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10 Tips and Tricks from the Field

10 Tips and Tricks from the Field

Hello All. The AskPFEPlat team is here today with you in force. Recently we put together 10 Tips and Tricks from the Field – a collection of tips and tricks in our tool belt that we use on occasion. We ... continue reading
Single Host Shielded VMs Lab/PoC

Single Host Shielded VMs Lab/PoC

Hi, Matthew Walker again. Virtualization and High Availability PFE. Recently I worked with a few of my co-workers to present a lab on building out Shielded VMs and I thought this would be useful for those of you out there ... continue reading
Google Cloud Diagram

How to Build a SANless SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance in Google Cloud Platform

If you are going to host SQL Server on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) you will want to make sure it is highly available. One of the best and most economical ways to do that is to build a SQL ... continue reading
How to Switch a Failover Cluster to a New Domain

How to Switch a Failover Cluster to a New Domain

In this blog I will describe some new capabilities in Windows Server, version 1709 that enables changing a deployed Failover Cluster from one domain to another. For the last two decades, changing the domain membership of a Failover Cluster has ... continue reading
Configuring a Hyper-V Host with PowerShell DSC (Part 1)

Configuring a Hyper-V Host with PowerShell DSC (Part 1)

Hello, my name is Michael Godfrey and I am a Platform’s Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft. I have been a Fabric Administrator for the past few years and have made it a habit of building quite a few Hyper-V ... continue reading
Container Storage Support with Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV), Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), SMB Global Mapping

Container Storage Support with Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV), Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), SMB Global Mapping

By Amitabh Tamhane Goals: This topic provides an overview of providing persistent storage for containers with data volumes backed by Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV), Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) and SMB Global Mapping. Applicable OS releases: Windows Server 2016, Windows Server ... 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

ConfigMgr 1702: Adding a new node (Secondary Replica) to an existing SQL AO AG

Scenario We already have a working Primary and secondary replica and we know that ConfigMgr 1702 does support an extra replica i.e. 2nd Secondary replica. So we are adding a freshly built node as a secondary replica. The documentation we have ... continue reading

ConfigMgr 1702+: Adding a new node (Secondary Replica) to an existing SQL AO AG

Scenario: We already have a working Primary and secondary replica and we know that ConfigMgr 1702 does support an extra replica i.e. 2nd Secondary replica. So we are adding a freshly built node as a secondary replica. The documentation we ... continue reading
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Hyper-V authentication in Windows Server 2016 for managing remote Hyper-V servers through RSAT

Hello, my name is Ayushie Bhat and I’m a Support Engineer with the Windows Core team. Today, I’m going to talk about the authentication in Windows Server 2016 and discuss the case of creating a VM on a CORE server ... continue reading