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MySQL on Nano Server

One of Nano Server’s core scenarios is to serve as a lightweight OS for born-in-the-cloud applications running in a VM or a container. Nano Server already supports ASP.NET Core (aka ASP.NET 5) with IIS, Node.js, Python & Django, and now, ... continue reading

Demo: Creating a Shielded VM using System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

In this video, Riyaz Pishori, Program Manager at Microsoft, gives a demo of the new Shielded VM feature. You can see how to create a shielded using System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and how data at rest or ... continue reading
Demo: PowerShell ISE Add-On for Service Management Automation (SMA)

Demo: PowerShell ISE Add-On for Service Management Automation (SMA)

In this video, Snehith Muvva, Program Manager at Microsoft, gives a demo of the new System Center 2016 Service Management Automation (SMA) PowerShell ISE Add-on. In the demo, you can see how to install the add-on from PowerShell Gallery and ... continue reading
Demo: Designating a Runbook Worker in System Center 2016 Service Management Automation (SMA)

Demo: Designating a Runbook Worker in System Center 2016 Service Management Automation (SMA)

With the release of System Center 2016 Technical Preview 5, Service Management Automation allows you to designate on which runbook worker your runbooks will run. In this video, Snehith Muvva, Program Manager at Microsoft, shows users how to use this ... continue reading
Demo: PowerShell Script Runbook Support in Service Management Automation (SMA)

Demo: PowerShell Script Runbook Support in Service Management Automation (SMA)

In this video, Snehith Muvva, Program Manager at Microsoft, showcases the support for the new PowerShell Script type runbooks. In the demo, you can see how to create and run PowerShell Script type runbooks in Service Management Automation. You can ... continue reading
Part 3: How to configure WDS, Unattend.xml file, Windows PE Image, and Nano Server image to deploy a Nano Server at-a-scale

Part 3: How to configure WDS, Unattend.xml file, Windows PE Image, and Nano Server image to deploy a Nano Server at-a-scale

Over a series of blog posts we will describe a solution for how to deploy Nano Server at scale using Microsoft tools. The blog posts are: Part – 1: Nano Server Domain Join (Deployment-at-a-scale an introduction) Part – 2: How ... continue reading

Storage throughput with Storage Spaces Direct (TP5)

We often speak about performance in IOPS, which is important to many workloads. For other workloads like big data, data warehouse and similar, throughput can be an important metric. Today you can witness Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016 ... continue reading
DataON S2D-3116 sneak peak

DataON S2D-3116 sneak peak

From our recent site visit to DataON in Anaheim: the not-yet-released S2D-3116 server ... continue reading
Advanced DevOps Practices

Advanced DevOps Practices

This session explains and demonstrates some advanced DevOps practices like Testing in Production, Fault Injection, User Telemetry, and A/B Testing.[00:27] Automated Recovery - roll back[02:30] Automated Recovery - roll forward[03:58] Automated Environment De-provisioning[07:10] Hypothesis Driven Development[09:08] Testing in Production [12:35] ... continue reading

Application Performance Monitoring and Availability Monitoring

This session on Application Performance Monitoring demonstrates and discusses the benefits of having visibility into key metrics about your applications, as well as alerts and logging about their health. It also covers the Availability Monitoring practice.[03:18] Introduction to Application Performance ... continue reading
Configuration Management

Configuration Management

This session on Configuration Management demonstrates and discusses the benefits of handling changes systematically so that your systems maintain integrity over time.[02:10] Introduction to Configuration Management[04:35] Demo - Configuration Management and Continuous Deployment demo overview[06:54] Demo - Demo architecture[07:27] Demo ... continue reading
Continuous Deployment and Release Management

Continuous Deployment and Release Management

This session discusses the benefits and demonstrates Continuous Deployment and Release Management. Continuous Deployment, which usually comes after Continuous Integration (CI), is the ability to use the output from CI and deploy this new known good build to an environment ... continue reading

Continuous Integration

This session on Continuous Integration demonstrates and discusses the benefits of merging all working copies of developers' code with a shared mainline, producing a new build upon code check-in.[02:24] Introduction to Continuous Integration[06:42] Demo - Fastest Continuous Integration demo ever[08:06] ... continue reading
Automated Testing

