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What’s New in R2 – The Executive Interviews

A couple of months ago I had the privilege to interview Brad Anderson.  Brad is a Sr. VP at Microsoft, responsible for the System Center and Windows Server product lines.  So… “So this guy knows what he’s talking about?” Exactly.  As a companion to his blog – In the Cloud – we recorded these three… Read more

A New Blog Series: Why Windows Server 2012 R2

Yes, it’s been a few weeks since our last series wrapped up (“VMware or Microsoft?”), so it’s about time we started a brand new series of blog articles. “Who’s ‘we’?” A fair question.  The ‘we’ I’m talking about is the 11 Microsoft US DPE IT Pro Evangelists in these here 48 contiguous United States.  The… Read more

Our Serieses

What is the plural of Series?  (And how is it pronounced?)  Well.. that’s not so important.  What’s important is that we – the Technology Evangelists of Microsoft DPE in the U.S. have been busy busy bloggers these past several months.  You’ve seen many articles, and many links to articles and resources, and we sincerely hope… Read more

Kevin’s “Being What’s Next in I.T.” Event Resources

As usual, here is the online version of the event resources I’ll be handing out to my central U.S. IT Camp Event attendees for the next several months.  It is likely that this online version is even better, because A) it contains even more than what I could fit onto one page, B) items may… Read more

What does AVIcode do? (So many questions. So little time. Part 20.)

In Saint Louis at our TechNet Event several weeks ago now, Chuck S. asked about AVIcode… “App Insight – performance data?  Component timing?  Event Logs?  Database events?  (what is tracked in AVIcode?)” That is a very good question.  For those of you not already aware of what AVIcode is; it is a product that enables… Read more

Screencast: System Center 2012 Unified Installer (Part 3 of 3)

Whoo boy!  Finally!  Part 3 of 3!  The story so far… In Part 1 we showed you how to download all that you need, and put it in its proper place. In Part 2 we setup and pre-configured the destination servers properly. And today in our final chapter, we actually run the Unified Installer.  Oh… Read more

Screencast: System Center 2012 Unified Installer (Part 2 of 3)

Continuing on where we left off from our part 1 screencast yesterday, when we discussed the downloads and the prerequisites and what you needed in place for the installation; today in part 2 we discuss how to configure your servers. “Is it really all that complicated, Kevin?” Actually, yes.  If you read the User Guide,… Read more

Screencast: System Center 2012 Unified Installer (Part 1 of 3)

Like many of you, I’ve been playing with the Release Candidate of System Center 2012.  And also like many of you, I have heard that there is something called the “Unified Installer”, that supposedly will allow a person to install many – or even all – of the components of System Center 2012 on to… Read more

Which SCOM Should We Install? (So many questions. So little time. Part 18.)

In Saint Louis a few weeks ago at our TechNet Event, John B asked us: “We are only running System Center Configuration Manager 2008 and now want to run SCOM.  Should we install 2008 or 2012?” Well, first off, John.. that’s a pretty cool trick that you have SCCM 2008 while the rest of the… Read more

System Center 2012 OpsManager and Windows of Maintenance (So many questions. So little time. Part 15)

At our TechNet Event in Saint Louis several weeks ago, Aubrey M. asked: “Will there be an option in System Center 2012 Operations Manager to schedule maintenance windows, such as for patch Tuesday?” So.. you’re asking if you’ll have a way to tell Operations Manager, “Hey.. tonight while I’m home watching TV with my husband, we’re… Read more