On demand training, Windows Azure Pack pt 2

August 15, 2014

Yesterday I posted a short article covering Windows Azure Pack video training resources. Today I will guide you to free hands on resources. 🙂

In case you dont know what Windows Azure Pac is the following text is taken from TechEd North America page on Channel 9

The Azure Pack is a collection of Microsoft Azure technologies available to Microsoft customers at no additional cost. Once installed in your datacenter, the Azure Pack integrates with Microsoft System Center and Windows Server to help provide a self-service portal for managing services such as websites, Virtual Machines, and Service Bus; a portal for administrators to manage resource clouds; scalable web hosting; and more.

Windows Azure Pack: Introducing Windows Azure Pack

Windows Azure Pack: Installation and Configuration

Windows Azure Pack: IaaS Management

Windows Azure Pack: Service Management Automation

Windows Azure Pack: Virtual Machine Roles


On demand training, Windows Azure Pack

August 14, 2014

July 16–17, 2014 Microsoft had a Live training event called Windows Azure Pack: Infrastructure as a Service Jump Start ft a instructor team of Microsoft employees.

During two days you could learn how to use Windows Azure Pack to deliver Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in your datacenter. The content is now available on Microsoft Cannel 9

Have you checked out the Ch9 App for Xbox 360? Pretty nice to be able to watch the content on your home entertainment system 🙂

Full course outline for the two days:

Day One

Day Two

So join the Instructor Team for an exploration of Windows Azure Pack’s (WAP’s) infrastructure services (IaaS)

Windows Azure Pack builds on the power of Microsoft CloudOS brought to your local data center that enables you to deliver an enterprise-class, cost-effective solution for self-service, multitenant cloud infrastructure and application services based on Microsoft Azure, Windows Server and System Center technologies.

· Andrew Zeller | Microsoft Senior Technical Program Manager

· ​Symon Perriman | Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist
Twitter: @SymonPerriman

· Joe Levy | Microsoft Program Manager
Twitter: @Jodoglevy

· Shriram Natarajan | Microsoft Program Manager
Twitter: @shriramnat

· John Ballard | Microsoft Principal Program Manager

​· ​Vybava Ramadoss | Microsoft ​Program Manager
Twitter: @vybava

· Anshuman Nangia | Microsoft Program Manager

My blog 2.0

May 29, 2014

HomeLab I powerful lab doesn’t have to be expensive.

The reason I started blogging was that I wanted to help a friend of mine getting started with a lab setup and it turns out that that post has been one of the more popular ones. I have decided to be more active on my blog and share the things I find.

What would be better then start off the 2.0 version of the blog where I once started.

Building your own Azure in the living room

In a series of articles I will build a home lab complete with operations system, management software and virtual machines. I will use Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2. I will use evaluation software downloaded from TechNet Evaluation Center More on that in the next part of the series

Part 1: The hardware

I wanted two machines so that I could build a cluster. I got the hardware for the lab little over a year ago and have complemented the purchases since then. Each of the machines are equipped with a Intel i5 processor, 32 GB RAM and three hard drives, one mechanic large drive for more static content, ISO, templates and such and two blistering fast SSDs.

Some of the hardware is a little bit old at the moment so you might need to get some newer parts if you want to build the machines. On the other hand used parts are now a bit cheaper and the speed of this rig is pretty awesome so that might be a cheaper way to go.

I wanted to get some relative small form factor and decided to go with the Shuttle XPC Barebone PC.
The integrated motherboard and the ability toadd up to 32 GB RAM and the necessary expansion slots/functions needed for the lab. Based on my experience you can never get enough RAM so to lower the cost of the rig I decided to go for the i5 processor and get all the RAM at once.

The components I complemented the PCs with are listed below.

Intel Core i5-2320 Quad-Core Processor 3.0 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 – BX80623I52320 (EOL)

Corsair XMS3 — 32GB DDR3 Dual/Quad Channel Memory Kit

OCZ Agility 3 – SATA III 2.5″120 GB (EOL)
WD Green WD20EARX 64MB 2TB

I use the smaller SSD drive for the OS and the Intel SSD for the VM:s as mentioned before the 2 TB spinning disk are used to store images and tools and less intensive VMs

Stay tuned for the next part in the Building your own Azure in the living room series.

Part 2: The Windows 2012 R2 installation

By the way my wife approves of keeping the machines in the living room.

Study guide for Microsoft Certification Exam 74-409

May 20, 2014

Veeam are providing a “Free Study Guide for Microsoft Certification Exam 74-409: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center

The guide is a 150 page pdf document that covers the exam objectives in 8 chapters.

