Performance tests for Windows Server 2012 in Azure vs. a Hyper-V based Private cloud (#Azure, #SYSCTR, #SCOM)

One of my initial interests when I started blogging was using performance testing to determine optimal configurations (one of my first posts discussed performance of SCSI versus IDE disk configurations in Virtual Server 2005). I thought recently that it would be interesting to see how a Windows Server 2012 virtual performs in Windows Azure versus…

Catapult Systems Cloud Services

It occurred to me that I have not touted the newest Business Unit within Catapult Systems, my company (well I wish it was MY Company, but I do work for them). We started a new Cloud Services Unit the first of this year to focus on Microsoft Cloud Services, Office 365, Intune, CRM Online and…

App V v5 Client Deployment within SCCM 2012

  AppV v5 Sp1 is the newest release of Microsoft’s Application virtualization software. The below will walk through the needed prerequisites for installing the AppV Client and also screen shot the needed steps to deploy AppV 5 within SCCM. Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (Full Package) (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17718) Windows PowerShell 3.0 (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34595) NOTE Installing PowerShell 3.0 requires…

SCCM 2012 and USMT v5 in place refresh

  USMT v5 Usage within SCCM 2012 Sp1 Task sequences USMT allows for multiple scenarios when implementing: In place refresh Offline Mode (USMT running within WinPE) SMP My obviously favorites are In place and Offline. I like the option of allowing for a streamlined approach to support calls, if for example, a support call takes…