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Building and Maintaining a Microsoft Cloud

Step-by-step technical articles documenting how to deploy and manage a hyper-converged Microsoft cloud infrastructure with Windows Server 2016.

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failover cluster manager console

Configuring Storage Spaces Direct Step by Step: Part 2 Troubleshooting

Testing guidelines for S2D cluster network and storage components in a common configuration. Instructions on health monitoring included. Part 2 of 4.continue reading
Hyper-v RDMA and SET switch network architecture

Configuring Storage Spaces Direct Step by Step: Part 3 Network Infrastructure

Deploying S2D on a 4-node cluster. QoS & Hyper-V virtual adaptors. Switch Enabled Teaming virtual switch & SMB Multipath infrastructure. Part 3 of 4.continue reading
Get-PhysicalDisks

Configuring Storage Spaces Direct Step by Step: Part 1 Core Cluster

How to deploy S2D on a 4-node cluster. Perform each step in preparation to manage and support the core cluster in a production environment. Part 1 of 4.continue reading
Ansible Managing Windows Server

Configuring Ansible to Manage Windows Servers – Step by Step

How to manage Windows Servers using Ansible. Deploy a Ansible controlling node on CentOS 7, and configure Windows Server 2016 for management. Create Ansible playbook examples with custom Powershell Ansible modules.continue reading
Monitor Storage Spaces Direct Pool Capacity with PowerShell

Monitor Storage Spaces Direct Pool Capacity with PowerShell

This article provides PowerShell code and examples to analyze Windows Storage Spaces Direct pools and returns the current storage capacity, free space and other values including the amount of free space required to automatically rebuild a failed disk. Monitoring Storage ... continue reading
Configure Storage Spaces Direct on a Virtual Lab - Step by Step

Configure Storage Spaces Direct on a Virtual Lab – Step by Step

How to configure a Storage Spaces Direct cluster and a hyper-converged Hyper-V on a virtual lab with four storage VMs.continue reading
How to Build Windows Storage Spaces Direct on a Virtual Lab

How to Build Windows Storage Spaces Direct on a Virtual Lab

Step by step instructions to build a Windows Storage Spaces Direct virtual lab on PC. PowerShell script to automate the process.continue reading
SuperServer 2028U-TRT+

Ultimate Performance for Database Storage with Windows Server 2016 and Hyper-converged Infrastructure

High-performing all flash array storage solution using Storage Spaces Direct on Windows Server 2016continue reading
Windows Server 2016 Certification Logo

How to Verify Your Hardware is Microsoft Logo Certified

Microsoft has an extensive and active program to certify hardware and software from Microsoft partners.  This certification includes numerous software tests which verify that the hardware or software product works correctly in a Microsoft infrastructure. Components that can be certified ... continue reading
DHCP server configuration wizard

New DHCP Server Shows 169.254.xxx.xxx

When configuring a new DHCP server, often the configuration wizard automatically creates a binding to a random network adapter. If this adaptor is not configured or is unplugged, then the DHCP wizard will use the IP address available – often ... continue reading
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