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25 reasons to choose Azure Stack HCI

This blog post was authored by Dianna Marks, Product Marketing Manager, Windows Server Marketing. At the Windows Server Summit in May, Cosmos Darwin and Greg Cusanza from the Windows Server team presented a lightning round all about hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) ... continue reading
Enabling Data Deduplication on Windows Server 2019 Volumes

Enabling Data Deduplication on Windows Server 2019 Volumes

I was recently asked to help out our friends at Channel 9 with a storage problem. They capture large video files as part of their recordings and have to have them local for fast access in order to edit them ... continue reading
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Storage Spaces Direct Management Pack (S2D) error in SCOM fixed in UR7

If you are running into error below after installing S2D Management pack and trying to add a new group, then you will be happy to know what we have fixed this issue in SCOM 2016 UR7. Please install the fix ... continue reading
Microsoft Ignite 2018 Clustering Sessions available

Microsoft Ignite 2018 Clustering Sessions available

First published on MSDN on Nov 01, 2018 For those who attended Microsoft Ignite 2018 in Orlando, Florida, we thank you for making it another huge success. So much fun was had by all. We had the privilege of showing ... continue reading
Hyper-converged with Windows Server 2016

Hyper-converged with Windows Server 2016

First published on MSDN on Sep 08, 2015 One of the big hot features in Windows Server 2016 which has me really excited is Storage Spaces Direct (S2D). With S2D you will be able to create a hyper-converged private cloud ... continue reading
Storage Spaces Direct using Windows Server 2016 virtual machines

Storage Spaces Direct using Windows Server 2016 virtual machines

First published on MSDN on May 27, 2015 Windows Server 2016 introduces Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), which enables building highly available storage systems which is virtual shared storage across the servers using local disks. This is a significant step forward ... 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
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 1807 is released! Here is a quick overview

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 1807 is released! Here is a quick overview

First published on TECHNET on Jul 31, 2018 System Center 1807 announcement is available here . What’s new in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 1807 is available here . How to Upgrade to System Center Virtual Machine Manager 1807 is ... continue reading

System Center VMM 2016 features demos on Channel 9

First published on TECHNET on Jan 23, 2017 We now have some quick demos (<5 minutes) published on Channel 9 which provide you with good insights of new features of Virtual Machine Manager 2016. They’re definitely worth checking out and ... continue reading
S2D Networking Best Practices @ MVP Days

S2D Networking Best Practices @ MVP Days

Hi Folks, Dan here with a quick post to let you know about a recent presentation given at Storage Spaces Direct MVP Days. During this session, I discussed some of the requirements and best practices for RDMA, and also covered ... continue reading