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Ivan Ischenko
  • Ivan Ischenko
  • August 3, 2017

Free SMB3 Failover File Server on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016

In the previous article, we have created a free SMB3 file server. I decided to proceed with the testing of Microsoft Server Hyper-V 2016 free version possibilities. In this post, I will try to create Highly Available devices with VSAN from StarWind and then create a Microsoft Failover Cluster to make a Highly Available File Server. We are using 2 servers with Microsoft Hyper-V 2016 added into a domain (Hyper-V-1; Hyper-V-2). Client node with Windows Server 2016 (2016-client-test).

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Vladan Seget
  • Vladan Seget
  • August 1, 2017

How to join VMware vCenter server appliance (VCSA) 6.5 to the Microsoft Active Directory (AD) Domain

VMware Photon OS has been the latest OS used for vCenter Server Appliance 6.5. This is the latest move from SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) as VMware wants to own the Operating system (OS) and manage its development cycles and patches releases. Things that aren’t possible on Windows OS or SLES. That’s why VMware used Photon Linux and continues to develop Photon OS which is optimized for VMware platforms.

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Ivan Ischenko
  • Ivan Ischenko
  • July 28, 2017

Free SMB3 File Server on Hyper-V 2016

This series of articles will guide you through creating a free SMB 3.0 file server in Microsoft Windows Hyper-V 2016. Hyper-V 2016 is an absolutely free GUI-less version of Microsoft Windows Server for virtual machines. Hyper-V 2016 Server has been specifically developed and created only for virtual machines. According to Microsoft EULA, StarWind does not recommend repeating the steps below, because this process is a violation of the license agreement. The reason why we can create SMB File Share on Hyper-V 2016 is simple: all Windows servers require SMB 1/2/3 to work, and Hyper-V 2016 is not an exception. But it does not mean you should create any unsupported Microsoft services on GUI-less Hyper-V 2016.

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Alex Khorolets
  • Alex Khorolets
  • July 25, 2017

Windows Server Core configuration. Part 2: Hyper-V role installation

In the previous article, we have covered the basics of Microsoft Windows Server Core installation. After configuring the operating system and specifying the networks and storage for the future configuration, there are few more things left.

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Mikhail Rodionov
  • Mikhail Rodionov
  • July 21, 2017

SQL indexes 101

When it comes to SQL Server database indexes there is a wide scale of variation in depth of knowledge on this important topic among IT professionals leveraging SQL Server power while not necessarily being specialist DBA. Let’s discuss SQL server indexes a bit here with non-SQL DBAs/non-DB developers audience in mind covering why and how sides of the subject.

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Augusto Alvarez
  • Augusto Alvarez
  • July 18, 2017

Microsoft Azure Stack in General Availability (GA) and Customers will Receive it in September. Why is this Important? Part I

Microsoft’s Hybrid Cloud appliance to run Azure in your datacenter has finally reached to General Availability (GA) and the Integration Systems (Dell EMC, HPE and Lenovo for this first iteration) are formally taking orders from customers, which will receive their Azure Stack solution in September. But, what exactly represents Azure Stack? Why is this important to organizations?

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Alex Khorolets
  • Alex Khorolets
  • July 14, 2017

Windows Server 2016 Core configuration. Part 1: step-by-step installation

This series of articles will guide you through the basic deployment of Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Core version, covering all the steps from an initial installation to the deployment of Hyper-V role and Failover Cluster configuration. The first and the main thing you need to double-check before installing the Windows Server 2016 Core is whether your hardware meets the system requirements of WS 2016. This also is very important in the process of planning your environment, in order to be sure that you have enough amount of compute resources for running your production workload.

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Nicolas Prigent
  • Nicolas Prigent
  • July 11, 2017

Upgrading System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2 to 2016

Orchestrator is a workflow management solution for the data center. Orchestrator lets you automate the creation, monitoring, and deployment of resources in your environment. Orchestrator is also known as “SCORCH” or “SCO”. Orchestrator uses a drag and drop graphical interface to allow admins to define runbooks. A runbook is a compilation of routine procedures and operations that Orchestrator will run depending on your scheduling. Finally, Orchestrator is capable of managing multiple operating systems. After reading this guide, you should have a basic understanding of how to upgrade/install Orchestrator.

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Florent Appointaire
  • Florent Appointaire
  • July 6, 2017

[Azure Automation] Interface discovery. Part I

I recently looking for Azure Automation, from top to bottom. It’s why, in the next 2 articles, we will see how to use this tool, from A to Z:

  • [Azure Automation] Interface discovery – Part 1 (this post)
  • [Azure Automation] Migrate your scripts to Azure – Part 2

Start with the first article.

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