(Hopefully) Useful Information on Microsoft Azure, System Center & Hyper-V

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

SCU Europe 2015 – Videos Online

SCU Europe

Back in August I attended the great SCU Europe event in Basel, Switzerland, as I blogged about at the time.  One thing I mentioned in one of my postys is that all the sessions would be recorded and be made available online.  Well, this week, the sessions have been available to everyone 🙂 Visit http://www.vimeo.com/itnetx to view the sessions. Enjoy watching them, there is plenty to learn!! David

SCOM – Monitor Power Plan Setting

Power Plan Setting

All Windows computers have a power plans that affect how the computer behaves, and this should be set appropriately for each individual computer.  For example, on a laptop you may select the “Power saver” plan which will save as much energy (battery life) as possible, but will also decrease the performance of the system.  But, on a server, you would probably want to select the “High Performance” power plan, to.. Read More

SCSM – Exporting Work Items with Action Log

SCSM Action Log

It is a fairly regular occurrence that I get asked to export a selection of work items from SCSM into a CSV, or something similar, so they can be reviewed.  What isn’t so regular is that I get asked to include the full Action Log with the export of the work items! I did get this request recently however, as an auditor required it for a number of random incidents,.. Read More

DPM – Issues with Tape Library Sharing

Backup Tapes

Although Microsoft would like everyone to be backing up their data to Azure from DPM, the reality is that most organisations still feel more comfortable with the traditional backup to tape. I’m sure this will change over time, but this is where most people are at the moment. This means that DPM has to be able to protect to tape, which it can do, but typically these days a tape library.. Read More

SCOM – Maximising Productivity using SquaredUp – 3

SquaredUp Edit

In this third post on using SquaredUp to maximise your SCOM setup, I will be looking at the ways in which new dashboards can be created, and how easy it is!!   No Additional Tools to Build Dashboards With all the products an IT admin has to work with these days, the last thing one wants is another one, and SquaredUp understand this, as their product is completely web based! .. Read More

SCOM – Maximising Productivity using SquaredUp – 2

SquaredUp Pricing

This is the second post in my series on the benefits of using SquaredUp, although this post is less about maximising productivity, and more about ease of purchase.   Transparent Pricing & Easy Purchasing As fun as it ease to implement new products, purchasing them can be a nightmare, particularly if the selling company doesn’t have a clear pricing structure and just wants to do deals, or give the impression.. Read More

SCOM – Maximising Productivity using SquaredUp – 1

SquaredUp

For those of you that aren’t aware of SquaredUp, they provide a HTML5 based web console for SCOM with a host of additions, including dashboards, Visio integrations, and connections to other data sources.   I’ve been lucky enough to use SquaredUp sincce it’s very first version, and it’s come a long way since then, so I thought it was time to highlight the benefits SqauredUp can provide when implemented.  So.. Read More

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