A Must Course for Every IT Pro

ITIL may sound as a boring topic but I cannot stress enough how important is. It is not needed to know it to the detail you just need to know enough to do your work which depends on your position. There is a ITIL course on the MVA titled System Center 2012 R2: ITIL for IT Pros which is the right amount of ITIL information to get started and very good presented. Even though I am ITIL certified I’ve still watched it as there is always something new and useful you can learn. Check it out as soon as you can.

TechEd 2013 North America Hands-On Labs are available

Microsoft released the Hands-On labs from TechEd 2013 North America publically. You can go to Channel 9 website and start these small labs in order to get a grasp on certain features. There are even some labs with Windows Server 2012 R2. Access them from here.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: System Center 2012 SP1 Extensibility

Five more videos from MVA about advanced functions in System Center 2012 SP1. These videos cover Operations Manager and Service Manager components:

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Migration to Windows Server 2012

If you are in the path to Windows Server 2012 migration MVA just published videos for you. The course is still not available on MVA site but you can watch the videos:

Book Review: Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V: Deploying Hyper-V Enterprise Server Virtualization Platform

These days I’ve managed to get my hands on another Hyper-V book and review it. These book reviews aim to give you more insight so you can make your mind if this book is for you.

The books starts at a very basic level by explaining what is Virtualization and the basic concepts of Hyper-V. After that as usual there is a chapter for planning, designing and implementing so you can  get a grasp on the basic features of Hyper-V. The third chapter is for Hyper-V Replica which is a very popular feature since the release of Hyper-V 3.0. Network and Storage have their own chapters as there are a lot of improvements there. Unfortunately in the Network chapter there is not detailed information about Network Virtualization (NVGRE) which is becoming very popular topic. PowerShell is implemented in every enterprise Microsoft product and because of that the author of the book hasn’t missed to place a chapter about automation with PowerShell. The next three chapters include more advanced content. You can find a chapter on how to use VMM 2012 to manage Hyper-V, a chapter on how to achieve high availability with Hyper-V and a chapter with best practices for securing Hyper-V. The last chapter that you will find in the book is about Backup and Recovery. It is interesting how in real world topic like Backup and Recover is also left last Smile. It may not be the most attractive part of Hyper-V and servers in general but it is something that we should take care good.

As a summary the book aims not so much to show you how to configure a certain feature but more to explain you the capabilities of Hyper-V in order to get most of them in your specific environment. I would recommend the book to engineers who just start to work with Hyper-V 3.0, to engineers who had little experience with Hyper-V 2.0 and now are facing the challenge to migrate to 3.0 and at last but not least to engineers who have been working with “the other guys” and now are converting to Hyper-V 3.0. If you think this book is for you can find in one of the following stores: