Archive for the ‘System Center General’ Category

The IT Pro: Is certification relevant?

The great question that resurfaces repeatedly in our industry concerns the value and relevance of IT certification. I have recently received a few notes from from Microsoft Learning about introducing their new certifications and I’d like to share these with you. Naturally, I have weighed in my personal opinion and lastly hope to furnish you […]

Managing Private & Hybrid Clouds

Presentation: Managing Private & Hybrid Clouds Immediately after the Jersey BCS AGM we will have a presentation and demonstrations of Microsoft’s latest innovation in Private & Public Cloud management technologies. Monday, September 26, 2011 from 12:00 AM to 2:00 PM Register here – http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2176289340 In this fast paced session we will deliver an overview of […]

Posted on September 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm by Ronnie · Permalink · Comments Closed
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System Center Advisor

Earlier this year at their Management summit, Microsoft announced the release candidate of System Center Advisor (formally Microsoft codename Atlanta). Essentially an Azure based cloud service which you can deploy to systems to assess server configuration and proactively avoid problems. SC Advisor is currently capable of providing guidance on Windows Server, SQL Server, Hyper-V and […]

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 1:52 am by Ronnie · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Take SCVMM2012 out for a guided test drive.

“We are on a long roadmap with SCVMM”, that is what Microsoft’s virtualization team said back on September 6th 2007. Virtual Machine Manager was at RTM back then and since that announcement this System Center application has grown to be very welcome datacentre tool indeed. In this latest upcoming edition of Virtual Machine Manager we […]

Posted on June 1, 2011 at 12:38 am by Ronnie · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: System Center General, Virtual Machine Manager, Virtualization

Recommended hotfixes for SCVMM

The latest recommended hotfixes for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2397711/en-us?sd=rss&spid=14555

Posted on May 28, 2011 at 1:55 am by Ronnie · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: System Center General, Virtualization

Backup Evolution

Backup technology has been a part of my world for a long time.  As a child, I went to the office to change the tapes at night with mum in the early 80’s. I used to drive her nuts, hiding in printers, rearranging peoples desks, collecting highlighters and post it notes. I laugh now, but […]

Posted on March 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm by Ronnie · Permalink · One Comment
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Avicode Webcasts

In October last year Microsoft acquired AVIcode, a market leader in application performance monitoring and diagnostics of .NET applications and services. I spent a little time coding in Visual Studio in my early career so was naturally inquisitive about the Avicode benefits.  When the System Center team announced the release of AVIcode 5.7, I enquired […]

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 12:32 am by Ronnie · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Datacentre IT Process Automation

A few weeks ago I was at Inframon’s War on Cost event in London.  Prior to the event I had the opportunity to meet some of the team and a few Microsoft staff.  One conversation I had was around the many scenarios and capabilities of using System Center Opalis.  Part of my response to a […]

Posted on November 25, 2010 at 1:45 am by Ronnie · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: Events, System Center General

Windows & SQL Azure Readiness with MAP 5.5

A few weeks ago I mentioned the latest beta release of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning tool. I wanted to test the new Azure readiness feature and thought I’d share its use on my blog. After the install is completed I ran the Inventory and Assessment Wizard choosing the Azure scenario Choose from the appropriate […]

Posted on November 23, 2010 at 4:05 pm by Ronnie · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.5 Beta

Microsoft have released the MAP Toolkit 5.5 Beta and the highlights for 5.5 are: Windows 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 8 migration assessment Database and web application readiness for Windows Azure and SQL Azure Discover MySQL, Oracle, and Sybase database instances for migration to SQL Server. Enhanced server consolidation assessments for Hyper-V. hardware library refresh […]

Posted on November 14, 2010 at 9:06 pm by Ronnie · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: System Center General, Virtualization