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New video on File Classification Infrastructure

 :: Posted by John Savill on 04-28-2013

Data classification is a huge topic in the industry right now and many people are not aware of the great in-box feature, File Classification Infrastructure that has been available in Windows Server since 2008 R2. In this video I walk through the basics of using FCI.

http://youtu.be/rIVTyuVGDyA.

 

Updated my YouTube channel

 :: Posted by John Savill on 04-26-2013

Finally updated the channel to the new YouTube format and think it looks pretty good. Look out for lots more content very soon. http://www.youtube.com/NTFAQGuy.

Four new articles posted on WindowsITPro.com

 :: Posted by John Savill on 04-23-2013

http://windowsitpro.com/hyper-v/windows-server-2012-hyperv-getting-started – Getting started with Hyper-V (a good start for clients not sure about Hyper-V). Includes a video.

http://windowsitpro.com/windows-server-2012/windows-server-2012-installation-options – Configuration Levels (Server Core) in Windows Server 2012. Also a side article on the history of Server Core at http://windowsitpro.com/windows-server-2008/server-core-past . Includes a video.

http://windowsitpro.com/windows-server-2012/windows-server-2012-storage-live-migration – Storage Live Migration overview. Includes a video.

http://windowsitpro.com/system-center-2012/what-s-new-system-center-2012-service-manager-sp1 – Service Manager 2012 SP1 overview which includes using the Service Catalog.

Happy reading!!!!

New video on maintaining a VM template with Hyper-V

 :: Posted by John Savill on 04-16-2013

VMTempalteVideologoPosted a new video on maintaining a VM template for use with Hyper-V without using offline tools (which I already have another video outlining at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOUlW2bJnK0)

Find the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dddszeRHpM.

Hyper-V Replica article in Windows IT Pro live

 :: Posted by John Savill on 04-16-2013

Just wanted to let everyone know my Hyper-V Replica article is live in the April Windows IT Pro magazine at http://www.windowsitpro-edition.com/windowsitpro/201304.

hypervrepart1  hypervrepart2

It’s also available online for general reading at http://windowsitpro.com/hyper-v/using-windows-server-2012-hyper-v-replica.

Enjoy!!!!

Understanding how Microsoft products make each other better!

 :: Posted by John Savill on 04-16-2013

I was recently looking to understand the various benefits Microsoft products/services bring to each other. I wanted this to help my customers get the most out of the Microsoft solutions they already owned by maximizing the value they brought to each other but also to help see how other solutions may not only bring value in their own right but enhance their existing solutions.

My first thought was to create a spreadsheet of the various benefits and I quickly ended up with a spreadsheet with nearly 100 entries (which was in no way complete) and looked a little like the below. This was clearly not very effective.

MBT in excel

MBT in excel

My next thought was to take these relationships and plot them all out in Visio which gave me the output below. Still not that friendly.

Relationships in Visio form

Relationships in Visio form

Visio did at least help me work out the best way to layout the products based on the relationships so next I tried manually creating a picture and this did kind of work and actually becomes the basis of my later application main page.

A nicer way to see the relationships between products.

A nicer way to see the relationships between products.

But then how do I show the actual specific benefits between products. I started a basic Windows 8 application, Microsoft Better Together (MBT), that allowed you to click on a product to see the actual specific relationship detail. Originally this was just a static picture for each product but this was impractical but you get the idea.

First MBT Alpha main page

First MBT Alpha main page

First MBT Alpha Hyper-V page

First MBT Alpha Hyper-V page

I’m happy to say I carried on the application and now have a version in the store with an initial screen as shown below in addition to product detail of not just the benefits but also basic descriptions and licensing information.

The current MBT application in the store.

The current MBT application in the store.

You can find the application in the Windows Store just by searching for Savill or the direct link is http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-US/app/microsoft-better-together/e6f68479-7da7-477b-87d9-6849b6cf6754.

mbtsearch

Then just install and I would love to hear what you think about it. The application will run an introduction video when you run it for the first time.

mbtstoremain