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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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Posted by Vladan Seget on October 9, 2018
Windows Admin Center for Windows Server 2019 – Getting Started

Windows Server 2019 was released the 4th of October 2019. This was very expected and highly attended release of the latest Microsoft Server Operating system (OS). Microsoft has also released a new free utility called Windows Admin Center (WAC) which can manage your whole production environment via web-based console.

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Posted by Vladyslav Savchenko on October 4, 2018
StarWind rPerf: All-in-one free tool for ensuring the maximum performance level of your RDMA network connections

Nowadays we often meet systems with RDMA connections configured for increasing the performance of the system. Also, it’s not a news that we can meet environments with the different OS installed. In our case, we will be looking into a vital aspect of the process – the performance of RDMA connections. So, let’s have a look at the configuration of RDMA and what we need for building and testing RDMA connections, problems that you possibly can face, and the final part is making it perform in a way that will make us happy. So, let’s start.

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Posted by Romain Serre on October 2, 2018
Deploy a virtual Kemp load-balancer appliance

Kemp provides a product called LoadMaster that provides a load balancer. Load Master is available in physical and virtual appliances. The virtual appliance is also called VLM (Virtual LoadMaster). LoadMaster can be deployed either in On-Prem and in Microsoft Azure. Today I wanted to show you how to deploy a VLM and the first configuration steps.

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on September 27, 2018
Does low latency, high throughput & CPU offloading require RDMA?

Does low latency, high throughput & CPU offloading require RDMA? What? Blasphemy, how dare we even question this? In my defense, I’m not questioning anything. I am merely being curious. I’m the inquisitive kind. The need for RDMA is the premise that we have been working with ever since RDMA became available outside of HPC InfiniBand fabrics. For us working in the Windows ecosystem this was with SMB Direct. Windows Server 2012 was the OS version that introduced us to SMB Direct, which leverages RDMA.

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Posted by Alex Bykovskyi on September 25, 2018
StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere

In this article, I discuss what StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is and how to set it up on the hardware RAID. StarWind VSAN for vSphere is a Software-Defined Storage solution that is designed specifically for vSphere environments. It comes as a preconfigured VM template, so just a couple of quick steps are needed to start running your vSphere environment on StarWind VSAN: download the solution, deploy it, and “play”. Here, I want to share some tips and tricks on working with VSAN for vSphere.

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Posted by Sergey Sanduliak on September 20, 2018
Take your backup infrastructure security and cost efficiency to the next level with StarWind Storage Gateway for Backblaze

This article describes StarWind Storage Gateway for Backblaze as a solution to make local backup applications operate seamlessly with a cloud object storage. This all-in-one solution combines the ability of a backup storage pool to offload the backup data to Backblaze B2 cloud storage, and immediately retrieve it – all at a bargain price.

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Posted by Romain Serre on September 18, 2018
Migrate your file servers with Storage Migration Service

One new announced feature in Windows Server 2019 is Storage Migration Service (SMS). SMS enables to ease drastically the migration from a file server to another. Moreover, SMS is fully manageable from Windows Admin Center as Microsoft has released an extension for this feature.

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