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Virtualizing your data center with Hyper-V and System Center

7:21 am in Event, Hyper-V, System Center by mikeresseler

Save the date! The 19th of February Symon Perriman and Matt McSpirit will be hosting another great Microsoft Virtual Academy event. This time the topic will be virtualizing your data center with hyper-v and system center

During this training they won’t talk about Hyper-V alone but will focus on multi-hypervisor management also.

From the information:

If you’re new to virtualization, or if you have some experience and want to see the latest R2 features of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V or Virtual Machine Manager, join us for a day of free online training with live Q&A to get all your questions answered. Learn how to build your infrastructure from the ground up on the Microsoft stack, using System Center to provide powerful management capabilities. Microsoft virtualization experts Symon Perriman and Matt McSpirit (who are also VMware Certified Professionals) demonstrate how you can help your business consolidate workloads and improve server utilization, while reducing costs. Learn the differences between the platforms, and explore how System Center can be used to manage a multi-hypervisor environment, looking at VMware vSphere 5.5 management, monitoring, automation, and migration. Even if you cannot attend the live event, register today anyway and you will get an email once we release the videos for on-demand replay! 

Topics include

  • Introduction to Microsoft Virtualization
  • Host Configuration
  • Virtual Machine Clustering and Resiliency
  • Virtual Machine Configuration
  • Virtual Machine Mobility
  • Virtual Machine Replication and Protection
  • Network Virtualization
  • Virtual Machine and Service Templates
  • Private Clouds and User Roles
  • System Center 2012 R2 Data Center
  • Virtualization with the Hybrid Cloud
  • VMware Management, Integration, and Migration

Register here:

Enjoy this course! It’s free Smile



Suffering with System Center and SQL? Not any more

3:05 pm in SQL, System Center by mikeresseler

If you ever worked with system center then you probably know this problem. What SQL server version, hotfix, service pack or rollup will I use? If you are only installing one component, then it is normally not a big problem. Browse to the TechNet articles and see what is supported. But what if you want to use multiple components? Or you have a running Always On SQL instance that you need to reuse?

At that time, it becomes a bit more difficult. Finding out if your installation (or installation that you want to do…) is supported by all components can be a very difficult task and very time-consuming.

Solution? MVP’s to the rescue:

Led by Paul Keeley and input from Robert Hedblom and Pete Zerger they created a whopping 200 page document that not only will give you the details on supportability but also gives you information on High Availability, SQL on Azure and much more to support your System Center installations.

You can find the guide here:



System Center Universe DACH

9:17 am in Cloud, Event, System Center by mikeresseler

Once and a while you see community events grow and become an event that you don’t want to miss. System Center Universe is one of those.  It has been grown for a couple of years now and is becoming a standard event that everyone wants to attend. Besides the American version of System Center Universe, there is now a spin-off in Europe.

Enter System Center Universe DACH which will be held in September 2013. This event will be held in Switzerland and I’m very honored to be one of the presenters on that event. There is going to be a huge amount of sessions and other activities.

  • 1 Keynote session
  • 40 Breakout sessions in 4 parallel tracks
  • 4 lunch sessions
  • Meet the experts session
  • Networking
  • Sponsor booths
  • Networking party

Speakers include (besides myself Winking smile) Maarten Goet (NL), Thomas Maurer (CH), Travis Wright (USA), Pete Zerger (USA), Carsten Rachfahl (GER), Damian Flynn (IRE), Kevin Green (IRE), Kent Agerlund (DK), Cameron Fuller (USA) and many more… All speakers can be found here:

The session list ( also looks very promising and a lot of sessions I would want to see.

And of course, I’ll be very happy to see the city of Bern while I’m there Smile

If you can go to this event, then this is certainly something that you want to put on your wish list.



Building demo’s quickly

7:38 am in Demo, Hydration, POC, System Center by mikeresseler

Many people ask me how much time I spent in building demo environments, proof of concepts and so on.  Since I do quite some presentations and build courseware, I’m always in the need of specific demo environments.  One thing is certain, I do not rebuild an entire domain every time again and again… At least not manually.

For the most of my environments, I use scripts and unattended installs to build the environments.  This allows me to start installing a base environment in the evening and wake-up to a shiny new infrastructure

However, I’m a backup guy so all this scripting and deployment would take me a huge amount of time.  So here is the biggest “secret”.  I use tools from the community.

And one tool is the hydration kit created by Mikael Nystrom.  This guy is an amazing IT professional that gives me the scripts necessary to focus on my real work and not on installing all the systems over and over again.

And the best?  It is for free, and it works!

Today, version 3 is out of the hydration kit. 

This version allows you to Windows Server 2012 as Domain Controller, Member Server, Fileserver, Print Server, Remote Desktop Server, Web Server, Connection Broker, Generic Member Server, and Remote Access – Direct Access Server.  It also allows you to deploy Windows 7 and Windows 8 with or without Office as member of the domain, system center servers and SQL servers.

For more information and to download the information visit and follow Mikael on twitter @mikael_nystrom



Have your own Windows Azure services on-premise

12:31 pm in Hosting, Hyper-V, Service Provider Foundation, SPF, System Center, Windows Server 2012 by mikeresseler


Many IT Pro’s I know are scared of the public cloudIt will take a way their job, it will make sure that business users can do things without the control of IT administrators and so on.  The same IT Pro’s and also a lot more of them are also jealous of these public cloud offerings.  Imagine how cool it would be if we could offer this in-house.   The same experience for our users as they have in the cloud (Azure, Amazon…) and still completely under our control.  Too bad we can’t offer these things…

But wait, we can… With the System Center 2012 suite and Windows Server, this is already perfectly possible in-house.  Building up your private cloud and using the self-service portal to create offerings for your end-users that are completely or almost completely automated is not an utopia anymore. 

But let’s think one step further here for a second.  Let’s say I want to have these offerings and give them to my customers.  And these customers are not only the in-house users, but external companies.  I want to become (or I am already) an ISV or a hosting provider.  Now it becomes more challenging.  Building in Multi-Tenancy in the System Center suite can become much more difficult and requires a lot of configuration and customization.  Not exactly what I (or the hosting providers) want to do if they want to compete with the Azure an Amazon and whatever offering is out there today.  And yet, still many of these companies want to be able to do that.  Why?  Many reasons, but for start, they want to make money.  Second, many companies will trust their ISV or hosting provider before they will ever trust Azure or equivalent.  Why?  The fact that they can put a face on the ISV / Hosting provider is still important.

Now how are they going to solve these needs.  The answer to that… Windows Azure Services for Windows Server for Hosting Service Providers.

With this solution, Microsoft is bringing Windows Azure Web sites, Virtual Machines, the Service Management portal and API to what you already know: Windows Server.

Want more information and try it out? Check here:

You want to check out the different web apps you can use: Check here:

Have fun,