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VMware & StarWind: Guarantee data safety and constant applications availability
Speaker: Alexey Khorolets, Pre-Sales Engineer, StarWind
Posted by Didier Van Hoye on November 15, 2018
Windows Server 2019 introduces a new SMB Mapping Option UseWriteThrough

A standard SMB share leverages caching to make things work fluently. Hiccups are hidden and go fast as caching often makes things look faster than they are under the hood. For the vast majority of knowledge worker application that support working against a file share, i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and many other tools. For software that requires and is dependent on an absolute guarantee data is consistent and persisted at all times this is not enough. Backups to file share are one such use case. If the SMB Shares “lies” to the SMB client that all is written to storage but it is actually still cached things can go wrong. Most of the time, even with a small hiccup, things still go well, but that is not guaranteed. You might have an application think that all data is persisted without it ever having happening.

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Posted by Alex Bykovskyi on November 13, 2018
StarWind V2V Converter. Now even better – can you imagine?

StarWind V2V Converter is a great tool intended to speed the process of hypervisor switch faster with minimum interaction of an IT administrator. In addition, with P2V functionality added, it is much easier to Virtualize your Physical environment.

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Posted by Nicolas Prigent on November 8, 2018
Configuring Azure Point-to-Site VPN with Windows 10

In this article, we will focus on how to connect our local network to our Azure Virtual Network.

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Posted by Andrea Mauro on November 6, 2018
VMware vCenter and PSC topologies

VMware vSphere 6 offers all new and new features including a new VMware vCenter management services architecture. vCenter 6.0 can be deployed in embedded and external options and separately as a Platform Services Controller (PSC) and as vCenter. If the Platform Services Controller (PSC) provides common infrastructure services for the data center, then the vCenter Server ensures the remainder of the vCenter Server functionality. But you’ll agree, it would be great to have a common platform that combines both solutions. This option would help reduce the number of VMs per sites without any load balanced dependencies and provide fault tolerance.

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on November 1, 2018
[Azure] Migrate your IIS websites quickly and easily

Microsoft released a very interesting tool, that will help you to migrate quickly and easily your IIS websites, to Azure. I deployed for this test, a Windows Server 2019 server, with IIS and a website.

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on October 30, 2018
[Azure] Migrate your SQL Server databases quickly and easily, with near 0 downtime

After seeing how to migrate IIS websites quickly and easily, we’ll see how to migrate SQL Server databases, with a reduced time of unavailability, to Azure SQL. Be careful, this functionality is in Preview.

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Posted by Alex Bykovskyi on October 25, 2018
StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere Linux Software RAID configuration

The present series of articles describes StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere edition. In the first article, I talked about what StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is and how to set it up on the hardware RAID. StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is not just a simple Windows VM but a ready-to-go Linux-based VM. Using StarWind VSAN for vSphere, the process of deploying VMs, providing storage, connecting it, and creating highly available VMs becomes as easy as ABC.

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on October 23, 2018
Reclaiming guest OS storage in VMware vSAN 6.7 U1 with TRIM/UNMAP process

VMware vSAN 6.7 Update 1 was presented during VMware VMworld 2018 and became available for download recently. It is still talked over in the IT community as the update brought many new features to the platform. TRIM/UNMAP, the process for guest OS disk space reclamation, is one of those new features. To make the long story short, it enables to use the storage resources smarter once you create thin provisioned virtual disks. In this article, I discuss how to enable TRIM/UNMAP and why actually you need this feature.

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Posted by Romain Serre on October 16, 2018
Build a Kemp LoadMaster HA Cluster

In a last topic, I’ve explained how to deploy a Kemp LoadMaster appliance. In this topic, I show how to deploy a Kemp LoadMaster HA cluster. The goal is to ensure that the load-balancing service is highly available. Most of the time, Kemp LoadMaster is a critical service because if you lose it, you’ll get service outage especially on E-mail, web application, SharePoint etc. To ensure high availability, most of the time I deploy a HA cluster.

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Posted by Paolo Valsecchi on October 11, 2018
Migrate On-Premises Virtual Machines to AWS

AWS Server Migration Server (SMS) allows the migration of one or multiple on-premises virtual machines to AWS in an easy way from a single pane of glass. The SMS service allows to schedule and automate replications needed to easily manage server migrations.

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