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Speaker: Alexey Khorolets, Pre-Sales Engineer, StarWind
Posted by Romain Serre on December 6, 2018
Configure Azure Network Adapter from Windows Admin Center to connect Windows Server 2019 to Azure

Windows Server 2019 has been released a month ago with the latest release of Windows Admin Center. Both of them provide several Hybrid Cloud features such as Azure Network Adapter. It’s not a new feature because Azure Network Adapter is in fact a Point-to-Site VPN to Azure. However, thanks to Windows Admin Center, now we are able to provision the Azure gateway and create the VPN connection in one click (or two). When the Azure Network Adapter is created and connected, your On-Prem physical or virtual server is able to communicate with Azure instances connected to the Azure Virtual Network such as Azure VM.
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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on November 15, 2018
Windows Server 2019 introduces a new SMB Mapping Option UseWriteThrough

A standard SMB share leverages caching to make things work fluently. Hiccups are hidden and file processing appears to go fast as caching often makes things looks faster than they are under the hood. For the vast majority of knowledge worker applications that support working against a file share, i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and many other tools this works fine. For software that requires and is dependent on an absolute guarantee data is consistent and persisted at all times this is not enough. Backups to file shares are one such use case. If the SMB Shares “lies” to the SMB client that all is written to storage but it is actually still cached things can go wrong.

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on October 30, 2018
[Azure] Migrate your SQL Server databases quickly and easily, with near 0 downtime

After seeing how to migrate IIS websites quickly and easily, we’ll see how to migrate SQL Server databases, with a reduced time of unavailability, to Azure SQL. Be careful, this functionality is in Preview.

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Posted by Vladan Seget on October 9, 2018
Windows Admin Center for Windows Server 2019 – Getting Started

Windows Server 2019 was released the 4th of October 2019. This was very expected and highly attended release of the latest Microsoft Server Operating system (OS). Microsoft has also released a new free utility called Windows Admin Center (WAC) which can manage your whole production environment via web-based console.

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Posted by Romain Serre on September 18, 2018
Migrate your file servers with Storage Migration Service

One new announced feature in Windows Server 2019 is Storage Migration Service (SMS). SMS enables to ease drastically the migration from a file server to another. Moreover, SMS is fully manageable from Windows Admin Center as Microsoft has released an extension for this feature.

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Posted by Romain Serre on August 30, 2018
In-Place upgrade domain controllers from Windows Server 2016 to Windows Server 2019

Windows Server 2019 should be available in barely two months. So, first migration will start shortly after. By experience, I know that first feature customers ask for migrating is Active Directory. Therefore, I wanted to try In-Place Upgrade which has been improved in Windows Server 2019. To try this feature, I upgraded a forest that is handled by two domain controllers running on Windows Server 2016. It was not a “click and fun” process, but Microsoft has really improved the In-Place upgrade. Let’s take a look of how to migrate Windows Server 2016 DC to 2019.

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Posted by Karim Buzdar on July 12, 2018
Windows Server 2019 Insider Preview Build 17709: A Brief Features Overview

Microsoft has recently released Windows Server 2019 Insider Preview Build which is the latest release of Windows Server vNext LTSC (Long-term servicing channel). This update contains Desktop Experience and Server Core in eighteen server languages. Also, it includes an English Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel release. And, that’s not all: the build includes the first Microsoft Hyper-V Server preview. In today’s post, we will talk about what to expect from this build, its known issues, and terms of use.

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Posted by Karim Buzdar on April 26, 2018
Unveiling Microsoft Windows Server 2019 – Here’s Everything You Should Know About It

We live in an age where our technology needs are ever evolving. Right now we may need things we didn’t even know existed until a few weeks back because every little feature or upgrade brings massive value into our everyday lives. The same is the case with the preview release of Microsoft  Windows Server 2019. Let’s take a closer peek at what features Microsoft has in store to serve our evolving needs with its new release.

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