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VMware & StarWind: Guarantee data safety and constant applications availability
Speaker: Alexey Khorolets, Pre-Sales Engineer, StarWind
Posted by Didier Van Hoye on November 15, 2018
Windows Server 2019 introduces a new SMB Mapping Option UseWriteThrough

A standard SMB share leverages caching to make things work fluently. Hiccups are hidden and go fast as caching often makes things look faster than they are under the hood. For the vast majority of knowledge worker application that support working against a file share, i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and many other tools. For software that requires and is dependent on an absolute guarantee data is consistent and persisted at all times this is not enough. Backups to file share are one such use case. If the SMB Shares “lies” to the SMB client that all is written to storage but it is actually still cached things can go wrong. Most of the time, even with a small hiccup, things still go well, but that is not guaranteed. You might have an application think that all data is persisted without it ever having happening.

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Posted by Nicolas Prigent on November 8, 2018
Configuring Azure Point-to-Site VPN with Windows 10

In this article, we will focus on how to connect our local network to our Azure Virtual Network.

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Posted by Andrea Mauro on November 6, 2018
VMware vCenter and PSC topologies

VMware vSphere 6 offers all new and new features including a new VMware vCenter management services architecture. vCenter 6.0 can be deployed in embedded and external options and separately as a Platform Services Controller (PSC) and as vCenter. If the Platform Services Controller (PSC) provides common infrastructure services for the data center, then the vCenter Server ensures the remainder of the vCenter Server functionality. But you’ll agree, it would be great to have a common platform that combines both solutions. This option would help reduce the number of VMs per sites without any load balanced dependencies and provide fault tolerance.

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on November 1, 2018
[Azure] Migrate your IIS websites quickly and easily

Microsoft released a very interesting tool, that will help you to migrate quickly and easily your IIS websites, to Azure. I deployed for this test, a Windows Server 2019 server, with IIS and a website.

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on October 30, 2018
[Azure] Migrate your SQL Server databases quickly and easily, with near 0 downtime

After seeing how to migrate IIS websites quickly and easily, we’ll see how to migrate SQL Server databases, with a reduced time of unavailability, to Azure SQL. Be careful, this functionality is in Preview.

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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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