Free ebook: Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model

Microsoft Press released a free new eBook names “Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model”

Here you can see the focus of every of the 7 chapters.

Chapter 1  Rethinking enterprise storage
Chapter 2  Leapfrogging backup with cloud snapshots
Chapter 3  Accelerating and broadening disaster recovery protection
Chapter 4  Taming the capacity monster
Chapter 5  Archiving data with the hybrid cloud
Chapter 6  Putting all the pieces together
Chapter 7  Imagining the possibilities with hybrid cloud storage

To download it click on the links below or visit the MS Press Blog.

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You can also order it a paperversion at O’Reilly Media (Price 9,99$).

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Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) – Best Posts of the Week around Windows Server, Exchange, SystemCenter and more – #39

“The Elway Gazette”

Hi Community, here is my compilation of the most interesting technical blog posts written by members of the Microsoft MVP Community. The number of MVPs is growing well, I hope you enjoy their posts. @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!

What Is Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Live Migration? by Aidan Finn

Some More Background on Windows Update KB2855336 by Hans Vredevoort

House Keeping In The Cluster Aware Updating GUI by Didier van Hoye

Deploy Roles Or Features To Lots Of Servers At Once by Aidan Finn

 

Azure

Azure Premium for SQL Database Preview by Toni Pohl

Exchange

 

Events

 

Group Policy

Hyper-V

What Is Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Live Migration? by Aidan Finn

Constraining SMB Powered Redirected IO Traffic To Selected Networks In A WS2012 Hyper-V Cluster by Aidan Finn

Windows Firewall On Hyper-V Management OS (Host) Has Nothing To Do With Virtual Machines by Aidan Finn

Some More Background on Windows Update KB2855336 by Hans Vredevoort

Hyper-V Virtual Fibre Channel Design Guide veröffentlicht in German by Daniel Neumann

Extended Hyper-V Replica–Windows Server 2012 R2 by Lai Yoong Seng

Microsoft Virtualisierungs Podcast Folge 31 – LiveMigration in WS2012 R2 in German by Carsten Rachfahl

Lync Server

 

Office 

Office 365

Office 365 Tipp: Verlinkung auf der Seite und der Navigation in German by Kerstin Rachfahl

More Office365 Midsize would be sold if….. by Nick Whittome

PowerShell

#PSTip How to convert words to Title Case by 

 

Using PowerShell to Modify DCOM Launch & Activation Settings by Keith Hill

Sharepoint

 

System Center Core

What Is Microsoft System Center? by Damian Flynn

SC2012 R2 Service Provider Foundation, Windows Azure Pack & Service Management Automation Installation in German by Daniel Neumann

Update Rollup 3 For System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 by Aidan Finn

System Center App Controller

System Center Avisor

 

System Center Configuration Manager

System Center Dataprotection Manager

 

System Center Operations Manager

System Center Orchestrator

System Center Service Manager

System Center Virtual Machine Manager

 

SQL Server

 

Windows Client

 

Windows Server Core

House Keeping In The Cluster Aware Updating GUI by Didier van Hoye

Some ODX Fun With Windows Server 2012 R2 And A Dell Compellent SAN by Didier van Hoye

Deploy Roles Or Features To Lots Of Servers At Once by Aidan Finn

Getting Started With DataOn JBOD In WS2012 R2 Scale-Out File Server by Aidan Finn

Windows Server 2012R2 IOPS resource metering #Hyper-v #ws2012r2 #winserv #msftprivatecloud by Robert Smit

Windows Server 2012R2 Grant access to hyper-v VM’s #Hyper-v #ws2012r2 #winserv #msftprivatecloud by Robert Smit

Windows Server 2012R2 RDS Virtual Desktop Concurrency Setting #Hyper-v #ws2012r2 #winserv #msftprivatecloud by Robert Smit

Tools

 

