Archive for January, 2012

Configuration Manger 2012 RC2! It is now available

January 30, 2012 Leave a comment

The Configuration Manager Team is pleased to announce the release of Configuration Manger 2012 RC2! It is now available for download on

Configuration Manager 2012 Central Administration Site database server

Supported versions of SQL Server 2008 for RC2:

·SQL Server 2008 SP2 Standard and Enterprise CU7

·SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 and CU4

· SQL Server Express 2008 R2 and CU4

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Are you ready for the Microsoft Private Cloud?

January 20, 2012 Leave a comment

On February 21 & 22 Microsoft is running a 2-day virtual training event to help the world learn about the upcoming enhancements with the Creating & Managing a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 Jump Start.

It is 100% free and open to the public, so register now!

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Event Overview

Adopting this exciting new computing paradigm provides a whole new landscape of technology and career direction for IT professionals. Microsoft Learning and the Microsoft System Center 2012 team have partnered to bring you an exciting opportunity to learn what you need to know to deploy, manage and maintain Microsoft’s private cloud solution. Leveraging the popular Jump Start virtual classroom approach, the industry’s most gifted cloud experts will show attendees why this new private cloud solution, based on System Center 2012 and Windows Server, has garnered so much attention. Presenters include Symon Perriman, Sean Christensen, Adam Hall, Kenon Owens, Prabu Rambadran & Chris Van Wesep and there will be a live Q&A during the event.

Event Agenda

Day 1: Deployment & Configuration (Feb. 21)

· Part 1: Understanding the Microsoft Private Cloud

· Part 2: Deploying the Infrastructure Components

· Part 3: Deploying the Private Cloud Infrastructure

· Part 4: Deploying the Service Layer

· Part 5: Deploying the Applications & VMs

Day 2: Management & Operations (Feb. 22)

· Part 6: Managing the Infrastructure Components

· Part 7: Managing the Private Cloud Infrastructure

· Part 8: Managing the Service Layer

· Part 9: Managing the Applications & VMs

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Jump Start Overview

This accelerated Jump Start sponsored by Microsoft Learning is tailored for IT professionals familiar with Windows Server technologies, Hyper-V virtualization, and the System Center management solutions. The course is designed to provide a fast-paced and technical understanding of how and why Microsoft’s approach to the private cloud delivers scalability, security, flexibility and control. Here are few unique benefits of this course:

· Students have the opportunity to learn from and interact with the industry’s best cloud technologists!

· This high-energy, demo-rich learning experience will help IT Professionals understand why Microsoft private cloud solutions are making a splash in the industry.

· Students will see with their own eyes how Windows Server 2008 R2 and System Center 2012 work together to provide the best combination of security and scale.

· Information-packed agenda! Day one of this two-day online course will focus on designing and deploying the right solutions for your organization, while day two will provide an in-depth look at the tools available to help monitor, secure and control the operational aspects of a private cloud.

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Dell Advanced Infrastructure Manager (AIM) awarded Bronze Product of the 2011

January 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Dell’s Advanced Infrastructure Manager (AIM) is one of the more interesting systems management products to hit the market in recent years. It is a heterogeneous product, able to work with a variety of different vendors to maximize data center compute resources. It also automates storage and network connectivity, which eases the burden of reconfiguring the environment every time something in the data center changes. It’s a combination of features worthy of a Bronze systems management Product of the Year award for 2011.

IT resource utilization is becoming a more important metric every year, especially as IT budgets continue to shrink with the economy. Dell’s Advanced Infrastructure Manager is a great tool to help system administrators maximize their compute environment while decreasing the administration workload.


SCVMM 2008R2, awarded GOLD Product of the 2011

January 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Gold : Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1

“The right systems management tool can save time, streamline operations, and help administrators proactively address potential issues before they become critical problems. An effective systems management tool is as critical to a data center as any server or air conditioning system – especially for larger data centers with high levels of workload consolidation.

For the purposes of this year’s awards, systems management products include any systems management appliances and software products designed to measure, benchmark, report, provision, plan and control servers and other data center devices. Entrants may include any systems management point products up through major management frameworks

The single pane of glass is the dream of all systems operations managers – to be able to effectively manage their entire environments through a single screen. The dream may not yet be fully realized, but as part of the System Center Suite of management tools, Microsoft’s Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 R2 SP1, is close enough to deserve the Gold Product of the Year award in systems management for 2011.

But what really makes SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 shine is that Microsoft decided to seamlessly integrate with other virtualization products and vendors. In addition to Hyper-V, SCVMM provides compatibility with VMware VI3 through Virtual Center integration. SCVMM supports VMware-specific features, such as VMotion, while also providing SCVMM-specific features like Intelligent Placement to VMware servers. It also provides a process that converts VMware VMs to virtual hard disks through the virtual to virtual (V2V) transfer process. There is also a very user-friendly self-service portal, which is compatible with multiple third party vendors and tools.

Microsoft has made some very significant strides with this latest release of SCVMM. The company is also freely admitting that there are actually other virtualization solutions out there, and that some of them are good (a hard pill to swallow for Microsoft). Their efforts to integrate with other system management products and tools make the newest version of SCVMM the realization of the single pane of glass dream come that much closer, and worthy of evaluation by data center managers. ”


Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud : explore your cloud options.

January 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Hear from other senior IT professionals about how cloud computing can help you gain maximum competitive advantage with minimal risk.

Learn about Microsoft cloud offerings, including private, public, and hybrid cloud models. Experience Microsoft private cloud solutions through the Microsoft Technology Center.

Private cloud discussion with Microsoft executives: Insights and news

  • Satya Nadella, President, Server and Tools Business, Microsoft
  • Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Management and Security Division, Microsoft

 Register Now for the virtual event Tuesday, January 17th 8:30 AM PST | 16:30 UTC


Microsoft MVP 2012 Award

January 2, 2012 2 comments

I would like to share you you all

For the 4th year I got award by Microsoft : Most Valuable Professional in Virtual machine expertise :

Microsoft Letter: “Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2012 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Virtual Machine technical communities during the past year.”

I would like to thank the Microsoft Virtualization Team in Redmond led by Ben Armstrong for the credit and support and also my MVP Roseanne Stamell and specially to my wife and kids for their unconditional support.

It’s really amazing to be recognized for something you do by pleasure! Being part of the community, sharing knowledge and experience, writing in blogs, helping in forums and speaking in events it’s for real!!!! You can’t imagine how much I learn from doing this!!

Again thank you all for the support !

Happy 2012!