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Lab Ops part 11 – Server Core

My laptop running Windows Server 2012R2 looks like this when it starts: This is a good thing and a bad thing. It’s a good thing if: You have a server you want to connect to from a device with touch on that may have a smaller form factor and you have big fingers so you… Read more

SQL Server Spruce up

Landrovers, will take a lot of pounding and neglect, but when my wife drove hers to Australia she made very sure it was properly set up for 2 years on the road Similarly SQL Server is also often out in the wild far from DBA’s and inspection from maintenance tools, like System Center.  However now… Read more

Dell and Hyper-V for the smaller business

Over the last month I have been on tour with Dell showing what Hyper-V can do for small/medium businesses,  and later this week I’ll be with them in Falmouth.  The argument they put forward for Hyper-V is really simple: You want use a new server for virtualisation, and now that moderns servers can run ten… Read more

Hyper-V security

Curiously one of the topics we hardly ever get asked about at our IT Camps is security in Hyper-V.  Perhaps it’s because you all have total confidence in our approach security, or you already have the facts to hand, but more likely is that you forgot to ask about because it’s not top of your… Read more

Event: IT Camp Leeds Feb 28th

Back in December Simon and I invited a few friends along to help us beta test a different kind of event, an IT Camp.  The idea is simply to do smaller, more interactive events where discussions and questions are encouraged.  The presenters, (Simon and I) being a bit more in the background.  The first of… Read more

Anti-Virus and Hyper-V, Yes or No?

The parent operating system in Hyper-V is windows server and it’s a relatively simple matter to install your standard anti-malware tools on it, but is this a good idea? You can in fact install all sorts of applications and roles in the parent/physical operating system, and the guidance from Microsoft for production environments is not… Read more

SQL Server on Windows Server Core part 2–Configuring Server Core

Windows Server Core is a lightweight installation of any edition of Windows Server, and because it is so lightweight initial setup can be a bit tricky, so here’s what you need to know: Adding roles & features. There’s no Server Manager in Server Core and in any case you might want to do some configuration… Read more

Back to Skool

Getting time, and resources to stay current with technology is always hard for IT professionals even when that training applies directly to your role.  If you are thinking of cross training because for whatever reason you can’t see a future in doing what you are currently doing then you’re probably going to end up investing… Read more

Gone Critical

Many of us would associate the the term critical with the Register, so when I was asked by Tim Phillips their broadcast and commercial editor to join a discussion titled “Going Critical” I was a little nervous.  The title refers to some Register commissioned research by Andrew Buss at Freeform Dynamics on what Register subscribers… Read more

Reach for the Cloud – System Center 2012

  For me the most interesting stuff in the System Center 2012 is the cloud stuff.  Some of this is obvious there’s cloud button in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)  2012, and there’s even a new product in the line up, currently called Concero that is totally cloud focused as you can see from this preliminary… Read more