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. Before I move any further, I would like to highlight some of the key features introduced part of Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5

Now Available! Windows Server and System Center 2016 Technical Preview 5!

Microsoft has released Technical Preview 5 for Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016. This release is the last release before moving in to General Availability later this year. Microsoft made number of improvements within this Technical Preview 5 for both Windows Server & System Center products. To find out more on what’s improved / add please have a look at below resources What’s New in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5

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 Deployment Option Full Desktop Experience Deployment Option Back then, for deployments such as Hyper-V it was recommended to deploy Server Core due to limited attack surface and reduced patches/hotfixes which we had to deploy.

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 ahead and provision Server Management Tools gateway. Gateway is an essential component which provides Azure Server Management Tools service, connectivity in to your on-premises or azure hosted Server 2016 VMs (At the moment support is only for Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview).

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 event logs View the list of installed roles and features Use a PowerShell console to manage and automate Having server management tools available in Azure gives me the flexibility to manage my on-premises Windows Server 2016 servers and also Azure Windows Server 2016 Servers using a single portal.

Azure Portal General Availability

Today morning Microsoft announced general availability for Azure Preview Portal (portal.azure.com). Logging in to the old portal(Manage.windowsazure.com), we can now see a new banner that allows you to click and re-direct to the new Azure Portal. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-azure-portal-general-availability/

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 D Series Virtual Machines (DV2 – 35% Faster than D series VMs) – Azure Security Centre Announced – to be made available later this year

Wire Data Analysis with Operations Management Suite

Wire Data Analysis capability was made available to Operations Management Suite (OMS) recently, and i had a quick look at it today. This solution provides network traffic analysis using existing OMS Agent for Windows 2012 R2 servers, Windows 8.1 clients and newer operating systems. To enable this functionality, all we need to do is to navigate to Solutions Gallery, Select Wire Data and click Add. Once you click add, OMS Agent will start collecting information and push them back to OMS Service.