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

October 1, 2014 1 comment

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:

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


DATA as a power enablement

September 17, 2014 Leave a comment

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 ( 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


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.


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.


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System Center 2012 Operations Manager. How to quickly become more efficient

February 3, 2014 2 comments

Recently when working on a System Center 2012 R2 project I found some very useful videos that will help you speed your learning curve on Operations Manager and will help you become more efficient.

System Center 2012 Operations Manager Dashboards: Visualizing Alert Data. Richard Pesenko, Microsoft Senior Support Escalation Engineer who works on Operations Manager support team, published a video out that walks you all through visualizing alert data in OpsMgr 2012.

Video URL:

Private Cloud Demo Extravaganza : Deep Application Diagnostics & Insight with System Center 2012. how to analyze and isolate a problem impacting an application using System Center 2012. Adam Hall and Symon Perriman show you System Center 2012 Operations Manager along with some of its features:

  • Application advisor web component
  • Understand the problem distribution analysis
  • Navigate problem reports to see the line of code that caused the problem
  • View detailed events and alerts from a component of the application
  • See which transactions happened when the problem occurred
  • Understand related events to a particular issue
  • View the application diagnostics at the developer level

Video URL:    WMV      |  MP4     |     WMV (ZIP)    |     PSP

Private Cloud Demo Extravaganza 12: Enabling Application Performance Monitoring with System Center 2012 : How to enable Application Performance Monitoring (APM) with System Center 2012. Adam Hall and Symon Perriman show you System Center 2012 Operations Manager along with some of its features:

  • Discover an application
  • Configuration an application for APM
  • Use a template to add a monitoring Management Pack (MP)
  • Enable a .NET APM configuration
  • Create a new MP
  • Search and filter to discover applications across servers
  • Set custom thresholds
  • Review exception options

Video URL :         WMV     |      MP4   |       WMV (ZIP)     |      PSP

Windows Server 2012 R2. What’s new in this new version….

June 5, 2013 Leave a comment

Windows Server 2012 R2 offers exciting new features and enhancements across virtualization, storage, networking, virtual desktop infrastructure, access and information protection, and more.

With Windows Azure VM and System Center 2012 R2, it unlocks improved application portability between on-premises environments and public and service provider clouds, increasing flexibility and elasticity of your IT services.

Windows Server 2012 R2 provides a scalable, highly available platform for mission-critical applications.

Windows Server 2012 R2 makes it easier to deploy a virtual desktop infrastructure, and can lower storage costs significantly by supporting a broad range of storage options and with a new feature VHD de-duplication.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in Windows Server 2012 R2 makes it possible for users to access IT from virtually anywhere, providing them a rich Windows experience while ensuring enhanced data security and compliance.

For more info and evaluation: (yet to be available)

Microsoft released updates for System Center 2012 SP1

April 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Microsoft released an update rollup for some of the System Center 2012 SP1 family products.

To automatically install the updates

check the  Microsoft Update  or

To manually download the following update packages :

App Controller (KB2815569):

Operations Manager (KB2826664):

Operations Manager – UNIX and Linux Monitoring (Management Pack Update) (KB2828653):

Service Manager (KB2828618):

Orchestrator (KB2828616):

Data Protection Manager (KB2822782):



More info:

MCSE: Private Cloud preparation materials (System Center, Windows 2012….)

October 26, 2012 Leave a comment

For those who are preparing for the Private Cloud, Florian Klaffenbach, Solution Expert – Microsoft & Cloud Computing, prepared a list of links for System Center 2012,Windows Server 2012, Study Guides, Labs and more…

Have a look here:


Windows Server 2012: Free Online Technical Training

October 25, 2012 1 comment

If you are too busy to attend an on site training, here is your chance to get updated with Windows 2012:

Designed to provide you with the key details of Windows Server 2012. The seven modules in this course, through video and whitepaper, provide details of the new capabilities, features, and solutions built into the product. With so many new features to cover, this course is designed to be the introduction to Windows Server 2012. After completing this course, you will be ready to dive deeper into Windows Server 2012 through additional Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) courses dedicated to each topic introduced in this “Technical Overview.”


  • Server Virtualization. This module looks at all of the new server virtualization features and capabilities in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, focusing on scenarios including scale and performance, with a lot of attention given to how Windows Server 2012 greatly expands support for host processors and memory. Mobility and availability are addressed with Hyper-V Replica.  This module serves as a lead-in to the Windows Server 2012: Server Virtualization course.
  • Management & Automation. This module focuses on the new features in Windows Server 2012 that are designed to simplify the server management experience. It provides an overview of standards-based management with Windows Management Framework (WMF), Windows PowerShell 3.0, and the new Server Manager. This module serves as a lead-in to the Windows Server 2012: Management & Automation course.
  • Networking. This module provides a closer look at the features of Windows Server 2012 that facilitate more efficient and cost-effective networking management. The module covers topics including Hyper‑V Network Virtualization, network interface card (NIC) teaming, IP address management (IPAM) and Quality of Service (QoS).  After completing this module, you will have a clear understanding of all of the new networking-related features that Windows Server 2012 introduces, and will be able to dive deeper into the key networking enhancements in the Windows Server 2012: Networking course.
  • Storage. This module introduces several new storage features and capabilities in Windows Server 2012, including Storage Spaces, SMB 3.0, advancements at the file system and storage layers of the storage stack, and improvements to how you can cluster storage. This module serves as a lead-in to the Windows Server 2012: Storage course.
  • Identity and Access. This module looks at the challenges facing today’s organizations as they strive to give workers access to data and information—across varied networks and devices—while still keeping costs down. This module focuses on three enhancements that help organizations to meet these challenges: Dynamic Access Control, Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), and DirectAccess. By the end of this module, you will be able to dive deeper into the key identity and access enhancements in the Windows Server 2012: Identity and Access course.
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services (RDS) provides a single infrastructure to enable both virtual and session-based desktops and RemoteApp programs. This module looks at the enhancements that Windows Server 2012 brings to RDS, including centralized publishing of RemoteApp and desktops, intelligent updating, RemoteFX enhancements, and User Profile disks. By the end of this module, you will be able to dive deeper into Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) enhancements in the Windows Server 2012: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure course.
  • Web and Application Platform. This module explores how Windows Server 2012 supports modern applications by delivering an application platform that provides high performance and supports high-density applications. The module also describes new capabilities in Windows Server 2012 that support delivery of modern applications. The module explains how the new capabilities in Windows Server 2012 tackle the challenges of multitenant high-density websites, high-performance web applications, and consistent and repeatable configurations. By the end of this module, you will be able to dive deeper on these topics in the Windows Server 2012: Web and Application Platform course.

 To get started :