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HYPER-V OVER SMB: SMB BANDWIDTH LIMITS by Thomas Maurer
Oracle Certified Run on Windows Azure and Hyper-V by Lai Yoong Seng
System Center 2012 SP1 – Orchestrator: Disk Maintenance by Damian Flynn
Live cloning in SCVMM 2012 R2 by Kristian Nese
Windows Azure new memory-intensive VM size (two CPU cores with 14 GB of RAM) by Robert Smit
Oracle running on Azure by Alessandro Cardoso
Windows Azure Active Directory Erweiterungen in German by Toni Pohl
Install the Hyper-V Role in Windows Server 2012 R2 and configure Virtual Switches with PowerShell by Romeo Mlinar
Hyper-V Replica Support für Active Directory, Exchange oder SQL Server? in German by Daniel Neumann
KB2886362 – New Update Rollup For DPM 2012 SP1 If Backing Up Hyper-V VMs by Aidan Finn
Sample Converged Network Designs for Hyper-V Hosts by Aidan Finn
HVRemote updated for Hyper-V v.3 including Windows 8, 8.1, Server 2012, and Server 2012 R2 by Steve Jain
Windows Server 2012 R2 update thoughts hyper-v virtual Ethernet adapter network cable unplugged by Robert Smit
PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio Beta v0.5 by Adam Driscoll
Getting Started with PowerCLI: Start and Shutdown Virtual Machines by Jeffery Hicks
Friday Fun: Out-ConditionalColor by Jeffery Hicks
System Center Dataprotection Manager
Hotfix (Update Rollup 3.6) für SC2012 SP1 Data Protection Manager veröffentlicht in German by Daniel Neumann
System Center Orchestrator
System Center Virtual Machine Manager
Windows 8.1 + Dell e6540 (tips and annoyances) by Steve Jain
ODX Speed Up VHDX Creation Times On Windows Server 2012 (R2) by Didier van Hoye
Using the Credential attribute of DSC File Resource by Ravikanth Chaganti
Connect suggestion: DSC Archive resource needs the Credential attribute by Ravikanth Chaganti
Tuesday 19 November, 2013 | Melbourne, Australia
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Be among the first to discover Dell’s new technology solutions—from the desktop to the data centre. This is a prime opportunity to meet and share ideas with IT leaders and Dell experts. Join us as we examine the possibilities and challenges presented by today’s most relevant business and technology trends.
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It wasn't THAT long ago, that going to college clearly delivered an advantage to kids growing up and looking to enter the workplace. Today, it seems attending college has become a basic requirement to even be considered for many professions. You could argue the same is true in the use of technology in competition.
Photo Credit: Emirates Team New Zealand website.
Take America's Cup as an example. The America's Cup is a sailing race of yachts that features the world's best sailors, and the world's fastest ships. Below is the definition I pulled from Wikipedia:
The America's Cup, affectionately known as the "Auld Mug", is a trophy awarded to the winner of the America's Cup match races between two sailing yachts. One yacht, known as the defender, represents the yacht club that currently holds the America's Cup and the second yacht, known as the challenger, represents the yacht club that is challenging for the cup. The timing of each match is determined by an agreement between the defender and the challenger. The America's Cup is the oldest international sporting trophy.
I can only imagine the level of skill, and training required to become a sailor on one of the two competing yachts. It's truly amazing to watch the sailors in America's Cup to respond with such strength and precision during the race. The other part of this competition is the challenge of building the fastest boat. Now this is where things have gotten interesting - and where high performance computing (HPC) is playing a large role.
Emirates Team New Zealand needed to design an entirely new boat, based on new multihull requirements of this year's America's Cup. Amazingly, with the help of a Dell HPC cluster, Emirates Team was able to perform 300-400 accurate computer test boat designs in their quest to build the fastest boat possible. This is in contrast to the 30-40 physical designs they were able to do for the 2007 competition! Simply amazing.
The use of HPC clearly paid off early in the design phases, as the computer modeling allowed Emirates Team to develop a boat that could hydrofoil, providing an advantage by allowing the boat to lift out of the water while staying within the regulations of the competition. The competition later was also able to achieve hydrofoil, but later than Emirates Team, which allowed them to focus on other boat design models.
Photo Credit: ANSYS Website.
The key tools used by Emirates Team to design the boat included ANSYS simulation software running on the Dell HPC Cluster, and Latitude laptops. This marked the first time they were able to rely completely on numerical analysis and digital prototyping, which the team believes has helped them create a boat design that was 30-40 percent faster than their original concepts.
In the end, Oracle Team USA was able to make the biggest comeback in history of America's Cup, winning an unbelievable eight straight races. This competition is where technology and design, meet the talent, experience, and strength of sailors. I would guess that the competition for next year's America's Cup is probably already underway. With the stakes so high, and the difference between winning and losing so slim, it's probably a good bet that HPC will play a larger role in the future.
