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Booting Hyper-V VMs in a required order: Put yourself at ease!

Rebooting the Hyper-V server is a necessary course of action. However, what do you do if it doesn’t fall in line with your schedule, and there is work that needs to be done? Well, if you know how to boot your VMs in a required order, there’s a way to do both.

Hyper-V Replica

Keeping a seamless workflow is probably the most important thing about preserving business continuity. While backup and disaster recovery strategies do protect your workplace and data, sometimes, you can’t afford to stop working even for a short period. That’s where Hyper-V Replica enters the room!

PowerShell wizard script: Configure Hyper-V Replica in different scenarios (domain, workgroups, and mixed option)

Too much is not always right, but it’s definitely not the case with disaster recovery. You can never know what happens next, so its better to stay alert. Hyper-V Replica will help you to develop one more reliable strategy to protect your infrastructure!

Azure Site Recovery (ASR)

Hard to imagine anything worse than data center outage, right? The business has to move smoothly, and data has to be available 24/7. Well, luckily, there are ways to make it happen. Check out the Azure Site Recovery service and find out what you can do with it!

Migrating to the cloud is easy. My experience of choosing P2V converters.

VM conversion is a trivial task (with proper set of tools of course). See some industry standard V2V converters under the hood to learn which one works better for you.

Deploying a Windows Server 2019 S2D Cluster using Azure Resource Manager Templates

A determined and professional admin will never stay satisfied with the way IT infrastructure works because no matter how good it is, we can always make it better. In this step-by-step guide, I’ll let you know all you need to know about deploying a Windows Server 2019 S2D Cluster using Azure Resource Manager Templates.

Creating a function in Windows PowerShell and saving it as module.

As every admin knows way too well, administrating an IT infrastructure is not an easy job. If you plan on performing everything manually, you’ll find yourself buried in tasks. That’s why command-line shells do exist and why today we’ll take a look on how to write a function in Windows PowerShell!

Creating bulk user accounts in AD via PowerShell

Today, we’re going to talk about little tricks on automating one of the most routine duties of an AD admin, namely creating multiple user accounts. Literally, every single one admin sooner or later meets the necessity to develop and activate several user accounts. If it’s a one-time activity and you don’t need more than 10 accounts, you better stop right here. However, if you have a large domain at your responsibility, or just have to create multiple accounts too often, there are ways to make your life much more comfortable.

Combining Hyper-V and DC role on the same server: Why is this a bad idea

In our daily work, we do often face a choice between low cost or high reliability. Today, I want to establish whether the game is worth the candle when you want to cut your expenses on important things. The premise is that combining Hyper-V and DC roles on the same bare-metal server is a bad idea.

Creating a Domain on Windows Server 2016 via PowerShell

Creating of Windows domain has always been a rock on which admins split. There are ones who will vouch for GUI. The others are more prone to PowerShell use. What do I think? Well, PowerShell is a flexible and universal tool, unlike GUI. So, no wonder this article is dedicated to creating and configuring a domain on Windows Server 2016 via PowerShell exclusively. I want to establish whether it will be helpful in the automation of this whole process.