Monday, January 23, 2012

Windows Anti-Virus Exclusion List

One place on the web where you can find an updated list of ALL the AV exclusions you might want to configure for Windows Server.

Friday, January 20, 2012

DPM 2012 Release Candidate available

This week Microsoft released the RC version of DPM2012. The RC was released as part of the Private Cloud Management Suit. This is Microsoft next step in offering a ‘all-in-one’ cloud solution, based on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 8 and System Center.

During this web cast Microsoft launched their Private Cloud Management Suit. In this session you will see how all System Center products come to getter in one suit that allows to manage your private cloud.


The Private Cloud Management Suit includes:

System Center 2012 App Controller

Provides a common self-service experience across private and public clouds that can help you empower application owners to easily build, configure, deploy, and manage new services.

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Provides comprehensive configuration management for the Microsoft platform that can help you empower users with the devices and applications they need to be productive while maintaining corporate compliance and control
System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager provides unified data protection for Windows servers and clients that can help you deliver scalable, manageable, and cost-effective protection and restore scenarios from disk, tape, and off premise
System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Built on System Center Configuration Manager, provides industry-leading threat detection of malware and exploits as part of a unified infrastructure for managing client security and compliance that can help you simplify and improve endpoint protection
System Center 2012 Operations Manager

Provides deep application diagnostics and infrastructure monitoring that can help you ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications and offers a comprehensive view of your datacenter, private, and public clouds.

System Center 2012 Orchestrator Provides orchestration, integration, and automation of IT processes through the creation of run books that can help you to define and standardize best practices and improve operational efficiency.
System Center 2012 Service Manager

Provides flexible self-service experiences and standardized datacenter processes that can help you integrate people, workflows, and knowledge across enterprise infrastructure and applications.

System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Provides virtual machine management and services deployment with support for multi-hypervisor environments that can help you deliver a flexible and cost effective private cloud environment.

System Center 2012 Unified Installer
Starting this release  Microsoft introduced one installer for all System Center (Cloud) management products the System Center 2012 Unified Installer. With the Unified Installer it's possible to install all System Center products as once, without the need to install a single product multiple times. That way products can be installed quicker and less screens are needed to install them.


You run the Unified Installer to deploy System Center 2012 components. After you select a System Center 2012 component to install, the Unified Installer prompts you for the prerequisites that the component requires. Then, the Unified Installer installs the component and its prerequisites.


The licensing for the new System Center 2012 product suite will be fully renewed. The current System Center 2010 suite contains 110 licensing items. Where the new SC 2012 will only have 2 license types. , That is for the whole suite of SC products!

  • License required only for endpoints being managed. No additional licenses are needed for management servers or SQL Server technology.
  • Consistent licensing model across editions. Processor-based license, covering up to two
    processors for server management. User- or OSE-license for client management.
  • All server management licenses (SMLs) include the same components and the ability to manage any workload. System Center 2012 SMLs will be released in two editions differentiated by virtualization rights only:

  • Datacenter: Maximizes cloud capacity with unlimited virtualization for high density private clouds
  • Standard: For lightly or non-virtualized private cloud workloads.
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    Full details: Licensing & Pricing Datasheet

    The release candidate versions of all the Microsoft System center products are now available for download. Start here.

    More to read

  • Download the Microsoft Private Cloud Whitepaper
  • The Microsoft Private Cloud web site
  • Using the System Center 2012 Unified Installer
  • System Center 2012 Gets Generous Licensing Changes
  • Licensing & Pricing Datasheet
  • More to watch

  • Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud
  • Video: Thought Leadership Series – Enabling Private Cloud
  • Monday, January 16, 2012

    Articles on disaster recovery (as a Service)

    My Conclusion FIT colleague Marcel van den Berg has created a posting to collect links to articles on disaster recovery and disaster recovery as a service.

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    Friday, January 13, 2012

    How does DPM choose which tape to use First.

    DPM will use free tapes before it uses expired tapes. The thinking is that once you overwrite an expired tape, it can no longer be used for recovery, so DPM favors using free tapes first. DPM always pull tapes from the highest slot number first, so a free tape in slot 8 will be used before a free tape in slot 2.
    (DPM forum by Mike J)

    Friday, January 6, 2012

    How to Troubleshoot Tape Library Sharing Configuration Issues in DPM 2010

    A TechNet post about everything you need to consider when sharing a tape library in DPM.

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