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In early April my two part look at what’s coming in System Center Operations Manager (OM) 2016 was published at 4Sysops. In part 1, I look at Apache and MySQL monitoring and other open source improvements in OM.

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And thanks for reading.

In March I then started looking at the different parts of the System Center 2016 for 4Sysops.

Virtual Machine Manager and Configuration Manager have already been covered, this time I look at Data Protection Manager (DPM). The 2016 version will bring protection for shielded VMs, mixed mode Hyper-V clusters, Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) and Resilient Change Tracking. Read it here

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I finished the look at OMS for 4Sysops with a look at Solutions which extend the functionality of OMS, the powerful log search capabilites and the mobile OMS app. Find part 2 here.

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I’ve been falling behind in keeping my blog up to date with articles that have been published. Back in February I looked at OMS which is a very capable cloud based systems management service. Find the first part here at 4Sysops.

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And here’s another article in the series on Azure – this time covering the new Security Center. A single place to track the security posture of all (not yet but coming) your Azure resources. Read it here.

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At Ignite in Australia I had the good fortune to interview Ben Armstrong, principal program manager on the Hyper-V team again (it must be the fourth time now :-)). We discussed a lot of different features that are coming in the next version of Hyper-V. Find part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here and part 4 here. Here is part 5 and part 6 is here. This concludes the whole series.

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At the recent Ignite conference here on the Gold Coast in Australia, I caught up with Michael Niehaus, “Mr Deployment” about deploying Windows 10. Read my interview with him here.

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Azure Resource Manager (ARM) is a very important part of how to deploy and manage cloud resources in Azure going forward. I covered ARM here. Recently, Microsoft added ARM policies, a way to control where (which region), what type (VM, WebApp, Databases etc.), enforcing naming conventions and requiring deployments to have specific tags attached for tracking. It’s pretty cool, check it out here.

Enjoy! And thanks so much for reading.

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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My most recent Azure piece is now online at 4Sysops. I look at the new Azure Active Directory Domain Services that make it possible to host domain joined VMs in Azure IaaS without having to host VMs in Azure that are Domain Controllers from your own domain.

Read it here.

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