Announcing Orchestrator 2012 3rd Party Integration Packs Beta

Welcome IBM Tivoli Netcool/Omnibus & VMware vSphere Orchestrator integration packs to the System Center 2012 family. This is just the beginning of our commitment to the integration pack diversity! VMware vSphere and IBM Netcool are among the most requested IPs by our customer and will allow customers to integrate system Center Orchestrator with the latest…


Accelerate adoption of Microsoft private and public cloud platforms with MAP 6.0 Beta

The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.0 Beta. Join the MAP 6.0 Beta Members, bookmark this link to get the latest project details Planning your journey to the cloud just got a bit easier. The next release of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 6.0…


Using Opalis & SCOM To Protect Your Domain Admin Security Group

In a previous post, I described how you can use SCOM to create a custom alert that watches the security group on your DC’s for changes to the “Domain Admins” security group. I mentioned in that post that I was using this as a backdrop for an Opalis demo that uses that alert to start…

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How To Configure SCOM To Monitor for Changes To The Domain Admins Group

One of the demos that I do in my lab uses an Opalis workflow that is triggered by a SCOM rule watching the security event log on my domain controller for any changes to the domain admins group.  Once the alert gets triggered in SCOM, Opalis picks it up, disables the offending account, removes it…


Hyper-V Fast Track with Cisco And NetApp

At TechEd we announced a new addition to the Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Program offered from Cisco and NetApp. Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track partner offerings provide flexibility and choice while reducing risk and increasing the speed of deployment. You can find more about it here: http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/en/us/hyperv-cloud-fasttrack.aspx Below are links to some of the announcements yesterday….


CentOS Linux Guests Now Supported Within Hyper-V

The CentOS Linux distribution is now supported as a guest within Hyper-V. Please see Sandy Gupta’s blog post: http://blogs.technet.com/b/openness/archive/2011/05/15/expanding-interoperability-to-community-linux.aspx ============================================== FAQ ============================================== Q: What CentOS versions are supported? A: CentOS 5.2 through 5.6 (32-bit and 64-bit versions) are now supported as Hyper-V guests. Support will cover installation issues as well as configuration issues. =========================================================================== Q:…

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Using Opalis to Update Hyper-V VM Integration Components

With the recent release of Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1, those of you running Hyper-V are probably looking for an easy way to start updating your integration components.  I’d guess that the primary reason for this would be so you could leverage the new dynamic memory feature in your VM’s, which for Server 2008 R2…


Crushed by Your Calendar? Check Out This App

A new time-management application takes information from Exchange and presents it to users in a colorful, detailed Excel dashboard.  Try out the Calendar Analytics app, a free download from the Microsoft Business Intelligence team. Download Calendar Analytics. Watch Eric Swift and Tom Casey discuss Calendar Analytics and the secrets of time management. Known issues can…

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Microsoft Virtualization Jump Start Videos Just Released!

We are thrilled to announce availability of the HD-quality video recordings – FREE – on TechNet Edge, MS Showcase, the Zune Marketplace, iTunes! Where do I go for this great training? The HD-quality video recordings of this course are on TechNet Edge. If you’re interested in one specific topic, I’ve included links to each module…


Microsoft iSCSI Target – FREE DOWNLOAD!

The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 provides storage (disks) over a TCP/IP network. It turns a computer running Windows Server into a storage device which provides shared block storage. You can use Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 to perform a variety of storage-related tasks, including the following: Provide shared storage for Hyper-V to enable high…