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Free Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview Ebook #Winserv #Hyperv #Nanoserver #Container

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Get a head start evaluating Windows Server 2016—guided by the experts. Based on Technical Preview 4, John McCabe and the Windows Server team introduce the new features and capabilities, with practical insights on how Windows Server 2016 can meet the needs of your business. Get the early, high-level overview you need to begin preparing your deployment now

You can download the Free Windows Server 2016 TP E-book here

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Here you can find What’s New in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5

1 | Introduction

Get a look at Windows Server 2016 Preview, and see how it is the heart of the next generation of the Microsoft datacenter platform and how it provides a foundation for other modules in this course.

2 | Server Virtualization

Explore the new capabilities of Hyper-V virtualization. Check out improvements in Failover Clustering and the new rolling upgrade capability.

3 | Software-Defined Storage

Look beyond Storage Spaces to enhanced storage capabilities that improve efficiency, performance, and scalability, along with new deployment models that can help to reduce costs.

4 | Software-Defined Networking

Explore new and enhanced networking features: Network Controller, Software Load Balancer, Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) Tunneling, IP Address Management (IPAM), DNS, and DHCP.

5 | Introducing Nano Server
Examine Nano Server, a complete refactoring of Windows Server that provides the smallest footprint, fastest booting, and most cloud-optimized version of Windows Server.
6 | Introducing Windows Server and Hyper-V Containers
Find out about container technology, compare Windows Containers and Hyper-V Containers, and hear use cases for each.
7 | Automation in Windows Server 2016
Learn about scripting with the powerful new Windows PowerShell 5.0 and PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) features that support improved control and management.
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April 2016 Microsoft #Cloud Storage for Enterprise Architects Guide #Azure

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The Microsoft cloud offers a wide variety of storage services and solutions to meet your needs.

Integrating your storage by using Microsoft cloud services gives you access to a broad range of services and cloud platform options. You can use prepackaged solutions that are bundled with existing services, use existing services as a starting point for your storage solution with additional configuration or coding for a custom fit, or use storage building blocks, along with coding, to create your own storage solution or apps from scratch.

Here you can download the Microsoft Cloud Storage for Enterprise Architects Guide


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#Microsoft System Center 2016 TP5 VHD’s Available for Download #Sysctr #SCVMM #SCOM

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VHDThis VHD’s enables System Center customers to evaluate System Center 2016 Technical Preview 5 and Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5.

System Center 2016 Technical Preview 5 VHD’s are on the following locations:

System Center Technical Preview 5 Data Protection Manager – Evaluation (VHD)
System Center Technical Preview 5 Operations Manager – Evaluation (VHD)
System Center Technical Preview 5 Orchestrator – Evaluation (VHD)
System Center Technical Preview 5 Service Manager – Evaluation (VHD)
System Center Technical Preview 5 Virtual Machine Manager – Evaluation (VHD)


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#Microsoft #Linux Integration Services Version 4.1 for #HyperV Available

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Linux Integration Services (LIS) 4.1 allows Linux guests to use Hyper-V virtualization on the following host operating systems:

 Windows Server 2008 R2 (applicable editions)

 Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

 Windows 8 Pro and 8.1 Pro

 Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2

 Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 and 2012 R2

 Windows Server Technical Preview

 Microsoft Hyper-V Server Technical Preview

 Microsoft Azure.

Current version: 4.1.0 Please refer to the Linux Virtual Machines on Hyper-V topics for up to date information on the LIS feature set, all supported Linux distributions, availability and download locations.

New with Linux Integration Services 4.1:

•Expanded Releases: now applicable to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, and Oracle Linux with Red Hat Compatible Kernel versions 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, and 7.2.

•Hyper-V Sockets.
•Manual Memory Hot Add.
•SCSI WNN.
•lsvmbus.
•Uninstallation scripts.

When installed in a supported Linux virtual machine running on Hyper-V, the Linux Integration Services provide:

•Driver support: Linux Integration Services supports the network controller and the IDE and SCSI storage controllers that were developed specifically for Hyper-V.

•Fastpath Boot Support for Hyper-V: Boot devices now take advantage of the block Virtualization Service Client (VSC) to provide enhanced performance.

•Time Keeping: The clock inside the virtual machine will remain accurate by synchronizing to the clock on the virtualization server via Timesync service, and with the help of the pluggable time source device.

•Integrated Shutdown: Virtual machines running Linux can be shut down from either Hyper-V Manager or System Center Virtual Machine Manager by using the “Shut down” command.

•Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) Support: Supported Linux distributions can use multiple virtual processors per virtual machine. The actual number of virtual processors that can be allocated to a virtual machine is only limited by the underlying hypervisor.

•Heartbeat: This feature allows the virtualization server to detect whether the virtual machine is running and responsive.

•KVP (Key Value Pair) Exchange: Information about the running Linux virtual machine can be obtained by using the Key Value Pair exchange functionality on the Windows Server 2008 virtualization server.

•Integrated Mouse Support: Linux Integration Services provides full mouse support for Linux guest virtual machines.

•Live Migration: Linux virtual machines can undergo live migration for load balancing purposes.

•Jumbo Frames: Linux virtual machines can be configured to use Ethernet frames with more than 1500 bytes of payload.

•VLAN tagging and trunking: Administrators can attach single or multiple VLAN ids to synthetic network adapters.

•Static IP Injection: Allows migration of Linux virtual machines with static IP addresses.

•Linux VHDX resize: Allows dynamic resizing of VHDX storage attached to a Linux virtual machine.

