SCOM 2012 release schedule

Posted by bink on November 10 2010, 3:11 AM.

The next version of Ops Manager (SCOM 2012) is set to be released a year from now.

Q4 2010 CTP ?

Q2 2011 Beta

Q3 2011 Release Candidate

Q4 2011 RTM

SQL Server 2012 “Denali” CTP released

Posted by bink on November 10 2010, 3:06 AM.

Today at PASS Summit 2010 Microsoft revealed the next version of SQL Server codenamed “Denali” with a CTP build that is available for download.

SQL Server codenamed “Denali” showcases continued commitment to providing a trusted, scalable platform supporting mission critical workloads and offering increased developer and IT efficiency and managed self-service BI. The first CTP of SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” is available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers today. To download and give feedback, please visit

Denali supports Windows Server Core installation Thumbs up

Opalis 3.6 and Opalis 2012

Posted by bink on November 9 2010, 7:27 PM.

Yesterday I reported that Opalis 6.3 would be released Nov 30th, today I ‘m told it is sooner on November 25th.

The next version of Opalis is 12 to 15 months away and will include significant redesigned consoles. We can expect a new name Microsoft System Center Opalis 2012.

More on Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud

Posted by bink on November 8 2010, 10:58 PM.

Microsoft Solution for IaaS in a Private Cloud

Using the infrastructure as a service model, the Microsoft solution for private cloud, built on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and System Center, is a key part of Microsoft’s approach to cloud computing, enabling you to build out a dedicated cloud environment to transform the way your deliver IT services to the business.

Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud

To help you deploy commercial private and public clouds based on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, System Center, and related products, Microsoft offers a set of programs and initiatives called Hyper-V Cloud. These programs can help you:

Microsoft is also investing in a set of engagements to help customers with IaaS assessments, proofs-of-concept, and deployments with help from our partners or Microsoft Services. The investments are designed to help reduce the risk, cost, and time associated with testing and deploying a cloud environment.

Deploying Microsoft’s private cloud infrastructure also positions you to take advantage of the Windows Azure public cloud platform through powerful identity, development, and management tools. These tools span across private and public cloud environments so that you can more easily build, migrate, or extend out to the public cloud and benefit from virtually unlimited scale and even greater efficiencies whenever you need it.

Microsoft Solution for PaaS in a Private Cloud

Microsoft is also using the power of Windows Azure to deliver a platform as a service private cloud with the Windows Azure Platform Appliance, a turnkey cloud platform that service providers, large enterprises and governments can deploy in their own datacenter, across hundreds to thousands of servers.

Key Hyper-V Cloud Programs


Microsoft Private Cloud

Microsoft Opalis 6.3 release set on Nov 30 2010

Posted by bink on November 8 2010, 10:25 PM.

Opalis 6.3 will include new Integration Packs for the 4 remaining System Center suite products – Configuration Manager, Data Protection Manager, Virtual Machine Manager and Service Manager, as well as platform support for Windows Server 2008 R2. These 4 new packs along with the existing Operations Manager pack provide deep, dynamic integration within the Datacenter.

These integration packs will allow customers to automate run book process workflows in an orchestrated manner, thus improving operational efficiency and service reliability.

Hyper-V Private Cloud announced at Microsoft Tech•Ed Europe 2010

Posted by bink on November 8 2010, 10:09 PM.

Hyper-V Cloud programs will help customers and partners accelerate private cloud deployment.

BERLINNov. 8, 2010 — Less than two weeks after announcing major updates to Windows Azure at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft Corp. again demonstrated the breadth of its vision for cloud computing today when it unveiled Hyper-V Cloud, a set of programs and offerings that makes it easier for businesses to build their own private cloud infrastructures using the Windows Server platform. Dell Inc., Fujitsu Ltd., Hitachi Ltd., HP, IBM Corp. and NEC Corp. have already signed on as Hyper-V Cloud partners, and will be working with Microsoft to deliver prevalidated infrastructure and services that enable organizations to implement private clouds with increased speed and reduced risk.

“Many of our customers have told us they want the benefits of cloud-computing — fast deployment, increased agility, lower costs — but with tight control over things like physical infrastructure and security policies,” said Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Management and Security Division. “Our new private cloud offerings fulfill that need at the infrastructure level, while providing a clear migration path to cloud services at the platform level.”

Building Private Clouds With Hyper-V Cloud and the Windows Server Platform

Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft’s server platform, already delivers comprehensive virtualization and management capabilities through Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. These technologies, along with Microsoft System Center, provide the components organizations need to implement private clouds. With the new Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program, Microsoft and its partners will deliver a broad choice of predefined, validated configurations for private cloud deployments, comprising compute, storage, networking resources, virtualization and management software. These programs and offerings help reduce the risk and increase the speed of private cloud deployments.

As part of the Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program, HP and Microsoft have jointly developed HP Cloud Foundation for Hyper-V, a reference architecture that combines HP BladeSystem Matrix, Microsoft System Center and Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V to provide customers with a proven foundation for running business applications within a private cloud computing environment. This solution helps reduce infrastructure deployment time, enables dynamic flexing of physical and virtual resource pools, and delivers comprehensive management of Hyper-V virtualized infrastructure and applications. HP also offers HP CloudStart for Hyper-V to deliver to clients a fully operational, private cloud environment within 30 days.

