There’s been lots of buzz on the virtualization front over the past month
… In August, Microsoft announced the RTM version of Windows Server 2012
R2 and System Center 2012 R2, the latest major releases of the Windows Server
and System Center families. In addition, at VMworld this year, VMware
announced the latest edition of their vSphere hypervisor platform: VMware
IT Pros have been very interested in learning about the pros and
cons presented by each offering – particularly because the total cost of
Windows Server 2012 R2 + System Center 2012 R2 can be quite attractive in
comparison to VMware’s offerings.
More information: See Shopping for Private Clouds for a sample cost
comparison between Microsoft and VMware virtualization solutions based on
With so many features called by differing names in each virtualization
I've been talking with IT Pros in my community about integrating ADFS 2.0
with Office 365 to establish single sign-on capabilities. Because the
process involves a number of tasks and steps, I wanted to share three
resources that I've personally found helpful in planning, installing and
configuring ADFS for use with Office 365 ...
Learn: Plan and deploy ADFS 2.0 with Office 365
This guidance provides a detailed step-by-step planning and deployment
checklist that walks through the considerations and implementation of ADFS.
I recommend reading this guide end-to-end before trying an... (more)
What is the Largest Single Cost Category in Your IT Hardware Budget?
If you're like most of the enterprise customer organizations that were
surveyed when we were designing Windows Server 2012, your answer is probably
the same as theirs: STORAGE! For the organizations we surveyed, we found that
as much as 60% of their annual hardware budgets were allocated to expensive
hardware SAN solutions due to ever-increasing storage requirements.
Wouldn't it be nice to have some of that budget back for other IT
projects? YES! We agree too ... that's why the server team included "Storage
Windows Server 2012 and our completely free Hyper-V Server 2012 certainly
have some really cost-effective new storage options, with Storage Spaces and
Hyper-V over SMB 3.0. However, many IT Pros have already invested in iSCSI
shared storage and, as a result, many Hyper-V deployments also need to be
able to leverage these existing storage investments.
iSCSI? No problem! Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V Server 2012 include native
support for a software iSCSI initiator as well as MPIO ( Multipath IO ) for
resiliency and load balancing of storage IO over multiple network paths.
In t... (more)
If you’ve supported enterprise IT solutions for as long as I have, at some
point in time you have most likely witnessed The 3 Immutable Truths of IT
Patch Management. Respect these truths, and you’ll enjoy a stable,
manageable datacenter environment. Ignore these truths, and … well …
let’s not even think about those possibilities!
The Three Immutable Truths of IT Patch Management
All software requires patch updates from time-to-time. All hardware requires
firmware updates from time-to-time. If you attempt to dismiss #1 or #2 as
being irrelevant to you, you may soon know well on... (more)