Linux Integration Services 4.1 for Hyper-V

March 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

Microsoft has released a new version of the integration components for Linux guest operating systems running on Hyper-V (2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, and 2016 Technical Preview, Windows 8, Windows 81, and Azure). What’s new? Expanded Releases: now applicable to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, [...]

DataOn CiB-9112 V12 Cluster-in-a-Box

March 16, 2016 // 14 Comments

In this post I’ll tell you about the cluster-in-a-box solution from DataOn Storage that allows you to deploy a Hyper-V cluster for a small-mid business or branch office in just 2U, at lower costs than you’ll pay to the likes of Dell/HP/EMC/etc, and with more performance. Background So you [...]

My First Hands-On With Surface Book

March 15, 2016 // 2 Comments

We’re still not able to distribute Surface Book in Ireland, but I got a very brief play with a demo unit in the office yesterday. What was it like? Let me preface it by saying that I have owned 3 high-end ultrabooks over the last few years: Asus UX31 which is a class piece of design, other than [...]

My Early Experience With Azure Backup Server

February 25, 2016 // 21 Comments

In this post I want to share with you my early experience with using Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS) in production. I rolled it out a few weeks ago, and it’s been backing up our new Hyper-V cluster for 8 days. Lots of people are curious, so I figured I’d share information about the quality [...]

Azure in CSP

February 1, 2016 // 6 Comments

If you work for a Microsoft partner then there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of CSP. This is a new method for reselling subscription services such as Office 365, CRM Online, EMS, and Azure (and more) instead of direct billing (by Microsoft) or Open (resold) licensing agreements. The benefit [...]

Are VMware Workstation & Fusion Dead?

February 1, 2016 // 5 Comments

There’s lots of bad news coming out of VMware lately. The kings of enterprise virtualization (by percentage of incumbent business only) have clung to the past, anticipating the private cloud was the only way forward, and did too little/too late with public cloud. Meanwhile Amazon, Google, and [...]

Azure Stack Preview Is Public

January 29, 2016 // 6 Comments

Microsoft has launched the public preview of Azure Stack, something that has been in TAP for several months now. You can find the download on MSDN right now. This is the first time that you can run services in Azure, a hosting partner, or on premises … with the same consistent experience. ARM [...]

What Courier Can You Use For Azure Drive Import?

January 28, 2016 // 1 Comment

Azure offers a service where you can do out-of-band data transfers to/from Azure by sending physical disks via courier. Sounds great – right? Except…. OK, I have had some pretty awful experiences with FedEx – including receiving parcels from Microsoft, funnily enough – but I can [...]
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