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Cluster Sets in Windows Server 2019 – Hyperscale for Hyperconverged !!

Cluster Sets is a new feature in Windows Server 2019 that was first introduced at Ignite 2017 . Cluster Sets is the new cloud scale-out technology that increases cluster node count in a single Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) cloud ... continue reading
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Achieving SQL Server HA/DR with a mix of Always On Availability Groups and SANless SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances

Introduction The topic of mixing SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances (FCI) with Always On Availability Groups (AG) is pretty well documented. However, most of the available documentation documents configurations that assume the SQL Server FCI portion of the solution utilizes ... continue reading
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Azure Stack IaaS – part 3

This blog post was co-authored by David Armour Principal PM Manager, Azure Stack and Tiberiu Radu, Senior Program Manager, Azure Stack.​ Foundation of Azure Stack IaaS Remember back in the virtualization days when you had to pick a host for ... continue reading
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Now available: Microsoft System Center 2019!

This blog post was authored by Vithalprasad Gaitonde, Principal PM Manager, System Center. Updated on March 14, 2019: On March 7, 2019, we shared that System Center 2019 would be coming soon. As of March 14, 2019, we are pleased ... continue reading
Step-by-Step: How to configure a SQL Server 2008 R2 Failover Cluster Instance in Azure

Step-by-Step: How to configure a SQL Server 2008 R2 Failover Cluster Instance in Azure

Introduction If you are reading this article you probably are still using SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 and want to take advantage of the extended security updates that Microsoft is offering if you move your SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 into Azure ... continue reading

Transitioning big data workloads to the cloud: Best practices from Unravel Data

Migrating on-premises Apache Hadoop® and Spark workloads to the cloud remains a key priority for many organizations. In my last post, I shared “Tips and tricks for migrating on-premises Hadoop infrastructure to Azure HDInsight.” In this series, one of HDInsight’s ... continue reading

Azure Cognitive Services adds important certifications, greater availability, and new unified key

One of the most important considerations when choosing an AI service is security and regulatory compliance. Can you trust that the AI is being processed with the high standards and safeguards that you come to expect with hardened, durable software ... continue reading
Secure Credentials with Self-Signed Certificates for PowerShell Scripts

Secure Credentials with Self-Signed Certificates for PowerShell Scripts

Hello everyone, I’m Preston K. Parsard, specializing in Platforms, Azure Infrastructure and Automation topics, and I’d like to share some insights for securing PowerShell credentials using certificates. This post is based on a recent customer project, but we’ll also wrap ... continue reading
DataKeeper and MaxDB

How to Cluster MaxDB on Windows in the Cloud #Azure #AWS #GCP #SAP

Recently I have had a number of customers looking for a high availability solution for MaxDB on Windows in the cloud. Some customers have been in Azure and some in AWS. But regardless of the cloud platform, they all eventually ... continue reading

Automate Always On availability group deployments with SQL Virtual Machine resource provider

We are excited to share that a new, automated way to configure high availability solutions for SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) is now available using our SQL VM resource provider. To get started today, follow the instructions in ... continue reading