Category: review

My look at Ops Manager 2012 R2 is now online at 4Sysops. This single post covers what’s new and what’s enhanced in the R2 version, read it here.

Enjoy! And thanks for reading.

In this final part I look at how Essentials 2012 R2 integrates with cloud services such as Office 365 and Azure backup. Read it here.

Hope you enjoyed reading these and I thank you for your time.

In this second part I look at Essential 2012 R2, what’s new (including the exciting option to run it as a VM under Hyper-V) and other improvements Microsoft’s made. Read it here.

Enjoy and thanks for reading.

Just before Christmas there was a three part article series published on 4Sysops where I look at the HP Microserver Generation 8 as well as Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. Part 1, which you can read here, covered the hardware, gotchas around RAID configuration and drivers for Windows Server 2012 R2.

Enjoy and thanks for reading.

And just after part 2 is published, here is the final part 3. This time I look at storage enhancements (Guest Fibre Channel, ODX, and bare metal deployment of Scale Out File Servers (SOFS)) as well as shared VHDX for guest clustering and the new features in services in VMM to create clusters. Read it here.

Enjoy! And thanks for your time in reading.

And hot on the heels of the first part comes part two on what’s new in VMM 2012 R2. This part covers what’s new for VMs (Gen 2, better Linux support, faster LM) and Clouds (easier to control permissions) as well as the new service – Hyper-V Recovery Manager. Read it here.

Enjoy! And thanks for reading.

It’s been hard finding time to write over the last couple of months with my fellow teacher’s at TAFE disappearing faster than we can keep up but here at last is part 1 of a three part series where I look at what’s new in Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2. This part covers Network Virtualization enhancements such as the new gateway, IPAM integration etc. Read it here.

Enjoy! And thanks for reading.

If you’d like to try out System Center 2012 SP1 but think that setting up eight servers and installing all the prerequisites is a tall order, have a look at my review of PDT at 4sysops, here.

Enjoy and thanks for reading

The final part of this short 3 part series looks at the advancements in Windows Server 2012 that applies to SMBs and thus makes Essentials better, such as Direct Access. I also cover the Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps for accessing and managing the server, read it here

Enjoy! And thanks for reading.

Hot on the heels of part 1 (covering Installation, the console and licensing) of my review of Windows Server 2012 Essentials comes part 2 which covers integration with on premises systems as well as integration with Office 365.

Enjoy! And thanks for reading.


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