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Welcome to the new episode of tech talks with outstanding Microsoft community members from all over the world. Most interviews are with Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), and if you are not familiar with that program yet, I recommend you reading my recent introductory interview. In this episode I talk with Marcelo Sinic, a Brasil based MVP, Windows IT Pro Expert. Enjoy reading!
Flo: Marcelo could you introduce yourself to the community?
Marcelo: My name is Marcelo Sincic, I work with TI since 1988. My first job was Clipper and DBase II programmer. I never worked with other area or other speciality.
Flo: What is your focus area as MVP and how did you get started?
Marcelo: My MVP is Windows IT Pro Expert and I started in this important professional program in 2010 and now is my third year.
Flo: You are part of the Dell Infrastructure Consulting service. Please tell us about us your daily work.
Marcelo: I am responsible to indicate and implement solutions for large and public clients in Brazil. In my team, I work as principal consultant in Microsoft technologies, focusing on virtualization, cloud and System Center suite. I contact clients before sales soes in order to determine solution and implement a solution after purchase.
Flo: In the past you handled very special and challenging projects. What was your most challenging one and why?
Marcelo: In 2011 I participated in project for virtualization in a large enterprise in Brazil with a global presence and 62 localizations. Their activity is mineral extraction and locations are far away from major cities. This project is a challenge because the size of a project and distance for implementations. But the project was completed sucessfully.
Flo: You are also implementing Microsoft System Center Products at customer sites. In your opinion, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the new System Center 2012 bundle?
Marcelo: The old System Center versions are great products, but not integrated with others. Now, System Center 2012 Suite is integrated by use of Service Manager (SCSM) and Orchestrator. With two products I do SCCM talk with SCOM, VMM and others. For example, I create a Runbook in Orchestrator to set maintenance mode of Virtual Machine in SCOM, open incident in SCSM, stop machine in VMM, install updates from SCCM, start machine in VMM, set normal state in SCOM and close incident in SCSM. This Runbook is created with visual interface, permit use OS variables and integrate with SCSM to receive data for activities. This is a great and easy construction example.
Flo: Do you have a favorite System Center Product e.g. Orchestrator or Operations Manager?
Marcelo: Yes, my favorite is a Orchestrator, which is a new product in suite. But I like Configuration Manager, Operation Manager and Virtual Machine Manager as well.
Flo: Can you explain us why?
Marcelo: Orchestrator transforms individual System Center products into real integrated suite. Configuration Manager, Operation Manager and Virtual Machine Manager is essential to administer enviroments.
Flo: What is your favorite feature in this product?
Marcelo: Orchestrator Integration Packs is simple to implement with advanced functions. Runbook Designer is great tool for design a runbooks, with simple visual and easy construction.
Flo: How will SP1 for System Center 2012 affect your daily work?
Marcelo: I expect SP1 to delivery System Center 2012 in Windows 2012 operating system and SQL Server 2012. In addition, support of VMM agents for Windows 2012 is essential too.
Twitter: @marcelosincicLinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/marcelosincicBlog: http://www.marcelosincic.com.br/blog/
Hi Community, here is my compilation of the most interesting technical blog posts written by members of the Microsoft MVP Community. Currently, there are only a few MVPs contributing to this compilation, but more will follow soon. @all MVPs If you’d like me to add your blog posts to my weekly compilation, please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or reach out to me via Twitter (@FloKlaffenbach). Thanks!
