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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 March 5, 2019
Getting started with Azure Migrate

Azure Migrate is an Azure tool that helps to plan the transition from VMware to Azure. Are you considering the possibility of lift-and-shift migrations? Or maybe are you at an early stage of migration assessment? The Azure Migrate service will help you assess whether your on-premises machines are suitable for working in Azure, get size recommendations for VMs, and estimate the cost of running on-premises machines in Azure. Do you have any doubts?

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Posted by Romain Serre on January 31, 2019
Configure Azure Backup from Windows Admin Center

Windows Admin Center offers a great web interface for managing Windows Server. Microsoft’s desire to bring the capabilities of the hybrid cloud to on-premises systems has led to the inclusion of the Azure Backup feature in Windows Admin Center. Now you can configure Azure Backup for your Windows Server with just a few clicks and save your time and resources. This is especially suitable for those who have a small environment in a data center. Or maybe it is hosted by another service provider, where having your own backup infrastructure does not make much sense.

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Posted by Romain Serre on January 17, 2019
Present an authentication form from Kemp LoadMaster

KEMP’s main product is LoadMaster, a load balancer, which allows you to work with dozens of web applications. The problem is that some web resources do not include an authentication form, as for example SSO. Therefore, moving to these applications through Kemp, the security of your data is at risk. But don’t worry! ESP or Edge Security Pack is an authentication form provided by Kemp and presented to clients before accessing the web applications.

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Posted by Romain Serre on January 10, 2019
Configure a reverse proxy on Kemp LoadMaster

A reverse proxy is a service that sits in front of one or more servers and accepts requests from clients for resources that are located on the server or servers. From a client point of view, a reverse proxy looks like a web server and can be easily used for remote access. The Kemp LoadMaster platform provides reverse proxy services that expand the range of workloads and provide access to dozens of web applications via a single IP address/port. Set up a reverse proxy server on the LoadMaster and get the perfect point in the network to control traffic and optimize performance!

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Posted by Romain Serre on December 6, 2018
Configure Azure Network Adapter from Windows Admin Center to connect Windows Server 2019 to Azure

After rolling out Windows Server 2019 and Windows Admin Center a month ago, Microsoft said that both were designed with ongoing popularity of all-cloud and hybrid-cloud environments in mind. This being said, let’s talk about the new multifunctional Azure Network Adapter! As you know, large workloads require good connections to VMs in Azure. This can be accomplished by using things like Site-to-Site VPN, Azure Express Route, or Point-to-Site VPN. Here, Azure Network Adapter comes into the play, allowing to connect VMs to the Azure Virtual Network just in one (or two) clicks! Learn More

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

A Kemp LoadMaster appliance is a critical service for load balancing and application content delivery. Thanks to flexible deployment options for a wide range of hypervisors and cloud platforms, Kemp LoadMaster allows you to distribute user traffic and improve application performance in private and hybrid cloud systems intelligently and efficiently. At the same time, usually Kemp is in front of critical services such as E-mail, web applications, SharePoint and if you lose it, you’ll get service outage. Deploying an HA cluster will solve this problem and provide a high availability, especially for a physical appliance!

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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 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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Posted by Romain Serre on August 30, 2018
In-Place upgrade domain controllers from Windows Server 2016 to Windows Server 2019

Windows Server 2019 should be available in barely two months. So, first migration will start shortly after. By experience, I know that first feature customers ask for migrating is Active Directory. Therefore, I wanted to try In-Place Upgrade which has been improved in Windows Server 2019. To try this feature, I upgraded a forest that is handled by two domain controllers running on Windows Server 2016. It was not a “click and fun” process, but Microsoft has really improved the In-Place upgrade. Let’s take a look of how to migrate Windows Server 2016 DC to 2019.

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Posted by Romain Serre on August 16, 2018
Make a disaster recovery plan with Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5

Veeam Backup and Replication is a backup and replication product. The backup part ensures your workloads are protected against bad manipulation, ransomware or disaster. It enables to restore the data in case of loss. The replication part ensures that your workloads can quickly start again in another datacenter in case of sinister in the first one. Products such as Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware vSphere can also handle this task. In this topic, I will show you how to leverage Veeam Backup and Replication to make a disaster recovery plan. The same steps can be applied to Hyper-V or VMware but in this topic, I will take VMware as example.

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