The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released an updated guide for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2.
The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guide for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 helps organizations address key design decisions and confidently plan the efficient implementation of a SQL Server infrastructure. The tasks addressed in this guide help technical decision makers identify the appropriate SQL Server roles needed as well as determine the infrastructure components, server placement, and fault-tolerance configuration necessary to meet planning requirements. By using this guidance, organizations can make efficient planning and optimal design decisions for their SQL Server infrastructures.
Download the IPD Guide for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=160982
A couple of weeks ago we organized a Best of MMS event together with our local MVP’s and SCUG user group. We’ve published all the sessions onto the Belux page on TechNet Edge
Session 1: Belgian Best of MMS: System Center State of the Union
In a year packed with new management product releases, MMS 2010 will provide the latest technical updates on Desktop, Datacenter, Device and Cloud management features and solutions from Microsoft. In this session we will give you an overview of the different announcements made at MMS.
Session 2: Belgian Best of MMS: The top 20 “Must Have“ customizations in Operations Manager This session will look at the 20 most common configuration changes or customizations that we implement in our consulting engagements. At the end of this session, attendees will leave with the knowledge of how to optimize their Operations Manager installation. This session will walk through the 'eureka' configurations that all customers love and utilize on a frequent basis within their environments. If you want to be much more efficient in your day to day work, you will not want to miss this session. Speaker: Alexandre Verkinderen http://www.scug.be/blogs/
Session 3: Belgian Best of MMS: Introduction into Service Manager Service Manager is about to RTM – are you ready? Learn more about the capabilities, how to design and deploy a Service Manager infrastructure. After this session you will have insight in how Service Manager works and how to implement it in your infrastructure. Speaker: Kurt Vanhoecke System Center Service Manager
Session 4: Belgian Best of MMS: Technical Introduction to Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 The release of DPM 2010 is just a few weeks after MMS 2010, so this session (the 1st in a 4 part series) will cover installing a new DPM 2010 server, and then provide an overview of the core capabilities and enhanced protection/recovery scenarios. Speaker: Mike Resseler System Center Data Protection Manager
Session 5: Belgian Best of MMS: Systems Management in Midsized Organizations with System Center Essentials 2010 For organizations up to 500 PCs and 50 servers, Microsoft is releasing System Center Essentials 2010 (SCE) to provide service monitoring, software deployments and updates, and management of physical and virtual machines. This single product is designed for midsized organizations, so this session will be full of demonstrations as we look at each of the major aspects of SCE 2010, including server and client monitoring, software deployment and patching, virtualization management and migration, and how to get started with easy setup and configuration. Come see it here first Speaker: Mike Resseler Blog Mike
Session 6: Belgian Best of MMS: Opalis IT Process Automation: Introduction & Technical Overview This session will walk you through the Opalis workflow designer demonstrating along the way how to integrate System Center products with other IT tools to create automated processes. You will also see how Opalis customers have automated best practices for incident management, provisioning and change management Speaker: David De Backer – Technology Advisor Microsoft Belux
Session 7: System Center Configuration Manager vNextIn this session we present Microsoft’s vision for user-centric client management, and demonstrate improvements from Configuration Manager 2007. This session promises to be very interesting. We demonstrate a functioning product to showcase some of these major improvements, so you know you can't miss it!Speaker: Kenny Buntinx - System Center Configuration Manager
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The Beta 2 for the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 is now open.
Join the beta review program and help influence the development of the toolkit. To participate, register for the MAP Toolkit 5.0 Beta 2 at Microsoft Connect.
The MAP Toolkit 5.0 is an agentless tool designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide automated discovery and assessments. This Solution Accelerator performs an inventory of heterogeneous server environments and provides you with usage information for servers in the Core CAL Suite and SQL Server, SQL Server 2008 discovery and assessment for consolidation, Windows 2000 Server migration recommendations, and a readiness assessment for the most widely used Microsoft technologies—now including Office 2010.
Is your organization spending valuable resources planning its IT infrastructure? Participate in the MAP Toolkit 5.0 Beta 2. Take an early look at this release, and provide timely feedback to help ensure that the MAP development team builds the tool to best meets your needs.
Kim Cameron is Chief Architect of Identity in the Identity and Security division, where he works on establishing a user-centric identity architecture for the Internet, and ensuring Active Directory, Federation Services, Identity Lifecycle Manager, CardSpace and Microsoft’s other identity products become its leading implementations.
