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7 Years as Microsoft Most Valuable Professional

January 2, 2015 1 comment

My heartfelt thanks Microsoft. Once again and for the past 7 years, I am tremendously honoured to receive the distinguished Microsoft MVP award, particularly given the select group of experts who are recognized.

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A big thank you to Ben Armstrong, Sarah Cooley and the Hyper-V team.

“The Microsoft MVP Award recognizes inspiring, trusted, and independent experts from around the world who voluntarily share their passion and knowledge of Microsoft products with others.

… MVPs represent nearly 100 countries, speak over 40 different languages, and are awarded in almost 90 Microsoft technologies. Together, they answer more than 10 million questions each year.

Of the more than 100 million social and technical community members worldwide, only small portion are recognized as MVPs. As part of their award experience, MVPs are invited to share their feedback through direct interactions with Microsoft product group teams.”

I’m really looking forward to 2015 as it is promising to be a very exciting year with the release of Windows Server and System Center vNext looking to be one of the best versions ever launched.

Note sent by Microsoft:
Thank you for your exceptional contributions to technical communities! It gives us great pleasure to present you with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for the technical expertise you generously provide to others. By sharing your knowledge, experience, and objective feedback, you inspire and help people to solve problems and discover new capabilities every day. We are honored to welcome you as a Microsoft MVP.
Steven Guggenheimer
Corporate Vice President

Once again, THANK YOU!  It is great to be awarded for something you love to do and it is a great motivation to continue contributing to the community.

I also would like to thank Readify for their support. If you are passionate about technology as we, Readifarians are, check out what do here: http://readify.net

 

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Deploying System Center Operations Manager vNext

December 29, 2014 1 comment

Recently Microsoft released the preview version of their next release of Windows Server, Hyper-V and System Center as did Savision with Live Maps for System Center.

Note: This blog post was first published here : http://www.savision.com/resources/blog/installing-system-center-opsmgr-vnext-and-savision-live-maps-part-i-mvp-alessandro

You can download System Center vNext Preview here and Savision Live Maps from here.

To start, make sure of the following:

  1. You installed the SQL Server 2014 as the database server for the System Center vNext preview edition. To note, I run into SQL connectivity issues when I tried to use an SQL 2012 version, with a message stating that I did not have a compatible version of SQL installed. Whereas the documentation says that SQL 2012 is supported for vNext preview it is not the case.
  2. If the SQL Server is installed on a dedicated machine (recommended), that the host firewall is configured to allow inbound connections on port 1433 (SQL) , 80(http) and 443 (https)

  1. You installed Reporting Services (SSRS), Analysis Services and Full Text Search as it is required by Operations Manager.
  2. You created an account to install System Center and it is member of local administrators. For this post, I created an account named “sc-admin”.
  3. Logon on the machine you plan to install System Center with the “sc-admin”
  4. The “sc-admin” account has permissions to create a database in the installed SQL server. You can achieve this by either adding the account to the SQL server administrators when install SQL Server, of by adding the account using SQL Server Management Studio, by expanding Security->Logins and then creating a new login, adding the “sc-admin” account and selecting “sysadmin” as permission under Server Roles (preferable). You can also, if security is a concern, create a OperationsManager database and give the account DB Owner (dbo) permission.

     

    If the credentials you are using to install do not have permission to create the database you will receive the following message:

     

  5. The SQL Server Agent is started and set to automatic:

    Or else the following error will appear when the Reporting Services configuration times come in the Operations Manager installation wizard.

     

 

Quick Note: You will notice that although you are installing System Center Operations Manager vNext, the initial screen will show 2012R2 🙂

  1. To initiate the installation, click on Install and the Preview logo will appear

    I also recommend selecting the Download the latest updates to the setup program checkbox.


  2. Select the System Center features you want to install. For this post, I am selecting: Management Server, Operations Console and Reporting Server. Click Next to continue.

  3. In the Select Installation location, provide the path for Operations Manager installation and click on Next.

  4. Your system will now be checked for hardware and software against System Center requirements. If some requirements are missing it will appear on the screen for your resolution.

