Webinar – What’s New In Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V

June 1, 2016 // 4 Comments

I’ll be joining fellow Cloud and Datacenter Management (Hyper-V) MVP Andy Syrewicze for a webcast by Altaro on June 14th at 3PM UK/Irish time, 4PM CET, and 10AM Eastern. The topic: What’s new in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V (and related technologies). There’s quite a bit to cover in this new [...]

How Do I Connect Disks To Import Data/Backups To Azure?

May 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

How do you connect your disks if USB is out of the question? I recently had some experience on a customer site and learned a few things. The first thing to note is that you always use a naked 3.5” SATA II/III disk, and never a NAS or USB disk. You use a disk dock/duplicator. You connect this [...]

New Features in Azure – 29 April 2016

April 29, 2016 // 2 Comments

Microsoft sent out an announcement about feature changes/additions in Azure last night. Some news there that was much quicker than I expected … Azure Container Service Generally Available Azure Container Service helps customers manage container-based applications in production, at scale. Azure [...]

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

March 16, 2016 // 19 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 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 [...]

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 [...]

Understanding & Pricing Azure Virtual Machine Backup

October 8, 2015 // 3 Comments

In this article I want to explain how you can backup Azure virtual machines using Azure Backup. I’ll also describe how to price up this solution. Backing up VMs Believe it or not, up until a few weeks ago, there was no supported way to backup production virtual machines in Azure. That meant you [...]

Understanding Azure Premium SSD Data Storage & Pricing

October 5, 2015 // 17 Comments

If you are deploying services that require fast data then you might need to use shared SSD storage for your data disks, and this is made possible using a Premium Storage Account with DS-Series or GS-Series virtual machines. Read on to learn more. More Speed, Scottie! A typical virtual machine will [...]

Understanding Azure Standard Storage and Pricing

October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Imagine that you’re brand new to Azure. You’ve been asked to price up a solution with some virtual machines. You use the best pricing tool for Azure and land at a page that has a bewildering collection of 12 items. You read through them, and are left none the wiser. I’m going to try cut [...]

Microsoft News – 30 September 2015

September 30, 2015 // 2 Comments

Microsoft announced a lot of stuff at AzureCon last night so there’s lots of “launch” posts to describe the features. I also found a glut of 2012 R2 Hyper-V related KB articles & hotfixes from the last month or so. Hyper-V The uptime value of the Hyper-V Management console changes to the [...]
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