Other news coverage:
TechHive: The America's Cup: nerves, skill, and computer design
Video: ANSYS CFD in Action: Emirates Team New Zealand Profile
HPC Wire: America's Cup Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand Transform Boat Design with Dell Solution
Attached Case Study: Team New Zealand takes on the America’s Cup with game-changing technology (see bottom of blog post to download)
If you haven't seen how exciting America's Cup can be to watch, I embedded a short video below.
Although the Foglight team has long been an advocate of application performance management (APM), stress, tension, and burnout are still common complaints among IT ops, application support and dev teams alike. This has made us ponder why you folks would not want to deploy an APM solution. After extensive research, we've narrowed it down to this:
Top 15 Reasons Why IT Does NOT Want to Deploy an APM Solution:
15. I enjoy the after hour drives to the data center. Gets me out of the house.
14. I already have 30 apps I am trying to keep up and running. I don't need another one to worry about.
13. Do I really want to be notified that something is wrong? That's the end users job to filter out all the unimportant broken stuff.
12. I already have a monitoring system. The green/red LED lights on the servers.
11. Running around fighting performance issues makes you look cool and is great job security.
10. I make a lot of side-money in the "pick whose fault it was" office betting pool.
9. I can tell you right now it’s our network guys, they have no clue what they’re doing. Besides, I love the way they steam when I blame the network and they can’t defend themselves.
8. Making up new scenarios for what might be wrong is my only creative outlet.
7. Why would I want to know the end user’s experience? It would just make it harder to blame tricky problems on "User Error."
6. It is always the DBA’s fault. I don’t need an APM solution to tell me that.
5. Our developers write such horrible code that nothing I do can ever make a difference.
4. It's such an adrenaline rush to work on a problem knowing thousands of users are already affected as you work on it!
3. I love the smell of whiteboard markers in the war room. It smells like …. Victory!!
2. I couldn't impress my girlfriend/wife/boyfriend/husband with how I "saved the internet" again today.
1. I'd miss the free pizza during the late night emergency war room sessions.
The OpenStack Summit, November 5-8, 2013 brings together the brightest technical minds to discuss the future of cloud computing. With OpenStack software quickly gaining adoption around the world, the Summit will feature case studies, visionary keynotes, hands-on workshops and technical sessions for cloud operators and developers. Register by October 4 for a discount.
Seattle Chef MeetUp 9/17: Whipping Up Awesome w/ Berkshelf
A recording of the Seattle Chef MeetUp on 9/17: The Berkshelf core team has been hard at work on Berkshelf 3.0 to bring much needed bug fixes, speed improvements, and usability tweaks to the foundations that Berkshelf 1.0 and 2.0 have laid. Let's get together and reflect on a short history of how we got to Berkshelf 2.0 and some of the walls the core team has broken down to deliver version 3. In this talk you'll learn about the upcoming changes to Berkshelf and you'll get some insight on the future of roadmap describing the future of the project.
Cloudscaling: “OpenStack Skills: Critical for the new Cloud Era”At Cloudscaling, we believe the lack of OpenStack skills is preventing IT departments and software developers from taking advantage of the kinds of tools that will truly allow a data center to modernize. In order for OpenStack to turn the corner and become mainstream, vendors must educate the market on how to mitigate risks when adopting OpenStack as well as develop a workforce that will take the organization into the future. To that end, Cloudscaling is launching an OpenStack training program to help bridge the skill gap among IT professionals in the new cloud era. read full article
Dell: “Crowbar planning 2013 09 05 Mid Sprint”
Discuss Crowbar 2 Hack Days & Roxy Branch Plans
Dell: “THIS JUST IN: Dell, SUSE, Microsoft, and Cloudbase Collaborate to Enable Hyper-V for OpenStack-based SUSE Cloud 2.0”The Dell OpenStack cloud solutions team is excited to unveil our newly enhanced Dell SUSE Cloud Solution, powered by OpenStack. This newly enhanced cloud infrastructure solution makes multi-hypervisor clouds a reality. It is now possible to operate data center cloud environments with nodes running KVM, Xen, and Hyper-V hypervisors. read full article
Food Fight Show 61 - OpenStackIn this episode we discuss OpenStack, the private cloud software. listen to cast
Mirantis: “Short Update on Hardware Calculator for OpenStack”During the last couple of weeks we have been processing the feedback that we’ve collected from the initial launch of the Hardware BOM Calculator. Several vendors of both server and networking gear have contacted us to share their own recommendations on how to update our formula to be more accurate and we really appreciate the encouraging feedback so far. read full article
Mirantis: “Savanna accepted into OpenStack Incubation”Earlier this week, project Savanna, which provides elastic Hadoop provisioning and elastic data processing on OpenStack, was accepted into OpenStack incubation as the Data Processing service. On behalf of the entire Savanna team, we would like to thank the OpenStack Community and Technical Committee for their continued support in helping us reach this milestone. read full article
