Programming Windows, 6th Edition eBook–Available Now

Charles Petzold is returning with a 6th edition of his Programming Windows book, this time focused on Windows 8. XAML, WinRT, MVVM and other Windows 8 specific topics. His last update to this series was 1998. If you’ve been putting off learning the WPF/Silverlight/WinRT style of application building via XAML, O’Reilly has a great deal…

Microsoft Datacenter Tour

So Today was a good day! I am right now sitting in the San Antonio airport waiting on a flight back home to Denver, but earlier today I got a chance to take a tour of the Microsoft Datacenter in the area! This opportunity was part of a joint event between Catapult Systems and Microsoft…

Why don’t the CPU totals match on the diagnostic in Health Explorer for OpsMgr? (#SCOM, #SYSCTR)

Background: Operations Manager has a feature which alerts which a monitor has exceeded a certain threshold for processor utilization and processor queue. If you use Health Explorer you can see what processes were occurring when the processor went to an unhealthy state. I discussed this concept and other Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) in a Windows…

Public Sector Dynamics Win

Our Federal practice just closed a huge deal resulting in $160,000 new CRM licenses for a government entity. Way to go, Federal! The client wanted to replace the legal case management system that they used for Correspondence Tracking. Their primary concern was integration with Outlook to simplify the end user’s interaction with the application and…

Rush Enterprises Drives Dramatic IT Performance Increase with System Center

Today’s Win story highlights our San Antonio infrastructure practice. Watch the video to see more! Rush Enterprises Drives Dramatic IT Performance Increase with System Center ​Rush Enterprises operates the largest network of heavy and medium-duty truck dealerships in North America and a construction equipment dealership in Houston, Texas. Struggling to support a growing organization and…

Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 released

Yesterday Microsoft released Rollup 1 for System Center 2012. SC 2012 RU1 RU1 includes fixes/features for VMM, App controller, and Operations Manager.  For OpsManager it’s notable that support for Solaris 11 Cross Platform agents was added.  While Microsoft is titling the KB Update Rollup 1 for System Center, there are separate download links if you…