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Microsoft #Azure, #Cloud and Enterprise Symbol – Icon Set for #Visio, PowerPoint, PNG for #ITPRO #Dev #MVPbuzz

Enterprise Cloud Visio icons

This package contains a set of symbols/icons to visually represent features of and systems that use Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise products (Microsoft Azure, Windows Server, SQL Server) and related technologies. The symbols are in Microsoft Visio Stencil and Portable Network Graphics (PNG) formats. Instructions on using the PNG symbols in PowerPoint are provided

Here you can download the new Cloud Enterprise visio stencils of Microsoft

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Whitepaper Running Critical Application Workloads on Microsoft #Azure Virtual Machines

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Many organizations want to port an application designed to run in a traditional data center to Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines (VMs). This scenario is one of the most popular we encounter on the Azure Customer Advisory Team (AzureCAT). Yet some critical application workloads may experience performance issues when moved as-is from custom, high-performance hardware configurations to general-purpose environments where energy and cost management play an important role in the overall economic model.

Fortunately, a new generation of hardware components is gradually being introduced into our public cloud offerings. Called the D-Series, it offers several key performance advantages over the earlier A-Series VMs.

This article describes critical performance improvements Microsoft developed while working with four organizations on their projects. Microsoft highlight the performance differences between Azure A-Series and the latest D-Series VMs and offer suggestions for improving application performance:

•Case 1: How persistent disk latency can directly impact application response times.
•Case 2: How limited throughput from persistent disks can impact application performance when SQL Server tempdb use is significant.
•Case 3: How SSD-based storage in the application tier can speed temporary file processing.
•Case 4: How to reduce compile and startup time for a large ASP.NET web application by moving %temp% folder on temporary drive in a D-Series VM.

You can download the free whitepaper here


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UPDATE System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2014 #SCOM #SQL2014 #sysctr #SQL

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The System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2014 enables the discovery and monitoring of SQL Server 2014 Database Engines, Databases, SQL Server Agents and other related components. This Management Pack is designed to run by Operations Manager 2007 R2 (except dashboards), Operations Manager 2012 or Operations Manager 2012 R2.

The monitoring provided by this management pack includes performance, availability, and configuration monitoring, as well as performance and events data collection. All monitoring workflows have predefined thresholds and complimentary knowledge base articles. You can integrate the monitoring of SQL Server 2014 components into your service-oriented monitoring scenarios.

In addition to health monitoring capabilities, this management pack includes dashboards, diagram views, state views, performance views, alert views and diagnostic tasks that enable near real-time diagnostics and remediation of detected issues.

Note: This management pack does not depend on SQL Server Library management pack. You do not need to import it to enable the monitoring of SQL Server 2014.
Note: This management pack is only for SQL Server 2014. Please use this link to download the Operations Manager Management Pack for SQL Server 2005/2008/2012.

Feature Summary
The following list gives an overview of features introduced by System Center Operations Manager Management Pack for SQL Server 2014. Please refer to the SQL Server 2014 Management Pack Guide for more details.

  • Discovery and monitoring of SQL Server 2014 roles like DB Engine, Integrations Services.
  • Discovery of SQL Server 2014 components: Databases, SQL Agent and SQL jobs.
  • The management pack introduces 100+ monitors and 380+ rules to provide a deep monitoring of SQL Server 2014. Please refer to the SQL Server 2014 Management Pack Guide for the full list of monitoring scenarios and workflow inventory.
  • Monitoring of SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn:
    • Automatic discovery and monitoring of availability groups, availability replicas, and availability databases.
    • Health roll-up from availability database to availability replicas.
    • Detailed knowledge for each related monitoring workflow.
  • Seamless integration with SQL Server 2014 policy based management (PBM):
    • Automatic discovery and monitoring of custom PBM polices targeted to Database or Database components.
    • Rollup of policy execution health to the health of related SCOM entity.
  • Monitoring of SQL Server In-Memory OLTP.
  • Reports for long-term analysis of different problematic areas related to SQL Server 2014, such as SQL Server lock analysis, top deadlocked databases, SQL Server service pack levels, user connection activity. Also, generic reports from the Microsoft Generic Report Library can be used to review availability and performance of objects discovered by System Center Operations Manager Management Pack for SQL Server 2014.
  • Low-privilege monitoring is supported for both stand-alone installations and clustered environments, except PBM.
  • Support for Mirroring Monitoring
    • Discover mirroring databases, witness, and mirroring group.
    • Monitor database mirror state, database mirror witness state, and mirroring partners’ state.
    • Custom diagram view to visually represent the primary and the mirrored databases.

New features

  • Added Mirroring monitoring scenarios for SQL Server 2014 product
  • SPN monitor now has ‘search scope’ parameter which allows the end user to choose between LDAP and Global Catalog
  • Fixed Timeout error in CPU utilization monitoring scenario
  • Monitoring SQL Server Instances on the same server with their own network interfaces and default port is now available
  • SQL Server instances with underscores and other allowed special symbols in names can be monitored
  • Minor fixes.

Improvements:

  • Dependency on SQL Server Library management pack has been eliminated.
  • Support of Localized performance counter for CPU and Logical Disk Metrics.
  • SQL Server Integration Services monitoring seed discovery.
  • SQL Server Integration Services moved to separate management pack.
  • SQL Server non-default port is now supported.
  • Optimized performance collection replaced with raw performance collection to guarantee accuracy of hourly and daily aggregated data.

Fixes:

  • Standard Edition Databases discovery issue fixed.
  • AlwaysOn: Endpoint URL points to a non-computer name.
  • AlwaysOn: read intent is not supported, false alert message removed.

Other changes:

  • Monitoring of SQL Server Reporting Services has been deprecated. This component will be monitored by dedicated management pack.
  • Monitoring of SQL Server Analysis Services has been deprecated. This component will be monitored by dedicated management pack.
  • Monitoring of SQL Server Replication has been deprecated. This component will be monitored by dedicated management pack.

You can download the Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2014 here


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Recommended hotfixes for Windows Server 2012 R2 and #SCVMM #Hyperv #Winserv

HotFixes

This article documents recommended hotfixes, product updates, and known solutions that are currently available for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) environments :

You can find the Microsoft Hotfixes here

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Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview November 2014 #Powershell #DSC #Winserv

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Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.0 Preview November 2014 contains functionality that has been updated from WMF 4.0. WMF 5.0 Preview November 2014 is available for installation on Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, and contains updated versions of the following features:

  • Windows PowerShell
  • Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE)
  • Windows PowerShell Web Services (Management OData IIS Extension)
  • Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)
  • Windows Remote Management (WinRM)
  • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)

PowershellgetHere you can download Microsoft Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview November 2014


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How to recover a gateway that was deployed through VMM and is running Windows Server 2012 R2 #SCVMM #Winserv #sysctr #HybridCloud

SCVMM Gateway

This article contains information about gateways that are running Windows Server 2012 R2 and were deployed through Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). The VMM server must be running Microsoft System Center 2012 R2.

Here you find all the information you need about Windows Server 2012 R2 Gateway and how to recover

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