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Windows Server 2012 Essentials, which will ultimately replace the existing Small Business Server (SBS) and Home Server products, has reached the Release Candidate milestone! Essentials provides a simple to install and configure version of Windows Server 2012 intended for Small Busines...
The new Microsoft certification exams for MCSA on Windows Server 2012 will be released over the upcoming weeks and to help you prepare early for certification on Windows Server 2012, we're launching a new "Early Experts" peer study group that is available online for FREE. By joining a...
When virtualizing Active Directory Domain Controllers in the past, we've needed to be very careful that we don't invoke any steps, such as applying an old snapshot, that could possibly cause USN rollback to occur in the state of a Domain Controller's replica AD database and risk AD cor...
I've been talking with IT Pros in my community about integrating ADFS 2.0 with Office 365 to establish single sign-on capabilities. Because the process involves a number of tasks and steps, I am sharing three resources that I've personally found helpful in planning, installing and con...
This month, I spent a fair amount of time preparing for the new Microsoft Private Cloud Certification Exam 70-246, Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 and I saved links to all the study resources that I used to study and pass this exam as a step-by-step Exa...
All three Beta exams for the MCSA on Windows Server 2012 are available for scheduling in the US as of today. Get the details here along with recommended study materials to help you prep!
On July 10th, Microsoft delivered a full-day Cloud Summit in Dallas-Fort Worth and received tremendous feedback from IT Pros and Developers alike! Here are the presentations and resources that were delivered for IT Pro audiences. FREE eBook - Introducing Windows Server 2012 - http://...
Microsoft Learning partnered with the Microsoft Server and Tools team and Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) to deliver the “Windows Server 2012 Jump Start: Preparing for the Datacenter Evolution” on June 20-21, 2012. Thanks to an amazing product and a phenomenal team effort, this...
Microsoft announced on June 7th that Windows Azure will be enhanced to include several infrastructure-as-a-service offerings including Windows Azure Virtual Machines, Virtual Networks, Web Sites and Media Services. These new offerings provide increased flexibility when planning your P...
An interesting* side-effect of deploying applications in public cloud computing environments is the fact that access to management functions is often accessible, necessarily, to any one. We rely instead on credentials and API keys to prevent unauthorized access and, given that we reall...
Mobile and tablet platforms are hyping HTML5, but many applications are bound to a traditional client-server model, making API performance a top concern for organizations. I recently received an e-mail from Strangeloop Networks with a subject of: “The quest for the holy grail of Web s...
Virtualization isn’t just an option anymore for the data center: it’s a necessity. There just isn’t enough rack space, enough cooling power or enough money in the electricity budget to push a new server into production every time a business unit decides it needs addit...
I have a love/hate relationship with trade shows. On the one hand, I love them. I love meeting customers and prospects, and I love the shameless boosterism that it entails. On the other hand, as someone who has to manage to a budget and deliver ROI, I hate them. The ROI never works out...
Here at VM we’re planning our spring 2011 conference tour and we’re happy to say there’s a lot going on in the world of presentations and meetings about cloud-computing. Deadlines are fast-approaching though, so check out the list we’ve put together below and see if there’s something h...
Whilst I did not visit all sessions that were offered, some constrained by time others by choice, sessions that stood out were those by GoGrid, Unisys, Rackspace, Amazon & SAP. Of course as a technologist I expected more from Amazon; however SAP true to its reputation had a renowned r...
A long time ago (November 2009 to be precise), in a Cloud far far away, the Rebel Alliance of EMC, Cisco and VMware joined forces to form what are now dubbed Acadia and the VCE coalition. Soon after came the launches of VBlocks 0, 1 and 2 each respectively incorporating the EMC Celerra...
Recently, I read an interview with fellow IBMer, Bruce Otte, in which he laid out IBM’s Roadmap to ‘Smart Clouds’ by highlighting five key areas. I’m not going to enumerate those here, if you are interested you can check out the interview, but there is one thing that especially caught ...
Years ago I had the privilege of helping to grow Bladelogic from early-stage startup to a profitable organization of over 300 people.  In the early days one of my first challenges was figuring out how to show our product to prospective customers effectively.  I needed to show...
One of the biggest challenges with any implementation of elastic scalability as it relates to virtualization and cloud computing is managing that scalability at run-time and at design (configuration) time. The goal is to transparently scale out some service – network or application – i...
There is a trend in the high-tech industry to jump from one hot technology to another, without waiting for customers to catch up. We’re certainly seeing it with Cloud, there are people out there pushing the “everyone else is doing it and gaining agility!” button every day. But you’re n...
