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.

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Posted by Romain Serre on February 26, 2016
Deploy Hyper-V VM Switches and vNIC consistency with PowerShell

When a large Hyper-V infrastructure is deployed, often Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) is installed. It enables to deploy logical switches which are mainly VM Switches and virtual network adapters for Live-Migration, Backup, heartbeat, storage or management purposes. However small or medium business doesn’t necessarily implement VMM because it is expensive or not well-known. Even if you don’t use VMM, you can deploy consistency VM Switches on several Hyper-V by using PowerShell. This topic aims to show you how to deploy VM Switches and virtual network adapters by using PowerShell. In this way you will be able to make a standard script to configure your Hyper-V hosts.

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Posted by Oksana Zybinskaya on February 26, 2016
Cisco coming up with a hyper-converged infrastructure solution

The hyperconverged infrastructure appliance market (HCIA) is growing fast and hardware competitors are using Dell, HP, SuperMicro and other servers and not Cisco’s UCS hardware. EMC only covers a portion of the market so Cisco should address the rest in order to both preserve its current UCS market share and grow it further.

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Posted by Oksana Zybinskaya on February 22, 2016
Hard Drive Reliability Review for 2015

During 2015 Backblaze data centre has expanded from 39’690 hard drives in 882 Backblaze Storage Pods to 56’224 drives in 1’249 Pods, which makes about 65 Petabytes of additional space.

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Posted by Jon Toigo on February 18, 2016
HYPER-CONVERGENCE TAKES HOLD

Hyper-converged infrastructure, when we started to hear about it last year, was simply an “appliantization” of the architecture and technology of software-defined storage (SDS) technology running in concert with server virtualization technology. Appliantization means that the gear peddler was doing the heavy lift of pre-integrating server and storage hardware with hypervisor and SDS hardware so that the resulting kit would be pretty much plug-and-play.

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Posted by Romain Serre on February 17, 2016
Automate the Hyper-V Virtual Machine deployment with PowerShell

For large Hyper-V infrastructure, IT people use often Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) to automate tasks as VM deployment. VMM provides profiles (hardware, operating system and application) and then we use these profiles to build a VM Template. Most of the time, a VM Template contains a VM hardware configuration and the OS configuration (join the domain, product key and so on). Then VMs are deployed from templates which decrease the time to deploy a working VM.

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Posted by Oksana Zybinskaya on February 11, 2016
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise introduces new naming convention

New Integrity MC990 X is the first server in a line conforming to the new naming convention, with ‘MC’ standing for ‘mission critical’ and ‘X’ standing for ‘Xeon’.It replaces the Proliant DL980 (‘DL’ – ‘density line’). The name changes are implemented in order to meet specific customer needs, e.g., high performance and cloud computing. HP will keep the Proliant name for low-end and mid-range servers, and also keep the BL (blade) designation.

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on February 9, 2016
Top 5 Best Utilities for your vSphere infrastructure presented on VMware Labs in 2015

On VMware Labs site you can read about new utilities which can simplify the management of VMware vSphere virtualization infrastructure. They help administrators to solve their everyday problems. The following list includes the tools with functions description. Learn More

Posted by Oksana Zybinskaya on February 3, 2016
Hyperconverged Stories Contest

Tell us anything you want about how you did hyperconverged project and get $500.

Share your experience and get $500 by participating in StarWind contest.

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Posted by Charbel Nemnom on February 3, 2016
How to Configure Storage Replication using Windows Server 2016? – Part 2

Warning: This article is written with information related to Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4.

In part one of this multi part blog on How to Configure Storage Replication in Windows Server 2016, we covered an introduction into Storage Replica which is a new feature introduced in Windows Server 2016, and we covered step by step the implementation of Windows Volume Replication (Server-to-server). In this follow up post, we are going to cover the implementation of volume replication with stretch cluster. This type of cluster features uses Asymmetric storage, two sites, two sets of shared storage and uses volume replication to ensure that data is available to all nodes in the cluster.

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