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Finally after five technical preview, Windows Server 2016 is now officially in GA. For more information see the Ultimate Guide to Windows Server 2016 or the new features of this OS. Remember the big change in licensing: now cores will count for the total number of needed licenses and you can start to re-consider also servers with one socker and lot of cores in your design. You can download the evaluation and experience first-hand how Windows Server 2016 can work for you: Download Windows Server 2016 evaluation Another way to try, test or use it, […]

On August 12, 2016, Microsoft announced a plan to retire Azure RemoteApp. Based on customer feedback and market dynamics, Microsoft adjusted their strategy to focus more on the cloud platform that underpins finished desktop and application virtualization services.

Windows 10 seems to be already active on more than 350 million devices around the world. And several oh them them are from the free upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 products. However, the Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends July 29th, 2016. So, if you have a qualified product for the upgrade, you have only few hours to make a free upgrade.

According to Microsoft, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award is given to “exceptional, independent community leaders who share their passion, technical expertise, and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with others”. The awarded are people who “actively share their … technical expertise with the different technology communities related directly or indirectly to Microsoft”. An MVP is awarded for contributions over the previous year.

One recent announce by Microsoft was the bash support/integration in Windows 10: with the latest Windows Fast Ring update (14316) it’s possible run Bash and Ubuntu commands on Windows 10. This is the result of the partnership between Microsoft and Canonical. To try this you must be part of the Windows Insider program, then you need to switch your Windows 10 system to the Fast Ring. You do this by going “System Settings > Advanced Windows Update options” and selecting your Insider Preview update setting to the far right.

After the TP4, Microsoft has recently released the new Tecnichal Preview both for System Center 2016 and for Windows Server 2016. What’s new in System Center 2016 Technical Preview 5: Provides advanced software-defined datacenter support, including managing the lifecycle of Nano Server hosts and virtual machines, simplified deployment of the new Windows Server 2016 software-defined networking components, and support for Storage Spaces Direct and replicated storage volumes. Expands the surface area of monitoring and reduces friction for IT Operations with data-driven alert management that reduces noise and enables faster troubleshooting, scheduling of maintenance windows, increased […]

Using Veeam Endpoint you learn a lot on how Microsoft VSS works and how you can solve problems when something stop or go wrong. Some months ago I’ve wrote about an issue in file exclusion (see Veeam Endpoint: unable to exclude files from shapshot). One week ago, Veeam Endpoint backup jobs goes in a yellow state again with this message: 05/01/2016 00:32:17 :: Unable to exclude files from snapshot: Shadow Copy Optimization Writer timed out (see Windows event log for more info).

Microsoft TechEd was the annual conference for developers and IT professionals working or interested in Microsoft technologies. The first TechEd happened in 1993 in Orlando, Florida and the last took place in Barcelona in 2014. This was also the last big Microsoft event in Europe. Starting from 2015, Microsoft rescheduled its conference schedule and introduced the Microsoft Ignite event. First Ignite was in Spring 2015 in Chicago and the next one is scheduled in Atlanta on September 26–30, 2016.

Microsoft has recently published more details on the licensing of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 products. The publications are general available (and probably they will not change in the RTM) and are composed by a licensing FAQ, as well as a Windows Server 2016 Datacenter and Standard Edition licensing datasheet and a System Center 2016 licensing datasheet. As already know with Windows Server 2016 there will be again some specific features not available for the Standard edition (like the Storage Replica, for example). With Windows Server 2012 the Standard and the Datacenter where […]

Veeam Endpoint Backup 1.1.x may have an issue with Windows 10 machine updated with the latest big update. Windows 10 support has been introduced in version 1.1 and it works well, but after the Threshold 2 (or Fall Upgrade) some Veeam Endpoint Backup database files could be moved during the OS upgrade procedure. It’s not sure yet if all version are impacted or only Windows 10 coming from a previous major upgrade (Windows.old is normally used to keep a rollback for an in-place upgrade).

The latest Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 add an interesting new features in Hyper-V: Discrete Device Assignment. This feature implement a “device passthrough” for virtual machines running on Hyper-V: users can now take some of the PCI Express devices in their systems and pass them through directly to a guest VM.

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