For those who joined myself and Brian Copps at our TechEd 2010 presentation, you learned in-depth how we run one of the largest set of Corporate online services such as www.microsoft.com, update.microsoft.com, and technet/msdn.microsoft.com using the System Center suite.  We provided you the overview of the “stack” and, more importantly, a drill-down how you dig in and build the recipe that allows you to monitor, manage, and execute services as large as 650 million unique users per month.

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Beyond this, we provided during our session some great reference links that really help you start to utilize the same solution we used to build this platform.  In today’s blog post, I wanted to share with you these reference articles.

Monitoring Guidelines for www.microsoft.com and update.microsoft.com

This monitoring document is meant to provide information on the monitoring tools available for applications hosted in MSCOM Datacenter(s). It is intended to serve as a guideline for project teams (PM, DEV, Test and Ops) during various stages of the project to assist those teams to insure that monitoring is fully covered as part of the final deployment.

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Azure Monitoring & Diagnostics Guidance

This monitoring and diagnostics document is meant to provide information on the tools available for applications hosted on the Azure platform. It is intended to serve as a guideline for project teams (PM, DEV, Test and Ops) and to assist those teams to insure that monitoring and diagnostics is fully covered as part of the final deployment.

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Summary

I had a great time presenting this year as this topic is near & dear to my heart.  The System Center suite is a powerful platform, that when architected and utilized correctly, will enable you to reduce your costs and really innovate for your company.  Look for more in-depth blogs in the coming months as I drill further down into these topics but for now, enjoy!

Enjoy,

-Chris