Chain Veeam Backup job to reduce backup window
Posted by Romain Serre on May 17, 2018
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From medium to large companies, the backup window is most of the time critical. Usually, we expect that most of the backup jobs are completed in the night to not impact the production. The other constraint is the backup order. Some backup jobs must not run simultaneously. So, you have to choose at which time the first backup job starts and then make an assumption of the backup duration to start the second job after the first is finished. Because of these two constraints, sometimes it is complicated to plan the backup job and to keep an effective backup window.

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How to protect users against Malicious Websites using CryptoMiners via Windows Defender Application Guard
Posted by Vladan Seget on May 15, 2018

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Fairly often, unexperienced end users get caught on some website which uses malware or newly some crypto miners which uses up to 70% of your PCs power to mine a cryptocurrency for some hackers. So how to protect at best those end users? One of the new ways is to use Microsoft’s built-in utility called Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG).
The tool is designed for W10 Enterprise version only and the system has to support to run Hyper-V role. Microsoft introduced a new layer of defense-in-depth protection which uses Hyper-V for isolation purposes.

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Configure Live Migration in Hyper-V clusters
Posted by Romain Serre on March 28, 2018

In part of my job, I audit some Hyper-V clusters to remediate issues such as Live Migration. Most of the time, Live Migration part is not well configured. For example, the wrong network is selected or authentication is left to CredSSP. In this topic, I’ll show you how I configure Live Migration in Hyper-V clusters (S2D or not).

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Migrate On-Premises VHD files to Azure
Posted by Nicolas Prigent on February 8, 2018

 

Azure Virtual Machines

You may need to move a couple of Azure Virtual Machines from on-premises to your Azure subscription. Thanks to Windows PowerShell, uploading a VM to Azure is really easy to do! You must check only one prerequisite before uploading your VM to Azure: you will need to check what type of virtual hard disk is being used by the virtual machine. Hyper-V can use either VHD or VHDX based virtual hard disks. However, only VHD disks can be uploaded to Azure. Azure does not support VHDX disks.

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Managing StarWind Virtual SAN infrastructure in a web browser. Part 2: StarWind VSA
Posted by Kateryna Rudenko on February 6, 2018

StarWind Management Console

Currently, there are two options for managing StarWind-based infrastructure via web: StarWind Gateway VM and StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA). So today, I’m gonna describe the second option which allows easily managing your StarWind Virtual SAN infrastructure from any point of the world using any web browser.

StarWind Linux-based Virtual Storage Appliance is the best way to instantly deploy StarWind Virtual SAN to test its functions without having to change your already-existing infrastructure. StarWind VSA supports all industry-standard hypervisors such as Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, Citrix XenServer, and KVM and includes Web Management Console allowing to use any HTML5-capable web browser. StarWind VSA is really simple to deploy and manage, requiring no special skills from the on-site IT-team.

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Smashing remote IT infrastructure access barriers with StarWind Web-based management. Part 1: Gateway VM
Posted by Kateryna Rudenko on January 30, 2018

So we all want our IT infrastructure to be available at hand and manage it from any remote location. Nowadays, it’s nothing special, it’s just a “must-have”. For real, the days of managing your IT environment only from a directly connected device are long gone. IT administrators need flexibility and the ability to access their infrastructure 24/7 no matter where they are. Installing dedicated software every time you need to make some minor changes or just to monitor your environment’s stats is also a no go. Moreover, such software may not be supported on mobile devices.

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Windows Server 2016 Core configuration. Part 1: step-by-step installation
Posted by Alex Khorolets on July 14, 2017

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.

Windows Server installation

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Design a ROBO infrastructure. Part 4: HCI solutions
Posted by Andrea Mauro on June 7, 2017

2-nodes hyperconverged solution

As written in the previous post, for ROBO scenario the most interesting HCI (Hyper-Converged Infrastructure) configuration is a two nodes configuration, considering that two nodes could be enough to run dozen VMs (or also more).

For this reason, not all hyperconverged solutions could be suitable for this case (for example Nutanix or Simplivity need at least 3 nodes). And is not simple scale down an enterprise solution to a small size, due to the architecture constraints.

Actually, there are some interesting products specific for HCI in ROBO scenario:

  • VMware Virtual SAN in a 2 nodes clusters
  • StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance
  • StorMagic SvSAN

StarWind Virtual SAN overall architecture

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Windows Server 2016: NIC Teaming functionality
Posted by Mikhail Rodionov on May 30, 2017

NIC teaming is not something we got with Windows Server 2016 but I just find it interesting to review this functionality as we have it in the current iteration of Windows Server, as usual, touching a bit on basics and history of this feature.

NIC teaming feature reached its maturity in Server 2012 R2 and there are (almost) no major changes in this department in Server 2016, yet if you just starting out with a practical use of NIC teaming on prepping for any related Microsoft exam you may find it useful to review this feature thoroughly.

Windows Server NIC Teaming key facts

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StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance Linux edition
Posted by Alex Bykovskyi on May 5, 2017

Introduction

This article describes the new StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance, which was released on 26th of April. StarWind has always been a Windows native solution. However, due to market trends and the huge interest of our customers, we have decided to work in Linux direction. The main goal of the article is to show what StarWind VSA can do for clients and how you can work with it.

StarWind Linux-based VSA

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