Month: March 2017

Connecting on-premises to Azure using Windows Server 2016

One of the most powerful features of Azure is it’s ability to seamlessly integrate with your on-premises environment, functioning similar to every other site.  To connect the Azure resources to the on-premises network, we use an Azure Gateway. There are two types of gateways, and in the Classic Portal they’re known as Static Based Routing and Dynamic Based Routing.  The latter permits connections to Azure from multiple sites, however requires features that are not available in most routers.  As a result, connecting to a second site, such as Azure Resource Manager or a second physical location, becomes impossible. Rather...

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Going to VeeamOn in New Orleans?

I wanted to do a shout out to all you folks that are registered for VeeamOn, to consider coming to town a few days early. On the Friday before VeeamOn, Vanguards Dave and Cristal Kawula will be hosting a 1-day conference, called MVPDays Community Roadshow (www.mvpdays.com). Early Bird tickets are free, and if you happen to miss those, the ticket cost is well worth the extra content that is presented at these shows. With presenters comprising of Microsoft MVPs, Veeam Vanguards, and other industry experts, MVPDays hosts a broad range of content for attendees across many different areas. It...

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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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