Monitoring Hybrid Cloud – Step-By-Step

It is always important to understand how our server workloads are doing.  Getting visibility into our systems allows us to proactively deal with future issues.  As an example, monitoring can let us know that we are running out of disk space on one of our volumes so we can order drives and get them install…

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Event VDX Drive Down Data Center Costs With Hyper-V And System Center Management–Resources Posted

VDX Drive Down Data Center Costs With Hyper-V And System Center Management High quality, high availability, simple to use and full virtual and physical management at a fraction of the cost of the alternatives. That is what you get with Hyper-V and System Center. In this session, we will look inside Microsoft’s flagship virtualization platform,…

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Explore Microsoft Private Cloud To Get Stuff Free!

This is cool. Microsoft is willing to PAY you to try some software and learn some stuff. And you could also win a very slick laptop in the process. “Huh? Seriously?” Well.. in a sense. We’re announcing today an opportunity for a limited (roughly 5,000) number of people to get a $20 coupon for the…

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Almost Everything You Need To Know About Microsoft Private Cloud (Including, Hyper-V, Networking, HA, SCVMM, SCOM, SCO, The Rest of System Center and MORE)

Some of my friends and peers in the Central Region of the US have collaborated to put together a great blog series Cloud on Your Terms: 30 Days about the Cloud.  This has some really incredible information so I wanted to make you have the opportunity to learn from the wealth of knowledge they have…

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TechNet Webcast-Live! IT Time-Private Cloud Chats

Register for one or more of the Private Cloud Chats: Episode 1 – Live! IT Time: Private Cloud Chat, 11/9/2011 10:00:00 AM Pacific Time Episode 2 – Live! IT Time: Private Cloud Chat, 12/21/2011 10:00:00 AM Pacific Time Episode 3 – Live! IT Time: Private Cloud Chat, 1/11/2012 10:00:00 AM Pacific Time Have questions about…

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Microsoft Virtual Labs Available NOW! System Center, Windows, Virtualization, SharePoint, Exchange, SQL, And Lots More!

TechNet Virtual Labs enable you to quickly evaluate and test Microsoft’s newest products and technologies through a series of guided, hands-on labs that you can complete in 90 minutes or less. There is no complex setup or installation required, and you can use TechNet Virtual Labs online immediately, free. Check here for system requirements. OR…

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How to build a FREE Private Cloud using Microsoft Technologies

Chris Avis is a friend and colleague.  He created a pretty detailed blog post on how to create a private cloud.  I was planning on writing a similar post but found this one and decided to link to his. I hope you find his post helpful.  He goes through … Architecture: Hardware Requirements: Software Requirements:…

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The Free Way To Create a Hyper-V and Virtualization Lab Environment–Step-By-Step–Cloud Foundation

In a prior post, Pay Yourself First-Learn How With Passive Learning-Free Training From Microsoft On Just About Any Topic–Virtualization, Cloud, Phone, Server, Client, SharePoint, SQL, Many, Many More, I shared a massive amount of information on where you can get great and FREE training on Microsoft products.  I would like to expand on that by…

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SCOM Part 6 Bonus Opening Firewall port for SCOM DB Server (SQL Server)-Managing and Monitoring SharePoint 2010 using System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2

Managing and Monitoring SharePoint 2010 using System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Part (6) BONUS of 5+ Step By Step instructions for opening firewall ports for your SCOM DB Server. Please see my full blog post for more information including a list of all ports that should be opened for different components. TechNet Video: (Part…

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SCOM Part 4 Responding to Alerts - Managing and Monitoring SharePoint 2010 using System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2

Managing and Monitoring SharePoint 2010 using System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Part 4 of 5+ Part 4: Responding to Alerts Monitoring is great but let’s see it in action. Let’s see what happens where there is a failure. In this session we will look at some “Management” capabilities as well as responding to alerts….

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SCOM Part 3 Review Management Packs - Managing and Monitoring SharePoint 2010 using System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2

Managing and Monitoring SharePoint 2010 using System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Part 3 of 5+ Now that Management packs are installed, let’s see what is in them and what SCOM “sees” as a result of installing these management packs.   TechNet Video: (Part 3) Review Management Packs Download WMV Download | WMA | MP3…

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SCOM Part 2 Installing Management Packs - Managing and Monitoring SharePoint 2010 using System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2

Managing and Monitoring SharePoint 2010 using System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Part 2 of 5+ Part 2: Installing Management Packs In this session we will look at step by step instructions on how to install the Management packs for monitoring SharePoint. We walk step by step through installing the SharePoint Server and SharePoint Foundation…

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SCOM Part 1 System Center Operations Manager Overview - Managing and Monitoring SharePoint 2010 using System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2

Managing and Monitoring SharePoint 2010 using System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Part 1 of  5+ Has SharePoint become a vital part of your infrastructure?  Do you fear the day that it goes down?  In this series we will show you how to keep your vital infrastructure humming. You will learn how to “Monitor” (and…

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Pay Yourself First-Learn How With Passive Learning-Free Training From Microsoft On Just About Any Topic–Virtualization, Cloud, Phone, Server, Client, SharePoint, SQL, Many, Many More

Key To Almost Infinite Knowledge – Passive Listening… Do you make the time to keep up with technology?  If you are not expanding your knowledge, you are falling behind.  With the job market the way it is, you would be smart to keep learning.  I know we are all busy and doing more now than…

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Resources For System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 (SCOM)

System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Description Notes System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Product Documentation Collection of links to all online documentation of System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2.  This Includes: Product Documentation Quick Start Guide Support Configurations Guide Upgrade Guide Design Guide Deployment Guide MOM 2005 Migration Guide Security Guide Administrators Guide Users…

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System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) Best Practices Poster Rule and Monitor Targeting

You can download the PDF from go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=125048.  The poster will help you understand the process and best practices for setting up rules and targeting. System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) Best Practices Targeting All Managed Computers EXAMPLE: You want to monitor failed logon attempts on Windows Computers DO • Use Windows Operating System to target all…

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