MVPs I follow

James van den Berg - MVP for System Center Cloud and DataCenter Management
Kristian Nese - MVP for System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management
Damian Flynn - MVP for System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management
Daniel Neumann - MVP for System Center Cloud and DataCenter Management
Marcelo Sinic - MVP for System Center Cloud and DataCenter Management
Stanislav Zhelyazkov - 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
 - MVP for PowerShell
Adam Driscoll - MVP for PowerShell
Jeff Wouters - MVP for PowerShell and the man who had his own Newsletter Category before 😉
Marcelo Vighi - MVP for Exchange
Johan Veldhuis - MVP for Exchange
Jaap Wesselius - MVP for Exchange
Lai Yoong Seng - MVP for Hyper-V
Rob McShinsky - MVP for Hyper-V
Hans Vredevoort - MVP for Hyper-V
Leandro Carvalho - MVP for Hyper-V
Didier van Hoye - MVP for Hyper-V
Romeo Mlinar - MVP for Hyper-V
Aidan Finn - MVP for Hyper-V
Carsten Rachfahl - MVP for Hyper-V
Thomas Maurer - MVP for Hyper-V
Alessandro Cardoso - MVP for Hyper-V
Steve Jain - MVP for Hyper-V
Benedict Berger - MVP for Hyper-V
Nils Kaczenski - MVP for Hyper-V
Alessandro Pilotti - MVP for Hyper-V
Susantha Silva - MVP for Hyper-V
Niklas Akerlund - MVP for Hyper-V
Robert Smit - MVP for Cluster
Ramazan Can  - MVP for Cluster
Michael Bender - MVP Windows Expert-IT Pro
Ulf B. Simon-Weidner - MVP for Windows Server - Directory Services
Meinolf Weber - MVP for Windows Server - Directory Services
John Policelli - MVP for Windows Server - Directory Services
Kerstin Rachfahl - MVP for Office 365
Martina Grom - MVP for Office 365
Nick Whittome - MVP Small and Medium Business
Matthias Wolf - MVP Group Policy
Robert Mühsig - MVP ASP.NET/IIS
Thorsten Hans - MVP Sharepoint
Andrew Connell - MVP Sharepoint
Toni Pohl - Client Development
Hasitha Willarachchi - Enterprise Client Management
David O'Brien - Enterprise Client Management
Chris Nackers - Enterprise Client Management
Marc van Eijk - Windows Azure

Happy Sysadmin Appriciantion Day

To all Sysadmins out there!

I wish you a good Sysadminday and looooots of good coffee and cookies. You are reallife superheros!

 

Sysadmin Song:

Lyrics so that you User can sing it for you:

There’s a guy who works in another room, or on another floor.
He’s the one you call, when your document ain’t there no more.
He’s probably a boy, but he might be a girl, or something in between.
He’s the only one in the office who knows what PC Load Letter means.

He’s your system administrator, he’s probably into comic books.
And you tremble in fear when you have to hear one of his “What a dummy!” looks.
Got a virus? Lost your password? Or you just can’t print?
In an hour he’ll show up and crouch and squint.
Fight to save your files, he might be there all day,
But sometimes he just presses Caps Lock and walks away.

(Spoken) But HEY! Suddenly my password works! Wow! Hooray!

Hooray, hooray, oh happy day! I’m gonna buy my guy a gift to say:
Having you around means I get to stay stupid! and uninformed!
And I can keep opening dot e-x-e file attachments,
And forgetting my mother’s maiden name, ’cause you’ll fix it all for me, Yay!

I’ll give you a cake, I’ll give you a hug,
I’ll buy the world’s best System Administrator mug.
Just help me out, system administrator.
Please plug in my mouse, system administrator.
I don’t know which button is the mouse click button, system administrator.

Piss him off, and you’ll be fired by tomorrow morn.
‘Cause he’s the guy who knows that you’ve been surfing porn.
So, make sure you stay nice to your system administrator.

How to start with IT Certifications – My opinion

After I received an email yesterday, how to start as an Administrator with certifications in IT, especially in the Microsoftworld. I decided to take my answer and write a blog about this topic.

This path is based on my own “road of certification” and written for people with around 1 year experience in IT. I focus on Microsoft and CompTIA in this post, because they are my main focus areas and they are good to combine with each other.

 

To prove your Microsoft Administration Skills, that you have right know you can try the MTA Exams.
I would suggest:
Exam 98-365: Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
Exam 98-366: Networking Fundamentals

Optional:
Exam 98-349: Windows Operating System Fundamentals
Exam 98-367: Security Fundamentals

That should be no Problem and gives you an understanding how Microsoft handles the Exams and what they are focusing on.

After this you should go on with the MCSA Windows Server 2012.

