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Tag Archives: Windows Server

Next gen Microsoft management tool: Honolulu

Since the beginning of the year, Microsoft is working on a new management tool based on modern web languages such as HTML5, Angular and so on. This tool is called Honolulu. Honolulu is a user-friendly web interface that enables to manage Windows Server, Failover Clustering and Hyperconverged cluster. Currently, to manage hyperconverged cluster, Honolulu requires Semi-Annual Windows Server release. Honolulu ...

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Update Mellanox network adapter firmware

Like the others, Mellanox network adapters should be updated to the latest firmware to solve issues. When you download the Mellanox firmware release note, you can see how much reported issues have been solved (usually, a lot :)). Mellanox provides tools to update and manage the firmware from Linux, Freebsd, VMware ESXi, Windows and Windows PE. Thanks to this set ...

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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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Deploy and add Network Controller to Virtual Machine Manager

Network Controller is a new feature which will be available with Windows Server 2016. This feature enables to manage centrally the virtual and the physical network infrastructure to automate the management, configuration monitoring and troubleshooting. After a quick overview about network controller, I’ll explain how to deploy network controller and how to connect it to Virtual Machine Manager. Network Controller ...

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Upgrade Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 in High Availability to Technical Preview 2

Currently the last build for the next release of Virtual Machine Manager is the Technical Preview 2 (maybe Technical Preview 3 in the end of the month). In this topic, I will explain how to upgrade Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 installed in high availability to the Technical Preview 2. Architecture Overview My Virtual Machine Manager nodes are in a failover ...

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Prepare a VHDX image of Nano Server

Microsoft has recently announced a new version of Windows Server 2016 called Nano Server. The main advantage of this Windows Server version is the small footprint. For that, Microsoft has removed the Graphical User Interface stack, 32-bit support, local logins or Remote Desktop support. Nano Server can be managed only remotely by using PowerShell, WMI or WinRM. Nano Server has ...

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Manage Windows Server 2012 Core environment

Since a long time, Windows Server are based on graphical interface until Windows Server 2008R2. This last operating system can be installed in Core mode that means without graphical interface. But Core mode of Windows Server 2008R2 was limited because lot of software were not supported. In the same way, it is also possible to install Windows Server 2012 Core ...

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