Announcing the Release of the ‘System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012” course to the Microsoft Virtual Academy

  The Microsoft Virtual Academy team would like to announce the release of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 course. This course focuses on how using System Center Virtual Machine Manger 2012 can help your business build, deploy, and maintain a private cloud. After completing these three modules you will have learnt about the…


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…


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…


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…