October 18th 2013 – A date to remember?

So it was announced late last week that the R2 wave Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 products is to be RTM on October 18th 2013. In parallel to these releases Microsoft is also going live with the long awaited Windows 8.1. This is surely the biggest date in Microsoft’s calendar this year, the…

Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 Management Point Installation Error 1603

I fell foul of this problem this week whereby I had been installing a System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 site server. This was a new build Windows Server 2012 but as I began the installation a handy error message alerted me to the existence of an SCCM client. It became apparent that the existing Configuration…

Microsoft Infrastructure Planning and Design guides

Whilst searching for a SQL Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guide I stumbled across this link http://bit.ly/A8nQsI (69MB zip file) which allows you to download 92 current (and some past) IPD guides in one fell swoop. Really handy to keep hold of as a point of reference whether you’re a multi-skilled consultant or internal sys admin, these…