“Organizations are challenged with IT sprawl and siloed infrastructure, which complicate the deployment, maintenance and management of IT services,” said Mark Potter, senior vice president and general manager, Industry Standard Servers and Software, HP. “Private cloud environments based on HP Cloud Foundation for Hyper-V and delivered by HP Cloud consulting services address these challenges by enabling domain experts to configure IT resources once, and IT service owners to provision and reconfigure resources as needed.”

In addition, Microsoft announced other components of Hyper-V Cloud:

Hyper-V Cloud Service Provider Program. More than 70 service providers around the world offer infrastructure as a finished, fully hosted service built on Microsoft technology. This option delivers a fast, cost-effective implementation for cloud services, both private and public. Service providers include Korean Internet Data Center; Fasthosts (U.K., U.S.); Agarik (France); and Hostway Corp. (U.S., U.K., Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Romania).

Hyper-V Cloud Deployment Guides. For customers who want to build their own private clouds on top of existing infrastructure investments, Microsoft is now offering tools and guidance based on expertise developed during hundreds of Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) customer engagements over the past few years. This element of the Hyper-V Cloud program optimizes for high levels of flexibility, control and customization.

Hyper-V Cloud Accelerate. To tie it all together, Microsoft is making significant investments to help customers and partners fund assessments, proofs of concept and production deployments. These services will be delivered by MCS and pre-qualified members of the Microsoft Partner Network.

More information on Hyper-V Cloud and additional details on how Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM and NEC are participating in the program can be found at

More Platform Enhancements

Microsoft made several other announcements at today’s event, including these:

The general availability of Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self Service Portal 2.0, which makes it easier for customers to pool, allocate, consume and manage their computer, network and storage resources — critical components for a private cloud platform. More information on the new System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self Service Portal 2.0 can be found at

The availability of the release candidate of Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010, which is built on System Center Configuration Manager to unify management and security for desktops and servers

Microsoft Exchange 2010 Visio Stencil

Posted by bink on November 8 2010, 9:09 PM.

This download contains a Microsoft Office Visio stencil with shapes for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Use this stencil to create Visio drawings that contain Exchange 2010 objects. These shapes include icons for the following:

  • Exchange 2010 server roles
  • Features new to Exchange 2010 SP1
  • Networking, telephony, and Unified Messaging objects
  • Active Directory and directory service objects
  • Client computers and devices
  • Other Exchange organization elements


Download details Microsoft Exchange 2010 Visio Stencil

Microsoft P2V Migration tool download

Posted by bink on November 8 2010, 9:08 PM.

Microsoft P2V Migration for Software Assurance automates the delivery of an updated and personalized Windows 7 operating system while backing up and converting the legacy Windows XP or newer desktop and its applications for seamless use within Windows 7.

Microsoft P2V Migration for Software Assurance uses the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and Sysinternals Disk2vhd to convert a user’s existing Windows XP or later client environment to a virtual hard disk (VHD), then automates the delivery of an updated and personalized Windows 7 operating system containing a virtual machine (VM) with the user’s previous Windows environment, applications, and Web browser.

The user’s previous virtual desktop retains its existing management components, domain membership, and policies. The process also publishes applications and the browser so that the user can access them seamlessly within the Windows 7 Start menu. Key benefits:

  • Helps reduce Windows 7 deployment time
  • Extends the timeframe to mitigate application-compatibility issues
  • Users can access potentially incompatible applications from their old systems
Even the most skilled IT shops, with resources to work through application compatibility challenges, often find a few users blocking roll-outs to entire sites or larger numbers of users because of:
  • Compatibility of specialized, region or user-specific applications, browser customizations or USB device drivers.
  • Missing installation files or media to install applications or drivers for testing or redelivery.
  • Critical users who cannot risk losing any functionality of their current desktop environments and require a working backup before moving to Windows 7.

Although P2V Migration can help in targeted cases, by design, it is not scalable to large percentages of users in an organization. Best practice is to ensure native compatibility with applications, websites, and hardware devices for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8. Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization scales to deliver and manage more compact and standardized Windows XP VMs to more users requiring a managed set of Windows XP-dependent applications.

P2V Migration is recommended in cases where users require specific components from their current PC and those components cannot run in Windows 7 and do not warrant being part of a standardized and managed VM environment for broad use. Licensing for P2V Migration requires that the converted Windows XP desktop and Windows 7 environment be installed using Microsoft Volume Licensing media and covered by Microsoft Software Assurance.

Download details P2V Migration for Software Assurance Version 1.0.0060.0

Teched Europe 2010

Posted by bink on November 8 2010, 7:15 PM.

This year I will do some reporting again on Teched Europe 2010 in Berlin.

Unfortunatly I can only make it for two days.


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Native VHD Boot: A Walkthrough of Common Scenarios

Posted by bink on November 6 2010, 4:05 PM.

Describes the functionality and usability of native VHD boot, which is a feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

This guide describes the functionality and usability of native VHD boot, which is a feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Native VHD boot enables IT professionals to use a single disk format to service virtual machines and physical client computers.

This guide presents three scenarios of varying levels of complexity, and each scenario includes a series of step-by-step instructions. Collectively, these scenarios introduce you to the techniques and supporting deployment tools so that you will be able to apply native VHD boot in a useful and productive manner within your organization.

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