Private Cloud Lab – Part 1

It has been 2 weeks since the new lab server was built and I wanted to share the up-to-now configuration of my Private Cloud Lab. The ultimate goal of this lab environment is to learn and demonstrate the following elements of the private cloud dynamic datacenter, Self Service, Automation and Orchestration. The lab has been…

OpsMgr Dashboard Integration: Lessons learned – dashboard technologies and when to use each

Based upon the discussions in this article, the core question still stands – what dashboard technologies should I use and when? The first step is to identify the actual dashboard requirements for the organization: “We want dashboards” – isn’t quite sufficient for requirements. Specifically we’re looking for items like:   1) The goal is to…

OpsMgr (#SCOM) CU installation extracts but fails to install

As most everyone knows in the OpsMgr community Kevin Holman has an excellent article on the various CU installations including the one on CU5: http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2011/08/03/opsmgr-2007-r2-cu5-rollup-hotfix-ships-and-my-experience-installing-it.aspx  We ran into an issue which I did not see discussed in his article however – or to be more clear – his article told us what we had to…

Starting to install the System Center Cloud Service Process Pack Beta #SCOM #SCSM

I spent some time today working on installation of the System Center Cloud Service Process Pack beta (available for download at: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=27844. Since I already had a functional System Center 2012 RC environment I had high hopes that this would not take a long time for installation. I ran into a few challenges – I’m…

Inside Central Podcast Network-Dan Kregor, Pete Zerger, Kerrie Meyler and Cameron Fuller

Dan and a plethora of the OpsMgr (#SCOM) MVP’s had a good discussion on OpsMgr last night which hit the web today (unscripted and unedited!). Highlights included updates to OpsMgr 2012 around APM, cross-platform, dashboards and more! The podcast is available at: http://insidepodcastnetwork.tv/show/ic14/. Here’s the summary from Dan: “Pete and Dan are joined by Kerrie…