What should you do if “No space left on device” error occurs while updating VMware ESXi?
Posted by Alex Samoylenko on April 19, 2018
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While updating VMware ESXi servers, VMware vSphere users may encounter the “No space left on device” error that pops up while executing “esxcli software vib update” command. Interestingly, the problem occurs even though disks are doing well and have enough free space and df -h command proves that.

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SMB Direct – The State of RDMA for use with SMB 3 traffic (Part II)
Posted by Didier Van Hoye on April 17, 2018
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1 - RDMA optionsThe Flavors of RDMA & what role DCB plays.

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SMB Direct – The State of RDMA for use with SMB 3 traffic (Part I)
Posted by Didier Van Hoye on April 12, 2018
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SMB Direct – The State of RMDA for use with SMB 3 traffic

What is RDMA and why do we like it.

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[AWS] Use Cloudyn to manage your costs
Posted by Florent Appointaire on April 10, 2018
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Cloudyn new AWS accountNow that you deploy Cloudyn (see the other article), we will connect our AWS environment to have only one interface, to manage cost for all our cloud provider subscription.
Be careful, from June, this interface will not be free anymore for AWS. It’ll cost you 1% of your annual subscription consumption.

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[Azure] Deploy Cloudyn to manage the cost of your subscriptions
Posted by Florent Appointaire on April 5, 2018
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Some months ago, Microsoft acquires the Cloudyn company. This company developed an interface to manage your cost and to have billing information, for one or multiple subscription, on one console. They support some other cloud service provider like AWS and Google Cloud, it’s why it’s very interesting.

For Azure, it’s free of charge to use this software. You can connect your EA, CSP or other subscription.

For AWS, it’s free until June, after it will cost 1% of your revenue (on AWS or Google Cloud).

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Managing Windows Containers with Graphical User Interfaces
Posted by Nicolas Prigent on April 4, 2018
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In this article, I will describe how to manage Windows Containers via GUI. Docker provides a great Docker CLI that allows us to create, interact and delete containers but sometimes, it’s nice to have an interface to manage Containers. There are many admins who much prefer a GUI tool to handle every task and it can be useful to use an interface when you have many containers to manage or if you start working with Docker. In this article, I don’t want to judge which GUI is better because it depends! You must use the GUI that will suit your needs. So do not hesitate to test these GUI. In this article, I will walk through the following tools:

  • Kitematic
  • Portainer
  • Dockstation

For sure, there are others interfaces so this list is not exhaustive.

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Windows Server 2016 Core configuration. Part 3: Failover Clustering
Posted by Alex Khorolets on April 3, 2018
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Looking back at the previous articles in our “How-to-Core basics”, we have managed to install the Core version of Windows Server 2016. As well, the required networks were set, and the storage for the virtual machines was created.

In the final part of the trilogy, I’ll cover the steps left to prepare the environment in order to make your production highly available and fault-tolerant.

Being short, last time, we were up to installing Windows Server Core version on a single server and adding the storage as an iSCSI target. Highly available and fault-tolerant storage requires another server to create the failover cluster. There’s not much difference between the required configuration and the steps we did previously.

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Using the Microsoft Certificate Authority to get rid of those self-signed certs
Posted by Mike Preston on March 29, 2018
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Most every application we run in our datacenters today provides some sort of web-based interface.  The push to move to HTML5, API driven GUIs is a good one – we can access things from anywhere, using any device or browser.  The problem being we are also seeing a push for security, more specifically ensuring that all our web accessible interfaces are running through SSL and only accessed through https.  With this we are seeing a lot of applications providing users the ability to generate self-signed certificates to get the job done.  While this is ok, you may be thrown off and annoyed by the constant nagging from modern browsers such and Chrome, Firefox, and Edge – having to accept the self-signed cert bypassing some scary messages.  To get around this administrators can go out and purchase a certificate from a trusted authority, however this could get pretty expensive if you start adding up all of the self-signed certificates within your environment.  Another answer – the Microsoft Certificate Server.

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Configure Live Migration in Hyper-V clusters
Posted by Romain Serre on March 28, 2018
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In part of my job, I audit some Hyper-V clusters to remediate issues such as Live Migration. Most of the time, Live Migration part is not well configured. For example, the wrong network is selected or authentication is left to CredSSP. In this topic, I’ll show you how I configure Live Migration in Hyper-V clusters (S2D or not).

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SQL AlwaysOn
Posted by Mikhail Rodionov on March 27, 2018
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I guess once you will read through this article you will also notice how this technology is shaped out of familiar building blocks, but what I also hope for is that you will get a grasp of what is AlwaysOn, and get a basic understanding of how it works. I will fully cover installation and configuration of SQL Server AlwaysOn environment (using new and shiny SQL Server 2017) in my next article while focusing on technology overview here.

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