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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Upgrading System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 to 2012 R2

    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager (SCCM) provides an effective IT enabler allowing for secure and scalable software deployment, compliance settings management, and comprehensive asset management of servers, desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. Coupled with Intune, SCCM can be the one window...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating A Windows To Go Workspace

    One of the great additions Microsoft included in Windows 8 was the ability to create a supported Windows workspace on a approved bootable USB drive. Further enablement was added to the Windows To Go offering this past October alongside the upgrade offering of Windows 8.1. The Windows Store is now enabled...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Windows 8.1 Start Screen Customization via PowerShell

    The Windows 8.1 Start Screen can be utilized as an important tool to all employees of respected organizations to be kept informed. One of the challenges faced by IT Professionals is the need to properly setup said Start Screen. This is to ensure employees gain immediate gratification in regards to the...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Enabling People Centric IT

    The term "Bring your Own Device" or BYOD, has been coming up more frequently in conversation as of late. This is because the line between business and consumer devices has almost completely eroded. Sleek and jaw dropping smartphones and tablets now include TPM chipsets and FIPS 140-2 adherence further...
  • Blog Post: Put your Career into Hyperdrive by Adding Hyper-V to your Skillset

    The world is increasingly becoming a multi-hypervisor world. With nearly two thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform, IT professionals are challenged to become experts in more than one virtualization offering. With time and resources always in limited supply, Microsoft has created...
  • Blog Post: Production Virtualization for SMB - SC-VMM, Server 2008 and Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1

    I was talking with Dana Epp when Rodney and I were out in Vancouver for the MySecurity tour a couple of months back. He was telling me about when he was trying to get a straight answer on how he license System Centre Virtual Machine Manger in his office and the software reseller he was talking to didn...
  • Blog Post: TechDays Infrastructure Track Resources

    Building High Availability Infrastructures with Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering Cluster Team Blog: http ://blogs.msdn.com/clustering Clustering on Microsoft TechNet: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=107273 Clustering Webcasts: http://msevents.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Tour Stops for VirtualReality community tour

    I thought I should update you on the progress of the community tour called “ VirtualReality: The Truth about Microsoft’s Interoperable Virtualization Stack ”. After only a week or so of Tweets and emails – We’ve got a number of confirmations as well as some tentative requests...
  • Blog Post: Talking to MVPs & Customers at MMS 2012– Brad Bird & Colin Smith from Cistel Technology

    This year I get the opportunity to connect with the sizeable contingent of customers, Partners and Microsoft Valued Professionals (MVPs) attending the Microsoft Management Summit 2012 (MMS 2012) in Las Vegas April 16-20.  Each of the individuals I spoke to were very excited about what they will...
  • Blog Post: Simplifying IT @ Energize IT

    You might know that I run a website with Dan Nerenberg called thelazyadmin.com . Another friend and MVP, Mitch Tulloch wrote an article titled Laziness as a Virtue . In the article Mitch talks about how laziness can actually be a good thing! If you want to kick up your feet you need to check this track...
  • Blog Post: An interesting year.....

    Today the Energize IT '07 "early-bird" registration page went live. You can go and register yourself for the event and join us for the day as we celebrate the past year and get your geek on! Energize IT '07 will be a big event, much bigger than last year and we have a lot lined up. While we are still...
  • Blog Post: Another Launch?

    Yes, indeed, we have another launch. Today, May 2nd 2007, is the launch day for System Center and Forefront tools. Some of these tools have RTM'd already and some are set to in the near future. On the upcoming Future of the Server Room tour Rick and I will be talking about System Center Operations Manager...
  • Blog Post: Talking to MVPs & Customers at MMS 2012– Kathleen Wilson

    This year I get the opportunity to connect with the sizeable contingent of customers, Partners and Microsoft Valued Professionals (MVPs) attending the Microsoft Management Summit 2012 (MMS 2012) in Las Vegas April 16-20. Each of the individuals I spoke to were very excited about what they will see and...
  • Blog Post: TechDays Virtualization Track Resources

    Planning Successful Physical to Virtual Server Migrations with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit MAP Team Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/mapblog MAP Toolkit Download http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=67240b76-3148-4e49-943d-4d9ea7f77730&DisplayLang...
  • Blog Post: Important Webcast Tomorrow: Learn About Exciting Developments in Microsoft’s Private Cloud Strategy

    Tomorrow (January 17th) at 8:30am PST / 11:30am EST there is a really important webcast featuring Satya Nadella , the President of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business.  If you are interested in hearing developments about Microsoft’s Private Cloud strategy including the System Center product line...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Upgrading SCSM 2012 and Orchestrator 2012 Environments to SP1

    System Center 2012 SP1 was recently released. You can now download and install it for all System Center 2012 products. Using the same installation media you can: Install System Center 2012 SP1 as a net new install Upgrade an existing System Center 2012 RTM installation You can upgrade...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Enabling iOS Devices in the Workplace Via System Center and Windows Server 2012 R2

    As most are well aware, iOS tablets have garnered a great deal of appeal for utilization within businesses. For that matter, utilization of all iOS devices available for daily tasks has become a common ask amongst a multitude of workers. The People-centric IT (PCIT) trend has many industry segments receiving...
  • Blog Post: [Videocast] Windows Server Virtualization Preview

    OK, now I am getting excited and I have to thank fellow IT Pro Advisor Arlindo Alves for finding this gem. :) More and more of the "Internal - Microsoft Confidential" stuff we got to see at our recent technical training seminar is starting to become public and this is a biggie. We've talked about it...
  • Blog Post: Get Hands-On with System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012

    After 20 IT Camp events across Canada , if there is one thing that we have heard loud and clear from many of you out there, it is that you like to get hands-on with our technology . This just means that we need to do more of them, and we are. Over the next 6 weeks we will be coming to a city near you...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Managing Multiple Versions of the Same Application via System Center Configuration Manager

    In System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (SCCM 2007) collections were used to determine any installation prerequisites. If different architecture versions of the same application needed to be distributed, two separate collections would need to be maintained as targets for the advertisements. System...
  • Blog Post: Talking to MVPs & Customers at MMS 2012– Manulife’s Journey to Private Cloud

    This year I get the opportunity to connect with the sizeable contingent of customers, Partners and Microsoft Valued Professionals (MVPs) attending the Microsoft Management Summit 2012 (MMS 2012) in Las Vegas April 16-20. Each of the individuals I spoke to were very excited about what they will see and...
  • Blog Post: Never Stop Learning - Virtualization & Private Cloud

    It's a pretty exciting time at Microsoft. We have a lot of new products that have just been released and others that are coming out soon. Based on what I've seen and gotten my hands on so far, I think those of you that work with Infrastructure (whether you're planning to virtualize or extend your virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Free Hyper-V Server R2 Cluster and Live Migration

    Wow things have changed. I first got started with virtualization in 2000/2001 with VMWare Workstation 3.x as a way to clean up my “office” in the one bedroom apartment I was renting. Just over three years ago at the first EnergizeIT event, we demo’d failover clustering in Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1,...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Forcing a Full Hardware Inventory for SCCM

    Here is a quick Step-By-Step in regards to forcing a full System Center 2012 (or 2007) Configuration Manager inventory cycle on a client PC. Open wbemtest as an elevated administrator. Click Connect . In the Namespace text box enter root\ccm\invagt , then click Connect . ...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 now in RC.

    This one slipped through the cracks with all the Hyper-V in Windows 8 client hoopla of late. For hard-core Hyper-V administrators, we live and breath Hyper-V with System Center VMM running our environments. Well – I’ve been working with the Beta since it came out and I now have learned from my RSS reader...