OpenStack Foundation: “How to Use Ask OpenStack”We’re continuously building together “The best place on the Internet to find answers to common OpenStack problems”: our Question&Answers site Ask OpenStack is such place and needs everybody’s help. Ask OpenStack is a collaborative effort, think of it like a wiki where pages are made only of questions and answers. Anybody with more than 100 karma points can fix a question or an answer and anybody can gain karma points by getting votes on answers and/or questions. read full article
OpenStack Foundation: “OpenStack Governance: Electing Technical Leaders For Next Development Cycle”An important part of OpenStack’s culture is to elect its tech leaders every six months: we’re in the process of electing the Project Tech Leads for the next 6 months release cycle. Our governance model based on merit is one of the strong points of our community. Except otherwise-noted in the program description, the electorate for a given program PTL election are the Foundation individual members that are also committers for one of the program projects over the Grizzly-Havana timeframe (from 2012-09-27 to 2013-09-26, 23:59 PST). read full article
Piston Cloud: “Cloud Software Market: OpenStack Gaining on AWS and VMware”It seems that everything we read about VMware these days questions the company’s market position. Given its once overwhelming lead in the virtualization space, this makes some sense. Research from Strategy Analytics shows that OpenStack is closing in on both VMware and AWS as the IAAS market continues to heat up. read full article
Piston Cloud: “Is SDDC the Next Big Thing?”SDDC (software-defined data center) is part of the movement toward software defined everything. It encompasses software defined networking, software defined storage, and software defined servers. Given the trend we’ve seen toward private clouds deployed using OpenStack, it’s not surprising that the market for SDDC is expected to take off, approaching $5.5 billion by 2018 according to MarketsAndMarkets. read full article
Piston Cloud: An Introduction to Ceph in Piston OpenStackMany of our recent discussions with customers have focused on our Null-Tier architecture concept, and specifically, our storage architecture. As a result of these talks, we’ve written a tech brief that explains what Ceph is, how it benefits private or public cloud builders, and how it overcomes problems associated with traditional storage architecture deployments. read full article
Piston Cloud: “Is DevOps Optional? Or the New Normal?”For startups, DevOps is business as usual. But the longer you’ve had separate dev and ops departments, the more difficult the cultural shift will be. Is DevOps optional or is it just the right way to do things, come to roost at last? David Mytton considers DevOps for GigaOM. read full article
Cloudera: “Email Indexing Using Cloudera Search”Why would any company be interested in searching through its vast trove of email? A better question is: Why wouldn’t everybody be interested? Email has become the most widespread method of communication we have, so there is much value to be extracted by making all emails searchable and readily available for further analysis. Some common use cases that involve email analysis are fraud detection, customer sentiment and churn, lawsuit prevention, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Each and every company can extract tremendous value based on its own business needs. read full article
Cloudera: “What’s Next for Impala After Release 1.1”In December 2012, while Cloudera Impala was still in its beta phase, we provided a roadmap for planned functionality in the production release. In the same spirit of keeping Impala users, customers, and enthusiasts well informed, this post provides an updated roadmap for upcoming releases later this year and in early 2014. read full article
Cloudera: “How-to: Use the HBase Thrift Interface, Part 1”There are various way to access and interact with Apache HBase. Most notably, the Java API provides the most functionality. But some people want to use HBase without Java. Those people have two main options: One is the Thrift interface (the more lightweight and hence faster of the two options), and the other is the REST interface (aka Stargate). A REST interface uses HTTP verbs to perform an action. By using HTTP, a REST interface offers a much wider array of languages and programs that can access the interface. (If you’d like more information about the REST interface, you can go to my series of how-to’s about it.) read full article
Datameer: “Re: ‘Don’t Use Hadoop – Your Data Isn’t That Big’”A blog post titled “Don’t use Hadoop – your data isn’t that big” has been making its rounds, and while the author makes some very valid arguments about data size, it neglects to address other critical aspects of data that would necessitate using Hadoop over alternative solutions. Don’t get me wrong, Hadoop’s use of low-cost, commodity hardware to linearly scale storage and compute resources is changing the way that organizations deal with large volumes of data. But, I don’t believe that data volume is where the buck stops when evaluating if you should use Hadoop, nor is it the key of what Hadoop brings to the table. read full article
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Security by obscurity is no longer an effective SharePoint security strategy in SharePoint 2013.
