Evaluating Windows Server and System Center on a Laptop (or two, or three) – Failover Clustering (part 2)

How to build a Failover Cluster on a couple of laptops This is a continuation of our playing with (learning) Failover Clustering for our evaluation of Windows Server and System Center. Note: This is NOT best practice deployment advice. This is “notes from the field”. This is how to get by with what we have…. Read more

Evaluating Windows Server and System Center on a Laptop (or two, or three) – Failover Clustering (part 1)

How to build a Failover Cluster on a single laptop Continuing on from my Introduction and Fabric posts, we’re now going to start playing with (learning) Failover Clustering for our evaluation of Windows Server and System Center. Note: This is NOT best practice deployment advice. This is “notes from the field”. This is how to… Read more

Evaluating Windows Server and System Center on a Laptop (or two, or three) – Fabric

Building your Domain, Configuring Hyper-V and getting internet access for your VMs Continuing on from my Introduction post, we’re now going to get our laptops to become the Fabric (compute, network and storage) for our evaluation of Windows Server and System Center. Note: This is NOT best practice deployment advice. This is “notes from the… Read more

Evaluating Windows Server and System Center on a Laptop (or two, or three) – Introduction

Because we don’t all have six servers lying around! The System Center 2012 R2 Evaluation Guide says I need six physical servers, each with 24 cores and 128GB memory, just to follow along! I’m Dave Northey from Microsoft in Ireland and have recently joined the Windows Server and System Center (WSSC), Customer Architecture and Technology… Read more

I have a Surface RT and going away for a few days, now what??? I have a MSDN subscription :-) (Part 2)

In the previous blog post (here) I talked about how you can start using Windows Azure with an MSDN subscription and we did the following: Installed App. Controller Configured App. Controller to communicate with Windows Azure Created our own Windows 2012 image that we want to use in Windows Azure   In this blog post,… Read more

I have a Surface RT and going away for a few days, now what??? I have a MSDN subscription :-) (Part 1)

I know many of you have seen the super cool blog post where my fellow team members build a private cloud out of their new Surface Pros. It was a cool idea and people really loved the video.   The cool thing about the Surface Pro is that it’s a normal PC and you can… Read more

Happy Holidays! Kind of.

For those of you who have set aside Pi Day to celebrate the magic of mathematical constants (or maybe you just have a kid taking geometry right now, or maybe you just get really excited about the circumference of things), take a moment to be kind of weirded out by the holiday’s unofficial (but maybe… Read more

Building a better mouse-trap (or a stylus-trap)

A few weeks ago I got a Surface Pro along with some of the folks here at Building Clouds. The first thing we did was to install Server 2012 on them and run some Shared-Nothing Live Migrations. You can read about that here. But what I found after using the Surface Pro pretty regularly was… Read more

Just For Fun–KINECTing Orchestrator Runbooks

Hello Readers/Viewers! As you can see, I am really trying hard to get both of my quotas met: blog posts + fun… That said, this post, while dealing a very small amount with Automation and System Center Orchestrator, is really just me getting my geek on for a few technologies I was exploring at the… Read more

Automation–Exploring the PowerShell behind the Surface Pro Hijinks

Hello Readers/Viewers! So, by now you have seen this post and related video…You may have wondered, “Is this real life?” Or, “What did it take to do that?” Well, this post is all about my part in the “hijinks”: Automating the Surface Pro Hosted VM Live Migration (both shared-nothing and shared storage) Automation Specs Windows… Read more