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  • Blog Post: The Year 2014 in the Clouds

    As we are entering 2014, it's a good time to step back and look back for a moment and imagine how the IT will look like in the coming months. Don't expect me to share any secret being baked at Microsoft at this time, I'm just looking ahead with an IT Pro perspective. Products and industry...
  • Blog Post: 2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant !

    As we all know in this industry, the Gartner is regularly publishing an update of it’s Magic Quadrant. Recently they published the quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure. and, with no big surprise positioned Microsoft and VMware as Leaders & Visionaries and this year, the position...
  • Blog Post: Fixing the Security-Kerberos / 4 error

    While I was building my lab environment with the preview of System Center 2012 R2, I’ve encountered an interesting issue regarding the data warehouse behavior. Basically, the issue I had was that my Data Warehouse jobs would fail to complete. At the same time, in the event viewer of my systems I had...
  • Blog Post: Guided hands-on labs of the Private Cloud IT Camps

    If you have attended an IT Camp on Private Cloud, you may have been able to perform some hands-on labs but depending on the length of the IT Camp and the venue where the Camp is hosted, it is not always possible to have everyone play and ‘touch” the components of the Private Cloud. That’s why I’m very...
  • Blog Post: You, the System Center and the IaaS

    In a previous post , we talked about how you can move a VM from your Hyper-V Server to Windows Azure using the IaaS service. In this article, we'll see how System Center allows to automate and delegate this rather painfull operation. Before we start, you need the following in you environment : A Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 R2–First look

    Last week during TechEd North America 2013 several announcement were made around Windows Server, Windows Azure and System Center. After the event, the sessions are available for free online viewing. In order to help you navigate through all the sessions that were presented at the event, I’ve compiled...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 SP1

      +    The long awaited System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 is now available ! You can freely download it from here : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/hh505660.aspx   Don’t forget to also download the evaluation of Windows Server 2012 to get the best combination : http...
  • Blog Post: Deploying your lab with System Center 2012 R2

    With the recent availability of the R2 preview of Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012, I’ve decided to rebuild my little demo / lab environment. Here are the most useful links that I had to use. Getting the evaluation versions : System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 preview can be downloaded...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Release Candidate

    System Center 2012 is our suite of products that helps you manage and deliver your private cloud environment. We have just released the Release Candidate (RC) of the System Center 2012 suite. One of the most visible improvement of this version is the introduction of the Unified Installer . The installer...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Replica Capacity Planner

    One of the capability that I prefer most with Windows Server 2012 is Hyper-V Replica. Hyper-V Replica enables the replication of a Virtual Machine continuously from one Hyper-V host to another Hyper-V host. The replication can happen across different datacenters, across different domains (they don’t...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM

    It’s the big news of this week : Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 are RTM (meaning complete) and available on Technet and MSDN. It was announced on Gug’s blog on monday : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/stevengu/archive/2013/09/09/download-windows-8-1-rtm-visual-studio-2013-rc-and-windows-server-2012-r2...
  • Blog Post: Support of Windows Server “8” by System Center 2012

    I wanted to share with you a recent news about the availability of the CTP (Consumer Technology Preview) of System Center 2012 that support Windows Server “8”. This announcement was made on the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 blog : http://blogs.technet.com/b/scvmm/archive/2012/03/10/system...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Datacenter TCO Analysis Tool

    You may have missed during the summer the release of this very useful tool: the Microsoft Datacenter TCO Analysis Tool available for free at this location : http://www.datacentertcotool.com/ This tool will help you calculate the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) of deploying a Microsoft Private Cloud vs...