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#Microsoft Virtual Academy: Protecting your Private #Cloud with #DPM2012

About This Video (double Click on the picture)

This video is part of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA is a free program delivering structured learning paths for IT Professionals on various Microsoft products and solutions.

This video will outline how you can use System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager to protect your private cloud. You’ll learn how to use new capabilities to recover your infrastructure due to failures in the datacenter. We will demonstrate how DPM can be used to back-up and recover several common Microsoft server products, and subsequently how using DPM can provide increased service levels in your environment. Additionally, we will show how DPM works with other System Center products including Orchestrator, Operations Manager, and Virtual Machine Manager to ensure high availability of your cloud environment.

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#Microsoft Patching Your Fabric with #SCVMM2012 #WSUS

One superb feature in SCVMM is that you are now able to patch the resources in the Fabric, which also includes your Hyper-V Clusters.
How are you usually patching your Hyper-V Cluster? You have to initiate the Maintenance mode, patch the node, stop Maintenance mode, and so the story continues with the next node.
SCVMM 2012 will do this automatically for you, so that you can spend your valuable time with more important tasks, like focusing on pro-active management and best practices.

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UPDATE : #Microsoft Integration Packs for System Center 2012 – #Orchestrator #SC2012 #SCVMM2012

System Center 2012 – Orchestrator includes over 41 built-in workflow standard activities that perform a wide variety of functions. You can expand Orchestrator’s functionality and ability to integrate with other Microsoft and third-party platforms and products by installing integration packs. Integration packs for Orchestrator contain additional activities that extend the functionality of Orchestrator.
You can download integration packs from the Microsoft Download Center. Each integration pack has a guide that provides installation instructions, describes any known issues, and includes reference information for all of the activities supported by the integration pack.
Microsoft provides integration packs for all of the System Center products, as well as other Microsoft and third party products and technologies.

UPDATE :  System Center 2012 – Orchestrator 2012 Component Add-ons and Extensions DOWNLOAD HERE

The following integration packs are available:

Active Directory Integration Pack for System Center 2012 – Orchestrator

HP iLO and OA Integration Pack for System Center 2012 – Orchestrator

HP Operations Manager Integration Pack for System Center 2012 – Orchestrator

HP Service Manager Integration Pack for System Center 2012 – Orchestrator

IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus Integration Pack for System Center 2012 – Orchestrator

VMware vSphere Integration Pack for System Center 2012 – Orchestrator

Integration Pack for System Center Configuration Manager

Integration Pack for System Center Data Protection Manager

Integration Pack for System Center Operations Manager

Integration Pack for System Center Service Manager

Integration Pack for System Center Virtual Machine Manager

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#Microsoft #Lync2010 Bandwidth Calculator available


With the Lync Server 2010 Bandwidth Calculator, you can enter information about your users and the Lync Server features that you want to deploy, and the calculator will determine bandwidth requirements for the WAN that connects sites in your deployment.

You can download the Lync Server 2010 Bandwidth Calculator here

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#Microsoft #SCDPM2010 Interoperability #Hotfix for Centralized Management, with #SCDPM2012


SCDPM 2012 RC now provides the capability for customers to manage multiple SCDPM servers using a single console. After applying this hotfix, SCDPM 2010 cutsomers can also monitor and manage their SCDPM 2010 servers using the same centralized management console with which they are managing their SCDPM 2012 servers. Using the Central Console, you can monitor the health of the various SCDPM resources such as SCDPM servers, protected computers, tape libraries, disk space availability and more. The Central Console also tracks the various tasks in SCDPM servers, such as whether recovery points are being taken at the scheduled times, whether a server is still on the network, and so on. To understand Centralized Management feature in detail please refer to (Link to start page of SCDPM 2012 Centralized Management Value prop) This hotfix does not contain any other fixes other than enabling Centralized Management feature. Important Information

  1. Note – This hotfix does not update the version of the SCDPM Protection Agents and hence will not require a upgrade of the agents installed on protected servers and clients. We recommend to install KB2465832 before installing this hotfix. Because once you install this hotfix, you cannot get previously serviced Agent side fixes along with KB2465832.
  2. Note- If you have created customized filters from Monitoring UI, they would not be retained after installing this hotfix. So user needs to copy the file JobFilters.xml from DPMINstallLocation>\DPM\bin to the folder %SystemDrive%\Users\User name\appdata\Microsoft\Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager.
  3. Note – This hotfix rollup package applies to all language versions of System Center Data Protection Manager 2010.
  4. Note- This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

Download here the Hotfix for Centralized Management