Microsoft Azure Backup MARS Agent Supports System State

May 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

Microsoft has announced that the Azure Backup MARS agent will support the protection of System State on Windows Server. This is a preview release. I started talking about Azure Backup 3 years ago, and one of the “we’re not doing it” questions was “does it backup system state”. The answer [...]

StorSimple–The Answer I Thought I’d Never Give

May 19, 2017 // 13 Comments

Lately I’ve found myself recommending StorSimple for customers on a frequent basis. That’s a complete reversal since February 28th, and I’ll explain why. StorSimple Microsoft acquired StorSimple, a physical appliance that is made in Mexico by a subsidiary of Seagate called Xyratex, several [...]

My Experience at Cloud & Datacenter Conference Germany

May 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

Last week I was in Munich for the Cloud & Datacenter Germany conference. I landed in Munich on Wednesday for a pre-conference Hyper-V community event, and 2 hours later I was talking to a packed room of over 100 people about implementing Azure Site Recovery with Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V. [...]

Talking Hyper-V & Azure At Upcoming Community Events

March 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

The last 12 months of my existence have been a steady diet of Azure. My focus at work has been on developing and delivering a set of bespoke Azure training courses aimed at our customers (MS partners) working in the Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) channel. As of last week, my calendar became a lot [...]

VMQ On Team Interface Breaking Hyper-V Networking

March 20, 2017 // 3 Comments

I recently had a situation where virtual machines on a Windows Server 2016 (WS2016) Hyper-V host could not communicate with each other. Ping tests were failing: Extremely high latency Lost packets In this case, I was building a new Windows Server 2016 demo lab for some upcoming community events in [...]

Template For ASR Recovery Plan Runbook

March 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

I’m sharing a template PowerShell-based Azure Automation runbook that I’ve written, to enable advanced automation in the Recovery Plans that can be used in Azure Site Recovery (ASR) failover. ASR allows us to orchestrate the failover and failback of virtual machines. This can be a basic [...]

My Hands-Off Review of Surface Studio

December 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

I don’t have a Surface Studio. My access to one was limited to a 10 minute play in a Microsoft Store in Bellevue, WA last month. But I did have that limited hands-on, I know the specs, and I’ve listened to & read other reviews. So I have my opinions on this headline-making PC from Microsoft [...]
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