Time to say thank you

Hallo everybody,

the year 2012 has nearly ended here in Germany. I think now it’s the best time to thank some friends and coworkers who helped and supported me over the last year.

Rafael Knuth: 
Rafael is my Dell Community Lead and best friend. I work together with him since February 2012. He trained me about social media, blogging, business strategies, management and much more. Without him I would not be who I am now. He also took over the role of my best friend during the year. He helped me with understanding and proposals on my private projects and problems. Thank you very much “old man”, I hope I will be able to give you something back in 2013.

Janine Wegner: 
Janine is my “brand queen” at Dell. She helped me to understand all the marketing stuff, that was coming up with the new position. She also helped me to run some projects and she also edited some of my company blog, to get them more “fluent”. Thank you Janinchen.

Michael Koch and Michael Lindner: 
Michael and Michael are my Teamleaders at Dell. They keep me free from many things, so that I can concentrate on my projects. They were also willing to help, when I wanted to earn a new certification or need some days off for private projects. Thank you guys.

Carsten Rachfahl:
Carsten show me new ways to earn knowledge and show people what I can. With his help I was able to multiplicate my knowledge level and together we run some cool projects. I hope we can go on and improve our partnership in 2013, too. Thank you Carsten.

Didier van Hoye:
Didier, I have to thank you for asking me questions I can’t answer. Because of you I learned a lot last year and you show me new things I didn’t know about technology. I would be happy for more guidance, also in 2013. Thank you Didier.

Aidan Finn: 
Aidan let me thank you for all these great blogs you wrote. They made my daily business much easier. Thank you also for not killing me during E2EVC after the “Justin Bieber” joke.  Thank you Aidan.

Yasushi Osonoi:
Osonoi-San thank you very much for your support in the APJ regions. I loved to work with you and I would be happy to improve our partnership in future. Thank you Osonoi-San.

Dell TechCenter Team Global: 
Dell TechCenter Team, thank you for giving me a platform to share my knowledge and for your support during also the projects I made. I’m happy to have coworkers like you over in the US. Thank you guys.

 

To all of you! You influenced me so much in 2012 and I’m happy to name you friends and colleagues. Thank you very much and I wish you an amazing 2013.

 

Microsoft Masterminds Episode 6: Marcelo Sinic, MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Windows IT Pro Expert from Brasil

Welcome to the new episode of tech talks with outstanding Microsoft community members from all over the world. Most interviews are with Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), and if you are not familiar with that program yet, I recommend you reading my recent introductory interview. In this episode I talk with Marcelo Sinic, a Brasil based MVP, Windows IT Pro Expert. Enjoy reading!

Editorial processing done by Rafael Knuth
 

Readable Interview:

Flo: Marcelo could you introduce yourself to the community?

Marcelo: My name is Marcelo Sincic, I work with TI since 1988. My first job was Clipper and DBase II programmer. I never worked with other area or other speciality.

Flo: What is your focus area as MVP and how did you get started?

Marcelo: My MVP is Windows IT Pro Expert and I started in this important professional program in 2010 and now is my third year.

Flo: You are part of the Dell Infrastructure Consulting service. Please tell us about us your daily work.

Marcelo: I am responsible to indicate and implement solutions for large and public clients in Brazil. In my team, I work as principal consultant in Microsoft technologies, focusing on virtualization, cloud and System Center suite. I contact clients before sales soes in order to determine solution and implement a solution after purchase.

Flo: In the past you handled very special and challenging projects. What was your most challenging one and why?

Marcelo: In 2011 I participated in project for virtualization in a large enterprise in Brazil with a global presence and 62 localizations. Their activity is mineral extraction and locations are far away from major cities. This project is a challenge because the size of a project and distance for implementations. But the project was completed sucessfully.

Flo: You are also implementing Microsoft System Center Products at customer sites. In your opinion, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the new System Center 2012 bundle?

Marcelo: The old System Center versions are great products, but not integrated with others. Now, System Center 2012 Suite is integrated by use of Service Manager (SCSM) and Orchestrator. With two products I do SCCM talk with SCOM, VMM and others. For example, I create a Runbook in Orchestrator to set maintenance mode of Virtual Machine in SCOM, open incident in SCSM, stop machine in VMM, install updates from SCCM, start machine in VMM, set normal state in SCOM and close incident in SCSM. This Runbook is created with visual interface, permit use OS variables and integrate with SCSM to receive data for activities. This is a great and easy construction example.