SharePoint search functionality received a major boost in SharePoint 2013, delivering your users precise results and proactively offering recommendations about people and documents they might want to follow.
But this means that now users with looser SharePoint access than they should have will have access to the highly sensitive content they shouldn't see via the search interface, including salary information, health information (PHI) and other personally identifiable information (PII).
Learn to secure SharePoint from searching eyes and how to incorporate search considerations into your SharePoint security plan in this technical brief by Chris McNulty, Dell Software, Chief Technology Officer and Microsoft SharePoint MVP.
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I wanted to share a video with our community to explain what is needed to get started with Foglight 5.9 Virtual APM Appliances. The video will guide you through the download and installation and end with a fairly detailed overview of what your environment will look like when the installation is completed. In the video, we use one monitored web server, as an example, but more advanced cases may use distributed virtual switches or multiple sniffers to analyze multiple web servers. Users may additionally choose to configure APM dashboards, instrument their web browsers, deploy Java and/or .NET agents, and even monitor other virtualized hosts for extended APM visibility. This basic install will enable all of these capabilities.
The virtual appliances are very popular with our clients because they make product evaluations and installs so much easier for them. One customer has a single Foglight Management Server (FMS) deployed with 40 different sniffers that monitor over 20,000 target websites.
As always, your feedback is encouraged!
Starting tomorrow, Dell and SUSE will host a series of four webinars (click here to register) on the Dell SUSE Cloud Solution: an end-to-end OpenStack-based private cloud solution, including SUSE Cloud 2.0, a validated and certified Reference Architecture based on PowerEdge server systems and Force10 networking infrastructure, services, support and more.
September 26th – 11:00-12:00 EST Week 1: Introduction to OpenStack and the Dell SUSE Cloud Solution
This webcast will provide an overview of the OpenStack project, its technical architecture, and how Dell and SUSE are working together to enable organizations to rapidly deploy enterprise-ready private clouds based on OpenStack.
Our presenters will be Pete Chadwick from SUSE and Kamesh Pemmaraju from Dell.
Pete is senior product manager of Cloud Infrastructure solutions for SUSE. At SUSE, his responsibilities include comprehensive market and business analysis required to deliver go-to-market strategies for one of SUSE’s priority business areas – cloud.
Kamesh is a Senior Product Manager for Cloud Solutions at Dell with specific focus on the Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution. He owns product management responsibilities for the Dell OpenStack solution and is a subject matter expert on the cloud market and technologies.
Click here to register
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us: Rafael Knuth (Dell) firstname.lastname@example.org @RafaelKnuth
P.S. In the event that you are unable to attend a webinar, note that all the webcasts will be recorded for future replay, but please register so that we can make sure to send you the link!
Over the past several years, virtualization has emerged as a “priority” IT initiative as deployments yield cost savings through improved operational and business agility in addition to hardware consolidation. Infrastructure and operations administrators drive toward increased cost savings by improving system management efficiency and IT productivity. Often we examine the administrator-to-virtual machine (VM) ratio, which measures the number of VMs each administrator can manage, to access efficiency. Administrators that inject automation into virtual environment management can increase efficiency by reducing time associated with VM configuration and control.
Automation at various points in the virtual machine lifecycle will save time and eliminate manual and repetitive tasks that often introduce errors. However, while the right automation can significantly reduce your administrator to VM ratio, it is important to establish policies and carefully examine your approach to automation to avoid over-utilization or the creation of unnecessary VMs resulting in VM sprawl and more management work.
Should you use automation tools within your virtual environment? Register here for a free webcast with experts for the answer and additional practical tips for virtualization automation.
By automating daily configuration tasks and simplifying the operations management of your virtual environment, infrastructure and operations administrators can more quickly realize the potential cost savings of virtualization. Automation also plays an important role in meeting incident management SLAs and improving uptime.
Join Dell Software Sr. Product Manager Kiran Ranabhor and virtualization expert and industry-recognized consultant Scott D. Lowe for a free webcast titled, “Top 10 Virtualization Automation Tips for Infrastructure and Operations Administrators,” scheduled for Wednesday, October 9 at 11:00 AM Eastern (8:00 AM Pacific). For more information and to register for the webcast, click here.
Attendees will learn how to easily implement automation advice through planning, deployment, production and retirement stages within your heterogeneous virtual environment. Lowe will also review how implementing automation advice based on best practices can help overcome critical people and process issues to ensure virtualization success.
Is your IT infrastructure virtual environment growing? For so many IT administrators the answer is “Yes!” It’s time for some practical advice on automation strategies to try today within your virtual environment that will drive virtualization optimization. Register for the webcast here today.
Learn more about Dell's virtual and physical infrastructure performance monitoring and operations management solutions at: http://software.dell.com/solutions/performance-monitoring-and-capacity-planning/.