IT Pros: Trade Your Tech Support Stories for a Surface Pro 3

The Enterprise Mobility Suite team has just launched a contest looking for the best tales from tech support – those things that end users do that (without you) would make your IT totally unsecure or insufficient. Check out Brad Anderson’s post on the Enterprise Mobility Team blog for more details and to enter…. Read more

Cisco UCS Power Scripting Contest

Readers of the Building Clouds blog probably know me as the “PowerShell Deployment Toolkit” guy.  PDT is all about deploying the management stack – System Center and Windows Azure Pack.  PDT will even create the VMs needed to deploy that management stack to – as long as you are using Hyper-V, of course.  What PDT… Read more

Automation – Fun with Orchestrator and SMA integration points

By now, you may have read Tiander Turpijn’s blog series on how Service Management Automation (SMA) Runbooks can call Orchestrator Runbooks (and vice versa). If not, I highly encourage you to do so, as the scripts used in this blog post build on the concepts Tiander explained! In this blog post, I will show you… Read more

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

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