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Microsoft Azure Backup Server v2 Launched

May 31, 2017 // 1 Comment

Microsoft has launched version 2 of MABS, the Microsoft Azure Backup Server v2, with support for Windows Server 2016 and vSphere 6.5. So far we’ve had 2 versions (v1 and v1 update 1) of MABS, the freely licensed (but your pay Azure Backup pricing) slightly modified version of System Center Data [...]

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 // 7 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. [...]

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 [...]

Understand Azure’s New VM Naming Standards

November 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

This post will explain how you can quickly understand the new naming standards for Azure VM sizes. My role has given me the opportunity to see how people struggle with picking a series or size of a VM in Azure. Faced with so many options, many people freeze, and never get beyond talking about using [...]
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