Here the Exams you have to take
Exam 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
http://www.amazon.com/Training-Guide-Installing-Configuring-Windows/dp/0735673101/ref=pd_sim_b_1
Exam 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012
http://www.amazon.com/Training-Guide-Administering-Windows-Server/dp/0735674132/ref=pd_sim_b_2
Exam 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
<book not released yet>

For you studies I would suggest you the learning guides from Keith Mayer.
You can find them in my Blogpost with the MCSA Materials.
http://datacenter-flo.de/?p=335

For the learning and reading stuff you should order the Training Guides from microsoft. To save some money you could take used books.

I normally do the learning after work. That means I invest between 10 or 20 hours a week on training and reading. So I need around 3 to 4 Month to prepare for an exam and to get the knowledge in my head.
If you have tho opportunity to integrate this in you day 2 day work, I would say you can finish preparation in 2 months for each exam.

So the best way to be successfull on the new Microsoft exam and study style is “practicing, practicing, practicing”!

What I do to keep motivated is, to look over the board an gain some extra knowledge or prove my existing knowledge with additional CompTIA exams.

So for you it would be helpfull to show you skills in Networking, Storage and Server, if you want be successfull in enterprise business. So you should maybe focus on CompTIA Server+, Network+ CE and Storage+ CE. Since 2008 Microsft concentrates on normal Server knowledge like “which RAID Level to use” or “What is SAS”, too. When it comes to encryption and certifications environments, you will learn a lot while preparing for Securty+ CE.

To combine learning for MCSA/MCSE and CompTIA is a valuable way to improve training experience. Both sites cover sometimes the same topics and give you different views how to touch systems, network and operating systems.  From CompTIA you will also get the view upsides Microsoft, so like it is when you work in hetero genes environments.

http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/certifications/server.aspx
http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/certifications/storage.aspx
http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/certifications/security.aspx
http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/certifications/network.aspx
 

I think that would be the best starting point in IT and you have enough space for specialization. Like me in the Cloud Business.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to me

Source: http://blsciblogs.baruch.cuny.edu

Source: http://blsciblogs.baruch.cuny.edu

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) – Best Posts of the Week around Windows Server, Exchange, SystemCenter and more – #38

“The Elway Gazette”

Hi Community, here is my compilation of the most interesting technical blog posts written by members of the Microsoft MVP Community. The number of MVPs is growing well, I hope you enjoy their posts. @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!

Keeping your Virtual Active Directory Domain Controllers Safe by Hans Vredevoort

KB2872325 – VMs On WS2012 Hyper-V May Not Be Able To Create Or Join Guest Cluster by Aidan Finn

Introduction to Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) by Aidan Finn

PowerShell 4.0 – Slides and session recording from PowerShell Saturday, Singapore by Ravikanth Chaganti

Azure

 

Exchange

 

Events

 

Group Policy

Hyper-V

Hyper-V Patch: Not Just a Windows Update by Aidan Finn

Patching Hyper-V Clusters by Aidan Finn

Introduction to Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) by Aidan Finn

Counting SALs in a Multi-Tenant Hosting Environment by Aidan Finn

A Very Important Article About Health Of Virtual DCs On Hyper-V by Aidan Finn

KB2872325 – VMs On WS2012 Hyper-V May Not Be Able To Create Or Join Guest Cluster by Aidan Finn

Configuring wide screen resolutions in a Hyper-V virtual machine by Steve Jain

Hyper-V for Linux Support Enhancement–Windows Server 2012 R2 by Lai Yoong Seng

Videointerview mit Mike Resseler über Hyper-V Replica und einen Bären in German by Carsten Rachfahl

Lync Server

 

Office 

Office 365

Himmlische IT-Podcast Folge 28: Datenspuren in der Cloud in German by Kerstin Rachfahl

Die neue App mit der Übernahme der Daten von der “Alten” Webseite in German by Kerstin 

PowerShell

Provide bug reports and feature suggestions for Windows PowerShell by Jan Egil Ring

#PSTip How to enable Event logs using Windows PowerShell by 

#PSTip Get the path to x86 special folders by 

Get the Windows Experience Index through PowerShell by Jeff Wouters

Use PowerShell to install prerequisites for Windows roles by Jeff Wouters

PowerShell V4 – PipelineVariable Common Parameter by Keith Hill

PowerShell 4.0 – Slides and session recording from PowerShell Saturday, Singapore by Ravikanth Chaganti