Cameron blogs at www.identityblog.com, where he published the Laws of Identity.
Forefront Identity Manager 2010: from identity synchronization to identity management
The session will provide a technical overview of Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010. The product’s architecture will be covered, with emphasis on the new components that have been layered on top of the synchronization engine of its predecessor, ILM 2007. Live demos will be given in order to show how easily and effectively FIM 2010 can automate identity management processes within complex organizations, which require much more than pure data synchronization. Speaker: Federico Guerrini
Editor’s Note: Keeping Tabs on Remote Offices
With the myriad challenges you face every day as an IT manager, keeping a corporate network running that supports all sorts of remote offices has got to rank somewhere near the top. You have all the standard challenges—providing the right applications, ensuring certain performance and service levels, maintaining bandwidth and capacity planning, ensuring a rock-solid backup and disaster recovery plan—and now you have to do it from miles away. And there’s often no one at the remote office who “speaks IT.” Read more...
Read-only domain controllers are new features of the Active Directory Domain Services in the Windows Server 2008 R2 and they represent a fundamental change to how you’d typically use domain controllers.
Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core: Securing the Branch Office Connection
Windows Server 2008 R2 allows you to make fundamental changes to how you can deploy and leverage domain controllers (DCs) in remote environments.
We will provide you with an overview Data Protection Manager 2010 and Thread Management Gateway 2010 including some real-life demos.
Note that we won't be exploring these products in all their glory but instead we focus on the requirements when deploying Exchange 2010.
Configuring DPM 2010:
We will go through a quick overview of the new features of DPM 2010 and what you need to be aware off when deploying DPM for Exchange. But more importantly we will show you in a demo how to perform backups of Exchange 2010 Databases and how to restore Database, Mailbox and Items.
Configuring TMG 2010:
Again we will go through a quick overview of the new featues of TMG 2010 and what you need to be aware off when deploying Exchange 2010. A demo will show you how easy it is to publish Exchange services such as Outlook Web Access, Autodiscover, Activesync, Exchange Control Panel, etc.
In addition if you have any questions you would like the speaker to address during the sessions please don't hesitate to submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org
18:00 Reception (there will be sandwiches and drinks)
18:45 Session 1: Configuring DPM 2010
19:45 Session 2: Configuring TMG 2010
20:30 Closing with Q&A and drinks
Monday the 7th of June 2010
We will be hosting this meeting at the offices of Avanade in Medialaan 38, 1800 Vilvoorde
VMST 3.0 helps customers more effectively—and safely—manage the workflow of updating their offline virtualization environment. Using VMST 3.0, customers can now service:
· Offline virtual machines in a SCVMM library.
· Stopped and saved state virtual machines on a host.
· Virtual machine templates.
· Offline virtual hard disks in a SCVMM library by injecting update packages.
· Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V host clusters.
One of mu colleagues David Tesar wrote a guide how you can deploy Microsoft Silverlight in a controlled newtork environment. The guide will document the different options and processes involved deploying Silverlight in a networked environment.
The guide has been updated wit some major new additions like:
Download the guide
One of our partners build a 4 node Hyper-V cluster with Datacenter Edition and wants to use System Center Essentials 2010 to manage the Virtualization layer. As SCE 2010 can manage up to 50 Machines it is the ideal solution for his environment.
However According to the TechNet article (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/bb422876.aspx) we only support Windows Server Standard and Enterprise Edition.
Our Product team confirmed to me that you can manage the Windows Datacenter Edition with SCE. The reason why it’s not on the supported list yet is because we are still finalizing the test. But they confirmed that there is no technical reason not to do it.
Windows 7 Security: Tips and Tricks to Help Protect Your OS
Go beyond the basic security strategies for securing your computers with these tips and tricks to help you better utilize the security features of Windows 7. Learn how to recover BitLocker, to use BitLocker To Go and to configure AppLocker policies.
SharePoint Security: The Fundamentals of Securing SharePoint Deployments
Configure Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for optimal security by securing the individual SharePoint server components. Brien Posey walks through securing the SQL Server database, properly securing the service accounts and the importance of naming conventions.
Data Protection: Backup Basics in Windows Server 2008 R2
Try your hand at using the new set of backup tools with Windows Server 2008 R2. We start with installing the new backup features and walk through creating a backup job. Then see how to restore data using the Recovery Wizard, and use the WBADMIN.EXE and Windows PowerShell command line tools for creating backup jobs.
