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…


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…


Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0 – Now in Beta Release!

We’re pleased to announce that the beta release of Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0 is now available. VMST 3.0 is designed to help you reduce IT costs by making it easier to update your offline virtual machines, templates and virtual hard disks with the latest operating system and application patches—without introducing vulnerabilities into your IT…


Windows Server 2008 R2 Feature Components Poster Available for Download

A poster showing the components of Windows Server 2008 R2 has just been posted to the Microsoft Download Centre. The poster contains views of the Active Directory Domain Service, Hyper-V, File Services, IIS, RDS, BranchCache, DirectAccess and Management. Plus a list of Acronym definitions used in the components. Click the image or link below to…


Managing Your Virtual World

In the previous post “Managing your Microsoft world” the focus was on management of Windows Servers and the applications that run on them regardless of if they are physical machines or virtual machines. This post focuses more on the virtualization infrastructure and primarily looking at Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager. To recap the…


Managing your Microsoft World

The old adage “A watched pot never boils” could be applied to your servers. “A watched server never goes wrong”, that server always decides to doing something right before those critical moments, just as you are leaving for the day, just before the game starts, just as your food arrives, it never does it when…


Want to Reduce Desktop Costs? (Part 2 or 3)

The question posed in part 1 was Is the cost of ownership of your Microsoft client systems rising? Are you looking for ways to reduce the costs associated with deploying Windows and managing it thereafter? There are two solutions available to help combat these costs. The first post covered deploying an actual client and the…


Why Do I have So Many Boxes?

Do you find yourself looking at your machine room and wondering “Why are there so many machines in there?” Often it’s just a question of having to run legacy applications or applications that are just too time consuming and expensive to consolidate onto other machines. One possible solution to this is the use of Virtualization….


Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Resource Kit Reviewed

After what seemed an age of waiting the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Resource Kit is here. Now, is it worth the wait? Actually it is. Until now the best publication on Hyper-V was SAMS Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Unleashed, but this guide now takes that position. It’s a typical resource kit, lots of technical information…