How to Use Azure DevTest Labs?
Posted by Nicolas Prigent on February 15, 2018
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Azure Dev Test Labs

Official Microsoft description:

“Azure DevTest Lab is a service that helps developers and testers to quickly create environments in Azure while minimizing waste and controlling cost. You can test latest version of your application by quickly provisioning Windows and Linux environments using reusable templates and artifacts.”

In other words, Azure DevTest Labs is a great service that will help you to implement DevOps in your organization. Azure DevTest Labs will allows you to easily deploy Virtual Machines in order to test your workload in Azure. Setting up a development and test environment can take lots of time for your Ops Team. Let’s imagine that you have developers that want to be able to test their application using the latest version of SQL Server. You must:

  1. Deploy the VM
  2. Configure the VM
  3. Test the VM
  4. Configure RBAC
  5. Send the VM information with credentials to the Dev Team
  6. Check with the Dev Team if everything is ok
  7. If not, you must reconfigure the VM
  8. Check once again with the Dev Team

And so on…

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Replacing a Veeam Agent for Windows host while preserving existing local or share backups
Posted by Didier Van Hoye on February 14, 2018
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Imagine you have a server with data source volumes that are backed up to local (or a share) target backup volumes with Veeam Agent for Windows (VAW). You might or might not backup the OS as well. That server is old, has issues or has crashed beyond repair and needs to be replaced. You don’t really care all that much about the server OS potentially but you do care about your data backup history! You don’t want to lose all those restore points. Basically, we try to answer how do you replace the backup server when it’s a local Veeam Agent for Windows 2.1 deployment.

How do you do this?

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Nested Virtualization in Azure with StarWind Virtual SAN. Part 2: Hybrid Cloud
Posted by Dmytro Malynka on February 13, 2018
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Hybrid deployment architectures

You all probably know that our main goal is delivering all the “building blocks” required to construct a full-stack IT infrastructure. This is ensured by a portfolio that has solutions for most business problems for IT systems. With the ever-increasing popularity of cloud computing, StarWind has recently created an easy-entry-to-cloud solution suitable for any businesses. It ensures that your data is always safe and readily available, regardless of outside factors.

Before we take a deep dive into StarWind Hybrid Cloud, let’s overview common cloud deployment models.

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Migrate On-Premises VHD files to Azure
Posted by Nicolas Prigent on February 8, 2018
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Azure Virtual Machines

You may need to move a couple of Azure Virtual Machines from on-premises to your Azure subscription. Thanks to Windows PowerShell, uploading a VM to Azure is really easy to do! You must check only one prerequisite before uploading your VM to Azure: you will need to check what type of virtual hard disk is being used by the virtual machine. Hyper-V can use either VHD or VHDX based virtual hard disks. However, only VHD disks can be uploaded to Azure. Azure does not support VHDX disks.

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Full throttling your storage performance with P3700 Intel NVMe
Posted by Dmytro Khomenko on February 7, 2018
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The most important part of any server infrastructure is the performance of the underlying storage which creates a direct dependency on the performance of the mission-critical applications. With all the available options for selecting the highest-performing underlying storage for your host taken into account, as well as the consideration of a lot of finger pointing once a storage array doesn’t perform according to plan, the responsibility involved makes the decision even more difficult than it seems.

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Managing StarWind Virtual SAN infrastructure in a web browser. Part 2: StarWind VSA
Posted by Kateryna Rudenko on February 6, 2018
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StarWind Management Console

Currently, there are two options for managing StarWind-based infrastructure via web: StarWind Gateway VM and StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA). So today, I’m gonna describe the second option which allows easily managing your StarWind Virtual SAN infrastructure from any point of the world using any web browser.

StarWind Linux-based Virtual Storage Appliance is the best way to instantly deploy StarWind Virtual SAN to test its functions without having to change your already-existing infrastructure. StarWind VSA supports all industry-standard hypervisors such as Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, Citrix XenServer, and KVM and includes Web Management Console allowing to use any HTML5-capable web browser. StarWind VSA is really simple to deploy and manage, requiring no special skills from the on-site IT-team.

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The main features of 2016 Failover Cluster
Posted by Vitalii Feshchenko on February 1, 2018
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In our support work very often we face different environments. They can range from three VMs to a hundred of those, with the number of nodes from two to ten.

Today, I will tell you about the main features of Failover Cluster 2016, which are applicable to any environment.

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Why upgrade to VMware vSphere 6.5 (or why not)
Posted by Andrea Mauro on January 31, 2018
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VMware vSphere 6.5 is the latest version of the enterprise server virtual platform from VMware, but the new beta it’s already there for testers. Actually the next version it’s (in the beta). If you are building a new infrastructure from scratch the latest stable version is probably the best choices (for most cases); but what about if you have an old environment and you plan to upgrade it?

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Smashing remote IT infrastructure access barriers with StarWind Web-based management. Part 1: Gateway VM
Posted by Kateryna Rudenko on January 30, 2018
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So we all want our IT infrastructure to be available at hand and manage it from any remote location. Nowadays, it’s nothing special, it’s just a “must-have”. For real, the days of managing your IT environment only from a directly connected device are long gone. IT administrators need flexibility and the ability to access their infrastructure 24/7 no matter where they are. Installing dedicated software every time you need to make some minor changes or just to monitor your environment’s stats is also a no go. Moreover, such software may not be supported on mobile devices.

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RAID – The love-hate relationship, but for how long will it last?
Posted by Karim Buzdar on January 25, 2018
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Back in the day, RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) was considered the king of the storage landscape. Businesses paid a lot to receive the much expensive privilege of data protection. In today’s world though, the once-hot breakthrough technology is considered a sin among most storage circles.

Commonly used as a secondary data protection technology, it helps increase the performance and reliability of data storage. On a physical level, it’s a logical configuration of multiple physical drives to provide fault tolerance and data optimization in a system. One can organize data in a RAID array in different levels by balancing data and recovery needs or speed and fault tolerance properties – essentially whatever factors are most critical to the business.

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