5 – 9 April was busy with Bacula, Xen and Windows news from the Managed Services team and a Puppet flash to boot.
Our Managed Services intern/apprentice affectionately known as Schorsch, shared his latest challenge conquered – to fit out a Windows server 2008 R2 Domain with Microsoft Exchange 2010. Accompanied by extensive Windows 7 tests in the domain, Exchange 2010 and Lexware, he got his hands dirty with all the new Windows technologies, DHCP, DNS, Exchange, Group Policy management and releases. The fruits of his labour will provide our Mac users Exchange direct, ensuring uninterrupted workflow.
Following on, Martin S updated us on the recent releases from Xen and Bacula. The new version of the free Xen Hypervisor officially uses the Linux kernel virtualization interface, supports pv_ops levelling up with KVM while offering Windows users a Microsoft certified driver for optimised disk and network access. On the Bacula front, we have now updated the Director and all clients to 5.0.1 complete with the latest plug-in support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003/2007. Though individual mailboxes are still not possible, the Recovery Storage Group enables a backup recovery to run simultaneous to production and access to individual object with a pre-packed MMC plug-in.
Manuela gave us a list of reasons why we can’t miss the first Puppet training course in Germany on 20-22 April. From Puppet and Puppetmaster configuration, resource types and abstraction layer, to meta-parameters, dependencies and events, language patterns and best practices. Most importantly however, is the chance to get it all direct from the core Puppet development team, flown in from America. Snap up the last few places now on our training center page.