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…

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The Perils of a Manual Environment

I am not going to lie to you and say that every environment that I manage or have managed is an optimized Secure, Well-Managed IT Environment.  It’s just not true. In a secure, well-managed IT environment we monitor to make sure that things are working the way they are supposed to.  When we spin up … Continue reading The Perils of a Manual Environment

Onboard SAN… Issues.

A client of mine is a small business with a couple of physical servers and a couple of virtualization hosts.  One of the physical servers, a Lenovo ThinkServer, has been acting as a file server, so it has really been very under-used.  It is a good server that has never been used to its potential … Continue reading Onboard SAN… Issues.

End Of Days 2003: The End is Nigh!

In a couple of days we will be saying goodbye to 2014 and ringing in the New Year 2015.  Simple math should show you that if you are still running Windows Server 2003, it is long since time to upgrade.  However here’s more: When I was a Microsoft MVP, and then when I was a … Continue reading End Of Days 2003: The End is Nigh!

Server Core: Save money.

I remember an internal joke floating around Microsoft in 2007, about a new way to deploy Windows Server.  There was an ad campaign around Windows Vista at the time that said ‘The Wow Starts Now!’  When they spoke about Server Core they joked ‘The Wow Stops Now!’ Server Core was a new way to deploy … Continue reading Server Core: Save money.

What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Lessons Learned Week 1

Dan Stoltz asked me to republish this article, and it is well worth it!  Check out all of the links – a lot of great material! -MDG It has been an incredible start to the Windows Server 2012 R2 Launch Series.  Here is brief summary of what we covered so far… Windows Server 2012 R2 … Continue reading What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Lessons Learned Week 1

Vancouver Helping Calgary

The news is ablaze with stories of the terrible flooding in Calgary.  As I wrote in an article yesterday (Leaving Calgary…) I got out before the worst of it, but only barely.  The rivers are overflowing, entire neighborhoods are under water, and the news is not getting better.  At least two dead, and people are … Continue reading Vancouver Helping Calgary

Rebuilding SWMI… Not the company, just the infrastructure

I have been talking about rebuilding the domain for my company for several months, and finally sat down to do it this week-end.  Because I was essentially destroying the old domain there were a few steps I needed to perform before going ahead. I performed a Backup of all of my data.  Nobody in their … Continue reading Rebuilding SWMI… Not the company, just the infrastructure

Windows Server 2012: Roles & Features

A colleague asked me earlier today if I knew off the top of my head how many roles and features there are in Windows Server 2012, and I had to admit that I did not know.  As Albert Einstein once said, why memorize what you can reference.  However as a quick exercise I decided to … Continue reading Windows Server 2012: Roles & Features

Windows Server 2012: More than Virtualization!

Since it was in pre-release I have been evangelizing Windows Server 2012.  I have gone from sea to shining sea talking about it at Launch events, at Partner showcases, in IT Camps, at user groups talking about how much better it is than Windows Server 2008, but more importantly I chiefly discuss the improvements to … Continue reading Windows Server 2012: More than Virtualization!

Windows Fever… Catch It!

This morning we in the field of Information Technology awake to a new reality… A virtual reality if you will, but one that is quite real. On July 5th I posted an article in this space called A Response to VMware’s ‘Get the Facts’ page comparing vSphere to Hyper-V and System Center.  In the four … Continue reading Windows Fever… Catch It!

The Demise of Windows SBS

On Thursday July 5th Microsoft made an announcement that shocked the small business IT world, although it came as little surprise to the SBS MVPs who had, I am told been informed (much to their communal displeasure) months ago. Microsoft Windows Small Business Server, a product that launched a thousand (and more) careers in IT, … Continue reading The Demise of Windows SBS

Managing Your SMB-IT Without Server

You have a small business.  You have been running Windows Small Business Server 2003 for six years, and you know that it is time to retire it.  The question is, what should replace it? Before you make any definitive decisions, why not review what you need your server to do: File Server Mail Server Internet … Continue reading Managing Your SMB-IT Without Server