Archive for January, 2011

One of the things i like in IT is the design and architecture of a ecosystem, even if you are only responsible for one little part of that system it still invites a challenge that you have to get your piece perfect and interoperate with the other pieces of the jigsaw without impact.

A difficult challenge sometimes especially due to various layers of sophisticated integration that can exist.

For Example we had to design an infrastructure to support 80,000 users on exchange.

In ireland this is not a common occurrence and usually up to MCS.

Here in lies the challenge…

Let me introduce the IPD guides (

if you are not using them …. i would seriously reconsider…

They contain best practice information and will help you design and architect a solution that will be reliable and scalable.

Please take time to review the IPD guides they will definitely help in design Microsoft solutions and as we know every little helps!


Its a question that is asked a lot by customers and one i have definitely found clouded due to the reputation of the previous product OCS 2007 R1 / R2. In my personal opinion, Lync is enterprise ready but i am only one person Smile So i did some research and came across a very interesting link which have tested and tried to stress the Lync system. Here is the link to the post

Now as i said in my opinion yes it is enterprise ready and is a real alternative to the a traditional pbx or ip pbx. I noticed this on the beta builds, the voice quality alone had improved so much i would not have none i was on a lync system if i had not been told and that was in BETA! now its in rtm with the bugs worked out (well as much as you can!)

What also is interesting to drive this product into the enterprise pbx space, is that telephony more often than not is falling into the responsibility of the it team to maintain. if you still lucky to have facilities doing it than well done but at the end of the day, they are maintain separate systems, maintenance contracts etc… to keep this up which at the end of the day is an extra cost. Lync can sit on the IT infrastructure can be managed and monitored by the IT Team, users can be provisioned during the process of creation reducing specialist costs. No special handsets are required as they can use their laptop / pc (and why not as most people are used to using skype/msn/google chat nowadays even exec’s) and finally you have the scalability and flexibility or the platform.

If it is your time to replace the companies PBX, Lync certainly should be on your list to review as a SERIOUS competitor.  Imagine being able to virtualize your PBX hardware and provider EASY disaster recovery for it, with very simple tools to drive it and no specialists required.

Hi All,

We have a community event coming up on the 24th Feb in the Guinness Store House.

This is being hosted by the Windows User Group (which I help manage)

Here is the link if you are interested in registering for the event

All  the details are on the web page but in short we have 3 tracks covering Cloud, Systems Management and Deployment

All 3 will have breakout sessions running in parallel so you can pick and choose the sessions you want to attend.

And there may even be a pint of Guinness after the event 😀

I highly encourage you to take some time to attend the event as we have experts from our MVP community, Microsoft Staff & Industry Leading folk to talk and answer any and all questions you might have.

It would be great to meet you all again there!

This event is free of charge, all we require is your time J

Very interesting issue on this to which i am still trying to isolate why it happens.

i rebuilt 15 servers in lab today and decided to script the enablement of hyper-v with start /w ocsetup Microsoft-Hyper-V

i got the prompt to reboot and then off it went installing hyper-v

I went looking for the hyper-v manager icon to import some VM’s but i could not find it!!

i went into server manager and it said the role was not installed … starting to get confused here

so i decided to uninstall hyper-v using the command line…

start /w ocsetup Microsoft-Hyper-V uninstall

reboot the servers as part of the process and re add it with the server manager gui….

and hey presto all better Smile

strange one…..

How to virtualize SBS

This is something i am coming across alot lately and i taught i would share some information which i think is valuable

So first of all yes you should virtualize SBS, it makes alot of sense for multiple different reasons….

So lets start with the basics….

and here is the good news… if you buy SBS Standard you get rights to install Windows 2008 R2 Standard and you are still entitled to the one virtual OSE now that is cool!  if you buy SBS Premium you get 2

if you look at the attached diagram you will see you should install the base sbs on the parent partition and the applications in the virtual environment (after you enable the hyper-v component)

This options up plenty of really interesting oppurtunities to give customers virtualization in a small business that doesnt freak them out as they can see a familiar interface in windows 🙂

Its something we have been doing a long time…. and i think its the best practice way of deploying SBS