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UPDATE #SCDPM Team Blogpost Maintenance on System Center Data Protection Manager#sysctr


Microsoft is writing a series of three blog posts to cover three areas and will point to an existing post for the final piece. This will be broken down into an approach that starts by checking the database consistency, followed by a look at fragmentation (or eliminating it) to optimize performance. Third, Microsoft makes sure there is no extra growth and that it is sized optimally, and lastly, we talk about backing up the DPMDB in order to have a good copy available should it ever be needed.

Here you can read more on the System Center Data Protection Manager Team Blog (Part 1)

DPMDB Maintenance Part 2: Identifying and dealing with fragmentation in your DPMDB

DPMDB Maintenance Part 3: Dealing with a large DPMDB



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#Microsoft Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration for #Azure #Powershell #DSC #HybridCloud #Automation

Azure Powershell DSC

This post describes the requirements and usage and gives examples for the Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) VM extension handler for Azure. The VM Extension allows you to use Powershell Desired State Configuration to configure your Azure VMs. For more information about Powershell Desired State Configuration, see Introduction to Windows Powershell Desired State Configuration. For more details about this and other Azure VM extensions, see Azure VM Extensions and Features.

Introduction, Requirements, and Dependencies

To use the Azure PowerShell DSC VM extension, you must install Azure PowerShell. In addition, The DSC extension handler has a dependency on Windows Management Framework v5. This is automatically installed by the extension handler. Today, Windows Management Framework v5 is only available for Windows 2012 R2, which means that currently the only Windows Server VM images that support the DSC VM extension handler is Windows 2012 R2 images.

NEW additions to the Azure VM PowerShell DSC Extension via Microsoft Azure Blog

Important Functionality :

The following table will help you navigate the documentation for DSC.

Topic Summary
Get Started with Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Explains how to use Windows PowerShell extensions that are part of DSC to automate an example configuration.
Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Resources Explains how to create custom resources for if your environment requires a type of configuration that is not provided by the built-in resources that come in DSC for performing basic configuration work.
Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Data Demonstrates a structured way to separate the data used in configuration from the configuration logic. This provides modularity, which enables you reuse the data and the logic independently. It also makes it easier to update the data and logic when necessary.
Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Local Configuration Manager Explains the DSC engine, which is available on all nodes (computers) and coordinates the reception and application of configuration data for each node.
Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Service Explains the DSC Service, which includes the options to push configuration information to target nodes, or to have an environment where the nodes retrieve the information from a server that is set up for that purpose. The nodes can continue to update and maintain their state, based on the configuration information on that server. It is also possible to use such a server to distribute custom resources to the target nodes.
Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Troubleshooting Guidance Provides several techniques you can use to troubleshoot your DSC configuration or to track the progress of its operations.

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Free Ebook: Microsoft System Center Deploying #HyperV with Software-Defined Storage & Networking #SCVMM #SDN

Deploy HyperV with SDN Ebook

This book, or proof-of-concept (POC) guide, will cover a variety of aspects that make up the foundation of the software-defined datacenter: virtualization, storage, and networking. By the end, you should have a fully operational, small-scale configuration that will enable you to proceed with evaluation of your own key workloads, experiment with additional features and capabilities, and continue to build your knowledge.

The book won’t, however, cover all aspects of this software-defined datacenter foundation. The book won’t, for instance, explain how to configure and implement Hyper-V Replica, enable and configure Storage Quality of Service (QoS), or discuss Automatic Virtual Machine Activation. Yet these are all examples of capabilities that this POC configuration would enable you to evaluate with ease.

