System Center Orchestrator enterprise deployment models

  Orchestration across multiple data centers  Recently I did some research for a customer on possible ways to distribute System Center Orchestrator 2012 over a wide area network,. The customer in this case has global data centers at several sites, but also needs some form of command and control at the enterprise level.  Some information…


Powershell Tips

This was released recently: Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell helps scripters find Windows PowerShell scripts, snippets, modules, and how-to guidance in online repositories such as the TechNet Script Center Repository, PoshCode, local or network file systems and Bing Search Repository. Available in print or E-Book, I really like the Sapien Powershell “TFM” book. I keep…

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SCVMM 2012 Maintenance Mode and Hyper-V Live Migration

I suppose I should start this post with the following disclaimer: this is not an official performance test or benchmark, I’m just sharing a few observations and tips from some testing I’ve done.  Anyway, in case you’re wondering how long it takes to fully evacuate a Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V node using SCVMM 2012…

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Automating Service Template deployments in SCVMM 2012

One of the great new capabilities in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 is the feature of Service Templates. A service template allows us to design, deploy and manage a group of virtual machines as a cohesive service. In case you’re not familiar with Service Templates yet, see these posts for more information:  Overview…


Fabric management in SCVMM 2012

Recently I’ve had the experience of working with an F5 Networks Big IP 6800 load balancer, and been able to connect this with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012.  The overall scenario here is automating datacenter and application management for a global enterprise.  In this article I’ll share some of the steps needed to…


FIM 2010 SCOM Management Pack released

This is something I wrote about in a previous posting, and I had received a few email queries about “When can we get the FIM management pack?”.  Our patience has been rewarded, as the SCOM Management Pack for Forefront Identity Manager has now been released. You can find it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=a90c3145-19fe-46fb-baec-c333629f2630&displaylang=en Although the health model is…


Private cloud foundations: Service Catalog management

Introduction to Service Catalog These days we’re hearing so much about Cloud and (while there’s plenty of noise going on ) a lot of the discussion is about a very significant shift in how IT services are delivered.  So I’d like to start a series of posts I’ll call “Private Cloud Foundations” to talk about…


Improving on the Offline GAL Sync solution

Managing FIM Sync Export Files So I had a chance to work on a few additional enhancements to the LDIF-Based Offline GALSync solution. In the area of FIM file management one of the needs was to maintain an archive of each LDIF Export file which is created. So I decided it would be best to…


Architecture for an Offline GAL Sync process using FIM 2010 (plus Opalis and Windows Azure!)

Offline “GAL Sync” using FIM 2010 For one of our enterprise customers we developed a solution for what I will call an Offline GAL Sync, meaning we are sharing Exchange address book information across multiple disconnected organizations. We were not able to use the standard Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) Galsync management agent because this requires…