How Time Flies

It seems like such a short time ago that my son (the elder) was in elementary school. In 2010 I helped his school by upgrading their systems from an unmanaged Windows XP environment onto Windows 7… along with Office 365 for e-mail. The story was picked up by IT World Canada. While I was given … Continue reading How Time Flies

The (Solar) WInds of Change…

I used to love System Center.  Simply put, if you were a systems administrator / engineer / architect it did… everything.  It monitors, automates, protects, virtualizes, scripts, patches, deploys, integrates… everything in your environment.  It is, in a word, comprehensive. It is also big.  There was a time (prior to System Center 2012) when you … Continue reading The (Solar) WInds of Change…

From Server Core to GUI to… MinShell?

This post was originally written for the Canadian IT Pro Connection blog, and can be seen there at http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro. In Windows Server 2008 we were introduced to a revolutionary way to install Windows Server: Server Core. Server Core may look boring – there’s nothing to it except the command prompt – but to an IT … Continue reading From Server Core to GUI to… MinShell?

Managing Your Servers Remotely using the RSAT Tools

In this day and age of virtualization it is not that it is getting harder to sit down at a server to administer it… it is just getting easier to administer it remotely.  Where it does get easier is when you have several servers – often a mix of physical and virtual – that you … Continue reading Managing Your Servers Remotely using the RSAT Tools

System Center Essentials: Microsoft monitoring and management for SMBs

Most of you know that Microsoft’s System Center family of products are the leading solutions for IT systems management.  They have come a long way in the past seven years, to the point where it is a rare company that does not have at least one System Center product installed in their organization. Although there … Continue reading System Center Essentials: Microsoft monitoring and management for SMBs