Finally !!! Check out Project Honolulu

Over the years, IT administration has gone really complex. The number of tools just keep increasing. You end up having a whole bunch of different stuff to do different management.

Check out project Honolulu. Don’t ask me how this name came about. 🙂

It is now time to simplify our life. BTW, it can manage your WIndows Server regardless of where they are hosted. In your server room, data center, or even in Azure.

Check the announcement here.

Project Honolulu

Hyper-Converged Cluster Manager solution in Project Honolulu


Azure Backup – Backup your Windows System State to Azure

You may have already heard of Azure Backup.

But it has always been limited to what’s on the disk and shifting them up onto Azure.

Today, Microsoft announced the ability to move your System State to Azure.

It is currently under preview. Go try it out.


Windows Intune Beta 2 – Cloud Service of PC Management

Cloud services has endless possibilities.

Can Cloud really help manage your PCs? Answer is yes. With Intune, it becomes a reality. Instead of paying tons of money to do PC management, you can easily use Intune to help you manage your PCs, powered by the Cloud.

I’m embedding a video presentation of what Intune is. The original blog post can be found at

Where can you learn more about Intune?

How to manage your Windows Intune once you’re signed up?

This videos tells you where you can sign up for the Intune Beta and installing the client component on a Workstation.

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How to tell what’s your connection speed to Windows Azure

Microsoft has released Windows Azure some time ago. A common question that IT Pros and Developers have been asking me, "How would one tell what’s the connection speed Azure is connected to me?"

How can i trust that the connection speed is sustainable and that the speed is sufficient for my application?

Well, before this tool came out, i could only tell you to either build the speed analyzer into your application and host it on Windows Azure to try out, or, take my word that it can.

Recently in Singapore, we had the National Day Parade 2010, streamed over the Internet using Windows Azure. If the link is still alive, you can view it over I’ve recently blogged about it too.

Back to the tool, Microsoft Research released a tool for measuring this right at your desktop.

The Microsoft Research eXtreme Computing Group cloud-research engagement team supports researchers in the field who use Windows Azure to conduct their research. As part of this effort, we have built a desktop utility that measures the upload and download throughput achievable from your on-premise client machine to Azure cloud storage (blobs, tables and queue). The download contains the desktop utility and an accompanying user guide. You simply install this tool on your on-premise machine, select a data center for the evaluation, and enter the account details of any storage service created within it. The utility will perform a series of data-upload and -download tests using sample data and collect measurements of throughput, which are displayed at the end of the test, along with other statistics.

Grab it here.