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The mystery of the slow file copy from the fast computer

Heya folks, Ned here again. A customer contacted us about a strange behavior they were seeing when copying large files to a Windows Server 2019 cluster using SMB 3.1.1. Around every 5GB transferred, the copy would temporarily pause for a ... continue reading
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SDDC extension update in Windows Admin Center

Create thinly provisioned volumes in Windows Admin Center Thin provisioning is a standout feature exclusive to Azure Stack HCI 21H2 and offers flexible capacity management. With thin provisioning, storage is allocated when needed and volumes can be over-provisioned (size larger ... continue reading
Azure Arc - enabled data services with Azure Stack HCI and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

Azure Arc – enabled data services with Azure Stack HCI and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

In this video, I had the chance to speak with Dhananjay Mahajan @dhanMMS (Principal Program Manager at Microsoft) about how you can run Azure Arc enabled data services on Azure Stack HCI with Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). This provides you ... continue reading
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Failover Clustering in Azure

Azure is a cloud computing platform with an ever-expanding set of services to help you build solutions to meet your business goals. Azure services range from simple web services for hosting your business presence in the cloud to running fully ... continue reading
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Security Settings for Failover Clustering

Security is at the forefront of many administrator's minds and with Failover Clustering, we did some improvements with Windows Server 2019 and Azure Stack HCI with regards to security. Since the beginning of time, Failover Clustering has always had a ... continue reading

What's new with SCOM Management Packs?!

About a year ago, we conducted a survey and requested feedback on UserVoice about management pack for SCOM. Based on all the feedback that we received and constant input from Microsoft support, SCOM PG prioritized those requests, valued its outcomes, ... continue reading
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WAC-Active Directory trust not established or broken. …

PROBLEM: I began configuring a Windows Server 2019 Storage Space Direct (S2D) cluster using 3 virtual machines running on a physical Windows 2019 Hyper-V server. I started the installation using Windows Admin Center (v2009 Bld: 1.2.2009.21002) Cluster Creation wizard. I ... continue reading
One Ops Question: How can I simplify management of my Windows Servers on-prem and Azure?

One Ops Question: How can I simplify management of my Windows Servers on-prem and Azure?

Today Sarah answers a questions that is on every on-prem IT person. When you have systems in all kinds of different location and platform how do you keep track of them all without going nuts? how do you tame the ... continue reading
Failover Clustering Networking Basics and Fundamentals

Failover Clustering Networking Basics and Fundamentals

My name is John Marlin and I am with the High Availability and Storage Team here and today I want to talk about Failover Clustering and Networking. Networking is a fundamental key with Failover Clustering that sometimes is overlooked but ... continue reading
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Disaster Recovery in the next version of Azure Stack HCI

Disaster can hit at any time. When thinking about disaster and recovery, I think of 3 things Be prepared Plan on not involving humans Automatic, not automated Having a good strategy is a must. You want to be able to ... continue reading