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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Hyper-V Operational Training – Part 1

Welcome to our first 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. 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.   When your project team is done and now you are left with having to operate all of the day to...

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Huge Milestone – Episode 50 – MVPDays Countdown Show – Orlando

Wow I can’t believe we finally did it. 50 Episodes are up and live at I have to say a huge thank you to our fearless Microsoft CPM MVP Lead – Simran Chaudry @sim_100. He was the one that pushed us to start getting our content up on @CH9 Channel 9. Cheers to the next 50. We hoped you enjoyed the ride so far there is a lot more content coming. Thanks,   Dave, Cristal and all of our special guests on Interview with an...

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Windows Time Sync – The fixes!

As many of you know when running a simple standalone machine at home, at work, in a datacenter or in the cloud, time keeping can be tricky. Very odd though, it’s been around for over a decade and people/enterprises still can’t seem to figure out how it really works or how they should configure it.

Every Windows computer has a lovely service on it that is called W32Time with a description that reads “Windows Time Service”. This service is set to manual, and for all intents and purposes can be left that way.

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@MVPDays Orlando Registration and Schedule now live

Hey @MVPDays fans registrations are now open for MVPDays Florida on December 2, 2016. #mvphour Checkout for more information   You can see the schedule and speakers for the event at:   See you all in a month in Florida. Dave and...

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Storage Spaces Direct #S2D for Everyone

This week at #MVPDays Seattle we had a chance to have some really great discussions on the future of storage in the Data Center. As such I had a chance to attend a really great session delivered by MVP’s Anton Gostev @Gostev and Clint Wyckoff @clintwyckoff on ReFS. I learned in this session that there are some self healing features that come with the new ReFS file system when using in conjunction with Storage Spaces Direct (S2D). This messaging from MVPDays has closely aligned with a new Community Open Source Project that has been started by 4 Microsoft MVP’s...

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Better Together – Learn more about how 5nine and Veeam will rock your Data Center

Hey .@mvpdays and #mvphour followers you know I always love to let you know about great webinars. Especially when they are done by two of my favorite partners. .@veeam and .@5ninesoftware have amazing platforms to Secure, Manage, Backup, and Replicate your #hyperv farms.   You can register by clicking here: @symonperriman (5nine) and Zane Allyn (Veeam) will be chatting about: How to efficiently manage your increasing Hyper-V Infrastructure Ways to effectively protect your virtualized data center Best Practices to quickly recovery you VMs and data   It is definitely on my can’t miss list for this month.  ...

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Hyper-V Rock Stars coming to VeeamLive – Live from Atlanta

Sign up today people!!! #VeeamLive episode, join our MVP duo @DaveKawula and @ClintWyckoff as they bring everyone up to speed on all the latest enhancements of Windows Server 2016. You’ll see a live demo of Veeam® Availability Suite™ 9.5 which provides full support for Windows Server 2016 data center technologies. You’ll also learn how ReFS 3.0 provides spaceless and instant Synthetic, GFS and Reverse Incremental operations. Attendees will also see demonstrations of Hyper-V 2016, Nano Server, PowerShell Direct, and Storage Spaces Direct. This is an episode you don’t want to miss!   You can check it out and register...

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Made the cut this week on Channel 9 at Microsoft

I am always extremely proud to be recognized out of the thousands of videos up on @ch9.   This week @clintwyckoff (Clint Wyckoff – MVP) and myself @davekawula made the cut. Our video on must attend sessions of MS Ignite was really popular and made the short list of must watch videos. Thanks for the recognition @microsoft and Channel 9 team. Thanks,...

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Switch to Hyper-V and save big time with Microsoft

About five days ago Microsoft announce via a blogpost that they have introduced a new Switch and Save program. This program is called Vmware Shift and is gear to help drive adoption of Windows Server 2016’s amazing Virtualization Stack. Here is a little snip from the blog post at Microsoft: More reasons to switch to Windows Server 2016 than ever before Recently we shared the new Gartner x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure Magic Quadrant where Microsoft was not only positioned as a leader for the sixth year in a row, but also closed the gap with VMware by moving...

