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New sponsor on my blog 5Nine Software

December 18th, 2014 No comments

I have got the pleasure to get a new sponsor for my blog and that is the company 5Nine Software that makes some cool products for Hyper-V

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  • 5Nine Hyper-V Manager – a great christmas sale with 25 % right now!
  • 5Nine v2v converter
  • 5Nine Cloud Security

And these are also available as free versions with some limits but still great stuff

check out their web!  www.5nine.com

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Automation the future of IT Operations or prepare to die

September 19th, 2014 No comments

So you are an IT Pro or maybe an CIO or CTO and have been sleeping under your desk the latest years or so? But the IT Operations departments are under a lot of stress these days coping in being able to deliver the services to the business in the pace that they demand! Do you recognize this? For example your development division request 50 VM´s and wanted them yesterday, Your response is that come back in a week or two….

Many IT departments are seeing their internal customers such as Dev or Business going outside of the organisation and buying their services directly from Azure or another public cloud provider delivered instantly and that also cheaper than you could produce internally..

Here the Hybrid way of thinking becomes important and why, well you will not be able to compete with all the services that the public cloud can give you in a cheaper and more reliable way so IT Operations of tomorrow will utilize the public cloud as their own and be able to use it for their needs where their private cloud lacks functionality or capacity and in that way respond to the requests from the departments.

Giving the users an self service portal where they can order and see the cost of their engagements is an important part of this and when you implement this you have to have  automation as a key part because the users want things to happen when they press the build button!

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Taking Microsofts Azure data centers as an example, they have automated enormously and that from the physical layer all the way into the virtual machines and networks. How does this automation gain you with your environment and becoming more agile and not just run around putting out fires but being able to address the needs of the company IT challenges today and also tomorrow!

Some say that we are in the second machine age and that the IT will have to change big time. Just look at the public cloud Company’s and their services, if they would have done things in a traditional way they would have to charge xx times the amount the charge for their services and also be xx more manpower on the data centers to cope with the day to day operation.

In the latest year Microsoft have released several automation solutions that have been developed and gives you the tools for this must-have automation platform. First of is the Service Management Automation (SMA) which is a robust orchestration engine based on PowerShell workflows and this has also been released as Azure Automation. Secondly we have Microsofts investment in Desired State Configuration and here this also utilize PowerShell. The DSC have some development left but it is so powerful and really large web services utilize this today and keeping their massive services compliant and up to date! DSC can be used for provisioning different things including third party software solutions and for example, Microsoft Azure offers different web services (jomla, wordpress etc) deployed in an automated way probably with some DSC technology behind the curtains.

Of course this gigantic automation project will not be done over a night and will cost quite a bit of money in initial investment but the winning and surviving IT Department is the one successful in their automation processes!

9 years ago I started an onboarding automation process and on that time I had VB script to work with but that manual labor every time a new employee was hired was painful and so boring and already at that time I found the will and inspiration to learn techniques to automate. Still today there are several processes in companies that are perfect candidates for automation but for some reason still being done manually…

Let me help you get Strategic in your IT (automation) delivery!

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Going from an iPhone to a Windows Phone

September 8th, 2014 No comments

I have now in a couple of weeks been testing a Nokia Lumia 930 phone and it is soon time to return it. Importantly that need to be said here is that I have been using iPhones since 2008 and also for a short while I used an Android phone and quite quickly went back to the iPhone.

The iPhone and Apple has been very successful with their devices since the first came out. The amount of apps available for IOS is huge and companies and governments also have adapted and created usable apps for making the life of the user smooth.

The Windows Phone in it´s earlier versions have had its ups and downs and I have not seen it as a possible replacement before the version 8 of the OS and later..

Now as I have lived with the phone and tried to adapt I can really say that I like it.. the build quality is magnificent and the screen looks great, it is fast and I can manage my daily tasks, it is obvious that the development of the OS have got some attention and Microsoft have thought through how the phone should work and with the new features like for instance Cortana it is in the edge of Phone OS development..

