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Microsoft: Creating a remote PowerShell Direct shortcut

Microsoft
So here is the scenario: I have a remote Hyper-V server running Nano Server. I have PowerShell remoting setup to manage this system (details on how to do this here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-docs/get-started/manage-nano-server). I then have a number of Nano Server virtual machines running on the this system. What I want is to be able to easily […]

Microsoft: Delay when opening VM Connect on disconnected systems

Microsoft
When I am building Hyper-V systems for big public demonstrations – I often build them with zero Internet connectivity.  The reason why I do this is because I never know what level of internet connection I am going to have as I travel around the world showing off cool new features.For a while now I […]

VMware: Top 5 Reasons to Deploy System Center 2016

VMware
In this post I will share the top 5 reasons why I think mid-to-large sized customers should deploy System Center 2016. Overview System Center 2016 was released with Windows Server 2016. As usual, if you want to manage the new Server operating system, then you need to have the latest version of Microsoft’s infrastructure and […]

Considerations for Running Docker for Windows Server 2016 with Hyper-V VMs

Docker
We often get asked at Docker, “Where should I run my application? On bare metal, virtual or cloud?” The beauty of Docker is that you can run a container anywhere, so we usually answer this question with “It depends.” Not what you were looking for, right? To answer this, you first need to consider which […]

Microsoft Network Virtualization in the Windows Server 2016 Software Defined Networking (SDN) Stack

Microsoft
Using VXLAN for Encapsulation and OVSDB for Policy Distribution Windows Server 2016 is the perfect platform for building your Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) with new layers of security and Azure-inspired innovation for hosting business applications and infrastructure. A critical piece of this SDDC is the new Software Defined Network (SDN) Stack which provides agility, dynamic […]

opvizor Releases Performance Analyzer v3.5

opvizor
Opvizor today released version 3.5 of its Performance Analyzer product for data centers, which has been enhanced by major features. This version provides a flexible dashboard engine, including dozens of different, dedicated, activity-oriented dashboards that provide a real-time performance analysis of the entire stack (storage application). In addition, the ability to link events in the […]

Microsoft and Intel squeezed hyper-convergence into the overhead bin

Microsoft
The Challenge In the Windows Server team, we tend to focus on going big. Our enterprise customers and service providers are increasingly relying on Windows as the foundation of their software-defined datacenters, and needless to say, our hyperscale public cloud Azure does too. Recent big announcements like support for 24 TB of memory per server […]

Microsoft: Linux Integration Services Download 4.1.2-2 hotfix

Microsoft
We’ve just published a hotfix release of the Linux Integration Services download, version 4.1.2-2. This release addresses two critical issues: “Do not lose pending heartbeat vmbus packets” (for versions 5.x, 6.x, 7.x) Hyper-V hosts can be configures to sent “heartbeat” packets to guests to see if they are active, and reboot them when they do […]

Veeam Reports 49 Percent Year-Over-Year Growth in Enterprise Deals as Availability Becomes a Requirement for Digital Transformation

Veeam
Veeam dramatically expands its capabilities and total addressable market with New Veeam Availability Platform for the Hybrid Cloud, a comprehensive Availability solution for virtual, physical, and cloud-based workloads; names Paul Mattes as Veeam’s new Vice President of Global Cloud Group Veeam® Software, the innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™, today […]

Putting the Focus on End-users: Citrix XenServer and Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform

Nutanix
Nutanix CEO, Dheeraj Pandey recently blogged about companies with staying power. They start off as insurgents and bring positive disruption in the industry and as they are about to become incumbents, they re-invent themselves. This customer-centric viewpoint has been one of Nutanix’s guiding principles–from engineering to support to solution development. Nowhere is this more evident […]

Microsoft Releases Windows Server and Hyper-V Containers in Windows Server 2016

Microsoft
The general availability of Windows Server 2016 marks a major milestone in our journey to bring world class container technologies to Windows customers. From the first time, we showcased this technology at //build in 2015, through the first public preview with Technical Preview 3 onto today with general availability, our team has been hard at […]

App-V 5.x Sequencing Guide

FSLogix
Tim Mangan recently posted a great blog series to help you get started with App-V 5.x, one of these posts covers sequencing: http://www.tmurgent.com/TmBlog/?p=2501. He covers theory, tools and his own practices. Check that post out! I created this document a couple of months ago for the organization I’m working for, so I figured I’d also share […]

How to back up and restore an Oracle database – Veeam’s best practices

Veeam
IT organizations and departments are under enormous pressure to make their applications available for business operation continuity. In case of an error, they need to get critical apps up and running again as soon as possible. The challenges here are very clear: Enabling 24/7 services and business operations No tolerance for downtime from end users […]

Microsoft: Waiting for VMs to restart in a complex configuration script with PowerShell Direct

Microsoft
Have you ever tried to automate the setup of a complex environment including the base OS, AD, SQL, Hyper-V and other components? For my demo at Ignite 2016 I did just that.  I would like to share a few things I learned while writing a single PowerShell script that builds the demo environment from scratch. The […]

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