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

SCSM – Console Performance

Service Manager

UPDATE (03/12/2015):  It seems as if Microsoft has pulled or moved the article I reference for this post.  Here are the screenshots of the post when it was available!   —–   One of the main complaints with Service Manager has been the performance of the console, which hasn’t really improved much even with all the latest updates applied.  Whilst it is logical to believe that console performance is directly.. Read More

SCSM – Grooming

Computer Health

Data grooming in Service Manager is extremely important, yet most of the time it happens in the background and few people know what grooming is being done, and how it is being performed.  Due to it’s importance, for both data consistency and performance, Scott Walker (Senior Support Escalation Engineer at Microsoft) has posted three articles on why grooming is needed, what grooming is performed, and how it can be checked!.. Read More

Hyper-V Cluster Performance – Global Update Manager (GUM)

Problem & Solution

  Global Update Manager is a feature that was introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2 for fail-over clustering, which enables configuration of how the cluster database is updated.  The three configuration for a fail-over cluster are as follows:     By default, value 1 is automatically set for a Hyper-V fail-over cluster, which means that the cluster is operating in an asynchronous mode.  A write only needs to be committed to a.. 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