Storage Replica in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2016 – Storage Replica Microsoft released many new technologies into the wild when Windows Server 2016 went generally available in the Autumn of 2016. Some of these such as the new software defined networking model with the Azure Load Balancer built in and the new Network Controller role, along with Storage Spaces Direct…

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Windows Server 2019 – Storage Migration Service

Windows Server 2019 Preview Builds Back in late March Microsoft announced the first preview build of Windows Server 2019.  In this announcement were many new and improved features. Just a few listed below. Extending your Clusters with Cluster Sets Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection  Windows Defender ATP Exploit Guard Failover Cluster removing use of NTLM…

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Server Guy Webinars

This year Server Guy has run a number of live Webinars to help you all understand the features of Windows Server 2016 Datacenter. These are mostly aimed at large scale virtualization projects. Shielded Virtual Machines Software Defined Networking Storage Spaces Direct Before we move on to the next series of events, starting with Storage Replica…

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Azure Stack – What, why, and, how?

You may well have heard that there is a way of running Microsoft’s Azure public cloud service in your own datacenter. You may have paid it lip service and not believed such propaganda. Well – folk It is here it works and it provides an opportunity to do so much more with your own hardware…

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Windows Server 2019- Announced

Wow things really do move quickly in the wonderful world of Microsoft Servers., no sooner have we managed to digest the Semi Annual Chanel (SAC 1709) changes Microsoft go and announce the availability of the ALL NEW Windows Server 2019 In Preview. Erin Chapple the Director of Programme Managed wrote a blog article announcing the…

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Software Defined Networking – Adding layers of security

Bringing the Azure fabric into your datacenter Windows Server 2016 Datacenter edition provides access to many great enterprise features that are now absent in the Standard edition product. One of these is Software Defined Networking (SDN). In conjunction with Software Defined Storage (SDS), particularly Storages Spaces Direct (S2D) this creates the first easily achievable single…

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Shielded Virtual Machines – Protect your workloads

When Microsoft launched Windows Server 2016, there were many new features and technologies released into the community. One of the three primary design criteria for this release was Security. Microsoft adopt an “assume breach” posture for security. One of the three key security principles is securing the infrastructure. You can read all about Windows Server…

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Software Defined Storage in Windows Server 2016 – The S2D story.

Software Defined Data Centre (SDDC) In the world of computing there seem to be many buzzwords and phrases that pass in and out of favour. One of the latest to hit the world of  on-premises server land is the Software Defined Datacentre and underpinning this concept the Software Defined Storage and Software Defined Network. To…

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Windows Server 2016 – Your best friend for GDPR

 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) You have just over 6 months to ensure that you are ready for the GDPR. The regulation is already enacted into European Law and will come into effect from 25th May 2018. It affects everyone who offers good or services to people in the European Union (EU) so even you…

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Azure File Sync – Public Preview

Whilst at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando last month I came across a number of new Hybrid technology announcements. Azure File Sync is the one I think will impact on many of my readers, those being primarily on-premises datacenter type folks. This new service provides an ability to extend your on-premises file servers into the Azure…

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