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Yesterday Microsoft announced some changes to the certification program for IT Professionals, in order to address the growing need for people being able to prove their expertise in all things cloud-related. That’s right.  What was the well-known “Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer” acronym MCSE has been re-purposed.  It now stands for “Microsoft Certified Solution Expert” “Wait.. you said that “the MCSE is back’.  Huh?!” From the press release… Because cloud computing talent is in short supply, Microsoft has reinvented its flagship credential, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, for the cloud. The new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) shows employers and peers that those certified have the skills to do the job in an expanding market. Forecasts show that public and private IT cloud services will generate nearly 14 million jobs worldwide between now and... (more)

31 Days of our Favorite Things: The Recap

It’s over!  November (Movember?) is here!  Now it’s time to sit back and soak in all of this great information! Below is a complete list (Thank you, Keith Mayer for compiling it) of links to our full 31 Days.  Enjoy! 31 Days of our Favorite Things The Cloud OS Platform by Kevin Remde Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 by Brian Lewis Feel the Power of PowerShell 3.0 by Matt Hester Live Migrate Your VMS in One Line of PowerShell by Keith Mayer Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V Replica by Kevin Remde Right-size IT Budgets with “Storage Spaces” by Keith Maye... (more)

Web Server Recommendations

I was asked this question last week at our TechNet Event in Kansas City. “What is Microsoft’s best practice recommendation for web server deployment to support a web site that has variable demands from day-to-day?  Network Load-Balancing?  Private Cloud?  Clustering?.. or something else?”  -Don G. That’s a very big question, Don. To answer it of course involves knowing a lot about your application, your customers, the amount of infrastructure that you want to support in-house or are willing to purchase as a hosted solution, etc.  And of course all have to be balanced with your bu... (more)

SCVMM in System Center 2012 and Managing Citrix XenServer

This question came from Randy at our TechNet Event in Saint Louis: “Are the VMM management capabilities for a Citrix XenServer based VM the same as for a Hyper-V based VM?  (example: can you still live migrate, change RAM, etc?)” The simple answer is: The capabilities are pretty much the same.  Live Migration, for example, will simply drive VMs in a managed pool through XenMotion.  There are a couple of considerations in some areas (such as XenServer Templates and networking), but being able to build a Cloud of Citrix XenServer resources right alongside Hyper-V or VMware based cl... (more)

What Does AVIcode Do?

In Saint Louis at our TechNet Event several weeks ago now, Chuck S. asked about AVIcode… “App Insight - performance data?  Component timing?  Event Logs?  Database events?  (what is tracked in AVIcode?)” That is a very good question. For those of you not already aware of what AVIcode is; it is a product that enables “deep application insight”.  Working in concert with Operations Manager, it monitors .NET application performance.  It looks for code problems, performance issues, security, and connectivity of application components, and then through Operations Manager it alerts yo... (more)