Flo: Do you have a favorite System Center Product e.g. Orchestrator or Operations Manager?

Marcelo: Yes, my favorite is a Orchestrator, which is a new product in suite. But I like Configuration Manager, Operation Manager and Virtual Machine Manager as well.

Flo: Can you explain us why?

Marcelo: Orchestrator transforms individual System Center products into real integrated suite. Configuration Manager, Operation Manager and Virtual Machine Manager is essential to administer enviroments.

Flo: What is your favorite feature in this product?

Marcelo: Orchestrator Integration Packs is simple to implement with advanced functions. Runbook Designer is great tool for design a runbooks, with simple visual and easy construction.

Flo: How will SP1 for System Center 2012 affect your daily work?

Marcelo: I expect SP1 to delivery System Center 2012 in Windows 2012 operating system and SQL Server 2012. In addition, support of VMM agents for Windows 2012 is essential too.

Contact information:

Twitter: @marcelosincic
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/marcelosincic
Blog: http://www.marcelosincic.com.br/blog/

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) – Best Posts of the Week around Windows Server, Exchange, SystemCenter and more – #9

Hi Community, here is my compilation of the most interesting technical blog posts written by members of the Microsoft MVP Community. Currently, there are only a few MVPs contributing to this compilation, but more will follow soon. @all MVPs If you’d like me to add your blog posts to my weekly compilation, please send me an email (flo@datacenter-flo.de) or reach out to me via Twitter (@FloKlaffenbach). Thanks!

Featured Posts of the Week!

Configure Storage Resource Pool in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V by Lai Yoong Seng

Configure Ethernet Resource Pool in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V by Lai Yoong Seng

#PSTip Most frequently used -Verb values by David Moravec

MS Christmas present: SMI-S Storage Provider for iSCSI Target Server by Hans Vredevoort

Hyper-V

Configure Storage Resource Pool in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V by Lai Yoong Seng

Configure Ethernet Resource Pool in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V by Lai Yoong Seng

Windows Server Core 

MS Christmas present: SMI-S Storage Provider for iSCSI Target Server by Hans Vredevoort

System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager

Hyper-V Protection with Data Protection Manager 2012 SP1 by Hans Vredevoort

PowerShell

#PSTip Most frequently used -Verb values by David Moravec

Friday Fun: Job Announcer by Jeffery Hicks

#PSTip The easy way to get allowed values by Aleksandar Nikolic

Microsoft Azure

Backup SQL Database to Windows Azure Online Backup by Lai Yoong Seng

Other MVPs I follow

James van den Berg – MVP for SCCDM System Center Cloud and DataCenter Management
Kristian Nese – MVP for System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management
Ravikanth Chaganti – MVP for PowerShell
Jan Egil Ring – MVP for PowerShell
Jeffery Hicks – MVP for PowerShell
Keith Hill – MVP for PowerShell
David Moravec – MVP for PowerShell
Aleksandar Nikolic – MVP for PowerShell
Marcelo Vighi – MVP for Exchange
Lai Yoong Seng – MVP for Virtual Machine
Rob McShinsky – MVP for Virtual Machine
Hans Vredevoort – MVP for Virtual Machine
Leandro Carvalho – MVP for Virtual Machine
Didier van Hoye – MVP for Virtual Machine
Romeo Mlinar – MVP for Virtual Machine
Aidan Finn – MVP for Virtual Machine
Carsten Rachfahl – MVP for Virtual Machine
Thomas Maurer – MVP for Virtual Machine
Alessandro Cardoso – MVP for Virtual Machine
Ramazan Can – MVP for Cluster
Robert Smit – MVP for Cluster
Marcelo Sinic – MVP Windows Expert-IT Pro
Ulf B. Simon-Weidner – MVP for Windows Server – Directory Services
Meinolf Weber – MVP for Windows Server – Directory Services
Nils Kaczenski – MVP for Windows Server – Directory Services
Kerstin Rachfahl – MVP for Office 365

No MVP but he should be one

Jeff Wouters – PowerShell

Microsoft Masterminds Episode 5: Marcelo Vighi, MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for Exchange from Brasil

Welcome to the new episode of tech talks with outstanding Microsoft community members from all over the world. Most interviews are with Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), and if you are not familiar with that program yet, I recommend you reading my recent introductory interview. In this episode I talk with Marcelo Vighi , a Brasil based MVP, expert for Exchange and Messaging Solutions. Enjoy reading!

