My Early Experience With Azure Backup Server

February 25, 2016 // 19 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 // 5 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 [...]

Windows 10 Being Pushed Out To Domain-Joined PCs

January 14, 2016 // 4 Comments

Brad Sams (my boss at Petri.com) published a story last night about how Microsoft has started to push out Windows 10 upgrades to domain-joined PCs. Note that the PC doesn’t upgrade via Windows Update; the user will be prompted if they want to update, and then a deliberately confusing screen [...]

The Genuine Need for Disaster Recovery In Ireland/EU

December 30, 2015 // 5 Comments

How many times have you watched or read the news, saw some story about an earthquake, hurricane, typhoon, or some other disaster and think “that will never happen here”? Stop kidding yourself; disasters can happen almost everywhere. I’ve always considered Ireland to be relatively safe. We [...]

Happy New Year

December 23, 2015 // 3 Comments

Hi all, I’m winding down for Christmas so I wanted to wrap up the blog for the rest of the year. 2015 has been an amazing year for me. Tech was fun – Windows 10 came along and we got to start playing with WS2016. I did lots more work with Azure, and had the pleasure of seeing that work [...]

Broadcom & Intel Network Engineers Need A Good Beating

December 18, 2015 // 12 Comments

Your virtual machines lost network connectivity. Yeah, Aidan Smash … again. READ HERE: I’m tired of having to tell people to: Disable VMQ on 1 GbE NICs … no matter what … yes, that includes you … I don’t care what your excuse is … yes; you. That’s because VMQ on 1 GbE NICs is: On by [...]
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