The pendulum has shifted. We are in an era in which Storage Managers are in the ascendancy while vendors must shape up to meet customer demands in order to survive the current economic plight. Long gone are the days of disk happy vendors who could easily shift expensive boxes of FC dis...
In a recent blog by Randy George over at Network Computing, he gets a little excited over the prospects of running 100% virtual, and is somewhat dismissive of hardware appliances. Buried in toward the end of the post is a note that says he’ll be running tests of virtual Wan Optimizatio...
I was recently approached by a client about what options they had for configuring BizTalk across their global enterprise. They really wanted to avoid idle servers and spread their processing load over their global enterprise as much as possible. They also wanted to have failover capa...
Blog: Industry Trends and Perspectives: 6GB SAS and DAS are not Dumb A$$ Storage This is part of an ongoing series of short industry trends and perspectives blog posts briefs. These short posts compliment other longer posts along with traditional industry trends and perspective wh...
At first glance, cloud computing can appear to be “virtualization taken to its logical conclusion.” After all, if the main benefit of virtualization is to consolidate data center resources and increase the speed of provisioning, then cloud is the ultimate pay-off: don&rsquo...
Politics and dog food… some might say they go hand-in-hand (especially if you watched any coverage about the healthcare debate). But politics and dog food are also relevant in most organizations, especially when undertaking a massive restructuring in the way you deliver desktops to use...
Someone once asked Ernest Hemingway if it was difficult to write. He replied "Not at all, you just sit at the typewriter and bleed!" Hemingway must be turning these days in his grave, because if Cloud Computing has done anything it has shown once and for all that technology commenta...
Do you believe the iPad will change the way we do computing? I don't. Don't get me wrong. These devices are awesome and I wouldn't mind someone buying me one, but do I think they will have a huge impact on business? Not really
Thinking about jumping on the cloud? True, I’ve had no qualms in showing my skepticism towards the marketing of ‘cloud computing’ and it being the mere repackaging of solutions which have existed for years, but the fact is it still addresses a concept and reality that exists and one wh...
Over those 10 years I've had the ability to wear multiple hats. I've been a Pre/Post Sales Engineer doing selling/rack-n-stack and break/fix stuff, to a Regional Storage Architect and a Regional Systems Engineering Manager and it's been an AWESOME ride. I can honestly say that I'm...
So, I decided it's time to get off of the sideline and jump into the blogosphere. I've been a very long time lurker of some really good blogs. I'm never at a loss for words in the "real world" so let's see how that translates into the "blog" world. So to be clear, my opinion i...
This isn't just a one vendor issue. Have you noticed that a lot of storage vendors use the same parts to build their arrays? For example, place a Clariion, EVA, FAS, Storage Center, Magnitude 3D next to each other. About the only difference is the logo and the software loaded on the co...
Toronto-based Opalis Software which provides IT process automation tools for data centers has been acquired by Microsoft. Microsoft will be integrating the acquisition into its System Center product line. As Microsoft ventures into cloud adventures and invests more and more in gigantic...
I received a pre-release edition of the book at VMworld 2009. This guide has a great selection of shortcuts, tips and best practices for setting up and maintaining vSphere 4. I would be an excellent addition to any VMware administrator’s bookshelf. The book’s size also makes it a great...
To accomplish memorable results and to leave an indelible professional impression, you need to guide your actions with the constant overriding goal to "Execute to Excellence." With that in mind, your work and your efforts will be your brand. To set one's self apart from the competiti...
Virtualization products like VMware are a perfect fit for Axiom. Pillar provides a pwoer command line interface that works with the VMware API to easily perform common tasks like LUN provisioning. There is also an intuitive GUI and Pillar's Dynamic Performance Manager that allow you to...
As 2009 comes to a close, a recent editorial in CIO magazine sums-up a nagging issue -- "Despite the emergence of improved IT management tools over the past decade, CIOs continue to grapple with the same IT challenges they dealt with five and even 10 years ago. Which can make a CEO won...
Day One of the Cloud Computing Conference and Expo is in full swing. First off, it took me nearly 30 minutes to find parking. For some reason the top level of the parking structure of the Santa Clara Convention Center was closed off. Not sure why. Then I walked through the San Jose Hya...
Describing today’s enterprise IT environment as “complex” would be a gross understatement all things considered. The intricate model needed to support day-to-day business operations boggles the mind, with much of the complexity attributed to evolving applications, and the way people us...
Kooaba's mobile image recognition (MIR) technology will be used in the November edition of Wired magazine (US) to link print advertisements to online content. Kooaba claims this as a US first. Oddly enough Wired online are also running a vstory on augmented reality (AR) here. The adva...