Category: Systems Center

A long time ago I reviewed a tool called PDT, PowerShell Deployment Toolkit for 4Sysops, (it’s a funny name since it doesn’t actually deploy PowerShell, it deploys System Center 2012 / 2012 R2). It’s now been furnished with a GUI by a couple of people in Germany and it works quite well – read all about it here.

Enjoy! And thanks for reading.

A couple of months ago I looked at System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, Configuration Manager and Virtual Machine Manager for 4Sysops. Those three received quite a few improvements in the R2 release. This time I have a look at the other three parts of System Center and find that, apart from DPM, there was very few improvements in the products. Read it here.

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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.

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.

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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.

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Back in the October issue of Technet Magazine I wrote about how to take all your network and compute hardware, along with any existing VMware and XENServer clusters and manage all that fabric with SCVMM 2012 SP1. Read that “part 1” here.

In the November issue is part 2 where I cover the next step which is to build a cloud on top of the fabric. This part looks at services in SCVMM, private clouds as well as the new Service Provider Foundation (SPF). Read it here.

Enjoy, and thanks for reading.

I have written a two part deep dive into using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 for Technet Magazine. The first part looks at using SCVMM to manage your fabric, the underlying hardware, clusters, networks and storage as well as setting up SCVMM in a Highly Available fashion. The second part will cover building your private cloud on top of this managed fabric.

Read part 1 here.

Enjoy and thanks for reading.

Concluding my look at the forthcoming SP1 for System Center 2012 at 4sysops is part four that you can read here. In this post I talk about what’s coming in Service Manager 2012 SP1 and App Controller 2012 SP1 as well as a few words about the brand new Service Provider Framework (SPF).

Enjoy and thanks for reading.

In this part 3 I continue to look at the changes coming in VMM 2012 SP1, this time covering the stuff that’s not directly related to supporting Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 – read it here.

Enjoy it and thanks for reading.


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