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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
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 I would probably want a database to store variables...
27 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
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 on the age old server virtualisation battle, see...
20 Jan 2014
Lab Ops part 9 - an Introduction to Failover Clustering
For many of us Failover Clustering in Windows still seems to be a black art, so I thought it might be good to show how to do some of the basics in a lab and show off a few of the new clustering features of Windows server 2012 R2 in the process. Firstly what is a cluster? It’s simply a way of getting...
19 Nov 2013
Lab Ops 7 – Setting up a pooled VDI collection in Windows Server 2012 R2
In Windows Server you can create two kinds of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), personal or pooled. A personal collection is a bit like a company car scheme where everyone chooses their own car. This means there needs to be car for everyone even if they are on leave or sick etc. and each car...
28 Oct 2013
Microsoft Valuable Penguin
I sometimes think the IT industry is a bit like a load of penguins on the pack ice, each one checking the others out to see who going to brave the ocean first. In IT it’s nervousness about when to jump onto a new technology and if there is one technology that makes IT professionals really nervous...
13 Aug 2013
Server 4024 part 3 - Networking
Databases are typically bound either by networking or IO and actually this can be two sides of the same coin if you are using remote storage. So what’s new in Windows Server to improve networking both to improve access to shared storage and access to database workloads from another tier in a service...
9 Jul 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
TechDays Online 2012 Session Video’s Now Available
Here are the session video’s for each of the sessions from TechDays Online 2012. Day 1 Session 1 - Introduction to Windows Server 2012 We start by taking a look into the Next Generation File Server that is built into Windows Server 2012. We have lots of features powered by SMB3 which we will also take...
8 Nov 2012
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
Moving to Hyper-V
I am being asked more and more often about how to move virtual machines onto Hyper-V and so I wanted to do a definitive post on the tools and techniques to do this. Whatever your reasons for doing this you’ll want to ensure your users have a good experience post migration and the secret to this...
11 Sep 2012
Offer: Get 30% discount on Microsoft certification training – including Virtualization Admin in 1 week
Now’s the time to get Hyper-V certified fast. Or get your hands on one of the brand new MCSA or MCSE certifications. Firebrand is offering 30% discount on all Microsoft courses. Act fast - this offer must end Friday 14 September 2012. Firebrand is an official Microsoft Gold Partner. Get...
29 Aug 2012
Guest Post: Window 8 and Hyper-V
Matthew Hughes is an Independent SharePoint Consultant and the Director or SP365 Ltd. He runs various SharePoint related websites such as sp365.co.uk and is the founder of the Office 365 UK User Group who hold their first physical meeting in London on the 4 th September 2012. He is a MCTS, MCITP, MOS...
28 Aug 2012
Guest Post: Essential Tools to assist SMB adoption of Virtualisation
Guest Post by Julie Caulfield who works for Veeam who won the 2012 Partner of the Year for Management and Virtualisation. I was lucky enough to attend Microsoft Tech-Ed this year in Amsterdam and was very impressed with the new functionality Microsoft has managed to cram into its new release of...
27 Aug 2012
Additional Dates added for London IT Camps
Due to the popularity of our IT Camps in London we have added 2 new dates to our schedule: Enterprise Consumerisation of IT : Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:30 AM The current pace of technology offers IT Professionals with a dilemma: deploying the devices that staff need to effectively do their...
10 Apr 2012
TechNet Seminar: Accelerate IE Migration as part of your Windows 7 Deployment with Microsoft and Quest
Just a reminder that the Quest/Technet event on migrating from IE6 is on April 19 th at the Reading Madesjki stadium. Space is limited for this exclusive event, so review the agenda and sign up today! Details below and registration at http://www.quest.com/seminar/solving-ie-6-application-compatibility...
10 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
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
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
Simon and I have spent most of last week on stand duty at BETT one of the largest education events in the world. We were there to field questions from teachers and some of the hardest working IT Professionals, those supporting the IT in schools. ...read more
16 Jan 2012
Virtual machine density in your data centre
I can only run 11 server based Virtual machines on my laptop, but all bar three of them are running SQL Server: 3 x VMs running SQL Server 2012 beta and the new AlwaysOn Cluster. Note one of these is running SQL Server 2012 on Windows Server Core ...read more
20 Dec 2011
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM availability
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 were released-to-manufacturing (RTM) on 9 February and will be made generally available on 22 February . Windows Server 2008 R2 will be taking advantage of this release to accelerate delivery of new features, mainly desktop virtualisation capabilities meeting...
10 Feb 2011
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