Archive for September, 2013

Oracle running on Azure

September 25, 2013 3 comments

Yes, your heard right

Oracle virtual machines on Windows Azure are now in preview, Multi-Factor Authentication is generally available and we have an announcement regarding SQL Database.
Microsoft and Oracle provide end-to-end support for customers running business-critical Oracle software on Windows Azure

Oracle, Oracle WebLogic Server, and the Java development environment are now available, in preview, in the Windows Azure Virtual Machines Image Gallery. These images include licenses for the Oracle software that they contain.

During the preview period, there is no charge for the included Oracle licenses. You will pay only for the Windows Azure compute and storage resources that your Virtual Machine consumes. If you would prefer to use an Oracle software license that you already own, you can do that too. Just choose a Windows Server image from the Image Gallery and install the Oracle software yourself.

Whether you bring your own Oracle license or use one of the license-included images, you now have increased flexibility and choice in where to deploy your applications and the peace of mind that comes from knowing you will be fully supported by Oracle.

To get started, sign in to the Windows Azure Management Portal and add a new Virtual Machine from the Image Gallery.

For more information, visit the Oracle information page on the Windows Azure website.


Transform the Datacenter Immersion workshop event in Melbourne and Sydney

September 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Attend The Modern Datacentre: Envision & Evolve workshop.  This is a TDI workshop: Transform the Datacenter Immersion.

The workshop will inspire you to take further steps towards private/hybrid cloud architecture and operating model for their data centres.  The attendees will learn about strategies to cut costs and enable innovation across four solution areas:

·         Service Delivery and Automation

·         Infrastructure Management and Optimisation

·         Modern Work styles


Technologies covered : Windows 2012R2 Hyper-V, System Center 2012 R2 VMM, System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, Windows Azure.

Register at




Thursday 26th September 2013

8:30 am to 10:30 am

@ Microsoft – Ground Floor

Level 1, 1 Epping Road Freshwater Place

North Ryde NSW 2113


Wednesday 25th September 2013

8:30 am to 10:30 am

@ Microsoft – Exhibition Room

Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place

Southbank VIC 3006

Windows 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 released to MSDN and TechNet subscriptions

September 10, 2013 Leave a comment

A few hours ago, Microsoft released an communication starting that today (September 10/09/2013) , Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM builds are now available for download to the developer and IT professional communities via MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. You can download it here:

More on Windows 2012 R2:

The Windows 8.1 RTM Enterprise edition will be available through MSDN and TechNet for businesses later this month.

More info:

VMM 2012 book. Review by Vijay Tewari, Principal Group Program Manager at Microsoft Corp

September 2, 2013 1 comment

I just got the following email from Vijay with a review of my book. It is rewarding to see that coming from Vijay.

System Center 2012, SP1, Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) is the foundation of the Microsoft Private Cloud. Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V is chockfull of capabilities that are very valuable for customers looking to deploy Hyper-V at scale and virtualize literally any workload. VMM is the management infrastructure that enable customers to deploy and manage Hyper-V at scale. Alessandro’s book on VMM, SP1 is packed with useful tips and tricks that can really help you to get the most out of VMM. This is not just any book on VMM, it is your Swiss army knife for deploying and operating VMM. The chapter on installation itself is worth its weight. Thanks Alessandro!!!!
Vijay Tewari
Principal Group Program Manager, System Center Virtual Machine Manager
Microsoft Corp

To buy it see :

My sessions at Microsoft TechEd New Zeeland 2013

September 2, 2013 Leave a comment

This year I will be presenting 3 sessions at TechEd New Zeeland. Come to my sessions to learn how System Center can empower your cloud deployment and management, plus you can win a signed copy of my book: System Center 2012 VMM. (1 book per session) . See you there!

My Sessions:


Thursday 11:55am

Availability Strategies for a Resilient Private Cloud

Your private cloud should be designed to be protected from downtime. This session will cover the breath of features available to reduce and protect from both planned and unplanned downtime, such as: live migration, storage migration, Failover Clustering, Cluster Aware Updating, and Hyper&-V Replica.




Managing Clouds with System Center

This session will take you through the architecture and steps to create and manage an Private/Hybrid Cloud. We will talk about multi-tentant, charge back, network virtualisation and new features of System Center. This session will address the ideal architecture design and requirements and will be full of tips.



Managing and Monitoring your hybrid datacenter with VMM and Operations Manager

is session will cover the integration with VMM and Operations Manager, taking you through all the required steps and requirements. Which management packs? How to monitor Hyper-V and VMware hypervisors. Which information/reports are available ?