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Capacity planning with vRops
Posted by Michael Ryom on January 18, 2017
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Capacity planning is one of the tasks that every IT organization need to do, but most do very poorly. This is not out of bad will or lack of skills. Most often, it is because they lack a good way of dealing with all the changes, past, present and future. Most of them are also done reactively. Statistics may be pulled from vCenter and put into word or excel where graphs of past data points from a historical trend. This is then used to predict the future growth and based there of cluster sizing and purchasing decisions are made. Alternatively, the all too familiar, “we are out of resources. Hurry we need to buy more”, scenario comes into play. None of these capacity technics are very good. There is most properly a need to do things smarter.

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PowerShell ROBO
Posted by Mike Preston on January 17, 2017
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Picture this – you are a systems administrator working at a major banking institution.   The security team walks into your office and lets you know that a major update needs to be applied to all of the servers within the institution – not a problem for most organizations, but in the case of a bank, you could have hundreds if not thousands of remote and branch offices.  Sure, we can write scripts to copy out the update files and even execute them remotely from our head office – but the problem most ROBO scenarios are ever-changing – with new offices being created and others closing down all the time.  Keeping track of server names, IP schemes, etc. can be quite a time-consuming process.  Naturally, we want the same updates, patches, and fixes to be deployed everywhere, in the same manner, in order to provide consistency – so having this up to date list available when we need it is key to driving success within our environment.

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Azure: Microsoft is cancelling the Pay-as-you-Go Option, but don’t worry
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on January 16, 2017
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No commitment. Pay for what you use each month” says the Microsoft Pay-as-you-Go website, which will no longer exist as we know of starting February 1 of 2017. Microsoft will be “guiding” new customers to use the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program to acquire any of the Azure subscriptions. Even though you won’t see the pay-as-you-go option from Microsoft, don’t panic, there’s an explanation.

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Get started with Windows Containers
Posted by Romain Serre on January 10, 2017
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Windows Server 2016 has been released in October 2016 and comes with a new feature called Containers. Containers already exist in Linux world and enable to make OS virtualization. Basically, a container is an isolated place where an application can run without affecting the rest of the system and without the system affecting the application (MSDN definition).

Windows Containers and Hyper-V Containers

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Ransomware: 14 Key Methods of Protection
Posted by Oksana Zybinskaya on January 9, 2017
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After 2016 everyone can come to a certain conclusion that ransomware is a persistent phenomenon to reckon with from now on, with more sophisticated and innovative techniques to come. That is why it is crucial for very user and administrator to learn how to improve and protect their computer from ransomware. Here are some important steps to remember:

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[Azure AD] Passthrough Authentification and Single Sign On
Posted by Florent Appointaire on January 5, 2017
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Microsoft releases a new version of Azure AD Connect (previous was called DirSync) that help you to synchronize your on-premises Active Directory to Azure AD. 2 new functionalities appear with this new version:

  • Passthrough authentication => Give you the possibility to validate an account (password, etc.) without ADFS or agent in DMZ.
  • Seamless SSO => Give you the possibility to connect to Microsoft Services (Office365, Azure, etc.) without an ADFS and with SSO.

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Azure Getting Bigger in the UK: New Services for Power BI, SQL Server and Azure Functions
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on January 3, 2017
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Microsoft continues with its expansion over Europe, offering new Azure Services most precisely within their brand new UK datacenters. The new services focus on PowerBI, SQL Server and Azure Functions; all of those are currently available for European customers.

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[Docker] Image2Docker: Bye bye IIS on Windows Server, Hello IIS on Windows Containers
Posted by Florent Appointaire on December 15, 2016
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Image2Docker is a tool to convert some Windows Server roles to docker containers (on Windows, for sure).

With this new version, it’s possible to extract ASP.NET website to run them in containers. To start, I created a VM with 3 ASP.NET websites. This is the view that I have from IIS Manager:

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Azure Offers now “Bot-as-a-Service” as a new “Serverless” Compute Service
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on December 14, 2016
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Microsoft is expanding the features and functionalities constantly, two of the key aspects related to the new Azure features are related to enhancing end-user interaction and facilitate the work in the DevOps world. Azure now has the “Bot-as-a-Service” available where customers can use these automated text-based exchanges systems with their own customers. 

Slack, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Teams, Web chat, Email, GroupMe, Kik, Telegram, text, SMS and Twilio icons

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AWS will Store your Data in a Truck and they will Drive it to the Cloud. For Real
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on December 14, 2016
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Probably Amazon started to ask themselves on how to accelerate cloud migrations if they can’t control the amount of data customer needs and the fact they can’t offer –yet- unlimited upload speed. And most likely following the “simple is safe” guideline, Amazon is now offering migration your data to the cloud by driving a truck to your datacenter, filling it with what you need and “driving it back” to AWS and the cloud.

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