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SCVMM 2008R2 to 2012–The Great Migration: Validation

With the RTM of SCVMM 2012 approaching very quickly, as part of my final tasks in the TAP program, I will begin the exercise of removing all the 2008R2 servers from the environment. Now, there are many ways that this can be addressed, however most of the approach’s are not addressing my needs, so I am going to progress with a side load migration type solution.

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Query Hyper-V Virtual Machines Details using PowerShell

As I spend more time working with Powershell, Hyper-V, SCVMM and Orchestrator one of the by-products is that my library of functions and modules keeps growing. Recently one of my fellow MVPs needed a simple method to determine the Dynamic Memory Demand one of his Virtual Machines was issuing.

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AD Delegation Control using PowerShell

One of the most annoying thing’s which I have witnessed over the years of running our AD environment is that over a long duration of time, lots of difference Administrators will come and go. Despite the fact that one might have documented standards, and clear processes on how to implement a solution, every one had a better option, yet when they find that this exercise needs to be repeated multiple times over the course of their work, more and more short cuts appear to be taken, which results in solutions been implemented in a non-standard fashion.

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The Road to SC 2012

I am sure some of you have already begun to think about how you are going to implement and deploy your new 2012 infrastructure; I certainly have been considering this for the last few month’s, mainly due to the fact that one of my responsibilities in a TAP program is to get some real world testing of the solution while balancing this with the business impact of running Beta (and sometimes earlier) code in a live workplace.

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Orchestrator Runbook Parameters in C#

So you came back for more, welcome!

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Starting an Orchestrator Runbook with C#

Ok, the last trip was fun, we quickly learned how to use VS to query the ODATA interface, by building a next Service Reference class for us. Then we took it a step further and added to this a class of our own, to help us reduce any code repetition, and then finally used these in our program to display back a list of Runbooks on the server.

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Orchestrator, C# and Runbooks

At this point of the game, we have a pretty good feel for using the Designer, and we also have been playing with the new Silverlight console to play around with the runbook’s, but now its time to get even more curious with the ODATA Service’s. If you have been watching the blogs and webcasts; some demo’s of using the Excel Pivot tables have been created to show off the power of this service, with very little effort needed to take advantage.

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What’s in your Hyper-V?

One of the greatest advantages of my job is working directly with some of the finest talent’s within Microsoft, and the technology community around the globe. If we consider that fact that we are now also on the cusp of a brand new wave of technology announcements, we are going have a lot of interesting stuff to speak about.

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Orchestrator CEP July Winner!

Holy Crap, Just 6 weeks of playing with this fantastic tool, and I just find out that I have scored the gold and been awarded the July winner for the CEP Competition.

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F5 IP for Orchestrator hits Beta

This evening I have the pleasure of updating CodePlex with the latest code for my Integration Pack for the F5 Load Balancer. This drop gets us all the way to Beta status, with no issues reported against my own testing, or the users whom have already downloaded the Alpha code posted just 2 weeks ago.

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