David Ziembicki on Infrastructure Architecture

  • Architecting a Microsoft Private Cloud

    The first part of a four-part article series titled Architecting a Microsoft Private Cloud, by myself and my colleague Adam Fazio (@adamfazio) has been published in TechNet Magazine here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/hh127072.aspx ...
  • Demo any Virtualization Scenario with this Portable Setup

    This week I had some folks ask me about the hardware and setup I use for customer meetings and demonstrations. Since I’m in the Consulting side of the business, usually my customer discussions are multi-product scenarios or solution-oriented, not just...
  • VMM 2008 R2 in a Multi-Forest Environment

    In my continuing work on building a private cloud offering with Hyper-V and System Center, I started work on a scenario today where the “fabric” management infrastructure is in a different Active Directory forest than the fabric hosts. This would be something...
  • Managing Virtual Switches and Networks Across Hyper-V Hosts

    I was asked a question this morning about the following customer requirement: “Managing virtual switches should be done from a central point and the configuration should be automatically distributed to the host operating system in such a way as to eliminate...
  • 10 VDI Resources for Microsoft + Citrix Implementations

    While preparing for an upcoming VDI project I went through my archives and inventoried some trusted blogs for architecture, scale, and implementation guidance for the Microsoft + Citrix VDI solution which consists of Hyper-V, VMM, and APP-V from Microsoft...
  • RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory Documentation

    Concurrent with the release of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta ( available here ), a bunch of documentation and step-by-step guides have been released. These two posts have a good list of links for RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory: http://blogs.msdn.com/b...
  • From Virtualization to Dynamic IT

    Issue 24 of the Microsoft Architecture Journal focuses on virtualization. My paper, From Virtualization to Dynamic IT , has been published in this issue. My thesis: Virtualization is a critical infrastructure-architecture layer that is required for achieving...
  • Creating a Microsoft Virtualization Practice

    With the release of Hyper-V R2 and Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, many service organizations are seeing a business opportunity around providing design, planning, and implementation services around Hyper-V and the rest of the Microsoft virtualization...
  • The Year Ahead

    What is a dynamic datacenter? How does a dynamic datacenter enable private cloud computing and fit within a long term, enterprise cloud strategy? What can be achieved now with Microsoft and partner solutions while laying the ground work for future product...
  • Private Clouds: Believe it or not?

    Recently there has been some healthy debate around the validity of “private clouds” and whether such a construct is new or just a different name for virtualization and automated provisioning, i.e. a marketecture. In this corner for the anti-Private Cloud...
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about VHDs

    The Virtual Hard Disk Getting Started Guide is 61 pages of great info outlining all the relevant scenarios, configurations, and options for using VHD files. This was release about 3 weeks ago but I missed it at the time due to training and TechReady9...
  • Cloud Computing: Taxes Analogous to Atmospheric Pressure

    In a blog posting earlier this week , the Azure team announced that they would be moving all Azure applications out of our “USA – Northwest” datacenter. I was fascinated by this given that the stated reason for this move is a change in local tax law which...
  • TechReady9 Day 4 and 5 Wrap-up

    Day 4 and 5 of TechReady were action packed, I didn’t even have time to post yesterday. I skipped the first session timeslot on Thurs to prepare for the double session I was presenting with Citrix. The double session format basically allocates two sessions...
  • TechReady9 Day 3 Wrap-up

    Day 3 kicked off with a keynote by Ray Ozzie and several very cool demos on UI futures, what’s coming across some of the Bing features, and some stuff MSR is working on. There was also a good discussion of how concepts move from MSR, to Labs, then into...
  • TechReady9 Day 2 Wrap-up

    Day 2 at TechReady was packed with technical sessions, no keynotes. In the morning I attended a session on model driven development. Not yet an infrastructure architecture related technology but as I mentioned yesterday regarding System Center, Microsoft...
  • TechReady9 Day 1 Wrap-up

    TechReady is always motivating and day one of TechReady 9 was no different as thousands of folks from Microsoft’s field organization (Consulting, Support, Sales, etc) take over the Washington State Conference & Trade Center in Seattle. The day one...
  • Completing 5 days of Forefront Protection Suite (Stirling) Training

    Last week I came out to Redmond for 5 days of training on the Forefront Protection Suite, formerly Forefront codenamed “Stirling”. The final name was announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference : Forefront codename “Stirling” - the next generation...
  • Great Advice

    Sean Olson has a fantastic post called “ What I Wish I Knew at 21 ”. Take five minutes and read it, I guarantee you’ll find it useful and thought provoking.
  • Virtualization and Cloud Computing Real-time Feeds!

    As mentioned here and in a few other posts, I’ve been using Friendfeed and Twitter quite a bit over the last couple months. I’ve been extremely impressed with Friendfeed in particular. I’ve created two Friendfeed groups that I’ve been posting content...
  • New Microsoft Security Site for Governments

    A new Security section has been added to the government site on Microsoft.com. The site consolidates a number of relevant tools, solutions, case studies, and links relevant to Public Sector organizations. Several of the solutions call for specific mentions...
  • Virtualization

  • Cloud Infrastructure

  • Dynamically Provisioning Customized Virtual Machines with VMM

    There’s a good technical post over on Chris Adam’s blog about how to dynamically provision customized virtual machines by using System Center Virtual Machine Manager and unattend.xml. The unattend.xml file is used in combination with a sysprep’d image...
  • Head-to-Head: Workflow Studio vs PowerShell for Automation

    Here’s an interesting and slightly amusing mock debate between Brandon Shell and Jason Conger on Citrix’s Workflow Studio vs PowerShell for automation . If you aren’t familiar with it, here is the description of what Workflow Studio is: “Citrix Workflow...
  • Threat Modeling Guide for IT Infrastructure

    Over on the Solution Accelerators Security Blog is a post and link to the IT Infrastructure Threat Modeling Guide . From the guide: The IT Infrastructure Threat Modeling Guide provides an easy-to-understand method for developing threat models that can...