Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016 for

Another article of mine is now also online at, where I look at Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) in Windows Server 2016. Honestly I wrote this one ages ago and then it was updated a few months ago and now it’s finally live. Read it here.

Enjoy and thanks for reading.

Cover Story for virtualizationreview print edition–Azure overview

My newest article is the cover story for’s printed edition.

The article is also online, find it here.

Enjoy! And thanks for reading.

PS I forgot to cover Cosmos DB in the article – a global, hyperscale database for any application with five different convergence models for distributed data.

Nested virtualization in Azure for

My second column is now up at, following on from the first one I look at using nested virtualization in Azure to host a training VM for a Microsoft training course. Read it here.

Enjoy! And thank you for your time and interest in reading this article.

Virtualization in System Center 2016 for

In tandem with the big article on Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016 I wrote a piece on System Center 2016 as it applies to virtualization. Read it here.

This article covers VMM in-depth, the support for orchestrating the upgrade from 2012 R2 to 2016, creating storage spaces direct clusters, storage replica, software defined networking and shielded VMs. There’s also a bit on support for VMware and a bit on the other System Center products.

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Windows Server 2016: Virtualization Unleashed for

I wrote two articles, one on Hyper-V in the recently released RTM version of Windows Server 2016 for The other one cover System Center 2016. This one covers the new features in Hyper-V such as Storage QoS, Hyper convergence through storage spaces direct, software defined networking, Nano server, upgrading a Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V cluster to 2016, better backups through resilient change tracking in the platform, Shielded VMs, Windows and Hyper-V containers and Resilient File System (ReFS). Read it here.

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Hyper-V Replica Part 2 for

Here’s part 2 of my look at Hyper-V replica for In this part I cover the Hyper-V Replica Broker Role, how to extend Replica and how to use Azure Site Recovery to extend replica all the way to the cloud. Read it here.

Enjoy and thanks for reading.