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Still I miss my banks app but they say that it is coming this year so when that one have arrived I can buy me self a beutiful Lumia ;-)

Some of the apps I have installed:

  • Waze
  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines
  • Skype
  • Spotify
  • SVT Play
  • Swish
  • Yammer
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Easy Park
  • Facebook Beta
  • GoPro
  • Instagram Beta
  • Lync 2013
  • Netflix
  • Office Lens
  • PC Remote
  • Twitter
  • WinRunner

There are of course more apps that would make it into the cut and the development of new apps go blazing fast so just because your favorite app right now only exist for Android or IOS that will change in a near future. I think we will see a fast changing map now that Microsoft owns the phone division of NOKIA and can make the momentum for devices and solutions that would attract new users that most likely could have been stuck with an iPhone before..

So when you are going to change device next time, think twice and look at the Lumia phones!

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Moving on or moving back, starting on a new job!

July 23rd, 2014 No comments

Hope that you all have a nice summer!

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I have been busy with vacation and taking care of the family the latest couple of weeks! But there is some news I want to share with you, Tomorrow I will work my last day at Lumagate and then a new adventure will start at my old employer Real Time Services.

My role will be Chief Technical Architect – Microsoft Solutions, within this I will be responsible for offerings and design with hybrid clouds based on Azure and all its features, Hyper-V and office 365. With the new functionality that Azure continuously delivers it will be exiting times ahead getting customers to utilise and see the benefits with an hybrid cloud environment.

Real Time Services is also in a new exciting phase with a recent merger with two other companies making a larger and broader company that will be able to be a better solution provider and also make a serious commitment on Microsoft Cloud OS. The other companies that is part of the merger are PMCG and Skypoint.

If you want to contact me from now on use the following details :-)

 

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Microsoft Teched 2014 in Houston post #1

May 4th, 2014 No comments

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It´s just about one week left until the Microsoft TechEd 2014 starts in Houston with about 15 000 attendees!

I am really looking forward to this event and the following sessions will be in my priority list and most likely you can find me in those rooms:

Monday

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Comment: Of course I will be at the Keynote to see what Brad has to say about Hybrid Clouds in the Enterprise

Monday, May 12 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Room: General Assembly C
Comment: This session is one of the foundation sessions and the one in my area of interest, so this is added of course!
Monday, May 12 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM Room: Grand Ballrom B
Comment: PowerShell is one of my favorite topics and this session with two of TechEds best speakers (Don Jones & Jeffrey Snover) it can´t be bad!
Monday, May 12 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM Room: 371A
Comment: This session will be truly interesting with the expert in the area and MVP friend Marc van Eijk. He has published several brilliant posts on Hyper-V.nu in WAP that have rescued me.
Monday, May 12 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM Room: 372A
Comment: This session is presented by my colleague and MVP friend Anders Asp that have some serious knowledge in Service Manager

 

Tuesday

Wednesday, May 14 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM Room: Hilton L2 Ballrm D
Comment: One of the best speakers again, Jeffrey Snover will dig through this interesting session
Tuesday, May 13 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Room: 382A
Comment: This is also one great speaker, Eduardo Kassner, and of course an interesting topic!
Tuesday, May 13 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM Room: General Assembly A
Comment: Speakers here are my colleague and MVP Stefan Schörling and MVP friend Jörgen Nilsson. I´m not so much into client stuff but these Swedes know their stuff!

 

Wednesday

Wednesday, May 14 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM Room: Grand Ballrm C
Comment: This session is presented by the one and only Mark Russinovich, it is always a treat to see this man on stage and think that this topic will not make me disappointed!
Wednesday, May 14 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM Room: 320A
Comment: Interesting topic by a MVP friend Damian Flynn

 

Thursday

Thursday, May 15 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Room: 362A
Comment: If you want to learn from the best DPM gurus then this is the session to be at, with my good friend and MVP colleague Robert Hedblom!

 

I will probably find some more interesting sessions later and will update this list, I will also make a new post when the sessions are available to view on Channel 9.

Here is also a list that my friend and colleague Fredrik Nilsson has wrote in the Channel 9 forums what you should pack to make your visit as smooth as possible, unfortunately he could not attend this year in TechEd US :-(

 

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Wait! Are you going to migrate your old legacy VM´s?

