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New White Paper: High Performance SQL Server Workloads on Hyper-V

7:17 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

This new white paper discuss how you can run SQL server workloads on our Hyper-V (R2) infrastructure.

The tests in this white paper demonstrate that Hyper-V provides the performance and scalability needed to run SQL Server workloads in consolidation scenarios. As an example, the following diagram compares OLTP workload performance of 8 stacked native instances and 8 stack virtual instances.

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You can read the details of the results and analysis in the whitepaper.

Belgian Best of MMS session are online

9:12 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

A couple of weeks ago we organized a Best of MMS event together with our local MVP’s and SCUG user group. We’ve published all the sessions onto the Belux page on TechNet Edge

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Session 1: Belgian Best of MMS: System Center State of the Union

In a year packed with new management product releases, MMS 2010 will provide the latest technical updates on Desktop, Datacenter, Device and Cloud management features and solutions from Microsoft. In this session we will give you an overview of the different announcements made at MMS.

Session 2: Belgian Best of MMS: The top 20 “Must Have“ customizations in Operations Manager
This session will look at the 20 most common configuration changes or customizations that we implement in our consulting engagements. At the end of this session, attendees will leave with the knowledge of how to optimize their Operations Manager installation. This session will walk through the ‘eureka’ configurations that all customers love and utilize on a frequent basis within their environments. If you want to be much more efficient in your day to day work, you will not want to miss this session.
Speaker: Alexandre Verkinderen http://www.scug.be/blogs/

Session 3: Belgian Best of MMS: Introduction into Service Manager
Service Manager is about to RTM – are you ready? Learn more about the capabilities, how to design and deploy a Service Manager infrastructure. After this session you will have insight in how Service Manager works and how to implement it in your infrastructure.
Speaker: Kurt Vanhoecke  System Center Service Manager

Session 4: Belgian Best of MMS: Technical Introduction to Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010
The release of DPM 2010 is just a few weeks after MMS 2010, so this session (the 1st in a 4 part series) will cover installing a new DPM 2010 server, and then provide an overview of the core capabilities and enhanced protection/recovery scenarios.
Speaker: Mike Resseler System Center Data Protection Manager

Session 5: Belgian Best of MMS: Systems Management in Midsized Organizations with System Center Essentials 2010
For organizations up to 500 PCs and 50 servers, Microsoft is releasing System Center Essentials 2010 (SCE) to provide service monitoring, software deployments and updates, and management of physical and virtual machines. This single product is designed for midsized organizations, so this session will be full of demonstrations as we look at each of the major aspects of SCE 2010, including server and client monitoring, software deployment and patching, virtualization management and migration, and how to get started with easy setup and configuration. Come see it here first
Speaker: Mike Resseler Blog Mike

Session 6: Belgian Best of MMS: Opalis IT Process Automation: Introduction & Technical Overview
This session will walk you through the Opalis workflow designer demonstrating along the way how to integrate System Center products with other IT tools to create automated processes. You will also see how Opalis customers have automated best practices for incident management, provisioning and change management
Speaker: David De Backer – Technology Advisor Microsoft Belux

Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0 – Now in Beta Release!

1:59 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

VMST 3.0 helps customers more effectively—and safely—manage the workflow of updating their offline virtualization environment. Using VMST 3.0, customers can now service:

· Offline virtual machines in a SCVMM library.

· Stopped and saved state virtual machines on a host.

· Virtual machine templates.

· Offline virtual hard disks in a SCVMM library by injecting update packages.

· Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V host clusters.

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Can you manage your Windows Datacenter Edition servers with System Center Essentials 2010

1:08 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

One of our partners build a 4 node Hyper-V cluster with Datacenter Edition and wants to use System Center Essentials 2010 to manage the Virtualization layer. As SCE 2010 can manage up to 50 Machines it is the ideal solution for his environment.

However According to the TechNet article (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/bb422876.aspx) we only support Windows Server Standard and Enterprise Edition.

Our Product team confirmed to me that you can manage the Windows Datacenter Edition with SCE. The reason why it’s not on the supported list yet is because we are still finalizing the test. But they confirmed that there is no technical reason not to do it.