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#Microsoft MAP Toolkit 9.6 Now Available! #Winserv #SQL2016 #Azure #Office365 #Cloud #Tool

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Microsoft MAP Toolkit 9.6

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop, server and cloud migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness assessment reports and executive proposals with extensive hardware and software information, and actionable recommendations to help organizations accelerate their IT infrastructure planning process, and gather more detail on assets that reside within their current environment. MAP also provides server utilization data for Hyper-V server virtualization planning; identifying server placements, and performing virtualization candidate assessments. More information about MAP Toolkit can you find here

Software Requirements:
        • Operating system. Any of the following:
          • Windows 10 (Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions only)
          • Windows 8.1 (Professional and Enterprise editions only)
          • Windows 8 (Professional and Enterprise editions only)
          • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions only)
          • Windows Server 2012 R2
          • Windows Server 2012
          • Windows Server 2016
          • Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1
        • .NET Framework 4.5 (download from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=389161)
        • Installation of all updates for the operating system. Note: In some cases updates may not install automatically. To download updates for your computer manually, go to http://update.microsoft.com/.
        • By default, the MAP Toolkit will install SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB during setup. You may also use an existing installation of SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, or SQL Server 2012 if you create an instance named “MAPS” before running the MAP Toolkit installer. The MAP Toolkit requires the collation order of the database engine to be set to “SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS”.

Notes:

        • Some of these prerequisites require restarting your computer. You may have to restart multiple times if all the prerequisites are not met prior to running Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit setup.

Scenario-dependent requirements:

    • For machines that will be used to run the Forefront Endpoint Protection Usage Tracking, Lync Usage Tracking, Exchange Server Usage Tracking, or Volume Licensing scenarios, please note: PowerShell 2.0 or higher must be installed.
    • For machines that will be used to collect Oracle schema information, please note: The 64 bit Oracle client must be installed on the MAP machine to collect the schema information. If the 64 bit client is not installed, MAP will only be able to collect instance information. MAP will not collect schema information if the 32 bit Oracle client is installed.

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Export results in Excel for Windows Server 2016 Assessment Example

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Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Sizing Example in Excel

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With MAP Toolkit Training available 😉

You can download MAP Toolkit 9.6 here

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Join #Microsoft Community Event of the Year #ExpertsLive2016 Register Now!

experts-live-2016Experts Live is an independent platform for IT Pros around Microsoft solutions. A platform by and for the community. Each year Experts Live is organizing a large-scale knowledge event. It has grown to become the largest Microsoft community event of the Benelux where more than 1000 visitors come together.
National and International community experts talk with visitors fully with latest Microsoft technologies in one day. Through the years, well-known speakers and MVPs are associated with this event.
This year find Experts Live on Tuesday 22nd November. Experts Live 2016 offers more than 40 breakout sessions, an opening and closing keynote !

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Go to the Website of Experts Live and Register to Join the Microsoft Community world Experts Live 2016 Event

Hope to meet your there 😉

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@MS_Ignite Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Sessions #Winserv #Sysctr #Ignite2016

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On Monday September 26 – 30, 2016, Microsoft Ignite Event will Kick off ! 🙂

Here you will find the Sessions for

Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016

Microsoft Ignite is Sold Out, but you can Watch it Live !

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microsoft_ignite_2016_atlantaand here you find the Home page of Ignite

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#Microsoft System Center Management Packs (CTP1) for #SQL Server #Sysctr #MSOMS

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The new features and fixes introduced in CTP1 management packs are as follows:

New SQL Server 2008/2008 R2/2012 MP Features and Fixes

  • Added support for databases stored on SMB Shares
  • Fixed error logging in a script for Blocking Sessions monitor
  • SQL 2005 MP files were excluded from the installer
  • Fixed issue: CPU Usage monitor & rule did not work for SQL Server cluster instance
  • Fixed issue: connection to an SQL Server instance was not closing when the destination was wrong
  • Fixed Non-Readable Replica detection (Always On)
  • Made detection condition stricter for DB User Policy event-based discovery: added management group name
  • Made detection condition stricter for Script Failed alerting rule: added management group name

New SQL Server 2014/2016 MP Features and Fixes

  • Memory-Optimized Data Garbage Collection Fill Factor monitor and rule were disabled by default
  • Memory-Optimized Data workflows were disabled for all SQL Server instances, except for Developer, Enterprise, and Evaluation editions
  • Fixed issue: CPU Usage monitor & rule did not work for SQL Server cluster instance
  • Fixed issue: connection to an SQL Server instance was not closing when the destination was wrong
  • Fixed issue: in some cases, Set Database Online/Offline tasks did not work for databases of SQL Server 2016 cluster instance
  • Made detection condition stricter for DB User Policy event-based discovery: added management group name
  • Made detection condition stricter for Script Failed alerting rule: added management group name

For more details, please refer to the user guides that can be downloaded along with the corresponding Management Packs.

The Operations Manager team encourages you to provide any feedbacks on the management packs by sending them to sqlmpsfeedback@microsoft.com

Creating Datacenter and Instance Dashboards

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With this System Center Management Pack CTP1 for SQL Server there is also an Awesome SQL Server Dashboard Guide to help you
building your own Dashboards in SCOM.

Entity Health

Here you can download the System Center Management Pack CTP1 for SQL Server and the Documentation.

 

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Migrating #Microsoft #SQL Server Databases to #Azure Guidelines

Azure SQL CloudThis blogpost will give you the information about migrating Microsoft SQL Server databases to Azure.
I see a lot of questions on the Microsoft TechNetMSDN forums about how to get my database secure in Microsoft Azure

Before you do a SQL migrate you can do a SQL Assessment via Microsoft Operations Management Suite.

OMS SQL Recommendations

You can see a step-by-step blogpost on my blog for the results for example :
 ‘Do your SQL Assessment with Microsoft OMS before your New Project Starts in Production’

Here you find Microsoft Azure technical documentation on Migrate to Azure :

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SQL Server database migration to SQL Database in the cloud

For export and import Azure SQL Databases :

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Export a BACPAC of a SQL Database

Import a BACPAC of a SQL Database

Copy a SQL Database

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There is also an Awesome Free Microsoft E-Book about Migrating SQL Server Databases to Azure by Carl Rabeler

MVA Course Migrating SQL to Azure

You find here a brand New  Microsoft Virtual Academy video Course about Migrating SQL Databases to Azure

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Proud to receive the 6th #Microsoft MVP Award for #Cloud and Datacenter Management #Sysctr #MSOMS #Azure

MVP Award 2016 CDM James

Thank you Microsoft and Community for this Awesome MVP Global Award !

#PROUD

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UPDATE #Microsoft #Azure, #Cloud, #MSOMS and Enterprise Symbol / Icon Set – Visio stencil

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This package contains a set of symbols/icons to visually represent features of and systems that use Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise technologies, including Windows Server, Microsoft Azure and related technologies. Email CnESymbols@microsoft.com to provide feedback and suggestions.

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Microsoft Operations Management Suite Visio Icons #MSOMS

You can download the Microsoft Azure, Cloud and Enterprise Symbol / Icon Set – Visio stencil here