This Concludes My Year 2014

It is one day away from the holiday season of the year. And I have worked HARD over the last few days so I can post my last technical post for the year 2014 before holidays. First of all, I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 2014 has been a fantastic year for me. Here are some of the highlights for me in 2014: I’ve been awarded as a Microsoft System Center Cloud and Data Center Management MVP for the first time in 1st July 2014. This is truly my biggest accomplishment of the year.

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What Have I Been Up To

This blog has been a bit quiet lately. This is because I have been very busy, and it’s just all the things I’ve been working on have not been eventuated yet. I just want to quickly post a short update here to share some information with everyone. ConfigMgr 2012 Client Management Pack Update I have spent the last couple of weeks updating the ConfigMgr 2012 Client Management Pack. I thought it would only take me few days but it turned out it has taken a lot longer than what I expected (2 solid weeks with over 10 hours each day

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This Blog Gets A Major Facelift

I have kept the same theme on this WordPress blog since day 1. It has been 4 years and I started getting sick of it. Especially that picture of an old iPhone on the top of the page. I finally got around to update the theme today. I’ve also changed the site title to a more suitable one: “Tao Yang’s System Center Blog”. Special thanks to my wife – The background picture was taken by her using her Nikon D90 in Fiji few years ago. Bye bye to the old look, Sometimes I wish there are more artistic gene in

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An Alternative for Surface Pro Docking Stations

I bought my Surface Pro 2 last November – third week after it was released in Australia. I only got it on the third week because I was on holidays in China when it was released and all the resellers ran out of stock when I came back. I also bought a type cover 2 the same time. I really wanted to get the power cover and the docking station, but they weren’t released back then. I thought I’d get the type cover for now and get the power cover and the docking station when they became available in Australia.

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MVP Award

Last night, I got an email from Microsoft and I have received the MVP Award for System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management. I’m so excited and honoured that I have been presented this wonderful award. I started blogging in this blog 4 years ago because I thought I have learnt a lot from the community and I have something to share. I still remember the day when I sat on the couch setting up this blog while watching South Africa FIFA World Cup back in 2010. now 4 years later, I received this award during Brazil World Cup 2014 .

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System Center 2012 R2 Icons

A while ago I extracted the icons from each System Center 2012 R2 products so I can use them in various Visio diagrams, PowerPoint presentations and Word documents. Yesterday I dug it out to use one of the icons. I thought other people may want to use them too. So here’s the zip file containing these icons (in both ico and png format): System Center 2012 R2 Icons Note: I found an online ico to png converter, so each icon has been converted to different sizes of png files to something like this:

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My 2 Cents to the TechNet Subscription

If you have been to my blog before, you probably own or at least know what a TechNet subscription is. And you probably have heard about that Microsoft recently announced that they are retiring this offering. So far the responses within broader IT community towards this are overwhelming. Personally, I believe there is a very healthy IT community for various Microsoft technologies. People (including those MVP’s) help each other out, share their knowledge and experiences. That’s why I felt that I have learned a lot from the community and decided to start this blog 3 years ago to contribute something

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I’m Now a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Private Cloud

Yesterday, I completed the last exam: 70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012. With all the previous exams that I took over last few months, I’m now a MCSE: Private Cloud. Being technical in I.T industry means I always have to keep myself up to date with the latest technologies and certifications. 2012 in particular has been very busy for me. Firstly, I became a dad in June, 2012. Secondly, we can all recall how many products that Microsoft has released in 2012! I started studying and preparing for exams around March, April 2012 during my

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My Home Test Lab – Part 2

This is the part 2 of my 2-part series on how my home test lab is configured. Part 1 can be found here. In this second part, I’m going to talk about my previous experience with vyatta virtual router appliance and how I replaced vyatta with CentOS. Disclaimer: The content of this article is purely based on my personal experience and opinions. I have absolutely no intentions to criticise vyatta. To be honest, I still think it’s a great product, however, it just does not suit my needs in my lab environment. About Vyatta: Stefan Stranger has written a great

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My Home Test Lab – Part 1

Background I started a lab environment at home around 2 years ago and I’ve been keep investing in this lab environment over the time. I often get asked how was my lab setup. And most of the time when I tried to answer the question and explain how it was setup, I often forget some components. I have been wanting to properly document it for a long time but never got around to it. Until 2 weeks ago, I had 2 machines with 24GB RAM each running bare-metal Hyper-V 2008 R2 and another desktop with 8GB RAM running Windows 7

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