LAB Build Out – Part 8 – Installing SCOM 1801 from VHD Evaluation

In this session, we will be installing System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 1801 from the VHD Evaluation.

SCOM 1801 is the 1st Semi annual channel release for SCOM. The System Center suite of products now come in (2) distinct support branches.

The Semi-Annual-Channel branch (SAC) will:

  • Receive all new updates planned for the product
  • Be supported for 18 months
  • Have new releases every 6 months

The Long-Term-Servicing Channel (LTSC) branch will:

  • Receive UR (Update rollups) releases that will primarily focus on fixes and not new features.
  • Supported for 5 years in mainstream support

Read more about the System Center 1st Semi Annual Channel Release here:

Download System Center Evaluations:

Please read the guide included with the evaluation download for details on how to create a new virtual machine to accept the VHD disk. I will not be covering this during the session.


LAB Build Out – Part 7 – Installing SQL Server 2016

In part 7 of this series, we will walk through installing and configuring SQL Server 2016. The SQL Server 2016 server can and will be used for various applications and services that we may add to the environment as time goes on.


  • Disk format and number
  • General Installation
  • Storage Spaces
  • DATA vs LOG volumes
  • TempDB
  • Backup
  • SQL feature selections
  • Authentication options

LAB Build Out – Part 2 – Managing the domain remotely using RSAT + Project Honolulu

In this session, we will:

  • Install project Honolulu to our management server
  • Demonstrate some of the gotcha’s with browser capability, sconfig, PowerShell, and more.
  • Contemplating installing a Windows 10 Desktop to help support management capabilities.
  • Installing Roles and Features with Project Honolulu
  • Managing with Server Manager + RSAT tools
  • Install and configure a DHCP Server role (IP Address distribution to clients, servers, and network devices)

Read more about Project Honolulu here

Download Project Honolulu

Microsoft System Center 1801 Releases

Microsoft System Center has made the 1st Semi Annual Channel release available to customers and for evaluation. System Center is a data center monitoring and management suite of products. System Center includes the following applications:

The Semi-Annual Channel release follows on after the 2016 release. System Center 2016 will exist as the Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) and will be supported for 5 years of mainstream support and 5 years of extended support. The Semi-Annual channel releases are intended to be supported for 18 months with a new release planned every 6 months.

The 1801 version scheme is structured so the first (2) numbers is the Year of release and the last (2) numbers is the month of release so 1801 translates to January 2018.

Fun with Storage Spaces in Windows 10

In this session, we will explore using Storages Spaces in Windows 10 using in potentially unsupported ways. Also, we will explore how to setup tiered storages spaces through PowerShell and tweaking and changing Storage spaces settings beyond what the GUI allows you to do.

What is Windows Storage Spaces

Storage spaces is a feature in Windows client and server operating system that allows you to combine storage hardware mediums into a single virtual pool of data for storing files and applications.