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Why you will move to Windows 2016 NOW – Hybrid Use Rights

.@Microsoft has dangled the carrot will you bite? With their licensing model is called Hybrid Use Rights. #mvphour @mvpdays This basically allow you to use the Windows Server Datacenter licenses on SA that you own today both on Prem and in Azure. I think this bold move will really strengthen Microsoft’s position, especially with the pending release of Windows Server 2016 soon.   Here is a nice little write-up on this from our friends at .@Gartner :   Hybrid Use Rights enable Windows Server to be used in Azure, overdue perhaps may be a reaction but welcome particularly given...

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Are you kidding me – Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Maximum Configurations

Thanks @microsoft for taking the Virtualization game to the next level. Today it was announced that the new Virtual Machine and Host Server Maximums will look like this:   Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 Standard & Datacenter Windows Server 2016 Standard & Datacenter Physical (Host) Memory Support Up to 4 TB per physical server Up to 24 TB per physical server (6x) Physical (Host) Logical Processor Support Up to 320 LPs Up to 512 LPs Virtual Machine Memory Support Up to 1 TB per VM Up to 16 TB per VM (16x) Virtual Machine Virtual Processor Support Up to 64...

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My Favourite moments from MVPDays over the past 3 years

Hey folks I thought I would write this up as a quick post that truly shows the power of community.   Here are also a few of the top moments @twitter has captured for us. I love a lot of this pictures captured from Various #MVPHour sightings across north America. #MVPDays4Life...

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My Sessions at Microsoft Ignite 2016

Show your support and come cheer us on at Microsoft Ignite 2016.   This year I have been so fortunate to have been selected for 2 x Sessions.     The First one will be on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 – 11:30 – 12:15PM Room B203   Interact with an MVP discussion panel about Windows Server This session features a panel of the world’s best MVPs. The panel fields questions from the audience as well as talks about the amazing new features and technologies coming out with Microsoft Windows Server 2016. These sessions always draw a really good crowd...

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Community Sponsorship for MVPDays North American Community Roadshow is Free

Wait a minute you are probably reading this blog post because you saw the word Free in it….   Well you didn’t read that wrong…. Yes Community Sponsorship of MVPDays is totally free.   You are probably wondering why so read on and find out more…..       One of the big reasons that is so successful is the amazing support from the community.   As such we would like to showcase your community as part of this amazing North American Community Roadshow.   So if you are a member of a User Group Lead or an...

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Must attend Sessions of Microsoft Ignite 2016

Attending a conference like Microsoft Ignite can be a daunting task. There are over 25,000 attendees + Speakers + Sponsors etc. Right now there is a list of over 1,000 sessions to choose from and there are so many choices it is actually quite confusing. So my friend Clint Wyckoff – MVP @clintwyckoff and myself have come up with a list of our Must Attend Sessions of Microsoft Ignite 2016. We actually recorded them as part of our milestone 40th episode of Interview with an MVP on Channel 9. We really hope you enjoy it. Thanks, Dave  ...

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MVPDays Website – Relaunch today

Well we were in need of a new website as the old one had been live since 2014. So today we rebranded and re-launched the website. We would love your feedback on it and as such send your comments via twitter to @mvpdays   Hope you enjoy the new look and feel of the site.   Thanks, Dave and...

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Veeam’s next Big thing – Veeam can now Backup Office 365

Hello Microsoft Office 365 fans, today Veeam made a huge announcement regarding Office 365 email backup capabilities. You will be able to fully protect your email in the Microsoft Office 365 cloud starting in Q4 of 2016. This was a massive hole for a lot of organizations that were migrating or had already migrated to Office 365. Also included in this announcement was the that if you are already a Veeam Availability Suite Enterprise Plus customer you will be able to get 3 years of protection for your mailboxes for FREE. That’s right folks for free.     Great...

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PowerShell for Everyone – Microsoft makes it Open Source

You wanted it and now you have it. Microsoft vision of joining forces with Linux and the Open Source community took another huge leap in the right direction today. This announcement has made Power Shell open and available to the community.   Here is a snip from the blog posting at Microsoft describing this announcement: Since its inception in 2002 PowerShell has been deeply influenced and improved by the passion and needs of our community. As an example, 80 contributors filed bugs and issues on the “alpha” release. Since that time we, together, have built a strong PowerShell community that...

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