Category: Microsoft

Convert existing Azure Virtual Machines to use Hybrid Use Benefit

Hybrid Use Benefit (HUB) Allows customers with Software Assurance to use their on-premises Windows Server licenses to license Servers in Azure. With one Windows Server license, you can run two Windows Server Virtual Machines up to 8 Cores or a single Virtual Machine up to 16 Cores. This is a significant price reduction for customers

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Windows Update using Azure Server Management Tools

Microsoft recently updated Azure Server Management tools with a new functionality, which allows remote execution of Windows updates against managed Windows Server / Nano Server instances using Azure Server Management tools. For those who are not familiar Azure Server management tools, I wrote a blog post recently announcing Azure Server Management Tools, which is a

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Storage Spaces Direct with 3 VMs using Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5

In this blog post let’s looks at creating a Storage Spaces Direct Hyper Converged solution using three virtual machines. For production deployment, it is recommended to use physical servers instead of virtual machines. I will be using Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 version which was just released few days back for this blog post.

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Windows Server 2016 & System Center 2016 Technical Preview 4

Microsoft released Technical Preview 4 for Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 on 19th November. Note that the Technical Preview is not a supported production release and should not be used in a production environment. Please find below some of the new / enhanced capabilities on Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview Nano Server (DNS Server /

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Azure Announcements at AzureCon 2015

Quick post to summerize some of the new Azure Announcements at AzureCON 2015 event. – 3 New Azure Datacentres Announced (3 in India), with this Microsoft has more datacentre than Google and AWS combined (24 Regions around the world) – New N-Series VMs which has GPU Capabilities – for graphics-intensive workloads – New next generation

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SQL Server 2014 General Availability

Today morning, Microsoft announced general availability for next major release of Microsoft SQL Server product which is called “SQL Server 2014”. I have listed below some of the key highlights of SQL Server 2014 release Up to 30x In-Memory OLTP performance gains New Cloud Migration Wizard Clustered Columnstore indexes – please find below official announcement

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Windows 8.1 / Server 2012 R2 RTM Now Available on MSDN & TECHNET

Microsoft announced yesterday that they will be making Windows 8.1 RTM / Windows Server 2012 RTM & Visual Studio 2013 RC made available for developer community based on feedback received. This was a slight deviation from previous communication when both products hit internal RTM milestone. however I’m extremely pleased for being able to obtain RTM

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Windows 8 Release Preview & Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Now Available

Microsoft released Windows 8 Release Preview & Server 2012 Release Candidate on 31st May 2012,  which is the pre-RTM version of Windows Client & Server Operating systems, going to be available later this year. You can download both Client & Server operating systems using links below Download Windows 8 Release Preview http://aka.ms/win8rp Download Windows Server

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