    The below example, Report Viewer is missing. To fix the issue, click on the to expand

     

     

    Note that in the above example there are two warnings: the first one about the system not having the recommended 4GB of memory and the second one about a pending restart. As I am installing this for a demo purpose, I can safely ignore the 1st warning, but I will have to click on Cancel and restart the machine in order to proceed the installation.

     

    Click on the link to download and install Report Viewer

     

  5. If no error is reported, click on Next to continue.
  6. In the Specify the installation option, select Create the first Management server in a new management group and provide the name. For this post I am using the name “lab” for the management group name.

  7. Click on Next to continue and accept the License terms and click on Next to proceed.

  8. In the configure operational database, type the SQL server name and port (if different for the default 1433)

  9. Click on Next to progress and to the next step where you will need to provide the Data Warehouse database configuration

 

  1. Click on Next to continue and in the next step confirm the SQL Server instance that is running the SQL Reporting Services and then click on Next to proceed.

  1. In the Configure Operations Manager accounts, provide the accounts details and click on Next to proceed.

  2. In the Help improve Operations manager, select the desired options and click on Next to proceed.

  3. In the Update screen select the desired option (On is recommended) and click on Next to proceed.

  4. On the Installation Summary, click on Install and wait for the installation to complete.

Now we have System Center Operations Manager successfully installed.

 

Azure RemoteApp will be generally available on December 11, 2014

December 5, 2014 1 comment

Azure RemoteApp delivers Windows Server session-based applications from Azure.

Azure RemoteApp, enable users to access corporate applications from anywhere and on a variety of devices, scale up or down to meet the dynamic business needs without large capital expense or management complexity, and centralize and protect corporate applications with the security features and reliability of Azure.

Azure RemoteApp will be generally available on December 11, 2014.  Azure RemoteApp instances created during the current public preview period will continue to function as they do today. These instances will automatically transition to a 30-day free trial on December 11, 2014. The limit of two app collections and 10 users per instance will continue to be enforced during the free trial period. To remove these limitations, you can exit the free trial at any point and be charged the rates detailed on the Azure RemoteApp Pricing Details webpage.

For more information, please visit the Azure RemoteApp webpage. For a comprehensive look at pricing, please visit the Azure RemoteApp Pricing Details webpage.

#Azure Roadshow: Cloud Challenges, Opportunities and Migration Strategies

June 20, 2014 1 comment

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.

Windows Azure now in Japan. Australia next?

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Toda Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure Japan Geo, including Japan East and Japan West region:

“Today we are announcing the general availability of two new Windows Azure regions: Japan in the Tokyo metropolitan area (Saitama Prefecture) and Japan West (Osaka Prefecture). These regions were brought online to meet growing demand for Windows Azure services and help our customers satisfy performance needs. ”

It is expected that Microsoft will release the Australia region this year as well. I’ve heard rumours for the release on Q3, but there is no official communication yet.

Do you expect the cloud adoption to increase once it comes to your region?

What’s New in 2012 R2: Why is it so important for IT Pros to understand how modern applications are built

August 22, 2013 4 comments

A great post by Microsoft Brad Anderson covering :

  • Windows Azure Pack and it ability to build an application once and then deploy and operate it in any Microsoft Cloud – private, hosted or public.
  • Windows Azure Service Bus,  integrated experience as a part of the Windows Azure Pack, with the goal of bringing a self-service tenant experience that is consistent with the one that currently exists in Windows Azure.
  • and lots of scenarios:
  • Scenario 1: Application Messaging Patterns with Service Bus
  • Scenario 2: Manage Messaging Entities Across Clouds
  • Scenario 3: Hosting Alternatives with Service Bus

 

To read the blog series, follow http://blogs.technet.com/b/in_the_cloud/archive/2013/08/21/what-s-new-in-2012-r2-enabling-modern-apps-with-the-windows-azure-pack.aspx

 

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Teched Australia 2012 : I will be there presenting 3 ILL sessions.

August 29, 2012 Leave a comment

TechEd 2012 is going to be HUGE!

I will be there presenting 3 ILL sessions and you are invited to come along.

An awesome tech content is an understatement!

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to explore the latest tech to land in the data centre, be amongst the first to play with amazing Windows 8 apps and loads more.

Plus you can take advantage of Microsoft certification discount at the special event-only price of $99 (inc GST).

Don’t miss out!