Old versions of Exchange? Notes? GroupWise? Sametime? Make the move with Quest.
With more than 20 million mailboxes and users migrated, Quest has the experience to simplify and accelerate Exchange and OCS migrations and consolidations for IT with less risk to business operations. Make smart decisions regarding capacity in the new environment. Measure performance and report on the migration’s progress. Move mailboxes and eliminate public folders, as well as protect your users from accidentally deleted mailboxes and data. Ensure collaboration with ZeroIMPACT™ to end-users whether migrating on-premises or to Exchange Online.”
Date: May 6th – 18:30 Location: Regus Pegasus Park Pegasuslaan 5 1831
We’ve just finished uploading all the slide decks and video’s to the TechDays 2010 site.
Go to the site and select “videos” this will launch the silverlight application where you can search for sessions or speakers.
In the description of each session you will find the following icons one is to download the slide decks the other one is to watch the session online.
If you need to download any of these sessions you need to go to our edge site. http://edge.technet.com/belux
Best of MMS 2010 will provide the opportunity to learn more about IT Management solutions from Microsoft and how you can adopt them in your datacenter. MMS is an annual event in Las Vegas where we deliver deep technical content on our latest management solution offering.
In a year packed with new management product releases, MMS 2010 will provide the latest technical updates on Desktop, Datacenter, Device and Cloud management features and solutions from Microsoft. This year 5 of our Belgian Experts from the System Center User Group will attend this event and bring back all the valuable information and present them to the Belgian IT Professionals.
You have the choice to either attend this event in person or follow it by using live-meeting.
Agenda of the day
Date: May 11, 2010
What is SCOM 2007 R2 and how can it help in managing SQL Servers.
Managing SQL Server requires insight in the state and performance of the underlying infrastructure, OS and individual SQL components. System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 cannot only give you that insight, but it can be reused in a broader application/service monitoring view. This session focuses on the out-of-the-box capabilities of System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 but also shows you how a distributed application can easily reuse these capabilities to provide an extra step in monitoring.
Registration is now open at http://sqlug.be/nextevent
During this half day event you will learn more about the Microsoft Identity and Access Management portfolio. We will kick off the event with a talk delivered by Kim Cameron, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect of Identity.
Kim will take us to a wider identity conversation. Henk Den Baes will dive into the needs and IT challenges that Identity and Access management brings and how Forefront Identity Manager tackles these. In the last session Federico will give a technical overview of Forefront Identity Manager with live demos. Agenda of the day:
“Wider Identity Conversation”
“Microsoft Identity & Access Management: Business Needs and IT Challenges”
“Forefront Identity Manager 2010: From Identity Synchronization to Identity Management.”
May 3, 2010
Living Tomorrow Indringingsweg 1 Vilvoorde
I often get the question if you can use System Center Essentials 2010 (SCE) to manage your Virtual Infrastructure. The answer depends on how many virtual machines you want to manage today and in the future. SCE 2010 includes Virtual Machine management but only a subset of the capabilities of System Center Virtual Machine Manager. Let’s have a look at the differences:
Physical to Virtual Conversion
Virtual to Virtual Conversion
Migration across physical machines
Physical resource optimization (PRO)
VM configuration & properties
64 bit guest OS
Hardware Assisted Virtualization
Synthetic Network Support
Import VM (multiple VHD + snapshot)
Configure advanced network settings
If you don’t need VMWare management and the self service portal you will be able to use SC2010.
There is also the licensing aspect that you need to take into consideration:
Licensing for Managed Virtual Machines in Essentials 2010 Essentials 2010 is licensed per device. Only physical computers consume server or client management licenses and are required to have a license. However, Essentials is limited to managing up to 50 server operating system environments and 500 client operating system environments. For example, you might have purchased licenses to manage 20 physical servers, are managing all 20 physical servers, and are also managing 30 virtual servers. Because you are managing 50 server operating system environments, you cannot manage any additional physical or virtual servers.
In conclusion you can manage 50 servers being Virtual or Physical and you only need to license your physical servers.
Watch the What's New with System Center Essentials 2010 webcast for more information.
With the TechDays behind us we are now working hard to publish the sessions onto the Belux Edge platform.
We’ve already published the keynote last week. Today you can enjoy a compilation video of the TechDays 2010.
