Fault Domain Awareness with Storage Spaces Direct

Fault Domain Awareness is a new feature in Failover Clustering since Windows Server 2016. Fault Domain Awareness brings a new approach of the high availability which is more flexible and Cloud oriented. In previous edition, the high availability was based only on node: if a node failed, the resources were moved to another node. With Fault Domain Awareness, the point ...

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2-node hyperconverged cluster with Windows Server 2016

Last week, Microsoft announced the final release of Windows Server 2016 (the bits can be downloaded here). In addition, Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2016 supports now a 2-node hyperconverged cluster configuration. I can now publish the setup of my lab configuration which is almost a production platform. Only SSD are not enterprise grade and one Xeon is missing per ...

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Working with VM Storage Policy in a VMware vSAN cluster

In a previous topic, I have described how to deploy a VMware vSAN cluster. VMware vSAN enables to create a hyperconverged cluster in the vSphere environment. The last time we saw how to deploy this cluster by configuring, ESXi hosts, distributed switch and the storage. Now that the cluster is working, we can deploy VMs inside the vSAN datastore. To ...

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How to deploy a converged network with Windows Server 2016

If you read the news regularly, you probably have heard something about converged network. This is a model where the same network adapters are used to handle several kinds of traffics such as storage, live-migration, virtual machine networks and so on. This design brings flexibility, simplicity and is cost effective. First of all, this design is flexible because you can ...

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Create a VMware vSAN cluster step-by-step

As Microsoft, VMware has a Software-Defined Storage solution called vSAN which is currently in version 6.2. This solution enables to aggregate local device storages as mechanical disks or SSD and create a highly available datastore. There are two deployment models: hybrid solution and full-flash solution. In hybrid solution, you must have flash cache devices and mechanical cache devices (SAS or ...

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Windows Server 2016 servicing model

Recently Microsoft announced that the official launch for Windows Server 2016 should be at the Ignite conference this 26 to 30 September. Windows Server 2016 will be available in three different editions and in two different servicing model depending on installation option. These servicing models are known as Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) and Current Branch for Business (CBB). So ...

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Manage Switch Embedded Teaming from VMM 2016

Since System Virtual Machine Manager 2016 Technical Preview 5 with cumulative update 2, it is possible to manage Switch Embedded Teaming (SET) for non-Network Controller managed host. Before cumulative update 2, the only way to deploy teaming from VMM was to use the classical network teaming. SET brings a lot of advantages compared to classical network teaming as RDMA or ...

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