Month: November 2016

PowerShell – Is your AD Sites and Services missing subnets?

This has been a very common pain point for Active Directory administrators. AD is perfectly planned according to Microsoft’s best practices and successfully deployed. But as time goes on, network admins change the network topology, devices are added here and there and if there is no formal process of adding new networks, AD Sites and Services will mostly likely not be updated to reflect these changes.

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Massive Savings on Hyper Converged Infrastructure with Project @Data_Raft #S2D

Many customers and friends have been asking me why I am so passionate about the developments with Microsoft flagship operating system Windows 2016. The answer is really simple. It is because of the massive value that has been added free of charge allowing us to build out our own Software Defined Data Center. Specifically, Storage Spaces Direct, is the single biggest feature addition in the core Windows 2016 stack that I can think of.   We have been crunching the hyper converged numbers for quite some time now. Basically, I have seen almost every flavor of Hyper Converged infrastructure...

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Countdown to Orlando MVPDays

We are less than 1 week away from our last stop on the North American MVPDays Community roadshow. This time we are heading all the way down to Orlando Florida on December 2, 2016. We still have space left to come out and see some amazing presenters and support your local MVP’s. When at the Channel 9 Studio @Ch9 in Redmond last month we recorded this quick countdown show for you. MVPDays was founded by Cristal and Dave Kawula back in 2013. It started as a simple idea; “There’s got to be a good way for Microsoft MVPs to...

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Why Do Hyper Converged Installs fail?

About two years ago the term Hyper Converged infrastructure was not common in most discussions around that IT water cooler. Now it seems like this is all that people are talking about. Hyper Converged has skyrocketed onto the Gartner Magic quadrant and customers are buying it faster than vendors can build it. Let’s take a step back and have a look at this video from Microsoft Product Manager Cosmos Darwin. In less than 5 minutes he will explain what Hyper Converged Infrastructure is. Ok so here is how I normally explain it to people. In traditional converged infrastructure, there...

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Hyper-V Operational Training Part 2

Welcome to our second in a series of Hyper-V Operational Training.   This training started prior to the release of Windows Server 2016.   Most of it is based on current technology on Windows 2012 R2 however there is a ton of amazing content.   In todays session we will focus on the Windows 2012 R2 Networking Stack including: Network Architecture Teaming Configuring with PowerShell Automation Troubleshooting The premise of this training is to teach you everything that you need to know about Hyper-V and System Center from an operational standpoint.   I like to call it Operationalizing your ops team....

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