Gesteund door de geïntegreerde Stirling beveiligingssuite en TMG’s geavanceerde beveiligingsfeatures krijgen organisaties geïntegreerde beveiliging die werkt in de praktijk.
In deze sessie presenteren we de voordelen van deze geïntegreerde aanpak en gaan we dieper in op de belangrijkste features en de ‘high level’ architectuur.
Bekijk de sessie hier of ga naar de Belux Edge pagina.
I’m cleaning up my mailbox and I came across this Q&A from one of the TechNet livemeetings. (It’s in Dutch)
URL categorisatie ook voor Belgische (Europese) sites ?
Ja, je kunt dit nagaan op http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/mrs/
Zijn er quota's mogelijk voor bandbreedte en/of voor data volume (per dag, maand,...) ? cfr. slide 64
Er zijn mogelijkheden om quota op te zetten, maar dit is eerder bedoeld voor flooding tegen te gaan. Meer info hierover vind je op http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc995196.aspx
Geen Exchange 2010 support: wil dit zeggen, ook geen OWA publishing, POP3 en IMAP?
OWA voor 2010 is gesupporteerd, meer info op http://www.isaserver.org/tutorials/Publishing-Outlook-Web-Access-Microsoft-Forefront-TMG.html
Kan UAG werken met een hardware token (BV: Aladin) ?
Ja; Out of the box UAG Server is able to work with a lot of authentication vendors such as RSA Security, Vasco, Swivel, ActivCard & Aladdin. It also works with numerous authentication systems and protocols such as Active Directory, RADIUS, LDAP, NTLM, Lotus Domino, PKI and TACACS+
Waar plaats je de TMG server best fysisch in het netwerk?
Info hierover vind je op http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd896975.aspx
Kan je de TMG upgraden naar UAG?
Werkt de url filtering in TMG ook als je TMG als transparante proxy (def gw) gebruikt ?
In the case of transparent proxying, TMG first looks for a host in the host header, and if not found, forwards the IP to MRS. No reverse lookups.
Blijft voor TMG de licentie per processor?
Licensing is per-socket; not per-core.
Q: Why was the original name for the release BizTalk Server 2009 R2?
BizTalk Server 2009 R2 was planned to be a focused release to deliver support for Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008 R2 and Visual Studio 2010. Aligning BizTalk releases to core server platform releases is very important for our customers. Hence our original plan was to name the release as BizTalk Server 2009 R2.
Q: Why did Microsoft decide to change the name for BizTalk Server 2009 R2 to BizTalk Server 2010?
Over past year we got lot of feedback from our key customers and decided to incorporate few key asks from our customers in this release. Based on customer value we are delivering and positive feedback we are getting from our early adopter customers we feel the release has transitioned from minor release (BizTalk Server 2009 R2) to a major release (BizTalk Server 2010).
Following is list of key capabilities we have added to the release
1. Enhanced trading partner management that will enable our customers to manage complex B2B relationships with ease
2. Increase productivity through enhanced BizTalk Mapper. These enhancements are critical in increasing productivity in both EAI and B2B solutions; and a favorite feature of our customers.
3. Enable secure data transfer across business partners with FTPS adapter
4. Updated adapters for SAP 7, Oracle eBusiness Suite 12.1, SharePoint 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2
5. Improved and simplified management with updated System Center management pack
6. Simplified management through single dashboard which enables IT Pros to backup and restore BizTalk configuration
7. Enhanced performance tuning capabilities at Host and Host Instance level
8. Continued innovation in RFID Space with out of box event filtering and delivery of RFID events
Q: Is there any additional benefit to customers with name change to BizTalk Server 2010?
In addition to all the great value the release provides, customers will benefit from support window being reset to 10 years (5 years mainstream and 5 years extended support). This highlights Microsoft’s long term commitment to BizTalk Server product.
2010 will definitely be the year of the cloud. During the keynote you will hear about the continuum of cloud services spanning from Iaas to Saas that Microsoft is offering and that will allow organizations to move between cloud computing models with the confidence that their existing investments in their datacenter are safe, and can be leveraged in this new paradigm. Existing applications and services will be able to move to the private or public cloud without the need to learn unproven technologies or introduce unnecessary complexity.
In the second part of the keynote you’ll see how you can increase user productivity by implementing the Microsoft stack
Speaker: Luc Van De Velde – DPE Director Microsoft Belgium
Guest Speakers: Tony Krijnen, Daniel Van Soest and Arlindo Alves – IT Pro Evangelists Microsoft