Configure Storage Resource Pool in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V by Lai Yoong Seng
Configure Ethernet Resource Pool in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V by Lai Yoong Seng
#PSTip Most frequently used -Verb values by David Moravec
MS Christmas present: SMI-S Storage Provider for iSCSI Target Server by Hans Vredevoort
Windows Server Core
System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager
Hyper-V Protection with Data Protection Manager 2012 SP1 by Hans Vredevoort
Friday Fun: Job Announcer by Jeffery Hicks
#PSTip The easy way to get allowed values by Aleksandar Nikolic
Backup SQL Database to Windows Azure Online Backup by Lai Yoong Seng
James van den Berg - MVP for SCCDM System Center Cloud and DataCenter ManagementKristian Nese - MVP for System Center Cloud and Datacenter ManagementRavikanth Chaganti - MVP for PowerShellJan Egil Ring - MVP for PowerShellJeffery Hicks - MVP for PowerShellKeith Hill - MVP for PowerShellDavid Moravec – MVP for PowerShellAleksandar Nikolic - MVP for PowerShellMarcelo Vighi - MVP for ExchangeLai Yoong Seng - MVP for Virtual MachineRob McShinsky - MVP for Virtual MachineHans Vredevoort - MVP for Virtual MachineLeandro Carvalho - MVP for Virtual MachineDidier van Hoye - MVP for Virtual MachineRomeo Mlinar - MVP for Virtual MachineAidan Finn - MVP for Virtual MachineCarsten Rachfahl - MVP for Virtual MachineThomas Maurer - MVP for Virtual MachineAlessandro Cardoso - MVP for Virtual MachineRamazan Can - MVP for ClusterRobert Smit – MVP for ClusterMarcelo Sinic - MVP Windows Expert-IT ProUlf B. Simon-Weidner - MVP for Windows Server – Directory ServicesMeinolf Weber - MVP for Windows Server – Directory ServicesNils Kaczenski - MVP for Windows Server – Directory ServicesKerstin Rachfahl - MVP for Office 365
No MVP but he should be one
Jeff Wouters - PowerShell
This week’s OpenStack highlight: enStratus: Cloud DevOps: Achieving Agility Throughout the Application Lifecycle” Whitepaper. Due to Christmas Holidays today’s issue is shorter than usual, nevertheless: Enjoy reading!OpenStackenStratus: Cloud DevOps: Achieving Agility Throughout the Application Lifecycle” Whitepaperwww.enstratus.com/devops-wpMirantis: “NEW: 2013 Boot Camp Training for OpenStack; plus Do-it-Yourself Assist Services; and more” http://www.mirantis.com/training/Mirantis: “Questions and Answers: Storage as a Service with OpenStack Cloud” by Greg Elkinbard http://www.mirantis.com/blog/questions-and-answers-about-storage-as-a-service-with-openstack-cloud/OpenStack Foundation: “OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Dec 14-21)”http://www.openstack.org/blog/2012/12/openstack-community-weekly-newsletter-dec-14-21/Rackspace: “Cloud Predictions For 2013” by John Engateshttp://www.rackspace.com/blog/cloud-predictions-for-2013/Dell“Lean Process’ strength is being Honest and Humble” Rob Hirschfeld - Personal Bloghttp://robhirschfeld.com/2012/12/24/lean-process-is-honest/“I respectfully disagree – we are totally aligned on your lack of understanding” by Rob Hirschfeld - Personal Bloghttp://robhirschfeld.com/2012/12/26/agree-or-disagree/“Crowbar 2 Planning 20 Dec 2012” by Rob Hirschfeld - Personal Youtube Channelhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAXW35e3ApM&feature=youtube_gdataContributorsPlease find detailed information on all contributors in our Wiki section.ContactTwitter: @RafaelKnuthEmail: email@example.com
Welcome to the new episode of tech talks with outstanding Microsoft community members from all over the world. Most interviews are with Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), and if you are not familiar with that program yet, I recommend you reading my recent introductory interview. In this episode I talk with Marcelo Vighi , a Brasil based MVP, expert for Exchange and Messaging Solutions. Enjoy reading!
Marcelo: My name is Marcelo Vighi, and I live in greater Porto Alegre, RS – Brazil. My hometown is located in the extreme south of Brazil, close to countries like Argentina and Uruguay. I am married and I have no kids. I am 31 years old. I started working in the IT field really young. I have had over 14 years of experience in the IT field, always focusing on Microsoft Exchange Server, Active Directory, and other Microsoft Infrastructure solutions like: PKI, Clusters, DNS, WINS, etc.
Flo: What is your focus area as MVP?
