Top 6 New Features Offered in Hyper-V Technical Preview

Since its release back in October 2014, the latest Windows Server Technical Preview made available has created a great deal of buzz around Microsoft’s further attempt to close the gap between on-premise and in-cloud datacenters.  Most notably are the announcements made at the recent Ignite conference surrounding the next offering of Hyper-V.  The following are…


Final Word on IOPS in Azure

Hello Folks, In the past few weeks I’ve been spending some of my spare time in trying to explore the capabilities of Azure where disk performance is concerned.  I did that in response to some ITPros, that had expressed doubt that they could reproduce performances they were able to achieve on premises. Well, let me…

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Azure Disk IOPS and Virtual Machines in IaaS Part II

Hello Folk, It’s been a while since we talked about IOPS. In fact the last post I wrote on the subject was Azure Disk IOPS and Virtual in IaaS back in November.  Since then, I managed to get in the Premium storage preview, so today I thought it would be fun to see how many…

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Azure Disk IOPS and Virtual Machines in IaaS

Hello Folks, A couple weeks ago,  I delivered a talk about Microsoft Azure to a group of IT Pros in Halifax Nova Scotia. (I always enjoy going back there).  After the day was over I ended up having some sizing discussion with some of the attendees that stuck around for a bit. “How do we…

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What is Microsoft Azure StorSimple?

In the enablement of people centric IT or BYOD, people are empowered at their organization to use devices such as smartphones and tablets to consume and create content on behalf of their organization.  While focus on security has been top of mind as of late, some IT departments are now focusing on a new growing…

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TechNet Virtual Labs: Assisting in Advancing Your IT Expertise and Career

Many of you may have recently attended a CANITPRO camp presided by Pierre Roman or I recently at a Canadian city near you.  Those who attend have very exuberant as to what they have absorbed in terms of hands on labs and material presented.  Many return to the organizations they represent and have implemented strategies or…

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Windows Server Tips: Analyzing Possible Storage Savings Via The Deduplication Evaluation Tool

Introduced in Windows Server 2008 and enhanced in Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2, the Disk Deduplication tool is an exemplarity tool used by IT professionals to save storage space amidst the infrastructure they manage. The storage space saved is reclaimed from duplicate files being removed utilizing said tool.  Enabling data deduplication is an easy…

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Step-By-Step: Deploy Hyper-V on SMB 3.0

Hello Folks, just wrapped up another Windows Server 2012 R2 camp in Montreal.  it’s very cold (-33 degrees Celsius).  but the discussion were great.  we spent a good portion taking about SMB 3.0 and the added capabilities to support server applications.  An SMB file share can now store virtual machine (VM) and SQL Server resources…

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Step-By-Step: Scale-out file shares and continuously available file services

Hello folks, I’m the heels of another camp where we dove into Windows Server 2012 R2.  This particular one generated a lot of discussions around highly available file servers and the benefits they can bring your environment. so in this post, we’ll take a look at SMB Scale Out file servers.  don’t take my word…

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Step-By-Step: Creating a Tiered Storage Space

Today, Anthony and I were meeting with customers to discuss some of the new Windows Server 2012 R2 capabilities and how they can be leveraged in the enterprise. By the way, if you want to learn more about Windows Server 2012 R2 and Storage Spaces there is a great MVA module for it. Windows Server…

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