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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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Splunk for 4Sysops

This is a new article of mine at 4Sysops where I look at Splunk – an interesting product for collecting and analysing large amounts of machine data efficiently. Read it here.

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With the title Rethinking IT, part 2 of my big overview of Microsoft Azure is now live on This time I look at automation, cloud services, mobile services, diagnostics and networking, specifically virtual networks and Expressroute. I also look at Traffic Manager and SQL versus SQL Server. Read it here.


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Finally the first part of my in-depth look at Azure for IT Pros is now online at This part covers Compute Services, Web Sites, Virtual Machines and Autoscaling. Read it here.

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This is the second and last article in my series on certification for 4sysops – this time I look at the different Microsoft certification paths that are available and share some personal experiences. Read it here.

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This is the first part in a two part series at 4sysops where I look at certification in general and Microsoft’s offering in particular. This part covers how to study as well as look at the value of certification for an IT Professional. Read 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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Hot on the heels of my review of Operations Manager comes my look at Configuration Manager 2012 R2. I cover installation improvements, client management with the new VPN and Certificate Profiles along with the enhancements for iOS, RT and Android devices. 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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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.


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