Storage Replica

Storage Replica is a new feature in Windows Server 2016 that enables to replicate data from the storage level when you are using Windows Storage solution. Storage Replica uses SMB3 to replicate and can leverage on RDMA to increase throughput and to decrease CPU utilization. Storage Replica implementation Currently Storage Replica supports four different scenarios: Stretch cluster implemented by using ...

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Happy new year 2016 !

Hi everyone, I wish you a happy new year 2016 with a lot of Hyper-V, System Center and Azure project 🙂 I also want to thank you all for your messages of encouragement, for your visit and for your appreciation. Because It is also thanks to you that I grew professionally. Looking back on this year 2015, I realize now ...

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Build a HyperConverged infrastructure with NanoServer

Thanks to Windows Server 2016, we will able to implement HyperConverged infrastructure. This marketing word means that storage, network and compute components will be installed locally on servers. So in this solution, there is no need SAN. Instead the Storage Spaces Direct solution will be used (for further information please read this topic). In this topic I’ll describe how to deploy ...

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WEBINAR: Scripting & Automation in Hyper-V without SCVMM

System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) provides some great automation benefits for those organizations that can afford the hefty price tag. However, if SCVMM isn’t a cost effective solution for your business, what are you to do? While VMM certainly makes automation much easier, you can achieve a good level of automation with PowerShell and the applicable PowerShell modules for ...

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Understand Failover Cluster Quorum

This topic aims to explain the Quorum configuration in a Failover Clustering. As part of my job, I work with Hyper-V Clusters where the Quorum is not well configured and so my customers have not the expected behavior when an outage occurs. I work especially on Hyper-V clusters but the following topic applies to most of Failover Cluster configuration. What’s ...

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Manage Storage Space Direct from Virtual Machine Manager

In a previous topic, I shown how to implement a Storage Space Direct on Windows Server 2016 TP2 (it is almost the same thing in Technical Preview 3). In this previous topic I created Storage Pool, storage space and some share from Failover Clustering console. In this topic, I’ll show you how doing the same operation from Virtual Machine Manager Technical ...

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SQL AlwaysOn FCI in Azure IaaS Cloud with StarWind Virtual SAN Solution

1 – Introduction This article explains how to deploy an SQL AlwaysOn FCI in Azure IaaS Cloud in SAN-less mode (without Shared Storage like SAN, NAS …) with StarWind Virtual SAN solution.           StarWind Virtual SAN allows to present Shared Volume to a WSFC Cluster from two or more nodes without physical shared storage solution (SAN, ...

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Begin Azure IaaS – Prepare your Environment

1 – Introduction This article presents how to prepare an environment in Azure IaaS (Resource Group, Cloud Service, VMNET, VM …) from the beginning and explain Azure basic concept: creation of all required resources (Resource Group, Storage account, Cloud Services). configuration of a Virtual Network (VNET) with multiple subnet. configuration of VPN Gateway (Point-to-site VPN) for client connection and certificate configuration. ...

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Why using ReFS with Hyper-V 2016

Resilient File System (ReFS) is a new file system which has been released with Windows Server 2012. The ReFS is designed to increase the integrity, the availability the scalability and the Proactive Error Correction. In Windows Server 2012 ReFS was not much used because it lacked features compared NTFS (No Disk Quotas, no compression, no EFS and so on). But ...

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Switch Embedded Teaming

Switch Embedded Teaming (SET) is a new feature in the Software-Defined Networking stack that will be included in Windows Server 2016. It enables to group several physical network adapters (from one to eight) into a single virtual network adapters in a Hyper-V environment. In fact, it is SET is an alternative to standard NIC teaming. The main advantage of SET ...

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