Late last week Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) became Generally Available in Azure Government – you can see the details here. WVD in Azure Gov offers the same desktop and application publishing experience as the the WVD ARM release in Azure Global, but is integrated with Azure Active Directory for Office 365 GCC High customers (if […]Read More WVD in Azure Government is LIVE!
Someone asked me this week about options for file access on a UNIX host, and I of course thought first about NFS (Samba would be an option too, but this sounded like an older host). There’s a lot of interest in getting the data up to Azure as well so it can be used by […]Read More NFS with Azure File Sync: Crazy Smart Option for UNIX / Linux File Access
In two earlier posts, I showed you how you can use Azure File Sync to significantly reduce the your on premises storage of files to free up capacity and extend the life of your existing storage infrastructure. Avoid / Defer Costly Storage Upgrades with Azure File Sync (Part 1) Avoid / Defer Costly Storage Upgrades […]Read More Avoid / Defer Costly Storage Upgrades with Azure File Sync (Part 3) – Low DownTime!
In my previous post, I showed you how to drastically cut down on the files clogging up your file servers…so you can push off SAN / storage upgrades. What I didn’t show you were common ways to reclaim the storage for other hosts… that’s what I’ll do now. I did this process on a VMware-hosted […]Read More Avoid / Defer Costly Storage Upgrades with Azure File Sync (Part 2)
Extend the Capacity and Life of Existing Storage Infrastructure by Tiering Files to Azure Data storage requirements continue to increase every year, forcing infrastructure / storage teams to constantly review capacity and search for new ways to reduce the cost curve for storage and retention. Much of what is being stored and saved resides in […]Read More Avoid / Defer Costly Storage Upgrades with Azure File Sync (Part 1)
Cyber-attacks have become all too common in recent year, as criminals have found them to be low risk / high reward endeavors. Mitigating the risk and disruption from these attacks is a team effort across IT security, IT infrastructure, Applications, and front-line support teams. Even with thoughtful security policies and tools in place, organizations need […]Read More Rapid Cyber Attack Recovery with Azure File Sync
In my previous post, I showed you how to set up a simple Storage Spaces setup in an Azure VM. In this post, I’m going to discuss setting up the actual virtual disk and the “usable” volume. Formatting ReFS I mentioned in last post that the UI within Server Manager has a few limitations…we’ll we’re […]Read More Storage Spaces in an Azure VM: Part 2
My previous post was about the value of Storage Spaces, and I want I wanted to walk through the initial setup steps for creating a Storage Spaces tier in a an Azure-based Windows Server VM. Add VHDs to VM As a first step, we will provision the disk we want on our VM in the […]Read More Storage Spaces in an Azure VM: Part 1
Most Windows Server admins I talk to are aware of Storage Spaces, but haven’t done much with it…it’s a relatively new capability (2012ish?) and burried in Server Manager. Storage Spaces lets you build large virtual disks like a harware RAID controller, but with out the extra hardware. The REALLY cool part of Storage Spaces is […]Read More Optimize Azure Storage Performance and Cost with Storage Spaces and Tiering
I was speaking with a customer today that wanted to move one single VM to Azure from their VMware infrastructure. Yes, they could use Azure Site Recovery, but coming from VMware they’d have to download a VM template, configure replication, failover…. all that means waiting! Often a modern Windows VM can be moved to Azure quickly, […]Read More Quick VMware Conversion