You will learn about:

  • Virtual Machine Settings
  • Virtual machine storage
  • Hyper-V Virtual Networks and virtualization networking
  • Implementing virtual machines
  • Managing Virtualization Hosts and Infrastructure
  • Hyper-V Failover Clustering and Failover Clustering Roles
  • Virtual Machine Movement
  • Monitoring and disaster recovery

Mark Your Calendars Thursday 17 Oct kl 13:00 CET The R2 Wave is Coming

October 16, 2013

I have read across twitter about the anticipation about Brad Andersons blog post,

Mark Your Calendars for Oct. 18: The R2 Wave is Coming!

But since I live in Europe I don’t have to wait that long Ler

Microsoft will start this off at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand that makes it Thursday 17 Oct kl 13:00 CET. So we in Europe have less then 24 hours to wait for the update.

Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 will be provided as a free update. If you have installed the preview of Windows 8.1 there will be no update, how ever my friend and collegue Niklas Åkerlund @vNiklas has made a blogpost that makes that possible. Upgrade Windows 8.1 preview to 8.1 RTM with some quirks

But there is more J that also marks the time where we can start expecting the download of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, as well as the latest update to Windows Intune!

Keep an eye on the TechNet Evaluation Center…


You know I will!

The private IT-Camp, education cloud. IT Camps On-Demand – Part 2 – A Camp of my own

October 17, 2012

As a said in my article IT Camps On-Demand I work as a consultant and attending the IT Camps in Sweden has been hard for me.

Any way, I saw a tweet by Niklas Åkerlund aka @vNiklas that got me interested.


@vNiklas: Labs | virtuallycloud9 http://t.co/ipTN3GLi #win2012 #winserv #hyperv

Tommy Patterson, @Tommy_Patterson another IT Pro evangelist has published information on his website virtuallycloud9 that provides the instructions for the IT Camp HOL


The two recourses combined gives the possibility to create an IT Camp of your own.

So whats holding you back, lets start building your own IT-Camp.

You know I do!

QUI TACET CONSENTIRE VIDETUR – "He who is silent is taken to agree"

October 4, 2012

I received a tweet that stated “If it’s on you balance sheet, it’s not ‘cloud’” that made me interested.

In an article “If its on you balance sheet, it’s not ‘cloud’” written by George Knox he refers to this and some other quotes in a Forbes article “Buyers Beware “Private Clouds” That Aren’t Clouds at All”written by Dan Woods who in turn quotes Ken Ziegler CEO of Logicworks. There weren’t any references to Ken Zieglers statements so I can’t really comment on those.

I think they are wrong and that the articles are misleading, hence my title to this post.

What strikes me reading those articles are that the word cloud is mentioned around these articles and the writers don’t even stop and explain what the cloud is. NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology have made a definition of what cloud computing is. The publication can be read here.

The cloud is the idea of resources delivered transparent to the consumer when they want or need them. There are two main players in the cloud. The consumer, e.g. the user of the service and the function that delivers the resources, the service provider.

The driver of cloud isn’t just economical. I would say that its efficiency driven. Economic parameters like cost savings are not a parameter on which the cloud is built. The cloud can often cut cost but not always. But it will provide efficiency.

Deployment Models for the cloud are:

The public cloud is resources delivered to the many customers which holds consumers who share the resources often via the internet.

The private cloud is delivered to onecustomer what might have many consumers that don’t share the resources with other customers.

The customer is either a person or an organization of some kind.

NIST also states a few other

The cloud consists of three service models or building blocks:

1. Software as a Service, (SaaS)

2. Platform as a service, (PaaS)

3. Infrastructure as a Service, (IaaS)

Software as a Serviceis something you subscribe to and can use right away with minor configuration for instance providing your name and password for your e-mail.

Platform as a Serviceon the other hand is a service on which you put data, for instance your website. Another way of using PaaS is your dev/test environment. This service needs a higher level of configuration to be operational but pretty much is preconfigured.

Infrastructure as a Service can be described as delivery of infrastructure objects like servers, storage and networks. To use this service you need extensive configuration to get your infrastructure operational.

These building blocks or service models are delivered to the customer with five essential characteristics.

On-demand self-service. A consumer can order the resources without direct interaction with the people involved in provisioning of the resources. Like ordering things in a web shop.

Broad network access. The user can access the resouces from various clients, laptops, smartphones, workstations etc.

Resource pooling. The computing power are pooled and shared by the consumers like on a file/printserver where varous consumers share the same system for storing files and printing documents.

Rapid elasticity. The computing resources will increase quickly to changes. During high peak times more power are provided to the service and returned when there not needed anymore.

Measured service. The resources used by a consumer is measured and reported. The reports are transparent for the consumer and the service provider, a pay per use way of thinking.

The cloud is all about the app and the app is all about collaboration.

It takes two to tango