- Installation of Dell Equallogic Storage system and implementing into a brand new Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V Cluster
- Installation of 6 Kemp Load Balanced and Geo clusters to provide a UK Load Balanced solution for Microsoft Exchange 2013
- Migration of an old Exchange 2007 platform into Office 365 Mid Size business plan.
- Implementing upstream and downstream WSUS deployments
- Upgrading Cisco and HP networks to latest firmware to fix some issues
- Configuration of Ruckus WiFi with RADIUS for secure login
I have also been brushing up on my Dell storage knowledge now version 7 of the Equallogic software is out. Working in many different Hypervisor environments, this solution was easy to implement and migrate from an old SAN and Hyper-V cluster. This counts towards a large disaster IT infrastructure for small businesses. This is something I have used for my business and something I plan to stick with. I also recommend other companies to move into this if possible and carry out their migrations for them.
In terms of Microsoft core services that are offered within the Windows Server 2012 R2 platform, I have had a lot of experience with Hyper-V, RDS, VDI, Failover Clustering, File and Print Services and WSUS. WSUS is a tool which is very good if you want to distribute patches and software updates from Microsoft to your servers. If you have a slow internet connection or are restricted in terms of contention or even download capacity, you can use WSUS to download once and then distribute to many internally. I have had to do this, because the company I work with only has a limited MPLS connection which has limited bandwidth, so I enabled this as an upstream and downstream service.
Now its time to plan for next year, and I am always on the lookout for other work in all these areas.