Posted by Vladan Seget on May 10, 2016
Windows Server 2016 – Three Built-in Tools To Protect Your Data From Ransomware

While the Windows Server 2016 “Technical Preview (TP) 5 has had the option for restoring data via System Restore protection, Microsoft did not keep this option in the final release. As such, we have only two built-in options.

After spyware and malware IT administrators do have to face another threat – A Ransomware. You have to pay to recover your data that has been encrypted by malware. Clever move from the Pirate’s perspective. Indeed. Pirates are hoping that they can make some dirty money out of it. And sometimes they’re successful. You might be asking what can you do, as a system administrator, to protect yourself against ransomware?

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Posted by Oksana Zybinskaya on May 5, 2016
4U Storage Pods offer 240TB of storage for 3.6 cents/GB

As we know, Backblaze publishes the specifications its product – Storage Pods, and recently it has announced its sixth generation design, with the number of disks rising from 45 to 60 while reducing costs down even further.

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Posted by Charbel Nemnom on April 29, 2016
Getting Started with Azure Resource Manager and Azure Deployment – Part III

In part two of this multi part blog series, we covered the creation and configuration of a GitHub account, to host a GitHub repository for a Quick Start template, and then we examined Visual Studio Code integration with Git and lastly we pushed commits to a remote repository on GitHub.

In the final post, we will modify and deploy sample and custom template and parameter JSON files.

If you missed Part I and Part II, please make sure to check them here Part I and Part II before you continue with the last part.

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Posted by Charbel Nemnom on April 28, 2016
Getting Started with Azure Resource Manager and Azure Deployment – Part II

In part one of this multi part blog series, we explained the benefits of Azure Resource Manager and resource groups in Azure V2 versus the Service Management API in Azure V1, then we looked in depth at JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) Quick Start templates. In the second part, Part II: we will create and configure a GitHub account, if you don’t already have one, to host a GitHub repository for a Quick Start template, and lastly we will examine Visual Studio Code integration with Git and push commits to a remote repository. In the final post, we will modify and deploy sample/custom template and parameter JSON files.
If you missed Part I, please make sure to check it here before you continue with this post.

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on April 28, 2016
A closer look at NUMA Spanning and virtual NUMA settings

With Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V became truly NUMA aware.  A virtual NUMA topology is presented to the guest operating system. By default, the virtual NUMA topology is optimized by matching the NUMA topology of physical host. This enables Hyper-V to get the optimal performance for virtual machines with high performance, NUMA aware workloads where large numbers of vCPUs and lots of memory come into play. A great and well known example of this is SQL Server.

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on April 27, 2016
Virtual Volumes (VVols) backup – how it works and which solutions should be used

Many of you have heard of Virtual Volumes (VVols) storage technology, which allows essential increasing of storage I/O performance within VMware vSphere environment by using logical volumes for certain virtual machines components and transferring of some storage operations to disk arrays.

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Posted by Jon Toigo on April 27, 2016
Manage It Already

As I review the marketing pitches of many software-defined storage products today, I am concerned by the lack of attention in any of the software stack descriptions to any capabilities whatsoever for managing the underlying hardware infrastructure. This strikes me as a huge oversight.

The truth is that delivering storage services via software — orchestrating and administering the delivery of capacity, data encryption, data protection and other services to the data that are hosted on a software-defined storage volume – is only half of the challenge of storage administration. The other part is maintaining the health and integrity of the gear and the interconnect cabling that provide the all-important physical underlayment of an increasingly virtualized world.

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Posted by Charbel Nemnom on April 26, 2016
Getting Started with Azure Resource Manager and Azure Deployment – Part I

Applications that are deployed in Microsoft Azure often comprise different but related cloud resources, such as virtual machines, web applications, SQL databases, virtual networks among others. Before the introduction of Azure Resource Manager (Azure V2), it was necessary to define and provision these resources imperatively. However, Azure Resource Manager gives you the ability to define and provision these resources with their configuration and associated parameters declaratively in a JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) template file, known as an Azure Resource Manager template.

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Posted by Oksana Zybinskaya on April 25, 2016
SanDisk X400 SSD Review

SanDisk is one of few companies currently offering 1TB of storage in a single-sided M.2 card – its product X400 SSD. X400 also comes in a 2.5″ 7mm-height form factor, but the M.2 configuration is the main selling point of this line. 1TB M.2 X400 card allows getting the most out of the ultra-thin notebooks in terms of storage, without sacrificing performance or battery life.

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Posted by Mike Preston on April 25, 2016
5 tips to help you explore the world of PowerShell scripting

In 2006 Windows Administrators got their first glimpse into what the world of PowerShell scripting might look like when PowerShell, which was then known as Monad was released under beta conditions to the world. 10 years later we are now into our 5th iteration of the scripting language and have seen a thriving ecosystem form around the Verb-Noun style of automation. PowerShell is a powerful tool and can be an amazing time-saver to for any Windows administrator to know. That said, as with any scripting/programming languages getting started can be a little daunting, especially if you have had no scripting experience to fall back on. Below we will take a look at 5 tips that can save you both time and energy when writing your PowerShell scripts.

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