January, 2014

  • Lab Ops part 17 - Getting Started with Virtual Machine Manager

    In my last post I talked a lot about the way all of System Center works, now I want to look at one part of it Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) as VMs in a modern data centre are at the core of the services we provide to our users. In the good old days we...
  • New Enhancements to Windows Intune!

    ‘It is critical that organizations think holistically about their approach to consumerization and BYOD. The new world of work is more than ever about people – enabling people to get access to their applications and their data on the devices...
  • The Right Theory for IT.

    Back in the sixties Douglas McGregor at MIT came up with Theory X and Theory Y. This is so old it might infact be a new thing for you. If it is new to you the theories play out like this… Theory X Theory Y -...
  • Virtual Machine Manager 2012R2 Templates cubed

    Up until now in my Lab Ops series I have been using bits of PowerShell to create VM’s in a known state, however this requires a certain amount of editing and I would have to write a lot more code to automate it and properly log what is going on. Plus...
  • Careers Advice for the IT Professional

    I have to admit that I am not at all interested in football, but despite all the bad press some players get, there are many who understand how privileged they are and that they are essentially there to entertain their many loyal fans. A good example is...
  • Server Market in Decline - 6 potential reasons why.

    I saw an article a few weeks ago in Information Week discussing the slow down in server purchasing. It was then going on to decry the lack of innovation, but actually this trend could be down to any of these factors: Consolidation is up –...
  • Free Microsoft System Center eBooks

    Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2: Introduction: ‘Microsoft System Center is one of the three pillars of Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision that will transform the traditional datacenter environment, help businesses unlock insights...
  • System Center: Use the right tool for the right job

    This post isn’t really about Lab Ops as it’s more theory than Ops, but before I dive in to the world of what you can do with System Center I wanted to stress one important concept: Use the right tool for the right job. That old saying that when you have...
  • What I wish I’d known in 2013, is how much improved Hyper-V would be!

    The winning story from our coveted Geekmas day one competition, David has shed some light on what he wished he’d known leading into this year and as a result has bagged himself loads of TechNet goodies inc. an MSDN subscription. His story focuses...
  • Six Essentials of Mobilizing Your Workforce

    By Christopher Musico , Vice President, Global Communications, AvePoint Let’s be honest with ourselves: When it comes to workers using technology that wasn’t issued by the company on their first day on the job, it’s no longer a...