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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
Virtualizing Tier 1 SQL Server
A while back I published a couple of posts on virtualizing SQL Server, and in the light of developments in both the virtualization platform out there and SQL Server itself I feel the need to do a complete rewrite. The traditional approach to implementing high availability (HA) in SQL Server has...
22 Jul 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
Case Study: Unilever Transitions to Private Cloud, Expects to Double in Size without Increasing IT Costs
Unilever has been hugely successful in selling personal care, homecare, and food products to billions of c ustomers throughout the world—so successful that it expects to double in size in 10 years. To ensure that its IT organization could support this growth, Unilever worked with Avanade to...
26 Mar 2013
Announcing System Center SP1, our UK MVPs
Last night we announced general availability of System Center 2012 SP1, it’s great, expansive product that is absolutely key to delivering your Private Cloud, Managing your Public cloud and managing the consumerisaiton of IT. You can get the trail VHDs at the bottom of this post or download the installers...
16 Jan 2013
TechDays Online 2012
Simon and I are doing so many events that frankly our blogs are nearly dying of neglect so I am not even sure if anyone is out there reading this! I am not apologising because it’s great to be out there meeting people at IT Camps, launch events etc. However not everyone can get to one of those...
5 Oct 2012
Interview with Paul Sanders - the UK’s very first Private Cloud MCSE
Paul Sanders was the very first person in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region to pass his Private Cloud MCSE and we thought it would be good to track him down and find out a bit about how he prepared for the exams and the work environment that supported him in his learning and certification...
26 Sep 2012
Event: Don’t forget the free UK Windows Azure Camp for the IT Pro, 27th Sept.
This camp is aimed at the IT Pro. On it you will build and deploy an entire SharePoint infrastructure with a dual-machine server-farm, Active Directory Domain Controller and SQL Server. On the road to that infrastructure you will create a dual-server, load-balanced IIS website, a WIndows Azure...
19 Sep 2012
Infographic: Windows Server 2012 – Built from the Cloud Up
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13 Sep 2012
Guest Post: Supercharging private cloud efficiencies by Andy Hawkins
by Andy Hawkins , Product Manager at 1E Organizations are continuing to face challenges in the data center. It’s true that virtualization has succeeded in addressing power and space concerns, but at most, it has only reduced spend marginally. Indeed, many companies are finding it hard to recognize ROI...
12 Sep 2012
Case Study: Skipton Building Society U.K. Building Society Increases Business Agility with Private Cloud Solution
Skipton Building Society needed a self-service portal for development environments for its mortgage services division HML. Its IT Shared Service Centre was tasked with finding a solution that would allow HML to provision virtual machines to keep pace with its agile development requirement. By deploying...
29 Aug 2012
Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager IT Camp - An evaluation from TechED Europe 2012
The IT Pro Team are either on holiday or at IT Camps at the moment so I’m left holding the fort. I thought I would use this as an opportunity to let you know about an event we are running on the 2 nd of July with Wally Mead from Microsoft HQ, Seattle We know that not everyone is able to attend...
13 Jun 2012
Create and Scale Business Solutions Fast, On Your Terms Across Server, Private or Public Cloud
The next wave of SQL Server investments will offer organizations the agility to quickly create and scale solutions that solve challenges and fuel new business opportunity from server to private or public cloud linked together with common tools for optimized productivity and cutting-edge developer technologies—build...
23 May 2012
Curiously one of the topics we hardly ever get asked about at our IT Camps is security in Hyper-V. Perhaps it’s because you all have total confidence in our approach security, or you already have the facts to hand, but more likely is that you forgot to ask about because it’s not top of your agenda...
11 May 2012
Business Intelligence for the Private Cloud part 1
If you have looked at any of the new components of System Center 2012 you may have noticed that everyone seems to have a bunch of reports, some of them have data marts or data warehouses and some of them have analytics in the form of analysis services cubes. Apart from the confusion over when to...
30 Apr 2012
Case Study: Council Expands Shared Services and Makes Significant Savings Through Virtualisation
BUSINESS CHALLENGE Staffordshire County Council wanted to reduce costs through virtualisation—improving manageability and resilience by moving its infrastructure to the private cloud. It also looked to support shared services. SOLUTION Staffordshire County Council worked with Microsoft Gold Partner Risual...
4 Apr 2012
Private Cloud IT Camps
I have covered some of what we do at IT camps in a couple of previous posts, but what we did in Birmingham and London this week was to launch a new kind of camp, on Private Cloud. This builds on knowledge gained at a Hyper-V IT camp and on Microsoft Virtual Academy and explain the how and why of...
23 Mar 2012
System Center Advisor– now live
I remember hearing about a Project Houston about a year ago, a cunning plan to allow Microsoft to check the heath of your SQL Server databases and the operating system it sits on. It is now live and it’s called System Center Advisor . It works by using ...read more
7 Mar 2012
Notes from IT Camp, Leeds 28th Feb
Simon and I did our first IT camp in Leeds on Tuesday, and I would like to say thank you to those that cam along as you were the beta testers for this new kind of event. As you can see we had a much more informal setup of groups of 8 or 9 around ...read more
1 Mar 2012
Data Centre Resource Planning and System Center 2012
Most of us like have the proper tools for the job; trying to undo Phillips screws with a penknife, using your gold card to get the ice off the windscreen or using notepad to write F# is no fun. I would argue that the proper tool for running a modern Data ...read more
24 Feb 2012
Best of Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) UK 2012
Join us for the upcoming launch of System Center 2012. Learn about 2012's exciting wave of Microsoft Private Cloud product launches and announcements – starting with the release of System Center 2012. Get the latest insights into the Microsoft Private Cloud and learn what's new in System...
21 Feb 2012
Managing a hybrid cloud with System Center 2012
Hybrid cloud is the term applied to the increasingly common scenario where a business runs some of its services in the public cloud but retains some on premise, although it is also possible to use assets from both to provide a service as well. For ...read more
17 Feb 2012
Microsoft System Center and BMC Management Tools Integration and Interaction
In his second guest post Greg Charman from Kelverion has a look at BMC integration. Many customers have made large investments in both Microsoft System Center and BMC Datacenter Management Tools. Historically integrating these two vendors product sets ...read more
14 Feb 2012
The Week that Was 6th - 13th Feb
Last week was a bit of an events week! We featured 3 different styles of events from architecture to technical and management. None of which should be missed at all! We also put out the TechNet newsletter which was all about private cloud! If you’re looking for any links relating to this topic...
13 Feb 2012
Exploiting Orchestrator - Tips to avoid the hidden bear traps
Following on from my last post about getting started with System Center 2012 Orchestrator, I asked a good friend of mine Greg Charman from Kelverion , to share some of his experience. System Center 2012 Orchestrator and its predecessor Opalis 6 ...read more
13 Feb 2012
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