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Online Event Infrastructure with Microsoft Azure (exam 70-533)

Microsoft announced a live event about IaaS with Azure with big names of the company.

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This event will be a preparation for the exam Exam 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions for Microsoft Azure Specialist Certification, in addition to ensure a 50% discount on the exam it!!!!

  • Day 1:  Establish the Foundation: Core IaaS Infrastructure Technical Fundamentals
    • View from the CTO: Mark Russinovich, Chief Technology Officer – Azure
    • Azure IaaS Virtual Machines Inside Out
    • Optimize Your Windows Server Workloads on Azure
    • Inside IaaS Architecture Best Practices and Management
  • Day 2:  Dive Deep into Networking, Storage and Disaster Recovery Scenarios
    • Designing Networking and Hybrid Connectivity Infrastructure
    • Deep Dive Into Storage Using Azure Backup, Data Protection Manager, StorSimple, and InMage
    • Planning Disaster Recovery, Migration and More
    • Learn the Ins and Outs of Azure Automation, PowerShell and Desired State Configurator
  • Day 3:  Embrace Open Source Technologies (Chef and Puppet Configurations, Containerization with Docker, and Linux) to Accelerate and Scale Solutions
    • How to Deploy Linux and OSS on Azure
    • Leverage Existing Chef / Puppet toolsets for management
    • How to Implement Containerization with Docker to Increase Density and Performance of Virtual Machines
    • Lift and Shift Your Linux Solutions to Azure
  • Day 4:  Optimize Windows Workload Architecture and Administration Capabilities Within Azure
    • Identity Solutions: Leveraging Azure Active Directory / Active Directory Premium
    • Azure Websites: Manage Your Websites not Your VMs
    • Leveraging SQL Azure for Your Solutions to Increase Scale
    • Architecting SharePoint for the Cloud

Link: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Microsoft-Azure/Level-Up-Azure-IaaS-for-IT-Pros?WT.mc_id=11100-iaas-for-it-pros-event-

Free Ebooks About SharePoint 2013

Last week was released by the IT Pro team to Exchange two important guides for SharePoint 2013, the first dealing with implementation and the second news in the product.

It is important to note that the guides released by the teams of product documentation, are a collection of articles on TechNet and MSDN. But the fact that these articles are compiled, categorized and indexed help to IT professionals.

Deployment guide for SharePoint 2013: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30384&WT.mc_id=rss_alldownloads_all

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Explorer SharePoint 2013: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35396&WT.mc_id=rss_alldownloads_all

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Management Pack Updated for Exchange 2013 released!

Despite being a product already launched for some time, the Exchange did not have a Management Pack 2013 rich, being the same as the Exchange 2010 updated.

However, with the 2012 SCOM R2 and its new features for views and dashboards were very lack of inclusion of new counters, views more specialized and rich Web parts, as well as reports.

For some time that the MVPs of System Center received the betas to test and really was very good!

Follow the link to download: http://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/download/details.aspx?id=39039

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Microsoft and Dell Launch Solution for Private Cloud

Yesterday Microsoft officially announced the availability of the CPS product (Cloud Platform System) which are racks of servers, storage and network ready with Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center and Windows Azure Pack: http://news.microsoft.com/2014/10/20/CloudDayPR/

For technical details on how the solution works, this post http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2014/10/20/unveiling-the-microsoft-cloud-platform-system-powered-by-dell.aspx?amp brings interesting information.

Basically it’s a rack packaged with solution ready for use, and can reach 4 racks:

CPS is a pre-pre-deployed, integrated, Microsoft validated solution built on Dell hardware, Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center R2 and Windows Azure 2012 Pack. It combines the efficiency and agility of cloud computing, along with the increased control and customization achieved in virtualized, multi-tenant environments. CPS scales from a single rack to up to four racks and is optimized for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS for Windows and Linux) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) style deployments.

Let’s take a closer look at CPS

At the hardware layer, the customer can deploy CPS in increments from one to four racks.Each rack has

  • 512 colors across 32 servers (each with a dual socket Intel Ivy Bridge, E5-2650v2 CPU)
  • 8 TB of RAM with 256 GB per server
  • 282 TB of usable storage
  • 1360 Gb/s of internal rack connectivity
  • 560 Gb/s of inter-rack connectivity
  • Up to 60 Gb/s connectivity to the external world

A single rack can support up to 2000 VM’s (2 vCPU, 1.75 GB RAM, and 50 GB disk). You can scale up to 8000 VM’s using a full stamp with four of these racks. Of course customers have the flexibility of choosing their VM dimensions, as we have seen with the private preview deployments with CPS.

SCCM R2 2012 – Cumulative Update 3 and Identifying the Update Installed

Last week Microsoft released the Cumulative Update 3 for 2012 SCCM R2. This update is not being brought by Windows Update and needs to be accessed by the link http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2994331

This update is important because it solves some problems with migration after the CU2 and includes versions of Linux with kernel v7:

  • Debian 7 (x 86)
  • Debian 7 (x 64)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (x 64)
  • CentOS 7 (x 64)
  • Oracle 7 (x 64)

This update has automatically creates 3 packages to upgrade agent, console and services into a single package as happened with CU. Who remembers the 4 different packages that needed to be installed knows how it was complicated:

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How to identify the Cumulative Update Installed

It may seem simple, but many ask me how to identify whether or not the last cumulative update.

There are two ways to do this, the first is using the Service Extension, currently in Beta (http://msincic.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/configuration-manager-servicing-extension-for-sccm-2012-sp1-and-r2/)

The other way is by reading the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SMS\Setup as below:

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Documentation of new features in Windows Server "10" Technical Preview

For enthusiasts on duty, is already available documentation on TechNet with Windows Server News "10".

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn765472.aspx

The page is separated by resources, which is very good for study.

For MSDN Subscriber who is already available for download from the Windows “10” Client, Windows Server “10” and System Center too!

Enterprise Mobility Management Free E-book

Recently Dell launched the Dell Software Mobile Workspace (http://software.dell.com/products/mobile-workspace/), software that allows you to have on mobile phones BlackBerry features and Good for Enterprise with data encryption, protecting files, etc.

These software’s are different from the default mail readers of cell phones, first because they offer a single interface on any device since they are based on third party software. Secondly because being external work in a “sandbox” where security encryption, and protection policy of company data are protected with a layer of proprietary encryption.

Accompanying this release, Dell released the book below the link https://software.dell.com/whitepaper/enterprise-mobility-management-everything-you-need-to-know-about-mdm-m827761

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This e-book brings a technical approach to meet the plans and architecture required for good MDM solutions, MAM and BYOD that go far beyond the product that will be used.

In a generation that cell phones and tablets dominate, know as the company must deal with this in depth is essential!

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