Posted by Didier Van Hoye on March 22, 2016
Need Hard Processor affinity for Hyper-V?

The need or perceived need for hard CPU processor affinity stems from a desire to offer the best possible guaranteed performance.  The use cases for this do exist but the problems they try to solve or the needs they try to meet might be better served by a different design or architecture such as dedicated hardware. This is especially true when this requirement is limited to a single or only a few virtual machines needing lots of resources and high performance that are mixed into an environment where maximum density is a requirement. In such cases, the loss of flexibility by the Hyper-V CPU scheduler in regards to selecting where to source the time slices of CPU cycles is detrimental. The high performance requirements of such VMs also means turning of NUMA spanning. Combining processor affinity and high performance with maximum virtual machine density is a complex order to fulfill, no matter what.

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Posted by Oksana Zybinskaya on March 18, 2016
Western Digital makes a $46, 314GB hard drive just for the Raspberry Pi

New, significantly improved Raspberry Pi 3 has been released this month. Improvements include a quad-core 64-bit ARM processor, an upgraded graphic processor, and a built-in wireless adapter. In order to meet the storage needs Western Digital has issued a new specialized low-profile hard drive called PiDrive.

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

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.

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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.

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

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 Learn More

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

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

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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