mcs.ireland.blog/infrastructure

Welcome to the blog of the Microsoft Consulting Services infrastructure team in Ireland

May, 2007

  • Windows PowerShell, What can you do with it and what can it do for you?

    The new command line shell and scripting language helps you get greater control, automation and therefore productivity. It will be included in Windows Server 2008 (you can already get the beta 3 ) But what is really the business with PowerShell? Here...
  • Operations Manager 2007 - Performance and Scalability guide now available for download

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a1b7610d-3dbe-4e51-bcb3-446d50dadf14&DisplayLang=en
  • Windows Server 2008 - NLB Enhancements

    Over the past few weeks, a number of customers have asked me about where we are going with NLB in Windows Server 2008 (aka Longhorn). Below is a summary of the key changes you'll see when the new server OS is released: Support for IPv6. NLB fully supports...
  • Are your Servers Compliant?

    When doing a post mortem analysis of a system failure we usually find that it is not really the technology side of the equation that failed but the human side. Recent studies have shown that 80% of application downtime is caused by human error, either...
  • TechNet webcast on System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Beta 2

    For those of you with an interest in the next generation of System Center Data Protection Manager, now labelled DPM 2007 there is an upcoming TechNet webcast ( Thursday, May 24, 2007 8:00 AM Pacific Time) which will give an overview of some of the great...
  • SQL Server 2005 - new performance benchmark record

    Summary of the press release and related links are below: SQL Server 2005 benchmark results have now been published for the 3TB TPC-H non-clustered benchmark. The recent TPC-H benchmark study with HP demonstrates SQL Server’s ability to deliver enterprise...
  • Have MOM? Use Visio to do some cool stuff

    This MSDN article ( http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb264455.aspx ) shows you how to do some pretty cool things using Visio to build an interactive diagram using MOM and MOM reports as a back-end - things like initiating an MBSA scan against...
  • Managing shared computers

    Whilst most companies nowadays have a locked down desktop environment, there are some unique requirements in scenarios such as libraries, schools and kiosk-type environment - e.g. addressing issues like cached data, preference privacy, etc. There's an...
  • It is Official!!! Announcing Windows Server 2008

    It has now become official, the codename longhorn days are now over. The new server operating system is called Windows Server 2008 it will give your enterprise more control, increased protection and greater flexibility. With great new features like: Windows...
  • HP Management Packs for System Center Operations Manager 2007

    Hp has delivered 3 management packs that take advantage of System Center Operations Manager's new features and Microsoft's System Definition Model (SDM). The management packs are: HP StorageWorks Management Pack for Systems Center Operations Manager 2007...
  • System Center Essentials 2007 has RTM'd

    Those of you who read my post on RC1 for System Center Essentials, http://blogs.technet.com/mcs-ireland-infrastructure/archive/2007/04/24/system-center-essentials-2007-rc1-released.aspx may be interested to know that the product has gone RTM. You can...
  • Your Data Any Place Any Time - SQL Server Code Name "Katmai"

    Bold statement from the SQL Server Group announcing the next version of Microsoft's SQL Server 2005. It is based on the following tenets: Mission Critical Platform For All Beyond Relational Redefining Pervasive Insight Dynamic Development...
  • Updated Virtual Labs

    There was a post sometime ago regarding Virtual Labs, there are just so many new ones that I thought a refresh was in order. You can find System Centre Solutions , Enterprise Search , Business Intelligence and some Windows Vista ones that have been updated...
  • Operations Manager 2007 - new reporting blog

    One of the OpsMgr developers has started a blog, focusing on manipulating and customising the OpsMgr reporting environment. His blog is at http://blogs.msdn.com/eugenebykov/ . Also keep an eye on http://www.authormps.com/dnn/ which is a community site...
  • Infrastructure Optimization Implementer Guides

    Remember the 4 stages in the Infrastructure Optimization Model ? These guides, Moving from Basic to Standardized and Standardized to Rationalized will give you the guidance to need to move from those stages to the next one respectively. These guides are...
  • System Center Capacity Planner 2007 Beta 1 is released

    SCCP 2007 Beta 1 is now available for download. SCCP 2007 builds on the great capabilities of SCCP 2006 with support for: Exchange 2007 deployments, including clustering (LCR, CCR) System Center Operations Manager 2007 64 Bit hardware These...