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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 Paolo Valsecchi on February 28, 2019
Veeam: re-map MoRef ID of protected VMs when replacing the vCenter Server

“Object with reference <vmname> was not found in the hierarchy cache.” Have you ever met such an error message during replacing the vCenter Server configured in Veeam Backup & Replication? Or maybe in the case of an inventory change in the vCenter? A similar message pops up when a Virtual Machine’s MoRef changes. To complete backup jobs successfully, you need to re-map the MoRef ID of protected VMs, namely to keep same MoRef IDs for all protected virtual machines. How should that be done?

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Posted by Gary Williams on February 26, 2019
First steps with AWS Fargate containers

Have you ever heard of the possibility to run containers without a need to manage servers or clusters? Containers allow packing application code, configurations, and dependencies into a single object. Standardly for their run, it’s necessary to select, configure, and scale clusters of VMs. Now imagine that you don’t need to do all this. You don’t have to choose server types and optimize cluster packing. AWS Fargate is a computer engine for Amazon ECS that makes your work with containers as easy as possible. With AWS Fargate, you don’t interact with servers or clusters, but simply concentrate on designing and building your applications, and not on managing the infrastructure that supports them. Not bad, right?

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Posted by Andrea Mauro on February 21, 2019
Changing the hardware resources on a running VM

Each virtual machine (VM) is a collection of resources provided by the infrastructure layer, usually organized in a pool of resources and assigned dynamically (or in some case statically) to each VM. VMs “see” a subset of physical resources in a form of virtual hardware components defined usually by the certain minimum elements. Adding hardware components can be useful in some cases, or they can be necessary for performing some basic operations, like, for example, installing the guest OS where a video driver, a keyboard and a mouse device are needed to use the remote console. That is why you should be aware of which hardware resources can be hot-add and which hot-remove.

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on February 19, 2019
VMware Horizon View 7.x. configuration backup & recovery

VMware Horizon View is a VMware product that aims to improve the infrastructure of the virtual desktop as well as support bring your own device (BYOD) programs. Most administrators back up virtual desktops, but very few pay enough attention to backing up the Horizon View configurations. At the same time, a backup of a VMware Horizon View environment configuration is a critical part of the work of your virtual desktop infrastructure that guarantees its integrity. Moreover, if you any have problems with a large View Manager configuration that can last from several hours to several days, your Horizon View configurations need a safe harbor badly. So, don’t wait for a second!

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on February 14, 2019
What’s new in the upcoming VMware vSAN version? Reviewing the coolest features

The new VMware vSAN version will be released in beta in Q1/Q2 this year, but VMware has “sneak peeked” many details about the upcoming vSAN version features. What new technologies will appear in the new version of VMware vSAN? VMware tailored vSAN for all-cloud environments, introducing vSAN Native Data Protection, Linked Clone, First Class Disk (FCD) support, and other added functionality. Do you want to know more?

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Posted by Nicolas Prigent on February 12, 2019
An Overview of Azure Traffic Manager

Traffic in the network is similar to the movement of cars on the roads. If there are no traffic lights and a traffic controller or the number of cars is too large, a traffic jam will arise. How about user traffic incoming to your website? The situation is similar. To ensure high availability and high performance, you need an efficient traffic manager. Azure Traffic Manager (ATM) is a DNS-based traffic load balancing subsystem that allows you to distribute traffic between services in all Azure regions optimally, ensuring a high level of availability and responsiveness. Productivity, priority, balance, multitasking – these characteristics fully describe Azure Traffic Manager. Are you still losing valuable time in information packets traffic jams?

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Posted by Mikhail Rodionov on February 7, 2019
Migrating K2 database to a different SQL Server instance – how to copy SQL Server instance Master Key

You may have different reasons for moving the K2 database to a new SQL server instance. But there are mandatory steps you need to follow to complete this action successfully. You need to backup and restore all the data of the K2 database to a new SQL Server instance, do encryption/decryption operations, and many other things. But how can you protect your data and ensure minimum downtime?

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Posted by Vladan Seget on February 5, 2019
How to Migrate VMware vCenter from Windows to VCSA 6.7 Update 1

Do you have problems with lack of space when using SQL express or setting up ODBC parameters before installing vCenter? So it’s time for you to think about VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) – a pre-configured virtual appliance running Linux (Project Photon OS). It has been optimized specifically for vCenter services. What about the scale? VCSA supports up to 2000 hosts or 3500 VMs per appliance. Sounds good, right? In addition, VCSA provides enhanced security. Why wait? Take a step into the future!

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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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