Month: July 2014

Monitoring Office365 from SCOM

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Microsoft released today a managment pack to monitor Office365 from System Center Operations Manager. The MP is available from here –> http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=43708 In order to setup the monitor you first need a global administrator account in the subscribtion account. You can do it…

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Netscaler TCP profile nstcp_default_xa_xd_profile

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Netscaler has the ability to use something called TCP profiles, which allows “non-TCP” experts to customize the Netscaler based upon what application is being used or what kind of network is be used or devices that are accessing the service. Now this might…

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Storefront monitor not working properly for HTTPS services in 10.5

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Now I just recently became aware from Twitter that the 10.5 Netscaler monitor for Storefront is not working properly for HTTPS enabled Storefront servers.   The problem with the monitor is that it uses an IP based check (and not a hostname based…

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Citrix Connector for System Center Configuration manager 7.5 walkthrough

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Earlier today, Citrix released their updated System Center Configuration Manager connector to XenDesktop 7.5. It can be downloaded from here –> http://www.citrix.com/downloads/xendesktop/product-software/xendesktop-and-xenapp-75-connector-for-sccm.html note that it requires an mycitrix account in order to download it. So what does it do ? well a couple…

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Veeam Management pack for Hyper-V and Vmware walktrough

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Yesterday, Veeam released their new management pack which for the first time includes support for both Vmware and Hyper-V. Now I have gotten a lot of questions regarding (Why have Hyper-V monitoring if Microsoft has it ?) well Veeam’s pack has alot more…

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Setup Management pack for SQL 2012 with Operations Manager

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Now Microsoft recently released their new management pack for SQL Server, which included new dashboard views for SQL administrators. Now this is nice and it gives a clear overview of the current configuration and what’s happening at the time. Now it supports most…

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Dell VRTX and disk management

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Dell introduced their new VRTX platform last year. For those who haven’t heard about VRTX it it was the start of fully-converged hardware solutions from Dell. Its a nifty piece of hardware which allows for up to 4 nodes and 25 harddrives to…

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Configuring Front-end optimization with Citrix Netscaler

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One of the new features in Netscaler 10.5 is called Front-End optimization (which actually is part of Netscaler enterprise and +) which allows Netscaler to optimize the HTTP traffic which is headed back to the client. Now let us take a look at…

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Netscaler 10.5 review

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Now since the release of 10.5 I have been able to test alot of the new features in the latest release. Citrix has also released new versions of Insight and Endpoint clients for Windows & Mac to match the new release. The upgrades…

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Task sequences best practices Configuration Manager 2012

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Microsoft has recently released a document series which contain best practices for task sequences with Configuration Manager 2012 R2. This series goes trough a step-by-step in all the different steps in a task sequence. For all IT-pros working with task sequences I suggest…

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