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System Center 2016 & Windows Server 2016: Rolling out the Upgrades

System Center 2016

Hi all! As you can see from the title of this blog, it’s all about System Center 2016 and Windows Server 2016. Versions 2012 are so last year! In the new and updated version we’ll see some cool enhancements.

For Windows Server 2016:

  • Upgrades for Hyper-V and Storage clusters will roll out, so updates and operating systems are implemented faster.
  • You’ll also get compute resiliency, so VM’s can continue running even if the compute cluster fabric service fails.
  • Finally, Storage Replica updates for synchronous storage replication for affordable backup and disaster recovery.

So in conclusion, while we can state that we have no idea what we have just said, we think we can safely say that these updates translate into:

  • We feel the need… the need for speed! (Thanks Tom Cruise)!
  • I got the Power! (hearing that 90’s tune in our head, while we dance in spandex).
  • Too much money spent on backup and disaster recovery — need more of that bling? Well here are some wise words from a very wise man:

“Money doesn’t make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million”

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Ah, the simple things in life. (We know this made no sense, but it’s a pretty baller statement coming from DA TERMINATOR)!

I haven’t forgotten about System Center! This platform will also receive the following updates (we will translate of course):

  • Improved Linux Management, which includes DSC support, native SSH support, and improved LAMP stack monitoring.
  • Software Defined Datacenter management.
  • Cloud and workload management for Azure, Office 365, SQL, and Exchange.

Our Translation:

  • Support – we got support!
  • ?????
  • Cloud and workload management for Azure, Office 365, SQL, and Exchange.

Yep, we think it’s safe to say that we got the translations down pat (reading this, does anyone keep seeing the green webs from the Matrix? We keep seeing Keanu Reeves bending backwards).

However, if you want more info on all these new updates go here, here, here, or here, and read all about it! In addition, if you’re still using versions 2012, no worries. We offer some great training for System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Check us out! Our instructors are much smarter than the person writing this blog, and can get you to be the coolest IT person in your department! The ladies will love you, if not, your boss will!

Cheers from Solartech!


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Everything you Need to Know about MCSA: Windows Server 2012


In 2013, Microsoft will be updating all of their major platforms and with this change you will need to update your skills to keep up with this paradigm shift into the cloud so you are not left behind. Even with its detractors ‘The Cloud’ is here to stay and when it is inevitably implemented into your organization it will affect everything. With all of these new technologies, how do you know which is the right step to take in your career?

The Windows Server 2012 MCSA is becoming the most popular certification because it helps pave the way for 6 more higher level certifications (MCSE: Server Infrastructure, Desktop Infrastructure, Messaging, Communication, SharePoint, and Private Cloud). It is the foundation for all of these certifications and you will only have to take two additional exams to begin the next step in becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert.

Windows Server MCSA is the launching pad for many more certification paths and will be beneficial for your career if you are willing to invest the time to further your knowledge. Windows Server 2012 is not just another server release, it goes into the cloud and takes a leadership position. The shift toward the cloud is higher than anyone could have predicted. Windows Server 2012 focuses in four key areas that you should know:

  • Beyond Virtualization – Dynamic, multi-tenant infrastructure that provides maximum flexibility for delivering cloud services
  • Power of Many Servers with the Simplicity of One – It is an easy to manage multiple server platform
  • Every App, Every Cloud – Flexibility to build and deploy Apps on premise, in the cloud, and in a hybrid environment
  • Modern Work Style – Flexible access to data and applications anywhere

The certification path is a simple one, you will have to take three courses and three exams and upon passing all three you will officially be a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate in Windows Server 2012:


What if you already hold a certification for the previous version of Windows Server? Don’t worry you won’t have to go through the entire certification process again. Microsoft Learning has released just one class that you will need to upgrade.  20417: Upgrading your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 along with passing the accompanying exam is all you will need to upgrade your certification to Windows Server 2012.

If you do not pass your test, you don’t have to worry. With the Second Shot offer customers get a free second chance to pass their certification exam. Ask your Learning Solutions Specialist on how to get a ‘Second Shot’ when you register for an exam.

Start your path on becoming an MCSA with Solartech and become a more valuable asset to your organization. Taking all three courses and passing the related exams is your first step in the future of cloud computing:

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