Enlightenment for SCVMM – Defining Network Locations & Tags

The primary thing that took some digging up when starting to use System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 was understanding of Network Locations & Tags.  There is a great blog on this topic but I want to make sure that we extend this a bit taking into account yesterday’s post of enabling of VLAN trunking….

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Buzz: Getting VLAN Trunking working with Hyper-V

A few months ago I was scrambling around trying to locate documentation on this feature called “VLAN” trunking.  You see, we had this environment that we did our engineering testing in that consisted of multiple VLANs all serving various purposes and we needed an efficient way to get VMs on the network and communicating with…

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SCVMM Transfers using BITS – Improving Performance

The one feature in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 R2 that goes a long way to making life much simpler for environments who focus on provisioning a lot is the disabling of SSL transfers.  The overhead to transferring over SSL is not overly small and to boot the data getting transferred is often…

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ConfigMgr 2007 Distribution Points Load Testing(Part IV)

In today’s post, I will focus on pulling the final piece together of this 4-part series titled “ConfigMgr 2007 Distribution Points Load Testing.”  Why is this topic even important?  This, i hope, is rather obvious but in case it isn’t let me share why it was important for us at Microsoft and why you as…

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ConfigMgr 2007 Distribution Points Load Testing (Part III)

The last variable in the load testing scenario is the actual creation of your stress tests using a Web tester.  DP downloads from clients can be initiated via Server Message Block (SMB) or HTTP but the default is to use HTTP in ConfigMgr 2007.  The next variable to understand is the use of HTTP versus…

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ConfigMgr 2007 Distribution Points Load Testing – (Part II)

As mentioned yesterday, CertPicker assembly or console requires that certificates already be present for your environment and in a folder in .pfx format.  Without these certificates, one wouldn’t get very far using CertPicker so Part II of this multi-series posts will cover how to successfully create the certificate templates for Client Authentication and then will…

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ConfigMgr 2007 Distribution Points Load Testing

At Microsoft, we have 280,000+ client machines that are managed worldwide and in our past life we were planning to scale our service to other companies client machines as well.  As part of the platform team responsible for ensuring that our ConfigMgr 2007 infrastructure could scale to support hundreds of thousands of clients (and even…

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Two-way Trusts & SCVMM | Operations Mgr 2007 Gateways – No Go

If your like me, you have a day job and that day job consists of meetings that are ramblings of this or that and sometimes even meetings that plan other meetings (oh, these are painful).  The true joy of my day is when I can close my door and just let the sunshine peak in…

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Dynamically Deploying ConfigMgr Site Roles using Scripts

Getting Started At Microsoft IT, we are beginning the process of running our ConfigMgr infrastructure on Hyper-V (virtualized) and we are starting to invest some energy in architecting our future data center in a way to ensure we are cost effective yet performance conscious. In this blog post, I wanted to share some of the…

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Yesterday, tomorrow, and then what…

Welcome to my 3rd (and maybe final?) Blog! My Microsoft career has been an on-off-on kinda thing.  Literally.  I spent a few years dabbling in the Web platform and was the originator of the IIS Webcast Series, a couple of IIS Resource Kit DVDs, and a slew of other things.  In general, I was just…

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