It’s time for a new Windows. Announcing Windows 10 : One Product with a tailored experience for each device

Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows. Windows 10 unlocks new experiences for customers to work, play and connect. Windows 10 embodies what our customers (both consumers and enterprises) demand and what we will deliver

Microsoft promise that Windows 10 will deliver the right experience on the right device at the right time. It will be our most comprehensive platform ever

more details about what Windows 10 will have for these customers, check out this blog post on the Windows for your Business blog.

 

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Check out the Windows 10 Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=84NI5fjTfpQ

And form Windows Server and System Center perspective:

Infrastructure upgrades: Rolling upgrades for Hyper-V clusters to the next version of Windows Server without downtime for your applications and workloads. This includes support for mixed versions as you transition your infrastructure.

Networking:  New components for our software-defined networking stack that enable greater flexibility and control, including a network controller role to manage virtual and physical networks.

Storage: New synchronous storage replication that enhances availability for key applications and workloads plus storage Quality of Service to deliver minimum and maximum IOPS in environments with workloads with diverse storage requirements.

Remote Desktop: Enhanced application compatibility with OpenGL and OpenCL support.

Identity and Access Management: New scenarios to reduce the risk profile of administrators with elevated rights, including time-based access with fine-grained privileges, and new application publishing capabilities.

The DOWNLOAD it is not yet available but if you want to download the bits or try them on Azure, it will be published here http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=404281

 

DATA as a power enablement

Cloud Management improving business agility

If you’re building a cloud solution you understand that getting expert advice rapidly better enables you to build solutions that address your business’ or customer’s needs.

I have been working with System Center and Cloud implementations for quite a while now as well as writing books about System Center. Deploying cloud management solutions like System Center requires an approach that takes advantage of the opportunities and features offered by the virtualization layer.

Beyond IT productivity, cloud management can dramatically improve business agility.  However, an evolving cloud architecture can also lead to waste and inefficiency.  Has the efficiency of your cloud architecture been reviewed overtime? Are you optimally defining the placement of workloads?

One of the concerns I always raise when speaking with decision makers and cloud adopters is ongoing management, especially with respect to increasing virtual machine density, preventing resource exhaustion, and tuning your environment to build a tailored virtualized infrastructure for your organization that will stand the test of time.

As an automated solution for infrastructure reviews, I definitely recommend Savision Cloud Advisor which provides an impact analysis for each problem it discovers and identifies savings for your business.

At TechEd NZ 2014 keynote speaker James Whittaker, talked about DATA as a power enablement. That’s exactly what this tool is about. It analyses the information VMM stores in the SQL database, using statistical techniques with the goal of discovering useful information, providing tips for your Private Cloud implementation.

Get tips for your Private Cloud implementation

A big plus for the tool is that it does not impose any load on the hosts or virtual machines. All information used in tip generation is retrieved from the System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) database.

To install Savision Cloud Advisor on VMM 2012 R2 follow the following steps:

  1. Download Cloud Advisor (http://www.savision.com/free-tuning-and-optimization-recommendations) as a zip file (don’t extract it).
  2. Save it to a location on the VMM Console machine (i.e. c:\Savision)
    Note: the add-in should be installed on each machine running the VMM console.
  3. Create an empty .txt file under ‘%PROGRAM FILES%\Microsoft System Center 2012\Virtual Machine Manager\bin\AddInPipeline\AddInViews’ folder

Note: All required files are distributed with the add-in, but a bug in VMM causes it to not always recognize this fact, that’s why you need to create the empty .txt file

4.      On the VMM 2012 R2 Console, logon as VMM Admin, click on Settings and then click on Import Console Add-In.

5.      Click on Browse and select the file Savision_Cloud_advisior.zip

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6.    Click on Continue after receiving the message “Add-in is valid but has warnings.”

7.    Make sure Continue installing this add-in anyway is checked.

8.    Click on Next and then click on Finish.

9.    Close the VMM Console and then re-open it.

10.  The Cloud Advisor add-in will appear on the VMM ribbon bar when a host, cluster, or cloud is selected.

Note: The first time you run the add-in, it will prompt you for credentials to the SQL Server database in which VMM stores performance data.

This performance data is used to assist in generating tuning tips. Provide the credentials of a user that has read access to the SQL database and click Connect.

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For more information, read more about Savision’s Cloud Advisor FREE tool for free tuning and optimization recommendations for System Center VMM or visit Savision’s training center.

Note:

Post originally published on  http://www.savision.com/resources/blog/data-power-enablement-mvp-alessandro-Cardoso

TechEd New Zealand : my sessions

This year I have just about 2 sessions at TechEd New Zealand.

