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Build a Pioneering Cloud with Microsoft Hybrid Datacentre Technologies
Fresh from The Register's Windows Azure webcast and our trip aboard the pioneering Concorde to take your Cloud questions at twice the speed of sound, we're back with more free CloudOS events and chat on the 14th November. This time around the subject matter is Microsoft hybrid datacentre technologies...
6 Nov 2013
Common Uses & Examples of Automation
By David Allen , Microsoft System Center MVP. IT process automation is the ability to orchestrate and integrate tools, people and processes through a workflow. Automation benefits include, reduced human errors, faster response to problems and more efficient allocation of resources. By...
24 Sep 2013
SQL Server Spruce up
Landrovers, will take a lot of pounding and neglect, but when my wife drove hers to Australia she made very sure it was properly set up for 2 years on the road Similarly SQL Server is also often out in the wild far from DBA’s and inspection from maintenance tools, like System Center . However now...
8 Aug 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
TechEd Europe: The Keynote Announcements
TechEd Europe kicked off in style this morning with DJ Joey Snow getting everyone warmed up before Brad Anderson stepped on the stage to present the keynote with special guests Mark Russinovich, Brian, Kelly, Eron Kelly and Geoff Woolsey. With some great demo’s also on display. The main announements...
25 Jun 2013
Tech Ed Challenge - The results
WOW and when I say WOW I mean WOW! The TechNet team have been overwhelmed by the response to the TechEdChallenge ! We received nearly 500 entries to the competition and had to judge more than 40 Blog article submissions. On behalf of the team I wanted to thank each and ever person that took the...
5 Jun 2013
Whitepaper: Unravelling the Network with SCVMM 2012
With the launch of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, Microsoft introduced to the world its solution for Software Defined Networks, enabling System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 as the management platform of choice. In this whitepaper, commissioned by Savision, Microsoft MVP Damian Flynn outlines...
4 Jun 2013
Where's Wally? He will be with WMUG - 21st of June in London
The Windows Management User Group will be hosting Wally Mead as he passes through the UK on his way to TechED Europe. In their words: The Windows Management User Group welcomes Wally Mead, Senior Program Manager for the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Product Group back to the UK for a...
28 May 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
Tech Days Online - 24th April - 26th April - Speaker Announcements Part 1
With just over a week until Tech Days Online , we thought it was about time we started to let you know who was going to be presenting. When the team sat down to pull the agenda together, we wanted an agenda that had Microsoft technical experts as well as technical experts with more of a "real-world...
15 Apr 2013
Guest Post: System Center Configuration Manager and Intune: Building your unified device management
By Raphael Perez As mobile devices continue to proliferate, users want to use their own personal devices in a work related environment, the known Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept. Having a heterogeneous environment is always a challenge for the IT departments on many organizations. With the release...
9 Apr 2013
Virtual Machine Manager Community Content
Over the past couple weeks we’ve been talking Systems Center and this week we are focusing in on Virtual Machine Manager. There have been a few articles that I thought would be worth sharing more broadly on this topic. Black Marble Articles on VMM Upgrading our TFS 2012 Lab Management to use SC...
27 Mar 2013
Why use System Center 2012 Operations Manager for X-Platform Monitoring
System Center 2012 Operations Manager provides the monitoring component of the System Center 2012 suite of products for cloud & data centre management, and delivers extremely flexible monitoring of the entire data centre. Operations Manager provides a level of monitoring beyond server health, and...
13 Mar 2013
Guest Post: How to configure consistent and predictable applications in System Center 2012
Author Bio: Angela Cataldo is a subject matter expert and Lead Instructor for SQL Server and System Center courses at Firebrand Training . For over 10 years Angela specialized in SQL Server, delivering training and consultancy services to a number of companies throughout the UK and Europe guiding and...
12 Mar 2013
Guest Post: Orchestrator 2012 SP1
Damian Flynn, (Cloud and Datacenter MVP), has been working in IT since 1993. He has worked as an engineer and administrator for multinational’s in manufacturing and services sectors where he has dealt with large and complex IT infrastructures. With experience spanning from digital data collection networks...
11 Feb 2013
Evaluate this - Deduplication
Deduplication is the business of compressing data without loss and this is now built into Windows Server 2012 as a role service. The official marketing from us states that you will save somewhere between 20-70% of the space on your file servers if you implement this. If that’s sounds interesting...
10 Feb 2013
Tech.Days Online is Back! 24th/25th/26th April
New years resolution: must blog more! It's only taken me to the end of January to start my resolution but I'm going to try one blog article per month. We're bringing back Tech.Days Online on the 24th/25th & 26th of April. This time with more days and more topics. Simon and Andrew will be back...
30 Jan 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
Error Code1 in Windows Update & 0x80004005 in ccmsetup.log
Today I’ve been playing with my System Center Configuration Manager SP1 lab and came across a very painful little bug. A little searching and I came across this thread on the TechNet forums . Essentially the problem I suddenly started having today, after it was working fine last week, was...
15 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
Case Study: Postal Agency Reduces Costs by 20% with Automated Deployments and Private Cloud
Country or Region: United Kingdom Industry: Government—Postal agencies Royal Mail Group is responsible for universal mail collection and delivery in the United Kingdom. It delivers more than 62 million items to 28.8 million addresses every working day. The organization was preparing to upgrade to the...
23 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
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
The week that was 16th – 23rd April
It’s been a busy week here at TechNet HQ, not least for Simon May who we’re thrilled to see has got his blogging hat back on and knocked out two great articles about Consumerisation of IT (consumer devices in the workplace to the rest of us)! We also brought you some interesting little tidbits about...
23 Apr 2012
Microsoft System Center 2012 - UK Virtual Launch –21st June 2012 10am GMT
Starts: 21 June 2012 10:00 Time zone: (GMT) GMT, London Duration: 3 hour(s) We have a very exciting wave of new product launches and announcements for the Microsoft Private Cloud in 2012 – starting with the release of System Center 2012, which allows you to manage your virtual, physical, and...
18 Apr 2012
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