Aggregating and Abstracting Resources to offer Private Clouds

One of the biggest advantages of the Private Cloud is the ability to offer self-service to your Line of Business owners. That way they can deploy and manage their services more quickly and efficiently. To gain this ability, you need a way to take all of your diverse hardware fabrics and logically abstract them into… Read more

System Center 2012 Orchestrator Integration Pack for Active Directory Beta Now Available

Check out Travis Wright’s Blog and lean more about the System Center 2012 Orchestrator Integration Pack for Active Directory Beta. The Integration Pack for Active Directory is an add-on for System Center 2012 Orchestrator that enables you to connect System Center Orchestrator to your Active Directory Server to automate its management. Download the Integration Pack… Read more

Application Deployment Models in a Private Cloud

Hi Everyone, We have previously looked at how we enable application self-service, a standardized approach to deploying applications, and how we monitor applications across private and public clouds.  And today we are going to explore the various application deployment models that are available when you have a private cloud. Understanding the underlying infrastructure templates In… Read more

Managing Settings and Compliance

It’s become pretty evident to most of us in the enterprise management space that the theme of late has been “consolidation.”  Over the years, we have given IT Pros a LOT of different tools to attack specific problems. In our zeal to solve your needs, this has unfortunately created a proliferation of software and administrative… Read more

Jeffrey Snover Talks Windows Server 8 Storage Management on TechNet Radio

In this episode of TechNet Radio, Distinguished Engineer and Lead Architect for Windows Server, Jeffrey Snover, discusses storage management in Windows Server 8 with Senior IT Pro Evangelist, Chris Henley. Jeffrey explains that customer success is predicated on efficient storage management, and highlights how Windows Server 8 meets this need, whether the storage is directly… Read more

Managing Security with System Center Configuration Manager 2012

The idea for this blog started one rainy Saturday afternoon when my 5-year-old daughter hopped on the computer and pulled up her favorite online game. It was amazing how quickly she’s learned to use a computer. And, for the most part, she learned how to use it on her own. There was plenty of trial… Read more

Windows Server 8 Hyper-V and High Availability

A few weeks ago we provided an overview of some of the new features and advancements we have made with Windows Server 8 Hyper-V. Today, I would like to turn the topic focus to High Availability (HA). As customers host more and more critical workloads in virtual environments, the need for integrated HA solutions for… Read more

Managing and Monitoring Windows Azure applications with System Center 2012

Hi everyone, System Center 2012 delivers the capability to manage your applications across both on-premises Private Clouds and also in the public cloud with Windows Azure. This capability allows you to choose which location is best suited to your needs, which best delivers on your requirements and be able to manage all of your applications… Read more

Windows 8 Platform Storage – Part 2

A prior blog entry began our whirlwind introductory tour of some of the more significant platform storage enhancements being introduced in Windows Server 8 – this follow-up entry concludes our introduction. In Windows 8 Platform Storage – Part 1, we listed your storage related requirements. We also described our resultant set of assumptions guiding Windows… Read more