Category: Windows Server

Windows Server 2016 & System Center 2016 General Availability

Microsoft released evaluation bits for Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 during Ignite Conference in Atlanta on 27th September 2016. Having released evaluation bits, Microsoft made these two products generally available on 12th October, which added them to MSDN and also into Volume Licensing Service Center for Enterprise Customers. Evaluation media can be downloaded

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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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Why Nano Server

A common question that gets raised around new Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview is around Why we should deploy Nano Server and what’s the benefit. In this blog post I will discuss few benefits when using Nano Server deployment Method. Starting with Windows Server 2012, we had 3 deployment options Server Core Deployment Option MinShell

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Azure Server Management Tools–Installation

In my previous post, I provided an Introduction to Azure Server Management Tools. In this blog post we will look at installing & configuration Server Management Tools. First Step involved in setting up Server Management Tools is for us to create a Server Management Tools Connection. Once a connection has been created, we can go

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Azure Server Management Tools (Preview)–Introduction

Microsoft recently released Azure Server Management Tools preview for web-based management tools for Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview running on-premises as well as in Azure. Currently, Server Management Tools offer the following capabilities: View and change system configuration View performance across various resources and manage processes and services Manage devices attached to the server View

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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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Continue to use Windows Server Technical Preview 1 (OCT 2014)

In this blog post we will look at how we can continue to use Windows Server Technical Preview and extend its expiry date till 1st OCT 2015. At the moment when we login to Server Technical Preview before applying the hotfix, we get following message (I have another blog post earlier regarding this https://nirmalt.com/2015/04/04/this-build-of-windows-will-expire-soon-windows-server-technical-preview/) Checking

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This Build of Windows will expire soon – (Windows Server Technical Preview)

UPDATE : Hotfix is now available and for more details please have a look at my blog https://nirmalt.com/2015/04/14/continue-to-use-windows-server-technical-preview-1-oct-2014 If you are running Windows Server Preview (Technical Preview 1 Released in 1st Oct 2014), you might have already realized that it’s set to expire on 15th April. While Microsoft is preparing to release Technical Preview 2 sometime

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Cloud Witness in Windows Server vNext Technical Preview (2014-OCT)

In this blog post, we will look at configuring Cloud Witness, a new quorum option introduced in Windows Server vNext Technical Preview (OCT 2014 Release). Cloud witness was introduced as an option similar to a File Share Witness, but hosted on Azure without having to maintain any infrastructure within your datacenter. This allows us to

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