Category: Systems Center


Recently Microsoft really upped their game in cloud backup with the new MABS server. Previously, you could only backup volumes to Azure, no application backup, no VM awareness etc. By taking System Center Data Protection Manager and cutting out some features, there’s all of a sudden a very good backup tool for both on-premises and cloud backup. The only catch is that, unlike with DPM, even if you only backup to local disk with MABS, you pay per backed up server, per month. Read it here.

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In this second part we look at Virtual Machine Manager’s support for the new Shielded VM functionality in Hyper-V 2016, along with the Host Guardian Service attestation service. Read it here.

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Now that we’ve finally reached Technical Preview 3 in System Center, there’s enough new features there to see what’s coming next year. This part 1 for 4sysops covers management of rolling cluster upgrades, Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), Storage Replica, SOFS in front of SANs, centralized storage QoS management and Azure IaaS VM management. Read it here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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