February 9th, 2014 No comments

So I have in several posts described different ways on moving from one hypervisor to another with your VM´s. There are several different choices when it comes to the transitioning phase, some more automated than others.

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But wait!! Yea I know the virtualization is Gods gift to the IT but it also carries some responsibilities. The technique gives you as the IT admin the possibility to run old legacy operating systems almost forever.

One big thing in the Move projects is to also take into account if the workload running can be upgraded within the OS, not just moved to another virtualization platform. Surely you do not want to describe on your CV that in your last employment you had Windows 2003 Servers as Domain Controllers for instance. Compare it with VHS, do you still watch movies and record stuff on the 80/90´s system?

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First of all you can use the Microsoft Assessment and Planning toolkit to analyze what of your workloads can be upgraded ( I know, it does not look at your third party server applications that needs some brushing of and upgrading also)

When you have analyzed and got some workloads that can be migrated then check out this page on what tools and wizards you can use to actually smoothen the process for those windows roles and features running on your old and soon to be unsupported OS to an new version! As you can see below, Windows 2008 R2 is coming to the last date of mainstream support!

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Yes I know that this often can be a quite burden on the IT department to carry out this kind of transformation projects and for several company-critical applications this can also become a serious cost that someone has to approve or maybe decide to decommission if they live outside of the support window!

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New Toy: Surface 2 RT

February 2nd, 2014 No comments

09-23SurfaceFamily_PageSo I have been a Apple fan for some while now and yesterday I was at a local electronic store and tested the Surface 2. This resulted in me coming home with an RT :-P

I really like the speed and the functionallity of this device.

Maybe I will start looking at the Pro as the RT has some limits but it is fast and I can take care of several of my daily tasks. Had loved if it was possible to run not just PowerShell but also the ISE. Found some suggestions to utilize Azure IaaS with a RDS desktop with the software and tools not available in the RT and maybe that would work :-)

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By the way, this post was also written on the device, will tomorrow change to the type keyboard instead ….

 

 

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Awarded MVP 2014 for the first time

January 1st, 2014 6 comments

As everyone else with some ITPro community engagement there is a date of the first day every quarter that makes the heart go a bit faster and the hopes for becoming one of the few privileged that get the Most Valuable Professional Award from Microsoft.

Today I got the award for my contributions in the Virtual Machine community :-)

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I have been during quite some time trying to give the community my sharings in virtualization and automation and helping out so that others can benefit and not having to reinvent the wheel again.

Thank you all that have been following me on this blog, twitter and at other social networks and I hope that you benefit somewhat from my scavenges in the wonderful world of IT!

I am looking forward to this year when I will together with my fellow MVP´s explore and work together to help out in the deployment of Cloud OS.

 

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vExpert 2013

May 29th, 2013 3 comments

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This year I got the vExpert award again, this is the second year I get the title and feel honored to be part of the program :-)

I have two former colleagues from Sweden and my time at Real Time Services that also got the title this year and they are serious mega-experts :-)

Thank you John Troyer and all other involved in the vExpert program!

You can find the rest of the 580 vExperts on this link.

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Scheduled Defrag in Windows 2008 R2 disabled by default

November 17th, 2012 2 comments

I was at a customer yesterday and got a tip about the defragmentation in Windows 2008 R2. It came up when we where discussing about the SCOM and an alarm in Operations Manager regarding fragmentation on monitored volumes.

I thought that it was doing things automatically but the scheduled task that is responsible for the defragmentation is disabled by default. Now there is different best practices regarding if you should be defragmenting the volumes if it is virtual machines residing on a SAN. If you have physical servers with local drives I would definitely say that you should be doing defragmentation.

So how do you see if your defragmentation task is enabled or not?

Open the Task Scheduler from Administrative Tools and go to Defrag

Then if you check the properties by changing to triggers on the scheduledDefrag task and look, you will see that it is disabled by default, double click on task and you can edit it.

You can then press the edit button and enable the task

Then your task is enabled and on every wednesday at 01:00 the defrag task will be running. As I wrote above, enabling this in a virtualized environment with 100+ VM´s can impact on your storage system quite seriously if all VM´s start to defrag at the same time. One way to mitigate this is to set the start day and start time different on all machines.

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