Romain Serre
Romain Serre
Romain Serre works in Lyon as a Senior Consultant. He is focused on Microsoft Technology, especially on Hyper-V, System Center, Storage, networking and Cloud OS technology as Microsoft Azure or Azure Stack. He is a MVP and he is certified Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (MCSE Server Infrastructure & Private Cloud), on Hyper-V and on Microsoft Azure (Implementing a Microsoft Azure Solution).

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Posted by Romain Serre on August 11, 2020
What’s next in Azure Stack HCI

Azure Stack Hyperconverged Infrastructure is Microsoft’s attempt to build a hybrid HCI solution that’s aimed to be an everything-in-one. Among others, the new release will have simplified deployment via Windows Admin Center and Azure Portal, a specialized host operating OS, improved resync duration for S2D, and a one-click stack upgrade.

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Posted by Romain Serre on July 9, 2020
Establish a Site-to-Site VPN between Azure and a Unifi Dream Machine Pro

Ubiquiti recently released its Unifi Dream Machine Pro (UDM-Pro), which is a multifaceted hardware platform. It executes various features, including firewall, switch, router, SDN, or camera management. Unifi Controller, a software, allows you to handle your Ubiquiti network and even establish a VPN with Azure for hybrid scenarios.

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Posted by Romain Serre on June 25, 2020
Implement a DRP to Microsoft Azure from Windows Admin Center

Every contemporary organization should have a disaster recovery plan (DRP) in place to ensure data safety and business continuity. With the accessibility of present-day cloud services, luckily, setting up a valid DRP isn’t that complex or expensive. Azure offers one such service that’ll keep your apps and workloads running even during outages.

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Posted by Romain Serre on June 4, 2020
Azure Shared Image Gallery

Managing and sharing your VMs across different subscriptions in the cloud is necessary for having a flexible routine. Azure Shared Image Gallery is one such tool that enables that process. With it, you can manage VM images, deploy them across the world, perform versioning and grouping of images, and share them across subscriptions.

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Posted by Romain Serre on April 22, 2020
Deploy Windows Virtual Desktop session hosts from a template

The previous text by this author explained how to deploy the Windows Virtual Desktop solution. Now that you’ve learned how Azure Active Directory can help simplify your shifting to remote work, there’s another trick. To further ease the process, you can deploy the session hosts by using an image.

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Posted by Romain Serre on April 14, 2020
Enable Active Directory authentication over SMB for Azure file shares

Establishing VPN connections to your on-prem infrastructure and then managing resources from there can be too complicated and straining. To simplify that process, you can now use Azure Active Directory: deliver Kerberos and NTLM tokens for Azure Files, access company data from anywhere, add cache servers to ROBO, and more.

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Posted by Romain Serre on March 18, 2020
Implement a file server in Azure without using a single VM

It’s usually quite a chore to manage file servers by using VMs. Migrating between file servers in the cloud, enacting replication with DFS-R, and such would require using redundancy mechanisms. All this makes the implementation of file servers in Azure unnecessarily complex. Well, that ship has finally sailed!

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Posted by Romain Serre on March 10, 2020
Backup your NAS with Veeam Backup & Replication 10

Veeam Backup and Replication 10 has just recently been released, and one of its more exciting features is the ability to back up a NAS. The latter is frequently used for diverse workloads, which include huge amounts of unstructured data. It’s often served chaotically, and it’s in a risk of being lost if there’s no specific fast redundancy mechanism in place.

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Posted by Romain Serre on January 30, 2020
Schedule the Start and Stop of Your Windows Virtual Desktop VMs

Nothing in life comes for free and, certainly, not all the little things used in Azure. Such components as RD Broker or RD Web Access, for example, are “hidden.” You won’t see their apparent activity in Azure Portal, unlike the RD Host Session or Windows 10 VMs. As a result, your Azure credit will be spent without you actually using the productivity of such VMs.

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Posted by Romain Serre on January 21, 2020
Getting started with Azure AD Connect

Keeping your credentials and online behavior safe is key to upholding corporate cybersecurity. But the number of applications that are used on-premises and in the Web grow every day. Such conditions require employees to have various access identities with different credentials. Consequently, it causes unnecessary work complexity and potential online threats. Read the article by Romain Serre about using Azure AD Connect to synchronize identities across your on-premises and web application directories to enhance your cybersecurity.

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