Author: Cristal Kawula

Deploying Storage Spaces Direct – Part 16 #StorageSpacesDirect #mvphour

As you read in Part 15 of this blog Series we are able to create some great Gold Images with Big Demo. How do we go about building the actual application Servers from the Gold Images?   Building your Servers with Big_Demo   Whenever you are working with logic and automation it is critical to control the steps that happen.   For example, you can’t join a domain without a functional domain controller? To work around this there is a wonderful PowerShell Function that Dave grabbed from Ben Armstrong @VirtualPCGUy. It’s called Wait-PSDirect and it uses PowerShell Direct to...

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Deploying Storage Spaces Direct – Part 15 #StorageSpacesDirect #mvphour

We have been having some great feedback over the past few weeks on the blog series and especially the BigDemo Script that Dave uses for his deployments.   So, in the spirit of community and the love of sharing information here is a nice breakdown of exactly how the script works.   First of all It can be downloaded from www.github.com/dkawula   How to build your Gold VHDx images using PowerShell I figured that we would start with the basics in this script. You can’t have a lab with AD, DHCP, DNS, and Storage Spaces Direct without a Gold...

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Deploying Storage Spaces Direct – Part 14 #StorageSpacesDirect #mvphour

In this blog post in the series we will have a look at some of the different Vendor Designs that have been made available.   Let’s first start with our good friends over at Intel who have a very close partnership with Microsoft and the Storage Platform Teams. http://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/guides/windows-server-2016-implementation-guide.pdf   This Implementation guide pretty much uses the exact same configuration that we have defined throughout this blog series. One interesting little add-on though was Intel has a neat little script at the end which allows one to blow away their drive configs and start over. ************USE THIS WITH CAUTION...

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Workaround for Storage Spaces Direct – Unspecified Media Type

With the release of our Master Storage Spaces Direct book on Amazon we have been getting a lot of requests to help people setup some test labs. Storage Spaces Direct does require some specific hardware to get going and today we had one such case. We wanted to use some existing Dell R620 hardware to play with Storage Spaces Direct S2D in the lab. We put in 2 x SSD Drives for the Cache (Journal) and 4 x SATA Drives for the Storage Pool So, we actually followed the configuration that we had laid out in Chapter #5 in the...

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Need Leverage for your next Hardware Purchase?

Negotiate your Maintenance Contracts One of the games our industry has played for as long as I have been around, is with maintenance contracts. These contracts are the lifeblood of most of these organizations as they generate run rate revenue well beyond the initial sale. If you don’t read the fine print in your contract most vendors have clauses written into them that allow them to increase the MSRP (Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price) at a reasonable rate each year. Or in some cases they can just raise it as they see fit. So here is some simple math for...

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