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Demo: Deploy Network Controller

Demo: Deploy Network Controller

In this video tutorial you will see how you can use the service template-based mechanism, provided by VMM 2016, for deployment and horizontal scaling of Software Defined Networking components - Network Controller, Gateway, and Software Load Balancer. Network Controller is ... continue reading
Demo: Setup hyper-converged cluster

Demo: Setup hyper-converged cluster

In this video, you will see how you can use VMM 2016 to seamlessly deploy hyper-converged Storage Spaces Direct cluster that provide highly available and scalable storage solutions using local disks. You will see how the existing cluster creation wizard ... continue reading
Demo: Create & set Port ACLs

Demo: Create & set Port ACLs

In this video tutorial, you will see the how Port ACLs help you control the network traffic going in/out of your datacenter and will learn how you can create and set Port ACLs in VMM 2016. Port ACL serves as ... continue reading
Demo: Cluster Rolling Upgrade

Demo: Cluster Rolling Upgrade

Using Cluster Rolling Upgrade functionality in SCVMM 2016, you can now upgrade your Windows Server 2012 R2 clusters to Windows Server 2016 clusters with no downtime to running workloads. Watch this video to learn about the pre-requisites and the see ... continue reading
Demo: Increase memory of a running VM

Demo: Increase memory of a running VM

With VMM 2016, you can now modify the memory configuration of a running VM that uses static memory. This functionality helps in eliminating downtime to running workloads due to memory reconfiguration. You can increase or decrease the memory allocation, or ... continue reading
Demo: Create & set Storage QoS

Demo: Create & set Storage QoS

With VMM 2016 you can set the quality of service (min or max IOPS, max bandwidth) for virtual machine storage so that applications running on the VMs receive the performance they require. This video tutorial provides a walkthrough of how ... continue reading

Nano Server in the Azure Gallery and VM Agent Support

As part of Windows Server 2016 General Availability, there are new Nano Server images in the Azure Gallery. In addition to the new image, there is also a helper script attached to this blog post that can be used to ... continue reading

Step-by-Step: Capturing Azure Resource Manager (ARM) VNET Gateway Diagnostic Logs

*** UPDATED for Azure PowerShell 2.x and 3.x *** A while back, I published an article that stepped through capturing diagnostic logs for v1 “Classic” virtual network gateways (aka VNET Gateways or VPN Gateways) on Azure via the Azure Service Management ... continue reading
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Deploying a Highly Available File Server in Azure IaaS (ARM) with SIOS DataKeeper

In this post we will detail the specific steps required to deploy a 2-node File Server Failover Cluster in a single region of Azure using Azure Resource Manager. I will assume you are familiar with basic Azure concepts as well ... continue reading

Updating Nano Server

[Edit 3/6/2017]: Information in this post has been added to our official Nano Server documentation on TechNet which is more current: https://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/get-started/update-nano-server Now that the Cumulative Update for Windows Server 2016 was released on September 26, 2016 (KB3192366), some people ... continue reading

Appreciating the Windows Server 2016 Desktop Experience

We’ve talked a lot about Nano Server in this blog, but we know many customers will still appreciate the full desktop experience on Windows Server. Here’s what you get when you install that option and why you would want to ... continue reading
Time Improvements in Windows Server 2016

Time Improvements in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2016 time accuracy has been improved. These updates are targeted to meet accuracy regulations in the US and EU. Learn about the improvements and how to achieve this benefit in your environment.For more detailed information see http://aka.ms/WS2016Time ... continue reading
MSS settings in Security Options

The MSS settings

You can download the custom Administrative Template for the “MSS (Legacy)” settings here: MSS-legacy. Note that it is available only for “en-us” (US English). Explanation: Many years ago, before the advent of Trustworthy Computing, some Microsoft security experts identified about ... continue reading
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Windows Server 2016: Credential Theft Mitigation Features

