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PowerShell for taming Azure

Have you got your subscription under control particularly if you are on MSDN or a smaller budget and it’s just you or a small team using it?  If you aren’t sure  then read on; else Coffee. Here’s the problem we all forget to turn stuff off or kill it when we don’t need it which… Read more

Lab Ops – PowerShell 4 and PKI

In a Remote Desktop Services lab setup involving a gateway to allow connections to our virtual desktops over the internet  we are going to need to use an SSL certificate to secure traffic between the remote devices and the gateway.  Typically in the past we would have gone into a server running IIS and made… Read more

Lab Ops Redux setting up Hyper-V in a hurry

I am at Manchester United as I write this and one of the delegates wanted to quickly try out Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012R2.  I thought I had an all up post on that but it turns out I don’t, so Nicholas Agbaji this is just for you! You’ll need a latptop/desktop running Windows 7/Windows… Read more

Lab Ops 19 – Software Defined Networking – where’s my stuff

Well done if you got through my last post, I bolted a lot of stuff together and it all looks a bit confusing particularly if you are moving from Hyper-V to System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 (VMM).  For a start where’s my network settings? When I was testing my rig I found I couldn’t… Read more

Lab Ops 18 Getting started with Software Defined Networking

In my last post I finished up where I had my host under management of Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and that was about it. As with Hyper-V I can’t really use VMM until I have my fabric configured and after adding in hosts the first thing we need to do is look at Networking.  To… Read more

Lab Ops part 17 – Getting Started with Virtual Machine Manager

In my last post I talked a lot about the way all of System Center  works, now I want to look at  one part of it Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) as VMs in a modern data centre are at the core of the services we provide to our users. In the good old days we… Read more

Lab Ops– 16 System Center setup

This post isn’t going to tell you how to install System Center screen by screen as there are some 434 of these to do a complete install and configure.  That’s a lot of clicking with a lot of opportunity for mistakes and while I realise that not everyone needs to tear down and reset everything… Read more

Lab Ops part 15 – Combining MDT with Windows Update Services

If we are going to deploy VDI to our users we are going to still have some of the same challenges as we would have if we still managed their laptops directly.  Perhaps the most important of these is keeping VDI up to date with patches.  What I want to do in this post is… Read more

Lab Ops Part 13 – MDT 2013 for VDI

The core of any VDI  deployment is the Virtual Desktop Template (VDT) which is the blueprint from which all the virtual desktop VMs are created.  It occurred to me that there must be a way to create and maintain this using the deployment tools used to create real desktops rather than the way I hack… Read more