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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
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...
10 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. ...
6 Feb 2013
Evaluate This–Remote Desktop Services
In my last post I showed how easy it is to create virtual desktops in Windows Server 2012, and while that’s now a core part of providing remote desktops to your users there is still the good old fashioned terminal services, or to give its modern name Remote Desktop Services (RDS). RDS also changes quite...
31 Jan 2013
Microsoft is serious about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, and the first sign of this in Windows server is when you try and add a role or feature.. If you opt for install Remote Desktop Services Installation and select Virtual Desktops as in my short screencast you can see that a lot of work has...
28 Jan 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 - 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...
8 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–Server Core and MinShell
In my last video I showed you how to use Server Manager to manage lots of servers, and given that you want to do that, there is less of a need to have all the management tools on every server. So in this screencast I wanted to show you how to rip parts of the interface out of Windows Server to...
30 Dec 2012
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...
16 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...
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
Evaluate This – an Introduction
The main reason my blog has been totally neglected for the last few months is because Simon and I have been on tour doing IT camps. Despite the number of these we have done there will be many of you of you who haven’t been able to attend these because of time constraints or because you simple didn’t...
8 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
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
MCSE for SQL Server
I have to be honest I gave up getting certified before I joined Microsoft mainly because the exams didn’t keep up with the release of SQL Server specifically the Business intelligence exams. I then had the same problem as an evangelist I was working on the next release of the SQL or Windows Server. However...
31 Aug 2012
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