Automated Testing

This session on Automated Testing demonstrates and discusses the benefits of running load, integration, and unit tests automatically attached to Continuous Integration or some other means.[00:45] Introduction to Automated Testing[01:55] Types of Automated Testing[07:46] Demo - Performance Testing from the ... continue reading
Infrastructure as Code

Infrastructure as Code

This session on Infrastructure as Code demonstrates and discusses the benefits of leveraging techniques, processes, and tool sets used in software development to manage the deployment and configuration of systems, applications, and middleware.[00:46] Introduction to Infrastructure as Code[04:34] Demo - ... continue reading
Introduction to DevOps

Introduction to DevOps

It is a challenge to describe the DevOps culture, but at a high level it involves people, processes, and products (in this order). It requires development, testing, operations, business, and other teams to work together, efficiently, to deliver better and ... continue reading

How big should my OS drive be?

My name is Michael Champion and I’ve been working in support for more than 12 years here at Microsoft. I have been asked by many customers “What is the recommended size for the OS partition for Windows Server?”. There are ... continue reading

Read Operations with QoS Storage Spaces Direct (IDF 2015)

IDF 2016 Storage Spaces Direct read with QoS technology demo on Windows Server 2016 TP3 ... continue reading

Mixed QoS Operations Storage Spaces Direct (IDF 2015)

IDF 2016 Storage Spaces Direct mixed with QoS technology demo on Windows Server 2016 TP3 ... continue reading

Read Operations Storage Spaces Direct (IDF 2015)

IDF 2016 Storage Spaces Direct all read technology demo on Windows Server 2016 TP3 ... continue reading

Introduction to Storage Spaces Direct (IDF 2015)

A brief introduction to Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016 ... continue reading

PowerShell: Two Methods of Supporting Online Help

During this short video, you can easily discover two different methods of supporting online help in your PowerShell advanced functions!Find out more about Trevor Sullivan on Twitter (@pcgeek86) or on his website http://trevorsullivan.net! ... continue reading

Introduction to PowerShell Desired State Configuration

During this video, we will introduce the PowerShell "configuration" keyword, which enables us to build declarative configuration documents that will help us to declare our "infrastructure as code." Once we build a basic DSC configuration document, we will invoke it ... continue reading

PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) :: Installing New Resources

During this video, we will explore the locally installed DSC Resources, and then look at the PowerShell Gallery, which contains addition Desired State Configuration (DSC) Resources, enabling you to manage different types of entities in your environment. You can easily ... continue reading

Visual Studio 2015 PowerShell Tools Overview

In this video, we explore Visual Studio 2015 and the PowerShell Tools extension for it! PowerShell Tools is developed by Adam Driscoll (PowerShell MVP), and enables the development of PowerShell projects inside Visual Studio. You automatically get all of the ... continue reading

PowerShell v5 Classes :: Introduction to PowerShell Classes

During this video, we will take an introductory look at the new PowerShell v5.0 Classes feature!Find out more about Trevor Sullivan on Twitter (@pcgeek86) or on his website http://trevorsullivan.net! ... continue reading

PowerShell v5 Classes :: Property Validation Attributes

During this video, we will explore the ability to use validation attributes on your class properties in the new PowerShell v5.0 Classes feature!Find out more about Trevor Sullivan on Twitter (@pcgeek86) or on his website http://trevorsullivan.net! ... continue reading

PowerShell v5 Classes :: Inheritance & Base Class Methods

During this video, we will explore PowerShell v5.0 Class inheritance and how methods are invoked between the parent & child class definitions!Find out more about Trevor Sullivan on Twitter (@pcgeek86) or on his website http://trevorsullivan.net! ... continue reading

PowerShell v5 Classes :: Object Constructors

During this video, we will explore the authoring of object constructors in the new PowerShell v5.0 Classes feature!Find out more about Trevor Sullivan on Twitter (@pcgeek86) or on his website http://trevorsullivan.net! ... continue reading

PowerShell v5 Classes :: .NET Enumerations

.NET Enumerations are a new feature in PowerShell version 5.0! During this video, we will explore what .NET Enumerations are, and how to use them along with your PowerShell Classes!Visit Trevor Sullivan [MVP] on Twitter @pcgeek86 and at his website ... continue reading