Chapter 1: Design and planning This chapter focuses on the overall design of the POC configuration. It discusses each layer of the solution, key features and functionality within each layer, and the reasons why we have chosen to deploy this particular design for the POC.
Chapter 2: Deploying the management cluster This chapter focuses on configuring the core management backbone of the POC configuration. You’ll deploy directory, update, and deployment services, along with resilient database and VM management infrastructure. This lays the groundwork for streamlined deployment of the compute, storage, and network infrastructure in later chapters.
Chapter 3: Configuring network infrastructure With the management backbone configured, you will spend time in System Center Virtual Machine Manager, building the physical network topology that was defined in Chapter 2. This involves configuring logical networks, uplink port profiles, port classifications, and network adaptor port profiles, and culminates in the creation of a logical switch.
Chapter 4: Configuring storage infrastructure This chapter focuses on deploying the software-defined storage layer of the POC. You’ll use System Center Virtual Machine Manager to transform a pair of bare-metal servers, with accompanying just a bunch of disks (JBOD) enclosures, into a resilient, high-performance Scale-Out File Server (SOFS) backed by tiered storage spaces.
Chapter 5: Configuring compute infrastructure With the storage layer constructed and deployed, this chapter focuses on deploying the compute layer that will ultimately host workloads that will be deployed in Chapter 6. You’ll use the same bare-metal deployment capabilities covered in Chapter 4 to deploy several Hyper-V hosts and then optimize these hosts to get them ready for accepting virtualized workloads.
Chapter 6: Configuring network virtualization In Chapter 3, you will have designed and deployed the underlying logical network infrastructure and, in doing so, laid the groundwork for deploying network virtualization. In this chapter, you’ll use System Center Virtual Machine Manager to design, construct, and deploy VM networks to suit a number of different enterprise scenarios.

By the end of Chapter 6, you will have a fully functioning foundation for a software-defined datacenter consisting of software-defined compute with Hyper-V, software-defined storage, and software-defined networking.

Here you can download the Free ebook: Microsoft System Center Deploying Hyper-V with Software-Defined Storage & Networking

Thank you Microsoft TechNet, Cloud Platform Team, and Mitch Tulloch for this Free Awesome Ebook 😉

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#Microsoft Azure StorSimple and File Server Solution for Highly Available Environment #StorSimple #HybridCloud #Azure

StorSimple HA File Cluster

Highly available Clustered File Server Implementation

This Microsoft solution guide provides end-to-end guidance on deploying file shares for highly available environments that use clustered file servers and StorSimple 8000 series devices. It describes how system administrators can take advantage of features introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2, such as Continuously Available File Shares and Scale-out File Server. Using these features, you will be able to improve file share availability and also provide higher bandwidth file shares for workloads such as those in Hyper-V and SQL Server.

Here you can download Microsoft Azure StorSimple and Cluster File Server deployment guide

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Video #Microsoft Windows Azure Pack Infrastructure as a Service Integrate the Fabric #WAPack #SCVMM

Microsoft Video on Windows Azure Pack Infrastructure As a Service Integrate the Fabric

Windows Azure Pack

Try and build your own Microsoft Private Cloud with this Free Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server 2012 R2 Guide

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Busy with Deploying Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Roles in Microsoft #Azure and Private Cloud #BYOD

This video walks through the architecture of RDS solutions hosted in Azure, public, and private clouds. The discussion includes high availability considerations and capacity planning, as well as connectivity to corporate Active Directory and network resources. Whether you are a service provider thinking of hosting apps/desktops or enterprise IT admin thinking of rolling out desktops on private cloud, watch this video to learn about best practices for configuring session-based desktops and remote application services in a cloud computing environment using the Microsoft RDS solution running on a Dell infrastructure. Get insights into which components can run on tenant environment and provider environment, security and licensing considerations, and the infrastructure components (storage, networking, and servers) required to successfully build your RDS cloud deployment.


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#Microsoft Cloud Platform System Storage Performance whitepaper #CPS #sysctr #WAPack #Cloud

CPS Rack

Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS) Rack

CPS is an integrated, ready-to-run private cloud solution for your datacenter, powered by Dell hardware and Microsoft cloud software. CPS maximizes the economic benefits of a software-designed datacenter when operating cloud services. A layer of software abstraction across the physical layers – storage, network and compute – enables separation of the fabric from the tenant services that run on top of it. Windows Azure Pack provides a consistent self-service approach that is common between Microsoft Azure and CPS. System Center provides the administrative controls and Windows Server provides the platform for virtualizing a wide range of computing services. The entire solution is pre-configured before arriving at your loading dock, offering a turnkey private cloud solution.

This paper provides an overview of storage-focused performance of a single rack CPS stamp in the following three scenarios, scaled across a deployment of tenant virtual machines (VMs):

  • Scenario 1. Boot storm: cold start of VMs.
  • Scenario 2. VM microbenchmarks: synthetic storage loads that are generated within VMs.
  • Scenario 3. VM database OLTP: simulated database online transaction processing (OLTP) using Microsoft SQL Server, run within the VMs.

Here you can download the Microsoft Cloud Platform System Storage Performance whitepaper

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