Green is GOOD, Red is BAD, Yellow… look both ways!

It has taken a lot of managing and work, but today I can see the fruits of my labour – an entire environment of GREEN checkmarks.  When all systems are healthy, this IT Admin is happy! Of course, a few of my virtual machines are off, and my laptop is configured to get updates from … Continue reading Green is GOOD, Red is BAD, Yellow… look both ways!

Creating a Virtual Machine from VM Templates and ISOs using System Center (Video)

If you are starting to use System Center Essentials (or, for that matter, System Center Virtual Machine Manager) to manage your virtual environment, then you can save a lot of time creating virtual machines by using VM Templates to build and configure the virtual machines, and ISO files stored in Virtual Machine Libraries to deploy … Continue reading Creating a Virtual Machine from VM Templates and ISOs using System Center (Video)

System Center Essentials: Installation Gotchas

A few months ago I received HP’s branded System Center Essentials (HP Insight with Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010) to prepare for my current tour.  As with any server-based application, the best practice is to make sure that your host operating system is patched with the latest Service Pack, Security Patches, and Critical Patches.  Additionally … Continue reading System Center Essentials: Installation Gotchas