Editorial processing done by Rafael Knuth
 

Readable Interview:

Flo: Marcelo could you introduce yourself to the community?

Marcelo: My name is Marcelo Vighi, and I live in greater Porto Alegre, RS – Brazil. My hometown is located in the extreme south of Brazil, close to countries like Argentina and Uruguay. I am married and I have no kids. I am 31 years old. I started working in the IT field really young. I have had over 14 years of experience in the IT field, always focusing on Microsoft Exchange Server, Active Directory, and other Microsoft Infrastructure solutions like: PKI, Clusters, DNS, WINS, etc.

Flo: What is your focus area as MVP?

Marcelo: I am an Exchange Server Most Valuable Professional focused on Exchange Server architecture. But I have also focused a big part of my career working with Active Directory design, implementation, and architecture.

Flo: Let us talk about your daily work. Your work for Dell as Systems Integration Sr. Advisor at Dell. What do you do there and what are your everyday tasks?

Marcelo: Currently I am a Systems Integration Sr. Advisor for the Dell™ Email Management Services (EMS) for Microsoft Exchange Server in Brazil. I am responsible for onboarding new customers to our Email Management Services (EMS) solutions. As part of this job, on a daily basis, I also provide planning, deployment, and training for Dell™ Email Management Services (EMS), EMS Email Archive, Email Security, Wireless Continuity solutions for enterprise and small business customers.

Flo: Could you tell us something about upcoming projects? If yes how do they look like and what is the challenge?

Marcelo: All I can tell is that I will start writing for a very important Exchange resource website in Portuguese where I will add content on a weekly basis. Also I am working, with other MVPs, for creating new free online training sessions in Portuguese regarding Exchange Server 2010 and 2013 for the Microsoft Virtual Academy website.

Flo: We all know Exchange 2013 is RTM now. Could you explain us the major changes between 2010 and 2013?

Marcelo: I think that the major changes in Exchange 2013 are related with the product’s architecture. Up front the thing that stands out the most is the server roles that are available in Exchange 2013, Client Access and Mailbox. Yes, all other roles are eliminated (Edge role will be available in a later service pack, 2013 will be compatible with 2010 Edge). The Client Access Server role has absorbed internet facing SMTP transport while the Mailbox role has absorbed internal SMTP transport. Outwardly that’s the largest difference in the new version; however there are a number of internal architectural differences as well as new features.

Flo: What is the absolute killer feature for you in exchange 2013?

Marcelo: I think that we can start with some nuances, like data loss prevention, a new Managed Store, high availability improvements and so forth. Those who hated the slowness of the Exchange Management Console will love the speed increases gained with the new EAC. There are now more controls in one place than ever before, and the logical grouping of said controls makes a lot of sense. For those with (just of bunch of disks) JBOD deployments, the AutoReseed feature for Exchange 2013 database availability groups should be very exciting.

Flo: How about PowerShell integration? Could you tell us something about the changes and improvements?

Marcelo: A total of 187 #PowerShell cmdlets were added in the new Exchange. Also, we’ve lost 13 cmdlets, mainly due to the changes in Public Folders. The PowerShell cmdlets are executed only on Mailbox servers, so you need to have an Exchange 2013 Mailbox server available to be able to manage the environment. So, Microsoft recommends that you either install both roles on the first Exchange 2013 server installed or make sure that at least one server of each type is deployed.

Flo: Thank you very much. Is there anything else you would like to share with our community?

Marcelo: You’re welcome, Flo. I would like to say to the community that Exchange 2013 is a brand new product, and before implementing it in a production environment they must perform tests in a lab environment, mainly if they need to upgrade from Exchange 2010, the new version must be tested prior to implementing it in a production environment.

