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Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) – how does it compare??

WhatMatrix Community
Software-Defined approaches have been embraced widely over the recent years. These models provides increased flexibility, simplification, consolidation and scalability over traditional approaches. Instead of deploying specialized hardware devices (e.g. appliances), Software-Defined models enable the management of network, storage and compute in a software-oriented manner. Software-Defined Compute (SDC) provides hardware virtualization to run many isolated operating […]

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Nano Server: Demo Video – Part 2

Microsoft
Watch this video to see how to create a Nano Server image for Hyper-V, how to access and manage the image with server manager and also the console. You can also learn about the various features and options of Nano Server throughout the demo. [1:25]  DEMO: How to create a Nano Server image for Hyper-V […]

Setting up Internal vSwitch NATing in Hyper-V

Scott Bollinger
Powershell FTW Being used to VMware Workstation, where NATing is a few GUI clicks away, I couldn’t find a GUI way of configuring it in Hyper-V. inside local outside hokey pokey; Turn yourself around I don’t mind the command line and actually prefer it sometimes. The PowerShell equivent didn’t end up being too bad. Not […]

Microsoft: Hyper-V vs. KVM for OpenStack Performance

Microsoft
During the development of Windows Server 2016 we spent a lot of time working on delivering the best core performance as a cloud platform. At the same time the Cloudbase team have spent a lot of time optimizing the performance of the Hyper-V OpenStack drivers as part of their work on the Mitaka release of […]

Error 3278 or How I blew up my Hyper-V Lab

Scott Bollinger
Falling Skies When powering on virtual machines in my Hyper-V lab, all of them gave Error 3278 failed to change state of the VM. They were working yesterday. All my drives working? What did I do? What changed?  Yeah, 9 times out of 10 it’s the later. What did I do? I remembered working on vSwitches and […]

Microsoft Live Migration via Constrained Delegation with Kerberos in Windows Server 2016

Microsoft
Introduction Many Hyper-V customers have run into new challenges when trying to use constrained delegation with Kerberos to Live Migrate VMs in Windows Server 2016.  When attempting to migrate, they would see errors with messages like “no credentials are available in the security package,” or “the Virtual Machine Management Service failed to authenticate the connection […]

Microsoft Video: Massive Performance Gains in Hyper-V with Windows Server 2016

Microsoft
Watch this video to learn about the huge performance improvements made available with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016. This video covers the specific performance enhancements, what kinds of new virtualization workloads this makes available for such as SQL, the ease of moving and clustered VM improvements. [1:05]  What’s new in Hyper-V for Windows Server 2016? […]

VMware VMDK to Hyper-V VHDX from OVA/OVF

Scott Bollinger
Why Scott? Why? Why not just use VMware Workstation or ESXi? In this use case it was 50% laziness,  as I had just reinstalled the laptop and would need to install VMware Workstation and 50% just to play with Hyper-V. This wasn’t something production. I just wanted a quick WordPress lab environment that I could […]

Introducing Microsoft Host Compute Service (HCS)

Microsoft
This post introduces a low level container management API in Hyper-V called the Host Compute Service (HCS).  It tells the story behind its creation, and links to a few open source projects that make it easier to use. Motivation and Creation Building a great management API for Docker was important for Windows Server Containers.  There’s […]

Microsoft: How to protect your on-prem physical machines

Microsoft
BC/DR is a key consideration for all organizations big or small. Thanks to Azure, we now have an affordable and easy to implement BC/DR solution . Azure site recovery service(ASR) can be used for a multitude of disaster recovery scenarios, with an economic pay-as-you-go costing model. The DR scenarios catered to by ASR currently are: DR site […]

Microsoft: PSA – Flickering Laptop Screen with Hyper-V? Update your drivers.

Microsoft
Last year I went out and got an Alienware 13 laptop.  Later I got the Alienware Amplifier and put a NVidia 1070 GPU in it.  I have been really happy with this setup – as it is a powerful portable system.  I have only had one complaint: whenever I enabled Hyper-V on it the laptop […]

Docker for Windows Server and Image2Docker

Docker
In December we had a live webinar focused on Windows Server Docker containers. We covered a lot of ground and we had some great feedback – thanks to all the folks who joined us. This is a brief recap of the session, which also gives answers to the questions we didn’t get round to. You […]

NAKIVO Video: Skip Swap File Video

NAKIVO
Since the swap file can automatically grow up to 3X the size of RAM, this means that gigabytes of unnecessary data are processed, transferred, and stored in the backup repository each time you back up a VM. NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7 automatically skips the swap file in VMware and Hyper-V VMs, which speeds up […]

NAKIVO Video: Hyper-V Backup: Fast, Simple, Powerful

NAKIVO
NAKIVO Backup & Replication simplifies and automates Hyper-V backup, and provides a variety of recovery options, should you need to get your data or an entire VM back. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, advanced built-in features work behind the scenes to reduce backup time, save storage space, ensure data recoverability, and speed up recovery time, […]

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