Category Archives: Architecture

Infrastructure Architecture–from the Middle Ages to Now

i often wonder about how we go about performing Infrastructure Architecture in particular and Architecture in general. We spend a lot of time and effort creating frameworks such as Zachman and TOGAF; we create large bodies of data in the … Continue reading

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The future of Windows administration?

This article http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Seven-steps-Windows-Server-administrators-should-consider.html suggests 7 things that Windows admins should be looking at: IPv6 Investigate the cloud Review licenses Leverage virtualisation Pilot VDI Learn PowerShell Learn the new DR options I thought this was an interesting view of the world … Continue reading

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IT lemmings

IT seems to be in a continuous cycle of hype. We keep getting “new” technologies or ways of supplying IT that will solve all of your organisations problems at a stroke. Some examples of this phenomenon include: outsourcing – IT … Continue reading

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Science or Art

Infrastructure Architecture = Science or Art. Discuss. We claim the titles of architect and/or engineer but is what we do as infrastructure architects really based on solid scientific/engineering principles. I would claim not. Much of what we do is recycling … Continue reading

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Architecture and Design

When we are talking about IT infrastructure the terms architecture and design seem to be used with identical meaning – even by practising architects who should know better. The two concepts are quite different. A architecture is how we want … Continue reading

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Architecture, Administration and Automation

At first glance these three topics may seem to have nothing in common apart from the fact that they all begin with the letter “A”.  They are however intimately linked as we will see. Architecture in an IT sense has … Continue reading

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SoftGrid

This week I spent 3 days at the Microsoft MDOP Airlift learning about SoftGrid.  MDOP is the Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack that consists of : SoftGrid Diagnostics and Recovery Tools  – wininternalssysinternals tools Advanced GPO Management Asset Inventory Services SoftGrid … Continue reading

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