Posted by Charbel Nemnom on March 17, 2016
Introduction to Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) – Part II

Introduction

In part one of this multi-part blog series, we covered how to establish a Microsoft Operations Management Suite environment; in the second part, Part II, we will discuss how to get started with Microsoft Operations Management Suite and we will introduce OMS solutions. If you missed Part I, please make sure to check it here before you move on to Part II.

In this post, you will become familiar with the OMS console. You will learn how to configure OMS to collect data through integration with System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and through direct connections to individual servers. In addition, you will learn how to customize your OMS dashboard.

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Posted by Jon Toigo on March 16, 2016
World Backup Day Is Coming

At the end of March, an event little known outside of a small community of vendors, will happen:  World Backup Day.  Expect a flurry of blogs and tweets and posts and all of the other stuff that goes along with such marketing events.  Then, expect the discussion to go silent for another year…unless a newsworthy data disaster occurs.

Truth be told, backup has never been front of mind for IT planners.  Most planners don’t even consider how they will back up the data they will be storing when then go out to purchase storage rigs.  And most have no clue regarding which data needs to be protected.  Backup is an afterthought.

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Posted by Charbel Nemnom on March 11, 2016
Introduction to Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) – Part I

Introduction

In this series of blog posts, we will show you how to get started with Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) so that you can protect your heterogeneous environments, respond proactively to changing business needs and simplify IT management – all from a single portal with no infrastructure to maintain. This post will also show you how Microsoft Operations Management Suite delivers immediate, actionable insights into your log data by providing a cost-effective, all-in-one cloud management solution so you can better protect guest workloads in Microsoft Azure, AWS, Windows Server, Linux, VMWare, and Open Stack.

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Posted by Oksana Zybinskaya on March 11, 2016
World’s fastest SSD

Seagate has announced the release of so-called “the world’s fastest SSD” with the significant  performance differential between it and the next closest competitive device. The new SSD is compatible with the Open Compute Project specification, employs NVMe protocol, and is capable of 10GB/sec of throughput when used in 16-lane PCIe slots, which is 4GB/sec faster than the next fast competing solution.

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Posted by Romain Serre on March 10, 2016
Manage Nano Servers from Server Management Tools in Microsoft Azure

Server Management Tools has been released last week in the preview build. This tool is available in Microsoft Azure to manage servers from a Web-Based GUI and command line. It is able to manage Windows Server 2016 Technical preview running on servers located On-Premises or in Azure as well.

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on March 7, 2016
Preview of VMware Products and Technologies for 2016. Here is what you need to know

In early February on the Enabling the Digital Enterprise online-event, VMware announced the new versions of its products and technologies planned for release in 2016:
• VMware Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode – Enterprise VM management via VMware public cloud
• Change in licensing for VMware vSphere, effective from June 30, 2016
• VMware Horizon 7 – countless new opportunities
• New capabilities of VMware Virtual SAN 6.2
• Workspace ONE solution announcement
• New versions of VMware vCloud Suite 7 and VMware vRealize Suite 7

Below is all the main info from the latest news on future VMware releases and its technology development vector.

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Posted by Oksana Zybinskaya on March 7, 2016
HTTPS sites are threatened by a new low-cost decipher attack

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A new low-cost attack that decrypts sensitive communications in neglectable time has been discovered recently. The attack works against TLS-protected communications using RSA cryptosystem which expose the key through SSLv2, which was retired two decades ago due to vulnerabilities, but still may be supported by some service due to legacy compatibility reasons or misconfigured TLS implementations.

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on March 4, 2016
[AZURE] Execute an Azure Automation Runbook from an ASP.NET website

 

 

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I will explain to you today how to execute an Azure Automation Runbook through an ASP.NET website who is stored on a free Azure WebApp.

To do this, I will use Webhook from the Azure Automation Runbook. I used this article to understand how it works.

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Posted by Oksana Zybinskaya on March 4, 2016
Here is the winner of our Hyperconverged Stories Contest

Hyper-Converged Hyper-V solution using Starwind across two buildings

When I first started working for my current employer back in 2013 one of the first projects was to address business continuity concerns. The Brief was very… brief… no details other than “we have another building on the site which is linked by fibre optic, if our current physical servers had a problem we want to be back up and running in under 4 hours”. No guidance on what we should use or how to accomplish this, so off I went in search for solutions.

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Posted by Vladan Seget on March 2, 2016
Deploy MSI package to group of computers in your domain

This is a follow up post on a post we have done previously – How To Convert EXE To MSI Package In 5 Easy Steps – where we created a MSI package for an application that did not exists as MSI, so we had no choice. We used third party software to repackage our application.

As you can see, repackaging of an application can be done, but not without third party tools. Anyway, so now we have this MSI and we want let’s say to deploy this application to a group of computers in a Microsoft domain.

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