Lex Thomas welcomes back Brantley Whitley to the show as they discuss the new Credential Theft Mitigation Features found in Windows Server 2016. Learn how you can use the new Active Directory Domain Services features to improve your organization’s ability ... continue reading
Cluster OS Rolling Upgrades in Windows Server 2016

Cluster OS Rolling Upgrades in Windows Server 2016

Learn about Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade, a new feature in Windows Server 2016 that enables an administrator to seamlessly upgrade the operating system of the nodes in a Failover Cluster from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2016 ... continue reading
Containers in Windows Server 2016

Containers in Windows Server 2016

Learn how Windows containers provide greater isolation enabling many isolated applications to run on one computer system. They build fast and are highly scalable and portable ... continue reading
Credential Guard and Remote Guard in Windows Server 2016

Credential Guard and Remote Guard in Windows Server 2016

Learn how Credential Guard helps prevent pass the hash attacks by utilizing virtualization-based security to protect credentials on the system from being stolen by a compromised administrator or malware ... continue reading
Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2016

Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2016

Learn how Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2016 can provide volume space savings of up to 90% to reduce capacity needs and reduce costs while providing scalability of volumes up to 64TB and file sizes up to 1TB with no ... continue reading
Device Guard in Windows Server 2016

Device Guard in Windows Server 2016

See how Device Guard uses Virtualization Based Security to ensure that only allowed binaries can be run on the system. If the app or driver isn't trusted, it can't run ... continue reading
Just Enough and Just in Time Administration in Windows Server 2016

Just Enough and Just in Time Administration in Windows Server 2016

Just Enough and Just in Time Administration allows organizations to only give administration credentials when needed for a finite time ... continue reading
Nano Server installation option in Windows Server 2016

Nano Server installation option in Windows Server 2016

Nano Server is a new headless, 64-bit only installation option that installs "just enough OS", resulting in a dramatically smaller footprint that results in more uptime and a smaller attack service ... continue reading
OMS Integration and Auditing with Windows Server 2016

OMS Integration and Auditing with Windows Server 2016

Knowing what is happening at all times is paramount in enterprise IT. Learn about the new auditing features of WS16 and how it integrates with Operations Management Suite ... continue reading
PowerShell in Windows Server 2016

PowerShell in Windows Server 2016

Learn how PowerShell in Windows Server 2016 includes significant new features that extend its use, improve its usability, and allow you to control and manage Windows-based environments more easily and comprehensively ... continue reading
Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2016

Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2016

In previous OS versions, the RD Connection Broker required a dedicated SQL Server cluster using Windows authentication for high availability. Learn how in Windows Server 2016, Azure SQL Database using SQL authentication is supported ... continue reading
Remote Desktop Services graphics performance in Windows Server 2016

Remote Desktop Services graphics performance in Windows Server 2016

Learn how RemoteFX vGPU provides a rich desktop remoting experience with Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services enabling multiple VM's to share the same physical GPU for graphics acceleration ... continue reading
Server Management Tools and Windows Server 2016

Server Management Tools and Windows Server 2016

Learn about this new web-based GUI management tool that is hosted in Azure and available for no charge. Especially useful when managing headless servers such as Nano Server and Server Core, it can be used to manage on-premises infrastructure alongside ... continue reading
Software-defined Networking Load Balancer in Windows Server 2016

Software-defined Networking Load Balancer in Windows Server 2016

Learn how Microsoft is bringing the Azure Load Balancer to the new Software-defined Networking capabilities in Windows Server 2016 ... continue reading
SQL Server 2016 and Windows Server 2016 - Better Together

SQL Server 2016 and Windows Server 2016 – Better Together

Always better together, learn how SQL Server 2016 and Windows Server 2016 work to bring the best in performance and reliability ... continue reading
Storage Replica in Windows Server 2016

Storage Replica in Windows Server 2016

Learn how Storage Replica, a new fault tolerant feature in Windows Server 2016, protects your data in stretch clusters, server-to-server, and cluster-to-cluster scenarios ... continue reading

Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016

Learn how Storage Spaces Direct enables organizations to use industry standard servers with local storage to build highly available and scalable software defined storage ... continue reading