Marcelo: I am an Exchange Server Most Valuable Professional focused on Exchange Server architecture. But I have also focused a big part of my career working with Active Directory design, implementation, and architecture.
Flo: Let us talk about your daily work. Your work for Dell as Systems Integration Sr. Advisor at Dell. What do you do there and what are your everyday tasks?
Marcelo: Currently I am a Systems Integration Sr. Advisor for the Dell™ Email Management Services (EMS) for Microsoft Exchange Server in Brazil. I am responsible for onboarding new customers to our Email Management Services (EMS) solutions. As part of this job, on a daily basis, I also provide planning, deployment, and training for Dell™ Email Management Services (EMS), EMS Email Archive, Email Security, Wireless Continuity solutions for enterprise and small business customers.
Flo: Could you tell us something about upcoming projects? If yes how do they look like and what is the challenge?
Marcelo: All I can tell is that I will start writing for a very important Exchange resource website in Portuguese where I will add content on a weekly basis. Also I am working, with other MVPs, for creating new free online training sessions in Portuguese regarding Exchange Server 2010 and 2013 for the Microsoft Virtual Academy website.
Flo: We all know Exchange 2013 is RTM now. Could you explain us the major changes between 2010 and 2013?
Marcelo: I think that the major changes in Exchange 2013 are related with the product’s architecture. Up front the thing that stands out the most is the server roles that are available in Exchange 2013, Client Access and Mailbox. Yes, all other roles are eliminated (Edge role will be available in a later service pack, 2013 will be compatible with 2010 Edge). The Client Access Server role has absorbed internet facing SMTP transport while the Mailbox role has absorbed internal SMTP transport. Outwardly that’s the largest difference in the new version; however there are a number of internal architectural differences as well as new features.
Flo: What is the absolute killer feature for you in exchange 2013?
Marcelo: I think that we can start with some nuances, like data loss prevention, a new Managed Store, high availability improvements and so forth. Those who hated the slowness of the Exchange Management Console will love the speed increases gained with the new EAC. There are now more controls in one place than ever before, and the logical grouping of said controls makes a lot of sense. For those with (just of bunch of disks) JBOD deployments, the AutoReseed feature for Exchange 2013 database availability groups should be very exciting.
Flo: How about PowerShell integration? Could you tell us something about the changes and improvements?
Marcelo: A total of 187 #PowerShell cmdlets were added in the new Exchange. Also, we’ve lost 13 cmdlets, mainly due to the changes in Public Folders. The PowerShell cmdlets are executed only on Mailbox servers, so you need to have an Exchange 2013 Mailbox server available to be able to manage the environment. So, Microsoft recommends that you either install both roles on the first Exchange 2013 server installed or make sure that at least one server of each type is deployed.
Flo: Thank you very much. Is there anything else you would like to share with our community?
Marcelo: You’re welcome, Flo. I would like to say to the community that Exchange 2013 is a brand new product, and before implementing it in a production environment they must perform tests in a lab environment, mainly if they need to upgrade from Exchange 2010, the new version must be tested prior to implementing it in a production environment.
Also, I would like to say that is really important to share knowledge within the communities, so keep studying and sharing knowledge with others!
Twitter: @mvighiLinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/vighiBlog: http://marcelovighi.wordpress.com/
Hi Community, here is my compilation of the most interesting technical blog posts written by members of the Microsoft MVP Community. Currently, there are only a few MVPs contributing to this compilation, but more will follow soon. @all MVPs If you'd like me to add your blog posts to my weekly compilation, please send me an email (Florian_Klaffenbach@dell.com) or reach out to me via Twitter (@FloKlaffenbach). Thanks!
