Thursday, 20 December 2012

How to team your network cards in Windows Server 2012 - Infographic

With the advent of cloud computing and mass virtualization of server operating systems, the need for high speed, highly available networking becomes even more pressing. Until now, in a Windows Server environment, the joining together of Network Interface Cards (NICs) into teams was a tricky and time consuming process. It required third-party drivers, specific NICs and some rather technical configurations to get it all right.

So what is a team? The teaming of network cards is simply joining them into one logical entity, with a single IP address. Having done this, you can choose how you want to use this new team.

There are many reasons for teaming your multi-homed servers. Primarily because the networking becomes highly available, you can also lose one of the NICs and still communicate. The team can be set to perform several other functions, including bonding the two bandwidths together and doubling the potential throughput of your connection.

Learn how to team your network cards in windows server 2012 with this useful infographic designed by Firebrand. The content is from our Windows Server instructor Ed Baker.

How to team your network cards in Windows Server 2012

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

How to use Hyper-V Replicas in Windows Server 2012

With the arrival of Windows Server 2012, the new disaster recovery solution for Virtual Machines (that is free) is a great tool for all Server Administrators. It’s built into the product and it’s easy to implement.

A Hyper V replica is a copy of a live VM stored on a remote server. This is updated every five minutes with any changes made meaning that at any point, you can failover to the replica and bring the virtualised workload back online. This has the potential to both your save money and your valuable data.

So how does it work? Firebrand Training has created a useful infographic explaining how to use Hyper-V Replicas in Windows Server 2012. The content is by Ed Baker, Windows Server Instructor at Firebrand Training.

How to use Hyper-V Replicas in Windows Server 2012

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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

When will you switch to Windows Server 2012?

It's finally out. Windows Server 2012 has been released and thousands have started integrating it into their network. It had been over 3 years since its predecessor Server 2008 R2 was released and many were beginning to twitch for an updated release. After months of playing with it, Firebrand had many Server 2012 questions answered and got an inside look into its many features; Hyper-V replica, the new ReFS file system, new server manager, Dynamic Access Control, etc…

But there was still one question hanging over our heads; when is the tech industry planning to integrate Windows Server into their network?

To answer this question, Firebrand surveyed over a thousand techies ranging from Database Administrators to CEOs; and from start-ups to FTSE 100 organisations. 

What Firebrand found might surprise you.

Windows Server Survey

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

What is TOGAF®?

TOGAF LogoTOGAF stands for The Open Group Architecture Framework. It is a methodology and a set of supporting tools specifically for fields in enterprise architecture. 

What kind of architecture is TOGAF designed to support?
TOGAF splits Enterprise Architecture into four main areas. You'll learn about all of these on the course:
Business Architecture – processes, design and optimisation
Applications Architecture – creating strategic architectures
Infrastructure Architecture – networks, hardware, security, server locations, operating systems and capacity
Data Architecture – placement, requirements, maintenance and reporting

If you're an architect who is looking for an introduction and / or to achieve Level 2 certification - this is the course for you. The current and latest version is TOGAF 9 which is part of the the leading Open Enterprise Architecture standard.

How do I get a TOGAF certification?
To gain a TOGAF certification, you will need to complete two exams following your TOGAF training course:
  • Level 1: TOGAF 9 Foundation
  • Level 2: TOGAF 9 Certified

What are TOGAF employment possibilities?
These days there is a high level of interest in Enterprise Architecture making TOGAF one of the most desirable architecture based certifications. You could work directly for organisations such as banks, manufacturers, retailers, government agencies, etc... or you could work in an Enterprise Architecture consultancy. Most large corporations now have their own architecture consultancies including HP, IBM, Cap Gemini, and many more... all currently recruiting.

Acording to, the average salary for a certified TOGAF professional in London is £75,000 and can go as high as £90,000 in certain areas in the UK.

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TOGAF® is a registered trademark of The Open Group.