Calling all Windows Server 2008 R2 users. The End is Nigh

Microsoft has a very well defined policy for supporting its products, of all types There is mainstream support, extended support and then no support at all. (There is an extra level where you sign a contract to receive special support after the end of extended support period has been reached. This contract is not for…

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Windows Admin Center – is the future.

You may remember back in October last year I posted about Project Honolulu the replacement for the Azure service, Server management Tools. Well that project has now transitioned into Windows Admin Center. The rapid pace of development and updates means that this product is now incredibly mature after so short a development. Windows Admin Center…

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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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