Create An Answer File For Windows Server 2012 Virtual Machine Deployment by Lai Yoong Seng
Convert VHD to VHDX by Lai Yoong Seng
Prevent Rogue DHCP By Enable DHCP Guard in Hyper-V by Lai Yoong Seng
Hyper-V Server 2012 from a USB stick by Romeo Mlinar
Microsoft Publishes WS2012 QoS Guidance by Aidan Finn
CoreConfig Tool for Windows Server 2012 Server Core by Lai Yoong Seng
Useful Command When Managing Server Core and Hyper-V Server 2012 by Lai Yoong Seng
System Center Virtual Machine Manager
VMM doesn't show hosts performance by Kristian Nese
Get An Additional Service Templates in VMM 2012 SP1 by Lai Yoong Seng
Windows Server Core
WMF 3.0 causes problems with Exchange and SCCM in Portugese by Marcelo Sinic
Windows 8 Client Hyper-V by Thomas Maurer
How to convert a PC from BIOS mode to UEFI mode by Robert Smit
Keep your PowerShell script open when executed by Jeff Wouters
#PSCXTip Testing XML for well-formedness and validity against a schema by Keith Hill
#PSCXTip Manipulating file attributes by Keith Hill
#PSCXTip Getting details about a command’s parameters by Keith Hill
Friday Fun: Scraping the Web with PowerShell v3 by Jeffery Hicks
Excel-Addin “CSV-Export” für Excel 2010/2007 by Nils Kaczenski
Office365 Hybrid Szenario – Video 7 – Test und Demonstration in German by Kerstin Rachfahl
Dell (VKernel) VIRTu Alley Online Symposium by Aidan Finn
James van den Berg - MVP for SCCDM System Center Cloud and DataCenter ManagementKristian Nese - MVP for System Center Cloud and Datacenter ManagementRavikanth Chaganti - MVP for PowerShellJan Egil Ring - MVP for PowerShellJeffery Hicks - MVP for PowerShellKeith Hill - MVP for PowerShellMarcelo Vighi - MVP for ExchangeLai Yoong Seng - MVP for Virtual MachineRob McShinsky - MVP for Virtual MachineHans Vredevoort - MVP for Virtual MachineLeandro Carvalho - MVP for Virtual MachineDidier van Hoye - MVP for Virtual MachineRomeo Mlinar - MVP for Virtual MachineAidan Finn - MVP for Virtual MachineCarsten Rachfahl - MVP for Virtual MachineThomas Maurer - MVP for Virtual MachineAlessandro Cardoso - MVP for Virtual MachineRamazan Can - MVP for ClusterRobert Smit - MVP for ClusterMarcelo Sinic - MVP Windows Expert-IT ProUlf B. Simon-Weidner - MVP for Windows Server - Directory ServicesMeinolf Weber - MVP for Windows Server - Directory ServicesNils Kaczenski - MVP for Windows Server - Directory ServicesKerstin Rachfahl - MVP for Office 365
Dell (VKernel) is hosting a 2 day long online conference on virtualisation and cloud computing. This event, VIRTu Alley, will take place on Tuesday, January 15th from 10:00 – 1:00 EST and Wednesday, January 16th from 10:00-1:30 EST.
This events are free and you have the chance to follow such great speaker like:
Aidan Finn - talking about Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V
Didier van Hoye - talking about Cluster Aware Updating (also on Dell Systems)
Damain Flynn - Talking about Network Virtualization under Windows Server 2012
and other great speakers.
Here you can register for Day 1 and here for Day 2.
Day 2: Wednesday January 16, 2013
Disk drives being the performance bottlenecks for any computer systems seem like an eternal truth. There have always been efforts to get the block storage sub-system to deliver more and quicker. Over time, we have seen many caching schemes for performance enhancement; there are block caching solutions that use some sort of cache memory near the disk drive (either on the disk or on the storage controller) or file system level caching solutions that use system memory. Block-level caching with faster block devices has started to look like viable solutions with availability of larger, reliable and economical SSDs. The Linux open-source community has three generic block-level caching solutions - bcache, dm-cache and flashcache. Patches have been released for all three, but flashcache and bcache efforts appear to have more steam until recently (though that may be changing). Facebook released flashcache and they use it in their production so one may safely say it is the most stable of the three. Performance studies available for these caching solutions are using SATA or SAS SSDs. Dell PowerEdge Express Flash, being a PCIe SSD, has a much higher performance. It would be interesting to see a performance study for these block caching solutions with PowerEdge Express Flash devices.