DCIM315 – Implementing Enterprise-Scale Disaster Recovery with Azure Site Recovery, Network Virtualization, and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2

In this session we cover different aspects of Hyper-V Recovery Manager, an enterprise-scale Disaster Recovery solution to provide a single click failover in case of disaster (e.g., automation of overall DR workflow using with sequencing, manual actions, etc. to provide both application and site level DR). Learn how to enable Azure as a Disaster Recovery point in a secure manner and seamless management of failover, failback type activities using Azure IaaS VM. Network connection—back to datacenter and to the clients—is one of the top challenges in setup of your DR infrastructure and we cover how to simplify networking for disaster recovery setup. The session also covers enhancements to the solution for the private datacenter to the private datacenter scenario.

https://newzealand.msteched.com/conference/sessions/implementing-enterprise-scale-disaster-recovery-wi/

PCIT313 – Azure RemoteApp

Bring scale, agility and global access to your business applications. Azure RemoteApp helps employees stay productive anywhere, and on a variety of devices – Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, or Android. Integrate Azure RemoteApp with your company’s existing on-premise infrastructure and bring your own Remote Desktop Session Host, or deploy Azure RemoteApp using our pre-built app collections for a stand-alone cloud service. Quickly ramp up and provide seasonal workers, vendors, or large groups of new employees access to company applications without paying for new servers and expensive on-premise infrastructure.

https://newzealand.msteched.com/conference/sessions/network,-storage-and-secutity-design-best-practice/

NEW book: System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager #SysCtr #MVPBuzz #HyperV

That’s on. After months of writing and reviews, my new book System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager is now released.

Covering : Windows 2012R2 aand Hyper-V new features, System Center 2012 R2 VMM, Operations Manager, App Controller and Azure integration as well Veeam Management Pack.

  • Plan and design a VMM architecture for real-world deployment
  • Configure network virtualization, gateway integration, storage integration, resource throttling, and availability options
  • Integrate Operations Manager (SCOM) with VMM to monitor your infrastructure
  • Integrate SC APP Controller (SCAC) with VMM to manage private and public clouds (Azure)
  • Deploy clusters with VMM Bare Metal
  • Create and deploy virtual machines from templates
  • Deploy a highly available VMM Management server
  • Manage Hyper-V, VMware, and Citrix from VMM
  • Upgrade from previous VMM versions

Order now at http://bit.ly/1pZ5VoQ

Create, deploy, and manage datacenters and private and hybrid clouds with hybrid hypervisors using VMM 2012 R2. Integrate and manage fabric (compute, storages, gateways, and networking), services and resources, and deploy clusters from bare metal servers. Explore VMM 2012 R2 features such as Windows 2012 R2 and SQL 2012 support, converged networks, network virtualization, live migration, Linux VMs, and resource throttling and availability

 

#Azure Roadshow: Cloud Challenges, Opportunities and Migration Strategies

Summary

Cloud opportunities and offerings that will benefit organisations, as well as the challenges and Migration Strategies to help overcome these.

Topics covered:

  • Microsoft Azure PaaS and IaaS offerings:
    ◦Application Lift & Shift Scenarios
    ◦Cloud-born Applications that Leverage Office 365 & Yammer
    ◦Cloud Identity
  • Cloud-enabled Mobile Device Management with Windows InTune
  • Hybrid Cloud deployment model involving Hyper-V and System Center
    ◦Network Integration
  • Migration strategies to Public Cloud
    ◦Driving SaaS Adoption

Target Audience:
Decision Makers, CTO’s, CIO’s, IT Managers, Dev Managers

Time, Date, Venue and Registrations:

Registrations open at 8.30am. A light breakfast will be provided. Presentations will commence at 9am sharp and finish at 11am.

  • Sydney :29 August 2014  –  Sydney, NSW – REGISTER HERE
  • Melbourne : 31 Jul 2014  –   Microsoft  | Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place, Southbank, Melbourne – REGISTER HERE
  • Brisbane : 05 August 2014  –  Cliftons | Brisbane – REGISTER HERE
  • Perth : 19 August 2014  –  Microsoft | Level 3, 100 St Georges Terrace, Perth – REGISTER HERE

 For more Information about the events, see http://readify.net/events/

About READIFY : http://readify.net/about-us/


About the Presenters

Alessandro Cardoso | Readify National Manager – Platform Solutions
Alessandro Cardoso is a passionate technology evangelist and a subject matter expert in cloud, virtualization and management. He recently published his book; ‘Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Cookbook’ http://wp.me/p15Fu3-mK, and has reviewed 5 other books. Alessandro is a speaker at key technical events in Australia and New Zealand and has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional since 2009 leading major Cloud, Virtualization, UC&C, AD and Exchange projects for large customers in APJ.

Mitch Denny | Readify Platform Technology Specialist 
Mitch Denny has been working with the .NET platform since the year 2000 when the first alpha releases shipped. Since then he has been awarded MVP status nine times in ASP.NET and more recently Microsoft ALM. Currently Mitch is working as Readify’s Platform Technology Specialist – focusing on bringing exciting new products and services to market and working with technical specialists to continually refine our technical vision.

Azure: Security

Microsoft published an infographic about security in Azure. The Infographic is an overview of security, privacy, and compliance in Azure and it is a great place to start if you are unsure about security in the Cloud space.

 

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You can download the infographic here : http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/infographics/cloud-security/

You can find more about Security in Azure here:

 

No Surprise: Microsoft a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant: Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

No surprise, Microsoft landed in the Leader Quadrant in the Gartner IasS Magic Quadrant report.

The Gartner Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Magic Quadrant published with Microsoft landing in the Leader Quadrant.   This report evaluates Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services, and overall, Gartner validates Microsoft’s technology and vision, as well as its platform execution and customer momentum. In the report, Gartner states, “Microsoft has a vision of infrastructure and platform services that are not only leading stand-alone offerings, but also seamlessly extend and interoperate with on-premises Microsoft infrastructure (rooted in Hyper-V, Windows Server, Active Directory and System Center) and applications, as well as Microsoft’s SaaS offerings. Its vision is global, and it is aggressively expanding into multiple international markets. “

 

 

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