What is Automation? by Michael Lubanski

Automation is "the use of machines or technologies to optimize productivity in the production of goods and delivery of services. The correct incentive for applying automation is to increase productivity, and/or quality beyond that possible with current human labor levels so as to realize economies of scale, and/or realize predictable quality levels.[1] “ Automation in… Read more

Switch to Hyper-V with the Hyper-V Switch Program – Part 2 by Michael Lubanski

As a follow-up to Part 1 on March 8, Microsoft has released version 2 of its Virtual Machine Migration Toolkit in the Hyper-V Switch Program. Version 2 makes it easier and faster to migrate virtual machines to the Hyper-V platform.     What’s New Hyper-V Switch now runs on System Center 2012 and takes advantage… Read more

DHCP in a Cloud Enabled World by Erik Lofstrand

In a surprising number of our private cloud engagements we have run into an unexpected roadblock: Lack of DHCP.  Having spent a previous life in the dotcom days as a network engineer, I was really surprised to see today, as organizations and networks have matured, automation of IP assignment has not. Now, the first caveat… Read more