(Hopefully) Useful Information on Microsoft System Center, Hyper-V and Cloud

DPM – Protecting SQL with Log Shipping

  DPM is a great tool for protecting SQL Server databases for many reasons, but one in particular is that it can provide protection down to every 15 minutes.  By backing up the transaction log every 15 minutes, a SQL database can be restored to virtually any point in time, which is extremely useful, and has saved me on a number of occasions. One of the issues with protecting SQL.. Read More

SCCM 2012 Compliance – Auto Remediation

SCCM has a great Compliance feature, formerly known as DCM, which can be used to ensure computers meet a certain baseline of configurations.  What’s even better is that it can auto-remediate any drifts from the baseline, which makes it very powerful. I’ve recently had the need to implement a number of baselines, that contained configuration items that needed to auto-remediate, and I found it wasn’t quite as intuitive to do as.. Read More

Attending TechEd Europe 2014?

TechEd is a massive Microsoft event with a wealth of knowledge and experience available to draw on, and I will be there to provide my knowledge and experience of all things System Center and Cloud.  I will be there as Microsoft staff this year, so I will hopefully get plenty of geek talk in!! TechEd runs from the 28th to the 31st October this year in Barcelona… More details on.. Read More

SCOM 2012 – Which RunAs Profiles use RunAs Accounts?

Within SCOM 2012 RunAs accounts and profiles are used to control the credentials that are used to perform different monitoring of different applications or different environments.  The number of RunAs Accounts can grow very quickly, and be used with many different RunAs profile, which can start to get difficult to administer and troubleshoot should an issue occur. A good example of issues that can occur was documented by Marnix here,.. Read More

DPM 2012 R2 Installation Error 811

During the installation of System Center 2012 R2 – Data Protection Manager, you may experience a failure and receive event ID 811:     As is often the case with these installation errors, the information provided doesn’t really give you much to on, plus the DPM error code catalogue had no information and neither did perusing articles after a Bing search.  With this, I had to open up the DPM install.. Read More

Welcome, One & All!!

Welcome to the new Aquilaweb Blog… This is a place for me to share all my (hopefully) useful information I pick up whilst working on different projects for different customers.  The main focus will be around Microsoft System Center, Windows Server, Hyper-V and Cloud, but anything could appear if it’s worth sharing. I hope the information I share is useful, and please feel free to send me suggestions or leave.. Read More