Migration planning made easier with MAP Toolkit 5.5 Beta

I’m a fan of this toolkit, not just because I’ve worked with the people who build it, but also seeing what is can do. It’s used internally by use when we visit sites, also partner use it for their customers. Over the years it’s been improved and expanded both through changing technologies and also feedback…


Waiting for my Phone, browsing the Apps

One of the perks of working for Microsoft is that every now and then we get included in some great programs. The current one is to replace all hour current mobile phones with Windows Phone 7 units. As I wait for my turn I’ve been reading some of the buzz internally as the rollout happens….


System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 – Now Available!

Following on from my previous posts on Creating a Private Cloud Part 1 and Part 2, System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 (SSP)  is now available. For those who have not read the two posts yet, briefly the System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 (SSP) is a fully supported, partner extensible…


Creating a Private Cloud – Part 2: Configuration

In this post I’ll carry on from part 1 and cover the configuration side of the System Center products to deliver Private Cloud type functionality. Where should you be after Part 1? So a quick recap from part 1, you should have Windows Server 2008 R2 installed, with the additional Roles and Features etc. installed….


How to Improve Server Utilization and Reduce Infrastructure Costs with Virtualization

Predicting resource requirements for a new business application, especially one that is customer-facing is a tricky task. It’s hard to know if you have the new Facebook or your hands. You make your best estimates, then spend money on new hardware and hope your estimates were right. Only actual usage tells whether your server infrastructure…


How to Manage Server Costs with Windows Azure

New Applications often mean new servers. The rate of technical change in our industry means our workforce has different demands and so our “line of business” applications need to be updated. This could mean a new version or modifications that add a web service front end. Whichever way, there usually is a new hardware request…