out to see who going to brave the ocean first. In IT it’s nervousness about when to jump onto a new technology and if there is one technology that makes IT professionals really nervous...
13 Aug 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
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
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...
22 Mar 2013
Evaluate This–File Classification
In my last post & screen cast I showed how Dynamic Access Control (DAC) worked; the business of matching a users claims to the properties of a file (Resource Property in DAC), however the problem then becomes how do I correctly tag my files so that DAC works. You shouldn’t necessarily be doing...
19 Mar 2013
Evaluate This – Dynamic Access Control
Managing users access to the right files is a pain on any OS, the best that’s going ot happen is that no one will complain about not having access to a file while none of your sensitive company data gets into the wrong hands. In a traditional hierarchical business life was pretty easy you had a...
14 Mar 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...
11 Feb 2013
Evaluate This – Storage Spaces
So far in this series I have used the new storage features of Windows Server 2012 as a place to run VMs from, but there’s more to it than that. Shared storage used to mean presenting SAN storage inside a cluster, and you relied on your SAN experts to provision the storage you needed. ...
7 Feb 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...
21 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...
14 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...
11 Jan 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...
9 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 – 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...
17 Dec 2012
Evaluate This–DHCP Failover
Having looked at how NIC teaming makes the best use of your network card in my last video I wanted to explore another networking feature in Windows Server 2012, DHCP Failover.. You might be wondering why this matters given that split scopes have been around for ages and you can also create...
14 Dec 2012
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...
11 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
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...
11 Sep 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
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
Back in the day I worked with this amazing guy James O’Neill (@jamesoneill) who really got into PowerShell and had it doing all sorts of clever things like geo tagging his dive photos based on data form his watch and camera. On the serious side he developed a PowerShell Configurator (which is still...
6 Jun 2012
Drinking the Champagne – SQL Server 2012 on Windows Server 8
Dogfood is the commonly described term for running your own beta software, however I prefer the term drinking your own champagne and to that end I have spent a days leave today playing Window Server 8 . Yes its very different to what you have seen before and rather like having the decorators...
5 Apr 2012
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