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…

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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….

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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MED-V 2.0 Beta Available

The beta of the next version of Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) is now available. For those not familiar with MED-V, it’s part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). The purpose of MED-V is to remove the barriers to Windows upgrades by resolving application incompatibility with Windows Vista or Windows 7. MED-V does this…

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Microsoft Press Books for Sale on Apple’s iBookstore

EBooks are an increasingly popular format. My own E-Reader has a number of publications on it. I can carry way more information to various engagements than before I switched. Since the distribution partnership between Microsoft Press and O’Reilly, many MS Press publications have been converted into the popular e-formats by O’Reilly. They have done a…

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Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) 3.0 – Now Available!

The increasing use of virtual machines—for purposes ranging from support of older operating system environments, power savings through to the deployment of Private Clouds—has created new challenges for IT. In particular, virtual machines may be left offline (stored in a non-operating state) for extended periods of time, which conserves resources when the server capacities of…

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Creating a Private Cloud – Part 1: Setup

Can I offer IT as a Service? Virtualization offers many benefits; it’s the technological change in our industry that underpins the Cloud Computing wave. With Virtualization, you can reduce the number of physical servers you own and maintain, reduce energy costs, even implement high availability solutions you thought beyond your budgets. Then you look at…

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