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At the end of Dell World 2012, I met a customer for an informal discussion. The customer optimizes their Linux deployments for high performance. These optimizations require certain PCIe controller in specific PCIe slots for different servers. Sometimes, these PCIe controllers are not installed in the specified slots and the customer’s software deployment process is not able to catch it – requiring manual audits. My immediate thought was what about lspci? Well, looking a bit carefully, lspci seems to use the bus address as name for a slot which is not much help if looking for the name printed next to the slot socket.
Apparently, there is no Linux command for listing devices by slots – that is by physical add-in slots or that is what many folks have told me. However, this can be done in two steps as described below,
These steps can be scripted while someone out there is thinking about providing this capability in existing tools.
This week’s highlight: Interview with Atul Jha co-organizer of the OpenStack Day in Bangalore. For a recap of the most recent event click here. Also, you can register for the upcoming OpenStack Day in Bangalore 01-19-2013 here.Enjoy reading the eighth issue of the Dell Open Source Ecosystem Digest, a collection of relevant technical content around OpenStack and Hadoop authored by Dell as well our partners and friends. Your feedback is appreciated greatly!Interview with Atul JhaRafael: Atul, can you tell us about the OpenStack meetup in India? When did you start? Who's attending? What are the trending topics in the OpenStack community in India?Atul: We started OpenStack meetup less than a year back. Most of the attendees have been newbies and people affiliated to companies with OpenStack project. In past 4-5 months we have seen lots of participation coming from college students as well. All the meetups we have a talk which covers basics of OpenStack project. We have had interesting talk on almost all the OpenStack components including the Swift/Nova/Keystone/Quantum. We also covered orchestration tools such as Juju and Crowbar in our talks. Rafael: Tell us about OpenStack adoption in India. Who are the the drivers? Which trends do you see in OpenStack adoption in India?Atul: We are seeing some traction in startups and system integrator companies. Even some Government Organizations in India are working/testing OpenStack for their use. Rafael: How can people help promote OpenStack community activities in India?Atul: Well, help us in whatever way you can by providing resource person to present in meetup, sponsor our events. Rafael: Can you point us to OpenStack resources in India? Blogs? People to follow on Twitter?Atul: Sure!Slideshare: slideshare.net/openstackindiaMeetup: meetup.com/Indian-OpenStack-User-GroupTwitter: @openstackindiaBlog: openstack.org/blogPeople to follow: @kavitaptira @syedarmani @mail2fashion @riteshnanda09 @koolhead17OpenStackCeph: “Deploying Ceph with a Crowbar”http://ceph.com/community/deploying-ceph-with-a-crowbar/Ceph in the Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solutionhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8i49NeWNgCMInktank: Dell landing pagehttp://www.inktank.com/dell/Inktank: “Intro to Ceph with OpenStack” webinar 01-24-2013https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/8847/63177Inktank: “Ceph and Inktank at LISA12” by Roger Weekshttp://www.inktank.com/ceph-2/ceph-and-inktank-at-lisa12/Mirantis: “A look at individual membership in the OpenStack Foundation” by David Fishmanhttp://www.mirantis.com/blog/a-look-at-individual-membership-in-the-openstack-foundation/OpenStack Foundation: “Event Report: OpenStack Day, Bangalore, India”http://www.openstack.org/blog/2012/12/event-report-openstack-day-bangalore-india/Piston Cloud: “How OpenStack is Changing the World: Thoughts from UP 2012” by Joshua