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Posted by Nicolas Prigent on December 4, 2018
Configuring Hyper-V Replica on Azure – PART 2

In order to replicate your Hyper-V Virtual Machines between two hosts, the replication process must copy the snapshot from the primary host to the secondary host. Why using the Hyper-V Replica? This allows you to run a standby server with copies of the VMs ready in case of business continuity and disaster recovery.

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Posted by Nicolas Prigent on November 29, 2018
Configuring Hyper-V Replica on Azure – PART 1

If you work with Azure, you probably know that you can run Hyper-V in Azure using the Nested Virtualization. Why? It can be interesting to use this architecture for testing purpose. Of course, the price will be always higher than a local hardware in your own on-premises lab. You can use Nested Virtualization since Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10. To create a new Virtual Machine, you must use one of the instance sizes like Ev3 or Dv3. So, in a next article, I will explain how to create and configure your Hyper-V Host in Azure from scratch, but in this guide, I will use the great JSON template created by Chris Pietschmann to easily deploy the Hyper-V hosts.

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Posted by Nicolas Prigent on August 7, 2018
Working with Azure Container Instances

ACI lets you create Linux or Windows Containers without the need to deploy a Container host, so in other words, ACI is serverless, and it works like a charm! So in this article, I will describe how to create a simple Container using Azure Container Instances (ACI). In the first part, I will describe ACI using the Azure Portal and the command line, and in the second part, I will describe Azure Container Registry.

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Posted by Boris Yurchenko on June 12, 2018
Basic Hyper-V virtual NIC management

Let’s be honest, any system administrator may face the need of hot-adding the network interfaces to the guest VMs in his Microsoft Hyper-V environment one day. And that’s no problem as Windows Server 2016 brought in a whole set of useful features, one of which is the ability to add and remove network adapters on the running VMs. Moreover, you can do that in two ways – GUI, if you’re looking for a straightforward process and PowerShell if you are a fan of automation.

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Posted by Vitalii Feshchenko on May 24, 2018
How to Perform Check Disk on Cluster Shared Volume on StarWind VSAN

Sometimes, you can see an error in Failover Cluster Manager as “Chkdsk scan needed on volume”. It might happen due to some potential problems on a disk. To fix the issue, the system advices you to run a Chkdsk which is the well-known command for every system administrator.

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Posted by Andrea Mauro on May 1, 2018
Using PowerShell on Linux

PowerShell is a command line (CLI) scripting language developed by Microsoft to simplify automation and configuration management, consisting of a command-line shell and associated scripting language. It’s a (huge) evolution (or better a revolution) from the original DOS batch language (still supported in latest Windows OS with the cmd.exe command), and it’s really better compared to the different previous attempts to replace the batch language (like Windows Script Host).

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Posted by Alex Khorolets on April 3, 2018
Windows Server 2016 Core configuration. Part 3: Failover Clustering

Looking back at the previous articles in our “How-to-Core basics”, we have managed to install the Core version of Windows Server 2016. As well, the required networks were set, and the storage for the virtual machines was created. In the final part of the trilogy, I’ll cover the steps left to prepare the environment in order to make your production highly available and fault-tolerant.

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

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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Posted by Boris Yurchenko on February 20, 2018
Don’t break your fingers with hundreds of clicks – automate Windows iSCSI connections

If you have a single environment with only several iSCSI targets discovered from a couple of target portals, messing with automation may not be worth it. Yet, if you have multiple environments with a bunch of portals and targets that need to be discovered and connected, and all of them are more or less similar in terms of configuration, you might find your resort in automating the whole process. I hope to post some other automation things here, so tune in and check the StarWind blog from time to time.

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

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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