This Blog Gets another Facelift

It has been 7 years since I started blogging here. As the technology progresses, I have changed the theme and the blog title few times to make sure it is still relevant and reflecting what my main focus are. The last time I updated the look-and-feel of this blog was back n July 2014 – almost 3 years ago. Over the last year or so, I am not particularly happy with how my blog looks. By having the phrase ‘System Center’ as part of the blog title, it makes me feel being antique, not to mention like many other folks

Upcoming Webinar on OpsMgr and OMS

Two of my good MVP buddies Dieter Wijckmans (@DieterWijckmans) and Thomas Maurer (@ThomasMaurer) will get together and deliver an online webinar sponsored by Savision (@Savision) . The topic is: Combining Monitoring & Analytics with SCOM and OMS. It is scheduled on Thursday 22nd of June 4PM CEST | 10AM EDT | 9AM CDT. If you are interested in SCOM and OMS, I strongly recommend you to register and attend. You can find more information in the registration page HERE

New Blogger in the Family

I have been blogging for six and half years and to this moment, I’m still enjoying it. Few months ago my better half has decided to start blogging as well. Although my partner also works in IT as a project manager, her real passions are photography and cooking. She has decided to start a blog focused on food and recipes. By doing this, not only she gets to create her favorite dishes, she also gets to take pictures too. Then there was a lot of preparation to get her started. I helped her registered her chosen domain name, got a

Speaking at ExpertsLive Australia in April

As many of you may already know, the legendary System Center Universe franchise has been merged with ExpertsLive, which is also a popular community event over in Europe. As the result, the upcoming SCU Australia has been renamed to ExpertsLive Australia. Unlike last year, instead of just an one-day event, it is going to be a two day event, with 3 tracks: Cloud, Data Center and Enterprise Client Management. ExpertsLive Australia 2017 is going to be held at Crown Promenade Melbourne on 6th and 7th of April. I will co-present 2 sessions with my friend and MVP veteran Pete Zerger

Blog Site Recovered–Finally

If you are a regular visitor of this blog, you may have noticed that this blog has been down since last Thursday, and I’ve only been able to get it back online few hours ago (Monday afternoon my time). The downtime was caused by the server which is hosting my blog. My hoster couldn’t recover the sever, and ended up restored my site from the backup (that they took  on 24th April, which was 3 weeks ago). Due to the hoster’s lack of ability to maintain my site, I have lost 3 weeks of data (2 most recent blog posts,

Gadget Show Off: My Presentation and Recording Equipment for Surface Pro 4

OK, it’s Friday night, I feel like writing something on this blog. But after couple of glasses of wine, and I don’t really want to write anything technical that requires too much brain power. So I picked an easy topic for tonight. I have been using a Creative Sound Blaster Bluetooth Pre-Amp and a lapel microphone to record my in-person community presentations. Based on my experience, the recording quality from that device is very average. Last weekend, after I recorded my presentation at Global Azure Bootcamp, I have decided to ditch it and look for a better solution. Over the

Upcoming Webinar – Capacity Planning using OMS and OpsLogix Capacity Report MP

As a follow up to my recent blog post Capacity Planning – OMS Vs. OpsLogix Capacity Reports MP, I will be teaming up with the OpsLogix team and deliver a webinar next week. In this webinar, I will demonstrate how to utilize the OMS Capacity Planning Solution as well as the OpsLogix Capacity Reports MP to forecast your infrastructure fabric consumption. The webinar is going to take place on Wednesday 3rd February, 21:00 UTC. You can find more details about this webinar on OpsLogix’s webiste: http://www.opslogix.com/capacity-planning-webcast/ This is a free webinar, only limited spots available. If you are interested in

Presenting in System Center Universe Asia Pacific Events

As you may have already heard, the biggest System Center community event System Center Universe (SCU) is coming to Melbourne this year. SCU APAC will host a 2-day event in KL, Malaysia followed by a 1-day event in Melbourne. The Malaysian event will be hosted on Tuesday and Wednesday 8th-9th March and the Melbourne event will be hosted on Friday 11th March at Crown Casino. There will be many Cloud & Data Center MVPs, Hyper-V MVPs including many international speakers attending both events. The session information will be published soon, but let me assure you that attendees will not be

Upcoming Community Speaking Events for January 2016

I am going to speak at 2 community events in January 2016. On 8pm Wednesday 13th Jan (Dutch time, which is going to be 6am Thursday Melbourne time), I am presenting a session on OMS Alerting and Alert Remediation in a webinar hosted by Windows Management User Group Netherlands (WMUG NL). Since it is a free webinar, everyone can register. If you are interested, you can find the registration details here: http://wmug.nl/2015/12/23/wmug-nl-webinar-1-january-13th-2016-introduction-to-oms-alerting-hosted-by-tao-yang/ On 6pm Tuesday 19th Jan (Melbourne local time), I am presenting a session on how to write your own PowerShell modules for SMA and Azure Automation at the

System Center Universe 2016 North America Arrives After New Year

As the holiday season is fast approaching, 2015 has only around 10 days left. The first big System Center community event in 2016 would probably be System Center Universe North America, which is going to take place at Dallas, Taxes. As you may or may not know, System Center Universe was originally started by my friend and fellow CDM MVP Cameron Fuller few years ago. As Cameron is currently busy organising this event, he has asked us to help him spread the words. I’m more than happy to do so because in my opinion, the System Center Universe “franchise” would

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