McKentyhttp://www.pistoncloud.com/2012/12/openstack-changing-the-world-up-2012/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=openstack-changing-the-world-up-2012Piston Cloud: “My 2012 Predictions: Did they happen?” by Joshua McKentyhttp://www.pistoncloud.com/2012/12/2012-predictions-did-they-happen/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2012-predictions-did-they-happenRackspace: “An Introduction To Hybrid Hosting” by Paul Croteauhttp://www.rackspace.com/blog/an-introduction-to-hybrid-hosting/SUSE: “Learn about SUSE Cloud” by Andreas Jaegerhttps://www.suse.com/blogs/learn-about-suse-cloud/SUSE: “SUSE & Dell World” by Phillipp Rockrellhttps://www.suse.com/blogs/suse-dell-world/SUSE: “SUSE and Dell Partner for Enterprise OpenStack Solutions” by Michael Millerhttps://www.suse.com/blogs/suse-and-dell-partner-for-enterprise-openstack-solutions/HadoopCloudera: “Register for any Cloudera Administrator Training for Apache Hadoop class scheduled until March 31, 2013, and get a free ebook copy of Hadoop Operations by Eric Sammer.”http://university.cloudera.com/training/apache_hadoop/administrator.htmlDatameer: “Big Data – Crossing the Chasm in 2013!” by Stefan Groschupfhttp://www.datameer.com/blog/big-data-analytics-perspectives/big-data-crossing-the-chasm-in-2013.htmlDatameer: “Delivering Insightful Analytics in a Data Driven World” recorded webinar in collaboration with Clouderahttp://info.datameer.com/Web-Delivering-Insightful-Analytics-Data-Driven-World.htmlDatameer: “On the Radar: Datameer” by Ovum Grouphttp://info.datameer.com/Web-ovum-on-the-radar-datameer.htmlDatameer: “Building a Big Data Recommendation Engines” webinar 01-30-2013http://info.datameer.com/Building-Big-Data-Recommendation-Engine.htmlDatameer: “Reflecting on Big Data in 2012” by Joe Nicholsonhttp://www.datameer.com/blog/big-data-analytics-perspectives/reflecting-on-big-data-in-2012.htmlPentaho: “Big Data Speeds Across the Chasm” by Quentin Gallivanhttp://blog.pentaho.com/2012/12/14/big-data-speeds-across-the-chasm/Pentaho: “Top Industry Analyst Firms Recognize Pentaho’s Business Analytics Platform”http://www.pentaho.com/press-room/releases/112/top-industry-analyst-firms-recognize-pentaho-s-business-analytics-platform/Pentaho: “7 Things to Ask When Looking for Self-Service Analytics for Big Data Stores”http://blog.pentaho.com/2012/12/18/7-things-to-ask-when-looking-for-self-service-analytics-for-big-data-stores/Dell“My Dilemma with Folsom – why I want to jump to G” by Rob Hirschfeld - Personal Bloghttp://robhirschfeld.com/2012/12/06/dilemma-openstack-folsom/“Crowbar 2 Design Meeting Dec 18” by Rob Hirschfeld - Personal Youtube Channelhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fdi6xD15TDU&feature=youtube_gdata
“What is enStratus? – DellWorld 2012” by Michael Coté - Personal Bloghttp://drunkandretired.com/2012/12/15/what-is-enstratus/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cote+%28DrunkAndRetired.com%3A+Cot%C3%A9+Content%29
“I’d prefer my toilet to not fail fast – #InnoIT Think Tank” by Michael Coté - Personal Bloghttp://drunkandretired.com/2012/12/14/fail-fast-toilet/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cote+%28DrunkAndRetired.com%3A+Cot%C3%A9+Content%29
“XPS 13 Developer Edition takes off” by Barton George - Personal Bloghttp://bartongeorge.net/2012/12/19/xps-13-developer-edition-takes-off/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bartongeorge%2FnMQw+%28A+Blueprint+for+the+Cloud%29“Ten Useful Openstack Swift Features” by Adrian Smith - Personal Bloghttp://www.17od.com/2012/12/19/ten-useful-openstack-swift-features/“【第二回】OpenStackボードオブディレクターTalk - MirantisのCo-Founder & EVP Boris Renski” by Oue Yoshihiro at Dell TechCenter Japanhttp://ja.community.dell.com/techcenter/b/weblog/archive/2012/12/20/openstack-talk-mirantis-co-founder-amp-evp-boris-renski.aspxContributorsPlease find detailed information on all contributors in our Wiki section.ContactTwitter: @RafaelKnuthEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org