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I Wish you all the Best and a Happy New Year ! #sysctr #Azure #Hyperv #SCVMM #SQL #Office365 #HybridCloud #Winserv

Happy New Year

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I wish you all the best and Happiness in 2015 !
Cheers 2015

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#Microsoft Virtual Academy is the place to be……. #Learning #sysctr #Azure #SQL #Office365 #Sharepoint #MVA

MVA Learning

What is MVA?

Successful technologists never stop learning and great technology never stops evolving. Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers online Microsoft training delivered by experts to help technologists continually learn, with hundreds of Microsoft training courses, in 14 different languages. Our mission is to help developers, knowledgeable IT professionals and advanced students learn the latest technology, build their skills, and advance their careers. Through MVA, we offer free Microsoft training, and the entire service is hosted on Windows Azure.

Become an MVA member so that you can earn points for your learning, achieve different levels of badges and status relative to others in your country or around the world, and get certificates when you complete an entire online training course. Your personal dashboard helps you track your progress against your personal learning plans.

MVA learning opportunities combine on-demand Microsoft training courses and live events:
•On-demand, free Microsoft training courses help you learn at your own pace, and when the time is right for your busy schedule.
•MVA’s exciting live online courses include Jump Start training, where you can interact with experts and a worldwide audience of learners from around the world. Through this method of interactive online training, our instructors and subject matter experts will answer the questions you pose in real time chat sessions so that you can apply what you learn right away.

Developers who want to learn how to build apps for the web, Windows or Windows Phone can explore our free Microsoft training courses on App Development training, HTML5 training, C# training including XAML, Game Development training, Cloud Development, Mobile App Development, Web Development and mobile development training.

IT Pros who are looking to evaluate, deploy, administer, update, and manage infrastructure in their organization should checkout our hundreds of online IT training courses. Topics include Management and Security training, Windows Server training, Office 365 training, Windows 8 training, Windows Azure training, Virtualization, Hybrid Cloud Training and Business Intelligence.

From here you go to Microsoft Virtual Academy

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Go to Microsoft Virtuallabs for Virtual environments

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#Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 DPM Scale-Out Protection #sysctr #SCDPM #Azure #HybridCloud

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In this fast Hybrid Cloud world where a lot is changing, backing up your data is important for Enterprise organisations.
With System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager you can do a lot. I made a High Level Design of our
System Center 2012 R2 DPM POD’s ( Dell PowerEdge R620 Server with MD1200 SAS Storage Enclosures ).
For the first time we skipped to buy a Tape Library for long time protection, we now backup to Microsoft Azure Backup Vault storage for long time protection. So we have no tape management any more.

When you have more System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager Servers in your Datacenter, you can think of Scale-Out protection where you are more flexibel in your Datacenter to save your data.

Scale Out

Here you can read more about System Center 2012 R2 DPM Scale-Out protection

System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) offers backup to Azure for long term protection by leveraging Azure Backup. The first step in configuring DPM-A (DPM backup to Azure) is to register the DPM server to the Azure Backup vault. This article explains how the registration process is greatly simplified and enhanced with Update rollup UR4 for DPM.
Till Update Rollup 3 (UR3), users were required to generate a self-signed certificate and upload this certificate to the backup vault through the portal. During the registration process, the certificate was used to register the server to the backup vault. While this process ensured security, it was a bit overwhelming.
With UR4, registration of the DPM server to the Azure Backup vault is simplified without compromising on the security by using a concept called “vault credential”. A vault credential is an authentication entity that can be downloaded from the backup vault on the portal. The vault credential is valid for 48 hours from the downloaded time and can only be used during the registration process to authenticate the server with the backup vault.

Here you can read more on Simplified workflow to configure backup to Azure from DPM

To Protect SQL Server 2014 using DPM 2012 R2

Two Powerful ways to use Azure to Back Up your Enterprise

teched_cloudos_componentsKeep thinking of  “how to save your Data”

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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.


  • 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.


  • 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


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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