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Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) is a very interesting technology, coming in the next version of Windows Server. Pooling the internal storage (SAS, SATA and NVMe) in each storage node together for performance and resiliency, this is another option for storage for Hyper-V (and presumably SQL Server). Read it here.

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After looking at Nano server for 4Sysops my article on what’s new in Windows Server TP2 for Hyper-V has just been published. This one covers only what’s new since TP1, including virtual TPM, shielded VMs, resiliency in clusters and PowerShell Direct. Read it here.

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Looking further into what was revealed at the Build and Ignite conferences last month Nano Server is starting to take more of a concrete shape. This tiny foot print Windows Server OS will be good as a Hyper-V and Scale Out File server infrastructure OS. My post on Nano is up on 4Sysops, read it here.

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I’ve done a couple of in-depth technical article looking at Azure for virtualizationreview.com. These are available here, here, here and here.

Recently published is part 1 of a new series that looks at Azure (with all the changes since those first articles were written incorporated) from a “real world” perspective. I take a fictitious company on their journey to a hybrid cloud, applying the technologies to their business problems. Part 1 covers setting up a virtual network, linking it to on-premises, how to think about administrative delegation and so forth. Read it here.

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Continuing my long running series on Azure at 4sysops, this time I look at Azure Active Directory, synchronising it with your on-premises Active Directory and the benefits it offers, as well as the Azure service Cloud App Discovery. This service (CAD?) inventories the cloud services in use in your network (commonly called Shadow IT) to help IT departments to actually know what’s happening instead of guessing. Read it here.

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A little while ago my review of the cloud service Knowledge Vault was published at 4sysops. This service gives you monitoring and reporting that far outpaces the built in tools for Office 365.

Read it here.

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My article on what’s coming in Hyper-V in Windows Server vNext has now been published over at virtualizationreview.com. Read it here.

I cover the new production checkpoints, the new configuration file formats, mixed versions in Hyper-V clusters, Windows update delivering integration services updates, along with secure boot for Linux VMs and hot adding memory and NICs to running VMs.

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My review of this interesting, and very competitively priced service is online at 4sysops, read it here. If you like automation but don’t like to write scripts or code, it might just be the answer. There’s a free community edition that is a great place to get started.

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Back in May / June / July I wrote a three part articles series, looking at Azure from an IT Professional’s perspective. Because so much changes in the cloud, and so quickly I updated the article and it’s now been published on virtualizationreview.com. Read it here.

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The fifth part of looking at new features in the Tech Preview of Windows Server vNext for 4sysops I look at Remote Desktop Services and MultiPoint as a role. Read it here.

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