Step-by-Step: Deploy Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) Cluster in Microsoft Azure

Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) on Microsoft Azure
Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) on Microsoft Azure

In this short video, we’ll walk through deploying a Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) Cluster to a Microsoft Azure subscription using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Templates. ARM templates streamline the process of provisioning complex solutions in the cloud.  In this scenario, we’ll be leveraging two ARM templates from the Azure Quick Start template…


Windows Server 2016 Storage will Blow Your Mind! - Part 3

Windows Server 2016 Storage Quality of Service (QoS)
Windows Server 2016 Storage Quality of Service (QoS)

The third in a three-part series covering the amazing storage features found in Windows Server 2016. In this third video, we will focus on the amazing capabilities provided by Storage Quality of Service features in Windows Server 2016. [1:39] Let’s talk about Storage Quality of Service in Windows Server 2016. What is it and why…


Windows Server 2016 Storage will Blow Your Mind! - Part 2

Windows Server 2016 Storage Replica
Windows Server 2016 Storage Replica

The second in a three part series covering the amazing storage features found in Windows Server 2016. In this second video we will focus on the amazing capabilities provided by Storage Replica features in Windows Server 2016. [1:10] What is Storage Replica? [2:24] What is Block Level Replication and why is this important vs. file…


Windows Server 2016 Storage Will Blow Your Mind! - Part 1

Windows Server 2016 Storage Overview
Windows Server 2016 Storage Overview

The first in a three part series covering the amazing storage features found in Windows Server 2016. In this first video we will focus on the amazing capabilities provided by Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) features in Windows Server 2016. [2:23] Let’s kick off our discussion about Storage with Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016. What…


Step-by-Step: Encrypting Data Volumes in the Azure Cloud with Windows Server 2012 R2, PowerShell and BitLocker

UPDATE: A first-class management experience is now available on Azure for enabling volume encryption for Windows and Linux VMs via Azure PowerShell, the Azure Cross-Platform CLI, ARM templates, and REST API.  Please reference the article linked below for more information, technical whitepapers, and detailed step-by-step instructions regarding this new feature. READ! Azure Disk Encryption for Linux and…


Resizing Data Disks in the Cloud on Microsoft Azure with Windows PowerShell

Resizing existing Azure VM data disks just got a whole lot easier with the introduction of an enhanced Update-AzureDisk PowerShell cmdlet in the latest version of the Azure PowerShell module. In this article, I’ll step through the process of using this new cmdlet to increase the size of an existing data disk on an Azure…


Partner Tech Night - What's New in Microsoft Azure for Infrastructure and Development Partners - Deck and Resources

Thank you for attending our recent Partner Tech Night in Columbus OH on What's New in Microsoft Azure for Infrastructure and Development Partners. Below, I've included a copy of our session deck and additional next step resources. What's New in Microsoft Azure for Partners Download this deck for offline review. Additional Resources New Azure Specialist…


Extending SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn Resource Groups with Storage Spaces on Microsoft Azure

The new Azure Preview Portal makes it super-easy to configure a highly available SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn Availability Group cluster with a new Azure Resource Group Template.  After completing 4 fields of information and clicking a single Create button, a complete cluster environment including an Azure Storage Account, Virtual Network, Active Directory Domain Controllers and…


Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud: Cross-Premises Data Mobility with Microsoft Azure StorSimple (Part 10)

This article is part 10 in our continuing blog series on Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud being published by the US IT Pro team at Microsoft.  In this article, we’ll discuss enabling “cross-premises data mobility” within a Hybrid Cloud by leveraging a new cloud-enabled storage solution: Microsoft StorSimple 8000. Microsoft StorSimple 8000 Hybrid Cloud…


TechNet Radio: (Part 7) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Managing Storage with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

In today’s  “Building a Hybrid Cloud” episode, Keith Mayer and Brian Lewis show us how you can manage your data storage with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).  Tune in as they discuss some of the major challenges facing IT organizations today regarding storage costs and implementation as well as dive deep into…