Spend Your Money Wisely

As what I’d like to consider myself as – a seasoned System Center specialist, I have benefitted from many awesome resources from the community during my career in System Center. These resources consist of blogs, whitepapers, training videos, management packs and various tools and utilities. Although some of them are not free (and in my opinion, they are not free for a good reason), but large percentage of these resources I value the most are all free of charge. This is what I like the most about the System Center community. Over the last few years, I got to know

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MVP Calling for Help From the Community

OK, I don’t blog about my personal life on this blog at all, and I don’t think I have ever blogged anything that’s not technical or my career related on this blog. Well, this is going to be the first non-technical post on this blog. If you follow my blog for System Center and OpsMgr related content, you must have also heard the name Bob Cornelissen(Blog, Twitter) before. Bob is a fellow System Center Cloud and Datacenter (SCCDM) MVP from the Netherland. Bob is also one of the authors for the Mastering System Center 2012 Operations Manager book. Bob is

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Next Step in My Career

  Back in September 2011, after a short and unpleasant contracting experience, I joint a large Australian retailer as a senior systems engineer, focusing on their System Center infrastructure. I chose this company because the office location is close to home, the role was interesting (have a VERY large System Center environment to play with), and my wife and I were expecting a baby so I thought a permanent role suited me better. Now looking back the 3.5 years I have spent there, I have involved in multiple System Center implementation and upgrade projects, written countless amount of management packs,

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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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