Advanced Tools & Scripting with PowerShell 3.0 by Ravikanth Chaganti

Sharepoint

 

System Center Core

System Center App Controller

System Center Avisor

 

System Center Configuration Manager

System Center Dataprotection Manager

 

System Center Operations Manager

System Center Orchestrator

System Center Service Manager

System Center Virtual Machine Manager

VMM  R2 Release Notes by Aidan Finn

Forcefully Removing a VM From VMM 2012 by Aidan Finn

System Center 2012 R2 VMM Preview – UI Changes Teil 3 Library, Jobs & Settings in German by Daniel Neumann

Release Notes für System Center 2012 R2 Preview veröffentlicht  in German by Daniel Neumann

System Center Management Pack for VMM Fabric Dashboard 2012 R2 verfügbar in German by Daniel Neumann

 by Kristian Nese

System Center Management Pack for VMM Fabric Dashboard 2012 R2 #SCVMM by James van den Berg

How to configure Availability Sets in Virtual Machine Manager by Thomas Maurer

SQL Server

 

Windows Client

 

Windows Server Core

Still No News On Windows Server & System Center 2012 R2 Licensing by Aidan Finn

Live Migration over NIC Team in Switch Independent Mode With Dynamic Load Balancing & TCP/IP in Windows Server 2012 R2 by Didier van Hoye

Live Migration over NIC Team in Switch Independent Mode With Dynamic Load Balancing & Compression in Windows Server 2012 R2 by Didier van Hoye

Recommended Hotfixes and Updates for Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters by Thomas Maurer

Sysvol and Netlogon Share Is Missing by Lai Yoong Seng

Can’t access a resource on a failover cluster : Logon Failure: The target account name is incorrect by Alessandro Cardoso

Keeping your Virtual Active Directory Domain Controllers Safe by Hans Vredevoort

Tools

 

MVPs I follow

James van den Berg - MVP for System Center Cloud and DataCenter Management
Kristian Nese - MVP for System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management
Damian Flynn - MVP for System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management
Daniel Neumann - MVP for System Center Cloud and DataCenter Management
Marcelo Sinic - MVP for System Center Cloud and DataCenter Management
Stanislav Zhelyazkov - 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
 - MVP for PowerShell
Adam Driscoll - MVP for PowerShell
Jeff Wouters - MVP for PowerShell and the man who had his own Newsletter Category before 😉
Marcelo Vighi - MVP for Exchange
Johan Veldhuis - MVP for Exchange
Jaap Wesselius - MVP for Exchange
Lai Yoong Seng - MVP for Hyper-V
Rob McShinsky - MVP for Hyper-V
Hans Vredevoort - MVP for Hyper-V
Leandro Carvalho - MVP for Hyper-V
Didier van Hoye - MVP for Hyper-V
Romeo Mlinar - MVP for Hyper-V
Aidan Finn - MVP for Hyper-V
Carsten Rachfahl - MVP for Hyper-V
Thomas Maurer - MVP for Hyper-V
Alessandro Cardoso - MVP for Hyper-V
Steve Jain - MVP for Hyper-V
Benedict Berger - MVP for Hyper-V
Nils Kaczenski - MVP for Hyper-V
Alessandro Pilotti - MVP for Hyper-V
Susantha Silva - MVP for Hyper-V
Niklas Akerlund - MVP for Hyper-V
Robert Smit - MVP for Cluster
Ramazan Can  - MVP for Cluster
Michael Bender - MVP Windows Expert-IT Pro
Ulf B. Simon-Weidner - MVP for Windows Server - Directory Services
Meinolf Weber - MVP for Windows Server - Directory Services
John Policelli - MVP for Windows Server - Directory Services
Kerstin Rachfahl - MVP for Office 365
Martina Grom - MVP for Office 365
Nick Whittome - MVP Small and Medium Business
Matthias Wolf - MVP Group Policy
Robert Mühsig - MVP ASP.NET/IIS
Thorsten Hans - MVP Sharepoint
Andrew Connell - MVP Sharepoint
Toni Pohl - Client Development
Hasitha Willarachchi - Enterprise Client Management
David O'Brien - Enterprise Client Management
Chris Nackers - Enterprise Client Management
Marc van Eijk - Windows Azure