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 // 13 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 [...]

My WS2016 Hyper-V Session at Future Decoded

December 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

I had fun presenting at this Microsoft UK event in London. Here’s a recording of my session on Windows Server 2016 (WS2016) Hyper-V, featuring failover clustering, storage, and networking:   More sessions can be found here. Technorati Tags: Hyper-V,Windows Server 2016,Failover [...]

Windows Server 2016 Licensing is Announced

December 4, 2015 // 28 Comments

Some sales/marketing/channel type in Microsoft will get angry reading this. Good. I am an advocate of Microsoft tech, and I speak out when things are good, and I speak out when things are bad. Friends will criticise each other when one does something stupid. So don’t take criticism personally and [...]

How Much Does X In Azure Cost?

November 30, 2015 // 1 Comment

If you want to make me angry/ridicule you, this is the question to ask me. Let me ask you a question. How much does it cost to buy a car? Well, sir/mam, that depends. Would you like this fine classic? Or would you like something more mobile but on the basic end? How about something with a bit more [...]

Russinovich on Hyper-V Containers

October 29, 2015 // 6 Comments

We’ve known since Ignite 2015 that Microsoft was going to have two kinds of containers in Windows Server 2016 (WS2016): Windows Server Containers: Providing OS and resource virtualization and isolation. Hyper-V Containers: The hypervisor adds security isolation to machine & resource [...]

Microsoft News – 19 October 2015

October 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

It turns out that Microsoft has been doing some things that are not Surface-related. Here’s a summary of what’s been happening in the last while … Hyper-V Microsoft Loves Linux Deep Dive #2 – Linux and FreeBSD Integration Services Core Features: Talking about the services that are [...]
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