System Center 2012 for VMware Infrastructure

"This session highlights how to manage VMware using Microsoft technologies. Virtual Machine Manager 2012 gives you the ability to manage heterogeneous hypervisor. This session includes: managing VMware infrastructure in VMM 2012 SP1 environment, importing VMware Templates into VMM, utilizing Dynamic Optimization for VMware Hosts, cloud creation for VMware hosts and deploying a service template on VMware".

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Are you GTD?

Are you Getting Things Done? If you're not sure, I'd like to suggest you listen in as Merlin Mann explains how and why David Allen's Getting Things Done [GTD] has made such an impact for him and caught on with so many.

Tune in to the Back To Work podcast (episode 97) to hear Dan Benjamin and Merlin discuss GTD, and compare it with Paleo diet and Buddhism of all things. Dan and Merlin talk about a lot of other things first, so fast forward to 1:30:00 to get right to the good stuff.  

Local Hill Climb

I recently stumbled across a new (at least new to me) feature on

Courses appear to be selections of maps or routes that mapmyride members can highlight for friendly competition. For example, on part of the route I ride if/when I commute on my bike, there's a nice little hill climb that starts near our local bike shop. So I decided to try out this routes idea and share it with you here.

Have you tried the Microsoft Private Cloud yet?

 Download Windows Server 2012

Download Windows Server 2012

 Download System Center 2012

Download System Center 2012

If you haven't yet downloaded and tried out the new Microsoft Private Cloud a.k.a. Windows Server 2012 (with Hyper-V 3.0) and System Center 2012 (now available as SP1 Beta) ... what are you waiting for?

Would you like some more help to know how to get started with these downloads? Then check out for more free resources on how to setup the server and get familiar with Hyper-V. And of course, I'd be happy to hear what you're interested in, working on, or if there's a question you have on how this is all supposed to work.

Performance Monitoring Improvements in Windows Server 2012

The following exceprt is found in the newly re-release eBook Introducing Windows Server 2012 (thanks once again Marnix for sharing useful content). I'm interested to see how ETW and similar enhancements in Windows Server 2012 enable performance or other improvements in System Center's infrastructure and application monitoring.

Performance Monitoring Improvements in Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 exposes more Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) data providers and performance items than Windows Server 2008 R2. With this exposure comes the vital need for the IT professional to know which datasets are relevant to their specific monitoring situation. It's not feasible nor appropriate to just gather everything, for system monitoring has in it a touch of physics … a modified Heisenberg uncertainty principle is afoot; One cannot monitor a system without impacting it to some degree. To how much of a degree is at question. Finely tuned data collector sets by Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL; see can be used by the IT professional to ensure they are only gathering the data necessary to their problem set, so as to not negatively impact system performance too heavily while monitoring or baselining systems.
One advantage to using ETW data providers rather than performance counter object items is that ETW providers come from the kernel itself typically, rather than coming from user mode measurements. What this means is that the data from ETW data providers is more accurate and more reliable and also puts a lower load on the system. ETW logging is unlikely to suffer from missing data sets due to high system load as well. Look for guidance on which items to collect though before diving in; ETL tracing can grow log files quickly.
Jeff Stokes
Platforms PFE