Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2

Yesterday we released a new free ebook called Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2. Microsoft System Center is one of the three pillars of Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision that will transform the traditional datacenter environment, help businesses  unlock insights in data stored anywhere, enable the development of a wide range of modern business applications, and…

What is SMA and why is it important in the world of PowerShell?

One of the many blogposts on my todo list is about SMA (Service Management Automation) but I’m just too busy to blog right now. So sorry for the lack of blogposts lately. Did I mention we are looking for Premier Field Engineers in the Netherlands? Service Management Automation is a feature of the management portal…

System Center 2012 R2 Visio Stencils

Kevin Green published a great set of new System Center 2012 R2 Visio Stencils for all your System Center designs. Go grab them from Kevin’s Skydrive! Thank you Kevin for sharing those Visio Stencils!


PowerShell Sort-Object gotcha’s

This week I’m again delivering a PowerShell workshop and during the use of the Sort-Object Cmdlet in the Pipeline we had a interesting discussion which I want to share with you. You all probably know you can use the Sort-Object Cmdlet in the Pipeline to sort your objects. Let’s start with a simple Ascending sort…


New great blog about System Center

One of my great PFE colleagues out based in Australia, Wei Lim started to blog and I can highly recommend to add his blog to your RSS Reader. Wei Out There with System Center is the name of his blog and this is already the list of posts he published the last month. OpsMgr: Sample…


System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager

Hi people, it’s there. The new release of System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager RTM. Go to MSDN and start your downloads just after you installed Windows 8.1

Monitoring with Microsoft Monitoring Agent

Microsoft Monitoring Agent is a new agent that replaces the Operations Manager Agent and combines .NET Application Performance Monitoring (APM) in System Center with the full functionality of Visual Studio IntelliTrace Collector for gathering full application profiling traces. Microsoft Monitoring Agent can collect traces on demand or can be left running, which monitors applications and…


PowerShell Sub-Expressions

This week I’m teaching a PowerShell Workshop and I get often asked why it is necessary to use a sub-expression, a $ sign followed by a set of parenthesis (). Compare the following difference: 1 $service = Get-Service -Name Spooler 2 #Without the use of Sub-Expressions 3 "The Spooler Service is currently $service.status" 4 5…


OpsMgr 2012 R2 new PowerShell Cmdlets

Because I’m pretty busy lately I’ve not been able to blog about the new OpsMgr 2012 R2 Cmdlets, but check Stefan Roth’s blogpost about this subject. Keep up the great work Stefan!

Window Key combinations in Remote Desktop Sessions

This time not a blog post about System Center but a blog post  on how to use Windows Key Combinations in Remote Desktop Sessions. I really love to use Windows Key Combination on my Windows 8 and Windows 2012 machines and one of my most favorite combinations is the Win+X combination. Check here for a…