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Lab Ops 19 – Software Defined Networking - where’s my stuff
Well done if you got through my last post, I bolted a lot of stuff together and it all looks a bit confusing particularly if you are moving from Hyper-V to System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 (VMM). For a start where’s my network settings? When I was testing my rig I found I couldn’t swap out...
19 Feb 2014
Lab Ops 18 Getting started with Software Defined Networking
In my last post I finished up where I had my host under management of Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and that was about it. As with Hyper-V I can’t really use VMM until I have my fabric configured and after adding in hosts the first thing we need to do is look at Networking. To recap my current setup...
6 Feb 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 managed real servers that had real disks connected...
29 Jan 2014
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 something that Craig Bellamy said when asked about...
23 Jan 2014
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 a hammer everything looks like a nail can harm...
21 Jan 2014
Lab Ops– 16 System Center setup
This post isn’t going to tell you how to install System Center screen by screen as there are some 434 of these to do a complete install and configure. That’s a lot of clicking with a lot of opportunity for mistakes and while I realise that not everyone needs to tear down and reset everything surely there...
15 Jan 2014
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
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
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
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
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
Event: System Center 2012 – Liverpool
We are now all charged with looking at the best ways to deliver greater efficiency and flexibility. I.T. is a priority, our businesses depend upon it and we all look at how new technology can help us to deploy more efficient, scalable and flexible infrastructures. IT is rapidly transforming business...
11 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
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
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
Superglue now available for System Center 2012
One of my frustrations to date when showing off System Center 2012 is that it doesn’t quite fit together yet; each of the individual products is in beta and works pretty well, however joining them up is not there yet. This is not because there’s ...read more
9 Feb 2012
Newsletter: Transforming IT with Private Cloud
The latest TechNet Flash Newsletter is now out and available for you to take a look at online, this one was all about Private Cloud and the details of Systems Center RC. You will also find a list of upcoming local UK events to get involved with and some offers and job vacancies. The Flash Newsletter...
8 Feb 2012
Free download – Black Book of Core Infrastructure References
Featuring a wide range of customer references, covering Server Virtualization (Hyper-V), Datacenter Management (System Center), Identity & Security (Forefront), DirectAccess/BranchCache (Windows Server 2008 R2) and Desktop Virtualization (VDI), the Black Book of Core Infrastructure References is...
23 Aug 2011
Datacentre management with Microsoft System Center – hear all about it online on 1 Sept
Join us live on 1 September for presentations and demos from Microsoft and systems management partners to get an understanding of the latest Microsoft System Center server management tools. These solutions capture and aggregate knowledge about the infrastructure, policies, processes, and best practices...
11 Aug 2011
Key trend in the consumerisation of IT: self service
Consumerisation is an amazing trend; the idea that anyone can make choices about the way they work and the tools they use to get their job done. From an IT point of view it can, at first, look like a scary proposition. All those people bringing in different bits of kit and making you look after them...
18 Jul 2011
IT Process Automation for Microsoft System Center – a guest post from Opalis expert, Greg Charman
Greg Charman is an ex-Opalis expert who now works for Microsoft. Read Greg’s thoughts about how Opalis works with System Center and other similar tools in the systems management space. In December 2009 Microsoft acquired Opalis, a specialist provider of IT Process Automation (ITPA) software. ...
3 Feb 2011
Find out how Royal Mail will save £1.8m in four years by virtualising its server farm
" The Hyper-V project will pay back the original investment in 19 months, and, over four years, will realise savings of £1.8 million compared to the previous operation.” Adrian Steel, Head of Infrastructure Management, Royal Mail Group Royal Mail Group (RMG) wanted to replace 700...
1 Dec 2010
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