Also, I would like to say that is really important to share knowledge within the communities, so keep studying and sharing knowledge with others!

Contact information:

Twitter: @mvighi
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/vighi
Blog: http://marcelovighi.wordpress.com/

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) – Best Posts of the Week around Windows Server, Exchange, SystemCenter and more – #8

Hi Community, here is my compilation of the most interesting technical blog posts written by members of the Microsoft MVP Community. Currently, there are only a few MVPs contributing to this compilation, but more will follow soon. @all MVPs If you’d like me to add your blog posts to my weekly compilation, please send me an email (flo@datacenter-flo.de) or reach out to me via Twitter (@FloKlaffenbach). Thanks!

Featured Posts of the Week!

Create An Answer File For Windows Server 2012 Virtual Machine Deployment by Lai Yoong Seng

Convert VHD to VHDX by Lai Yoong Seng

Prevent Rogue DHCP By Enable DHCP Guard in Hyper-V by Lai Yoong Seng

Hyper-V Server 2012 from a USB stick by Romeo Mlinar

Hyper-V 

Microsoft Publishes WS2012 QoS Guidance by Aidan Finn

Create An Answer File For Windows Server 2012 Virtual Machine Deployment by Lai Yoong Seng

Convert VHD to VHDX by Lai Yoong Seng

Prevent Rogue DHCP By Enable DHCP Guard in Hyper-V by Lai Yoong Seng

Hyper-V Server 2012 from a USB stick by Romeo Mlinar

CoreConfig Tool for Windows Server 2012 Server Core by Lai Yoong Seng

Useful Command When Managing Server Core and Hyper-V Server 2012 by Lai Yoong Seng

System Center Virtual Machine Manager

VMM doesn’t show hosts performance by Kristian Nese

Get An Additional Service Templates in VMM 2012 SP1 by Lai Yoong Seng

Windows Server Core

WMF 3.0 causes problems with Exchange and SCCM in Portugese by Marcelo Sinic

Windows 8

Windows 8 Client Hyper-V by Thomas Maurer

How to convert a PC from BIOS mode to UEFI mode by Robert Smit

PowerShell

Keep your PowerShell script open when executed by Jeff Wouters

#PSCXTip Testing XML for well-formedness and validity against a schema by Keith Hill

#PSCXTip Manipulating file attributes by Keith Hill

#PSCXTip Getting details about a command’s parameters by Keith Hill

Friday Fun: Scraping the Web with PowerShell v3 by Jeffery Hicks

Excel

Excel-Addin “CSV-Export” für Excel 2010/2007 by Nils Kaczenski

Office 365

Office365 Hybrid Szenario – Video 7 – Test und Demonstration in German by Kerstin Rachfahl

Events

Dell (VKernel) VIRTu Alley Online Symposium by Aidan Finn

Other MVPs I follow

James van den Berg – MVP for SCCDM System Center Cloud and DataCenter Management
Kristian Nese – MVP for System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management
Ravikanth Chaganti – MVP for PowerShell
Jan Egil Ring – MVP for PowerShell
Jeffery Hicks – MVP for PowerShell
Keith Hill – MVP for PowerShell
Marcelo Vighi – MVP for Exchange
Lai Yoong Seng – MVP for Virtual Machine
Rob McShinsky – MVP for Virtual Machine
Hans Vredevoort – MVP for Virtual Machine
Leandro Carvalho – MVP for Virtual Machine
Didier van Hoye – MVP for Virtual Machine
Romeo Mlinar – MVP for Virtual Machine
Aidan Finn – MVP for Virtual Machine
Carsten Rachfahl – MVP for Virtual Machine
Thomas Maurer – MVP for Virtual Machine
Alessandro Cardoso – MVP for Virtual Machine
Ramazan Can – MVP for Cluster
Robert Smit – MVP for Cluster
Marcelo Sinic – MVP Windows Expert-IT Pro
Ulf B. Simon-Weidner – MVP for Windows Server – Directory Services
Meinolf Weber – MVP for Windows Server – Directory Services
Nils Kaczenski – MVP for Windows Server – Directory Services
Kerstin Rachfahl – MVP for Office 365

No MVP but he should be one

Jeff Wouters – PowerShell