•Synthetic Fibre Channel Support: Linux virtual machines can natively access high performance SAN networks.

•Live Linux virtual machine backup support: Facilitates zero downtime backup of running Linux virtual machines.

•Dynamic memory ballooning support: Improves Linux virtual machine density for a given Hyper-V host.

•Synthetic video device support: Provides improved graphics performance for Linux virtual machines.

•PAE kernel support: Provides drivers that are compatible with PAE enabled Linux virtual machines.

Here you can download Linux Integration Services Version 4.1 for Hyper-V 

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Video Use of #VisualStudio and #PowerShell to create #Azure Policy is now GA

Azure Resource Manager now allows you to control access through custom policies. With policies, you can prevent users in your organization from breaking conventions that are needed to manage your organization’s resources. You create policy definitions that describe the actions or resources that are specifically denied. You assign those policy definitions at the desired scope, such as the subscription, resource group, or an individual resource.

Microsoft is Announcing Azure Resource Policy general availability here

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See What Microsoft Azure #AppInsights can do for You ! #Cloud #Azure

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I Like to see my Blog fast for the Community with Azure AppInsights

Application Insights is an extensible analytics service that monitors your live application. It helps you detect and diagnose performance issues, and understand what users actually do with your app. It’s designed for developers but handy for a ITpro like me too, to help you continuously improve the performance and usability of your app or website:-)

See what Microsoft Azure AppInsights can do for you here !


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#Microsoft #Azure Consistent Storage Scenario Validation Guide #AzureStack

ACS Overview

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Azure-consistent Storage (ACS) is a new feature in Microsoft Azure Stack 2016 that delivers three critical Azure-consistent storage services for Azure Stack customers: blob, table and account management. Further, ACS also offers a storage cloud administration service to facilitate service provider administration of Azure-consistent Storage services.

ACS terminology :

  • Storage Developer develops cloud storage applications which consume blobs or tables. Typical Microsoft tools that a Storage Developer uses include Visual Studio, and Team Foundation Server.
  • Storage Tenant Administrator consumes storage services from a service provider. Storage Tenant Administrator also owns the storage account and custom OS image management for their organization, the latter are uploaded as page blobs into tenant storage accounts and referenced by VMs as needed. Typical Microsoft tools that a Storage Tenant Administrator uses include PowerShell and the Microsoft Azure Stack cloud portal.
  • Storage Service Provider delivers storage cloud services to customers on a multi-tenant shared storage cloud infrastructure. Typical Microsoft tools that a Storage Tenant Administrator uses include PowerShell and the Microsoft Azure Stack cloud portal.
  • Storage Fabric Administrator is a role within the Storage Service Provider persona. A Storage Fabric Administrator deploys and manages the traditional storage fabric life cycle, works with storage service administrator for capacity and resource planning. Typical Microsoft tools that a Storage Fabric Administrator uses include PowerShell.
  • Storage Service Administrator is a role within the Storage Service Provider persona. A Storage Service Administrator deploys and manages the storage cloud service life cycle, works with tenants for usage, Plan and Offer management, and works with the Storage Fabric Administrator for capacity and resource planning.
  • Storage Resource Provider (SRP) is the infrastructure component that enables storage cloud service management capabilities on, a Microsoft Azure Stack cloud. An SRP in one MAS region manages all the storage cloud services in that region, facilitating MAS delivery of not only Azure-consistent tenant management API capabilities, but also the storage service administrator management API capabilities.
  • Storage Farm is the collection of storage-related infrastructure and services that are managed and operated by the service provider in a single Microsoft Azure Stack cloud region. While a tenant has visibility and ownership only for self-provisioned subscriptions and storage accounts, a service provider in contrast has the operational and capacity management ownership of the entire multi-tenant Storage Farm
  • Storage Cluster refers to the Scale-out File Server (SOFS) failover cluster in the storage fabric layer. One or more storage clusters may be deployed in a Storage Farm by a service provider. The file shares on the Storage Clusters provide the necessary storage capacity for hosting Azure-consistent blobs and tables.
  • Virtualized Service is any ACS service that runs as a software service within a VM managed by the service provider. Most ACS Virtualized Services are web services, some of which are also externally accessible. All ACS Virtualized Services are also highly-available services powered by Azure Service Fabric and Failover Clustering technologies.
  • Service Role is a distinct role within the scope of an ACS service referenceable by ACS service administration portal and ACS PowerShell cmdlets. For the ACS Blob service, Blob Front-End and Blob Service are the two Service Roles. For the ACS Table service, Table Front-End, Table Master and Table Server are the three Service Roles. For the ACS Management service, Account Container Server, Metric Server and Health Monitoring Server are the three Service Roles.
  • Service Role Instance is a single operational instance of a Service Role. Each Service Role in a Storage Farm in a Microsoft Azure Stack cloud may have one or more Service Role Instances. A single ACS node (VM or physical machine) may host one or more Service Role Instances.
  • Storage Service Provider Resource is an administrative storage resource that a storage service provider uses to manage an aspect of storage cloud service represented by that resource. A File Share, a Storage Service Provider-managed VM, a Table Master instance are all examples of such resources.
  • Fault is an indication of an active problem with one storage service provider resource that typically requires administrative attention. An ACS storage monitoring service monitors each Storage Service Provider Resource and when a problem is detected, a fault is activated on that administrative resource. Storage Service Provider would then take appropriate remediation action to address the underlying issue that triggered the Fault, based on the contextual information provided in the Fault.

Here you can Download the complete Microsoft Azure Consistent Storage Scenario Validation Guide

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