Bumph or brilliance? Finding the place for Cloud in your business

It comes as news to nobody that the IT industry is rocketing through a massive transformation, with every Marketing Exec and his dog bouncing around phrases like ‘Cloud Computing’, ‘Big Data’ and ‘Internet of Things’ as if they’re going out of fashion. However, Cloud has been around longer than you might think. Microsoft announced its…

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Become an MVA Hero

Sign up to MVA Hero today and get your free hero costume (t-shirt) and earn some great prizes! I am still surprised at how many IT Professionals and developers haven’t made use of the Microsoft Virtual Academy to learn about Microsoft technologies and stay up do date as new versions are released. Each module has…

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Lab Ops 18 Getting started with Software Defined Networking

In my last post I finished up where I had my host under management of Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and that was about it. As with Hyper-V I can’t really use VMM until I have my fabric configured and after adding in hosts the first thing we need to do is look at Networking.  To…

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Lab Ops part 17 - Getting Started with Virtual Machine Manager

In my last post I talked a lot about the way all of System Center  works, now I want to look at  one part of it Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) as VMs in a modern data centre are at the core of the services we provide to our users. In the good old days we…

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System Center: Use the right tool for the right job

This post isn’t really about Lab Ops as it’s more theory than Ops, but before I dive in to the world of what you can do with System Center I wanted to stress one important concept: Use the right tool for the right job.  That old saying that when you have a hammer everything looks…

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Lab Ops– 16 System Center setup

This post isn’t going to tell you how to install System Center screen by screen as there are some 434 of these to do a complete install and configure.  That’s a lot of clicking with a lot of opportunity for mistakes and while I realise that not everyone needs to tear down and reset everything…

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Lab Ops – part 1 Introduction

For some people building demo setups is a part of the job,  for example Trainers pre-sales Technical roles and evangelists like me.  Everything shifts as these evolve for example a beta product comes out and we need to show new concepts that the technology introduces, for example software defined networking in Windows Server 2012 R2…

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Virtualizing Tier 1 SQL Server

A while back I published a couple of posts on virtualizing SQL Server, and in the light of developments in both the virtualization platform out there and SQL Server itself I feel the need to do a complete rewrite.  The traditional approach to implementing high availability (HA) in SQL Server has been to create a…

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Case Study: Unilever Transitions to Private Cloud, Expects to Double in Size without Increasing IT Costs

  Unilever has been hugely successful in selling personal care, homecare, and food products to billions of customers throughout the world—so successful that it expects to double in size in 10 years. To ensure that its IT organization could support this growth, Unilever worked with Avanade to migrate from VMware to Hyper-V technology in Windows…

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