SCOM: OpsMgr 2007 R2 Core MP has been updated

  The Operations Manager 2007 R2 Management Packs includes the following features: Local and Remote Monitoring of an Agent’s Health Operations Manager agents monitor themselves for events and performance indicators that signal an issue with the agent’s health. Management servers also maintain an external perspective of an agent’s health via the Health Service Watcher. The…


SCOM: Lync Server 2010 MP released

Please read the MP Guide before deploying!  Specifically Synthetic Transactions, and QoE require special configuration steps.


Cloud: Who’s the biggest U.S. e-mail service

external source: recently published stats on e-mail market share, based on U.S. Internet users’ engagement with web-based email clients.


Cloud: System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 – Now Available!

The System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 (SSP) is a fully supported, partner extensible solution that enables customers to dynamically pool, allocate, and manage their compute, network and storage resources to deliver a private cloud platform in their datacenter. Learn more. Key Features: · Automation and Guidance: To assess, plan and design your…


Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.5 Beta Now Available

Simplify planning for upgrade or migration to the latest Microsoft products and technologies with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5 Beta. This multifaceted tool is now even better—with assessment for easier migration to Windows Azure and SQL Azure, heterogeneous database discovery (of MySQL, Oracle and Sybase instances) for SQL Server migration projects, Internet…


Virtualization: patchingreboots comparison between Hyper-V and VMware

    WS 2008 (9/14/2010) Reduction (vs. 2008 Full) ESX 3.5 / 4.0 (12/30/2009) WS 2008 R2 (9/14/2010) Total Patches (no reboot/months) 115 (9/31) 39% 239 / 43 42 (6/12) Without AD/DNS/Print /Media/Telnet/IIS 57 (10/31) 50% na 21 (6/12) Necessary 60 (12/31) 48%   25 (6/12) Total Reboots / eliminated 90/43 48% 134 / ?…



The Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program can offer invaluable help by delivering pre-validated reference architectures. T Te Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track solutions are being offered by 6 hardware partners. Hit the Fast Track site and you can browse solution briefs from all these partners, including: Dell Fujitsu Hitachi HP IBM NEC Each partner will be…


Exchange 2010 SP1 Visio stencil

The Exchange 2010 SP1 Visio stencil is available for download: