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System Center TechNet related Blog Posts to note

July 22, 2015 Leave a comment

There are a few blog posts to note from TechNet. This is just a small sample of important post of the past few days.


There is a new home page for PowerShell

Check this page to give feed back on the new landing page.

System Center Operations Manager Feedback Request

The operations manager product team is looking for feed back on Alert Criticality, with a very short survey. If you use Operations Manager on any kind of basis and work with Alerts please take the survey to give the product team some real world feedback.

Direct Link to Survey:


System Center Service Manager 2012 R2 UR7

It is not released yet, they are just announcing the release date to the download center  which will be July 28th.

Security Threat Analysis – Using Operations Management Suite

This is a very nice run down on using OMS or Operations Management Suite to provide a security investigation example.


White paper: Is Operations Manager still relevant?

June 17, 2015 Leave a comment

This was directly stolen from Cameron Fullers post on ‘SystemCenterCentral’ just trying to help get the word out on this new white paper.

With Microsoft so focused on the cloud, it causes concerns about the future of technologies which many of us live and breathe on a daily basis. To tackle this topic I have written a whitepaper which looks at Operations Manager and its futures from a variety of angles to answer the question: “Is Operations Manager still relevant in the world of the cloud?

Highlights of this whitepaper include:

  • A history of Operations Manager and what conclusions we can draw from that history
  • Cloud first, mobile first, and it’s impacts on System Center
  • The Microsoft Operations Management Suite and how it compares with Operations Manager
  • Monitoring available within Azure, and solutions to monitor Azure
  • The Cloud Platform Stack, WAP, and Azure Stack
  • Architecting Operations Manager to run in the cloud

To find out the answer, check out the new whitepaper available for download at:


Windows 2008R2 running out of disk space?

March 6, 2014 1 comment

One of the fun parts about keeping up my own lab is being able to be my on sysadmin. This posting is as a reminder to myself of how to fix this problem with out having to use a search engine to find the command line below. Yesterday a few VMs that I maintain for ongoing support reasons, ran out of disk space on the C drive, that is running Windows 2008 R2. Naturally the WinSxS folder was huge, so I found the following command line to get rid of some of the extra fluff in that folder that maintains hot fixes downloaded from Microsoft. This not intended to be an all about post for DISM as there are better resources for that, if you are not sure what this utility does please use your favorite search engine to learn more about what this utility does. After Running DISM you will not be able to uninstall Service Pack 1 anymore on Windows 2008 R2.

From an elevated command prompt issue the following command:

DISM.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /spsuperseded

If I create another gold Windows 2008 R2 image to run VMs on I’ll run this command to make the master image smaller. SCORE!

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New poster series Windows Server 2012 R2 Private Cloud Virtualization and Storage Poster and Mini-Posters

January 29, 2014 Leave a comment

New poster series available for download.

Hyper-V and Failover Clustering mini poster

Scale-Out and SMB Mini poster

Storage Spaces and Deduplication mini poster

Understanding storage architecture mini poster

Virtual Hard disk and Cluster Shared Volumes mini poster

Virtual Hard disk sharing mini poster

Windows Server 2012 R2 Private Cloud Virtualization and Storage


Categories: Cloud

SCU 2014 Simulcast Event Jan 30th 2014

January 10, 2014 Leave a comment

If you are thinking about coming to this event please register on event bright to ensure we order enough food for breakfast, lunch and snacks! To register for the Atlanta SCU 2014 Simulcast, which will be at the Alpharetta Microsoft complex please register here:

The agenda for the event can be found here

Hope to see you there!

Happy New Year! 5th year MVP Renewal!

January 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Happy new year to everyone! I hope your year will be great one! My happy surprise for the past five years on new years day, has been receiving news that I have been given the honor of receiving the MVP Award. I am amazed every day that I am able to work with such a great group of folks. I hope that I am able to maintain my level of excellence this year, which as always has its own challenges, of making sure that I have ample time with my family, friends, and loved  ones.

Thank you for your continued support!


Categories: Cloud, MVP

Are You Ready? TN and MSDN subscribers can now download Windows Server 2012 R2

September 10, 2013 1 comment

Yesterday it was announced that RTB Bits for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 are now available for TechNet and MSDN subscribers effectively immediately. Please see Brad Anderson’s post.

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