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Consuming a RestFul API with PowerShell
Posted by Mike Preston on September 14, 2017
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Creating automation and orchestration requires taking multiple data center components which all speak different languages and chaining them together through one consistent workflow.  Now there are a lot of programming and scripting languages that we can use as our orchestration engine such as Java, JavaScript, Perl, etc. – but one of the most common choices within the last 5 years has been PowerShell.

PowerShell script

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Installing Exchange Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 with GUI
Posted by Karim Buzdar on September 5, 2017
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You can install Exchange Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 with either PowerShell or Graphical User Interface (GUI). However, in this article, I’ll focus on installation with the help of GUI.

Installing Prerequisites

To get started, join the server machine with domain and then install the latest update (which is KB4034661 at the time of writing this guide) on Windows Server 2016. You can check the update history from the following location:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4034661

Open Windows PowerShell with administrative privileges and run the sconfig utility. Write number 6 and then hit Enter from the keyboard.

Windows PowerShell with administrative privileges and sconfig utility

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Free SMB3 Failover File Server on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016
Posted by Ivan Ischenko on August 3, 2017
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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 StarWind Virtual SAN 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).

Microsoft Hyper-V 2016 servers added into a domain

 

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Free SMB3 File Server on Hyper-V 2016
Posted by Ivan Ischenko on July 28, 2017
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Disclaimer: 

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.

Introduction

As I mentioned before, Windows Hyper-V 2016 supports SMB3 file server. However, the license agreement states that users are prohibited from doing that. For example, if you really need fast SMB 3.0 file server for your home lab, you can repeat the steps below, but only for testing purpose. So, let’s start creating SMB3 file server on Microsoft Hyper-V 2016.

SMB 3.0 file server creation

 

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Windows Server Core configuration. Part 2: Hyper-V role installation
Posted by Alex Khorolets on July 25, 2017
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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.

Our next step is to install and configure the Hyper-V role.

Installation of the Hyper-V role by itself is extremely simple. You need to open the PowerShell window by typing in “Powershell” command in the command prompt. In order to install the Hyper-V role through the PowerShell, enter the following:

Installing the Hyper-V role

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Upgrading System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2 to 2016
Posted by Nicolas Prigent on July 11, 2017
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Microsoft System Center Orchestrator logo

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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[Azure Automation] Interface discovery. Part I
Posted by Florent Appointaire on July 6, 2017
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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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StarWind Swordfish Provider
Posted by Alex Bykovskyi on June 12, 2017
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Introduction

The fast-paced world of system administration is growing on a large scale and picking up steam all the time. The migration of business to the cloud we can see these days is a good example of the above said. Thus, the continuous pursuit of a tool that would simplify the life of a system administrator constantly stays on the agenda of the IT world. The main goal behind the development of the Storage Management Initiative (SMI) is eliminating the long journey of finding the right solution.

To simplify the life of system administrators to an even greater extent, the StarWind team has decided to additionally complete the feature set by developing the StarWind Swordfish Provider.

StarWind Management console Creating a profile for the Storage Node

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Windows Server 2016: NIC Teaming functionality
Posted by Mikhail Rodionov on May 30, 2017
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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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Intraforest Migration in Windows Server 2016 with Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) 3.2
Posted by Karim Buzdar on May 23, 2017
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In this first blog post, I’ll walk you through to migrate Active Directory objects (users, groups, and workstations or member servers) between two domains in the same forest (Intraforest) using Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) 3.2.

ADMT allows you to migrate objects (including users, groups, computers, profiles, service and managed service accounts) with the help of ADMT console, command line, and VBScript. However, in this post, I’ll focus only on ADMT console and command line.

Lab topology overview

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