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

SCSM – Service Management on an iPad

IT Monkey

As we know, the SCSM console can only be installed on Windows computers with certain pre-requisites installed, which limits what devices SCSM can be used on.  Even the SCSM self-service portal has a Silverlight plugin requirement, which also limits the devices on which it can be used.  This may not be a problem for many people, however in this more mobile, agile, and Service Management centric world there is often.. Read More

SCU Europe – Should you attend?

SCU Pass

As you’ll be aware by my previous blog posts this week, I attended SCU Europe this week in Basel, and I have provided the details for SCU Europe next year in Berlin. If you’ve never been to SCU, and are trying to decide whether to save the date, maybe a look at this years sessions will help you decide it is an event you need to go to.   As.. Read More

SCU Europe 2016

SCU_2016

Announced yeaterday at SCU Europe were the details for SCU Europe 2016, which is to be held in Berlin on August 24th to the 26th. Save the date to make sure you are there!!! This is a great conference and one you must go to!!! I look forward to seeing you next year 🙂 David

SCU Europe – Day 3

SCU - Death Star Win

The final day!!!! After a night of drinking whiskey, beer, wine, and more beer, I did make it back in to the Congress Centre for SCU this morning, all be it after sourcing a very good cup of coffee!!   I didn’t attend any morning sessions today as I had some meetings to attend, but I do want to watch the “Azure Site Recovery” session by Michel Luscher and Thomas.. Read More

SCU Europe – Day 2

Basel River

Day 2 at SCU Europe was another great day full of new information, entertaining sessions, geeky chats… and, Whiskey!! My choices for sessions were: Nano Server – the next generation of Cloud Server in your Datacentre (Thomas Maurer & Kristian Nese) Lessons Learned from Cloud Platform Projects with Windows Azure Pack (Michael Ruefli & Michel Luscher) Get your Hybrid Identity in 4 steps with Azure AD Connect (Ronny de Jong).. Read More

SCU Europe – Day 1

SCU at Congress Center

Today was the first day of SCU Europe, and it was a great day all round.  All the sessions I attended were informative, the keynote was fun and the people were great! First up we had the keynote by Marcel Zehner who really got all the attendees excited for the event, and injected a bit of fun with getting us to use our glow sticks… “Scream for country and wave your.. Read More

SCU Europe – Day 0

Congress Centre Basel

The time is here for SCU Europe!! After a delayed flight I finally arrived in Basel ready for an enjoyable three days geeking out with a great bunch of people and learning lots of new things!  Before I even got on the plane I met my good friend Kevin Greene, and then when we got to our hotel, we met our good friend Pete Zerger!  So, before the event has.. Read More

Hyper-V – Understanding Performance on Fixed and Dynamic Disks

Windows Server

Assessing virtual disk performance within a guest virtual machine hosted on Hyper-V can be a challenging exercise, as there are usually a number of items in the stack that could be causing issues.  Generally you will have your storage device, storage fabric, physical server hardware, and potential shared physical resources (such as a blade chassis).  Then there is the configuration of the presented storage within Hyper-V, and other software configuration,.. Read More

Windows 10 – Remote Server Administration Tools

Remote Admin

Along with the release of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 TP3 today from Microsoft, also released are the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 10. The new RSAT can be downloaded at, https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=45520. Note that RSAT can ONLY be installed on computers that are running the full release of Windows 10 Professional or Windows 10 Enterprise, and have these management exceptions: DHCP Tools IP Address Management Tools (IPAM) Network Policy.. Read More

Windows Server 2016 & System Center 2016 Technical Preview 3

New Release

Today, Microsoft announced that Technical Preview 3 (TP3) is available for download for both Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016.  Full details on what’s new in TP3 is defined at, http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2015/08/19/what-s-new-in-windows-server-2016-and-system-center-2016-technical-preview-3.aspx. One of the big new features in TP3 is the introduction of Windows Server Containers, which is very exciting, and very much worth understanding.  To that end, I recommend a great blog post published today by Aidan Finn which.. Read More