InstallShield in Action Video: How to Simplify Multi-Tier Installations

If you’re developing installations for complex server applications, this video can help. It walks through the process with InstallShield for packaging and deploying multi-tier applications. It shows a step-by-step demonstration of these key capabilities and more: The template for packaging multi-tier applications How to assign various packages to different tiers Options for server configuration specific to tiers, whether a single server or divided among servers Watch it today to make it easier to deploy your complex applications to a single setup.exe. What tips do you have for complex installations? InstallShield® is the world’s leading Windows installation development solution. InstallShield is…

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Webinar: Understanding CM2012 Boundaries

1E has a webinar coming up tomorrow, presented by Mike Terrill, that will cover Configuration Manager 2012 Boundaries. Here’s full details: Would you like to learn how to best meet your business requirements and make efficient use of your network infrastructure for your System Center 2012 Configuration Manager deployment? In System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, a boundary is a network...

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TheDesktopTeam Classroom – SCCM2012-SQL Server

Hi All, on this video video about SCCM2012R2 we’ll be talking about SQL Server The video was recorded at 1920 × 1080, so full screen recommended. To download the video, right click as save as here and here for the slides. I hope you’ll enjoy and if you have any questions, please contact us or twit your question to @TheDesktopTeam and we’ll try to answer as soon as we can.

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/thedesktopteam-classroom-sccm2012-sql-server/

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Cloud OS MVP Roadshow 2014 – Sydney

If you haven’t heard about it already, the Cloud OS MVP Roadshow, a worldwide event hosted by Microsoft, will come to Sydney in August 2014. I will be speaking there alongside other MVPs about how to get you away from that old, stinking, legacy Windows Server 2003, to the new, shiny, with a smell of roses Windows Server 2012 R2. If you are from the Sydney, Australia area and want to join for these couple of sessions, head over to https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032592489&Culture=en-AU&community=1 and register for the event. IT’S COMPLETELY FREE! Here is another good write-up about previous Cloud OS Roadshow events: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/story/Cloud%20OS%20MVP%20Roadshow-20140324162819 Looking forward to seeing you in Sydney! -David

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SQL Server NTFS Cluster Size

If you are using Windows Server drives dedicated for SQL Server database files, did you know that the NTFS cluster size should be 64KB? The reason that SQL Server prefers 64KB NTFS cluster size, this happens to correspond to the way SQL Server allocates storage. One page = 8K, and SQL Server allocates an Extent, […]

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Oracle Database Licensing and VMware Cluster DRS Host Affinity Rules

By Chris Hughes Oracle Database installations in production environments are normally licensed using the Oracle Processor license model, which for Oracle Database Enterprise Edition is based on the number of physical processor cores in the server on which the software is running. For an overview of Oracle Database licensing, I recommend to read this blog series. A growing proportion of Oracle Database installations now run in virtual environments. Leading server virtualization providers offer the ability to cluster together multiple physical servers, and to move virtual machines between servers as needed for resource balancing and high availability. As recently as 2010,…

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