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Lab Ops Part 10–Scale Out File Servers
In my last post I showed how to build a simple cluster out of two VMs and a shared disk. The VMs are nodes in this cluster.. and the shared “quorum” disk is used to mediate which node owns the cluster when a connection is lost between them.. However this cluster is not actually doing anything;...
1 Dec 2013
Lab Ops part 8 –Tidying up
If you have been to one of our IT camps you’ll know it’s all live and unstructured which can mean things can go wrong, typically because we didn’t tidy up properly after the previous event. The problems of repeatedly creating VMs are that: The VM still exists in Hyper-V The files making up the...
5 Nov 2013
Lab Ops - Stop Press Windows Server 2012R2 Evaluation edition released
I have just got back to my blog after a few days at various events and I see the Evaluation edition of Windows Server 2012R2 has been released. I need this for my lab ops because I am building and blowing away VMs for er… evaluations and I don’t want to have to muck about with license keys. For...
30 Oct 2013
Lab Ops 6 – Setup VDI in Windows Server 2012R2
VDI bridges the world of the client and the server, and that can mean that in a world where IT professionals are either experts in one or the other ( Simon and I being a case in point), most of us have a partial knowledge of how VDI works. There are other reasons why you might be forgiven that...
14 Oct 2013
Lab Ops 5 - Access Rights in PowerShell
In my last post I had a section in my script to create access right to a share I had just created and as promised I wanted to dissect that a bit more. To recap what I wanted to do was to create a share with sufficient privileges to use that share for storing VMs as part of my VDI demo. In order to understand...
10 Oct 2013
Great Reads: Infrastructure 8 October 2013
The best infrastructure reads of the past week, including Windows Azure Pack, Virtualization, Supported OSes on Hyper-V, The Azure NOC, PowerShell to gather pref data, Windows Azure for IT Pro, MDT for servers and failover clustering in Windows Server 2012 R2. The post Great Reads: Infrastructure 8 October...
8 Oct 2013
Lab Ops 4–Using PowerShell with Storage
In previous posts I created a fileserver for my lab environment and used the UI to create a storage space on it. Now I want to automate the creation of two storage spaces over the same storage pool, which will then underpin my VDI demos. At the time of writing the only resource I could find was...
6 Oct 2013
Lab Ops part 3 – Storage in Windows Server 2012R2
In this post I want to show what I plan to do with storage in Windows Server 2012R2 at the various events I get asked to present at. If you have been to any of our IT Camps you will have seen Simon and I show off deduplication and storage spaces in Windows Server and now I want to add tiered storage...
1 Oct 2013
Lab Ops 2–The Lee-Robinson Script
In my last post I mentioned how Marcus Robinson & had adapted PowerShell scripts by Thomas Lee to build a set of VMs to run a course in a reliable and repeatable way. With Marcus’s permission I have put that Setup Script on SkyDrive, however he has a proper day job running his gold partnership...
20 Sep 2013
Lab Ops – part 1 Introduction
For some people building demo setups is a part of the job, for example Trainers pre-sales Technical roles and evangelists like me. Everything shifts as these evolve for example a beta product comes out and we need to show new concepts that the technology introduces, for example software defined...
17 Sep 2013
Time to Learn PowerShell?
By Thomas Lee – Powershell MVP. PowerShell is Microsoft’s task automation platform for IT Professionals. The product first surfaced from Microsoft in a seminal white paper by Jeffrey Snover: The Monad Manifesto. You can find this paper online here. It is a bit dated and with syntax...
19 Aug 2013
Installing SQL Server in a Virtual World
I do get occasional feedback that SQL Server is hard to install, all those screens all those checkboxes etc. etc. This is simply a reflection that there is so much in SQL Server aside form the database engine, however if you know what you want and you are doing this regularly then script it, if...
29 Jul 2013
Server 4024 part 2 - Management
In the second post in this series I wanted to look at how changes to the way you manage things in Windows Server 2012 (WS 2012) affects your management of SQL Server 2012 (SQL 2012). Multi Server Management Traditionally to manage the OS we used to remote desktop onto every server we managed and applied...
12 Jun 2013
The TechEd Challenge - It's still not too late to enter if you've not done so - a sneak preview of what you could win!
Have you entered the Tech Ed Challenge yet? If not, why not? Just by entering you could win a ticket to TechEd Europe , that's right, just by completing a form and downloading one of the products, you are entered into the draw. If you download/sign up for all three then you've got three times the...
7 May 2013
Power Tip–Use launch PowerShell from File Explorer in one second
You know how you often need to launch PowerShell from the current location you’re looking at in File Explorer on Windows 8? Well there are a couple of quick ways to do it, you can select File > Open Windows PowerShell then that’s pretty quick but a simpler trick is to hi ALT + D to jump to the address...
9 Mar 2013
Guest Post: Managing Hyper-V with PowerShell Version 3
Thomas Lee is a UK IT Pro, with over 40 year’s experience in the IT field. He’s presently a PowerShell MCP and is very busy doing writing, consulting and training around some of the key Microsoft technologies including PowerShell, Lync and Windows Server/client. In his spare time, he lives in a small...
24 Aug 2012
Back in the day I worked with this amazing guy James O’Neill (@jamesone) who really got into PowerShell and had it doing all sorts of clever things like geo tagging his dive photos based on data form his watch and camera. On the serious side he developed a PowerShell Configurator (which is...
6 Jun 2012
Weekly Wrap Up: 26th March - 2nd April 2012
This week has been a week of innovation, techniques, tools and training resources. We’ve brought you a free book, lots of event information and loads of useful stuff to keep you ahead of the game. Innovation as a Strategy for Growth Guest Post: Managing Office 365 with PowerShell Free E-Book–Introducing...
2 Apr 2012
Guest Post: Managing Office 365 with PowerShell
By Thomas Lee – PowerShell MVP Thomas is a UK IT Pro, with over 40 years’ experience in the IT field. He’s presently a PowerShell MCP and is very busy doing writing, consulting and training around some of the key Microsoft technologies including PowerShell, Lync and Windows Server...
28 Mar 2012
Guest Post: PowerShell – Now’s a Great Time To Learn More
By Thomas Lee – PowerShell MVP Thomas is a UK IT Pro, with over 40 year’s experience in the IT field. He’s presently a PowerShell MCP and is very busy doing writing, consulting and training around some of the key Microsoft technologies including PowerShell, Lync and Windows Server...
14 Feb 2012
Event: IT Camp Leeds Feb 28th
Back in December Simon and I invited a few friends along to help us beta test a different kind of event, an IT Camp . The idea is simply to do smaller, more interactive events where discussions and questions are encouraged. The presenters ...read more
1 Feb 2012
Guest Post - PowerShell by Thomas Lee (MVP)
PowerShell by Thomas Lee (PowerShell MVP) As many IT Pros already know, unless you have been living in a cave, PowerShell is one of Microsoft’s administrative task automation platforms. It is designed to enable IT Pro’s to manage all aspects of a Windows system. PowerShell first hit the streets in 2003...
28 Sep 2011
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