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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.

Microsoft has just released the Technical Preview 4 of Windows Server 2016, the next generation of Windows Server that will provide a wide range of new and enhanced features and capabilities spanning server virtualization, storage, software-defined networking, server management and automation, web and application platform, access and information protection, virtual desktop infrastructure, and more. To evaluate it just go to the download page: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-technical-preview

As promised Microsoft does not release anymore “Service Pack” collections (the idea is move to a “Windows as a Service” upgrade model), but this does not mean that does not release cumulative upgrade. And for Windows 10 this is the latest Windows 10 v1511 build 10586: update, also now as Fall Update or Windows 10 Threshold 2. This upgrade include main of the Windows Insider preview, using the collaborative process to drive the choices in building Windows 10. Of course the Windows Insider will continue (and there is also a similar program in the new […]

One year ago Microsoft announced the Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS), also know as a Microsoft’s cloud in a box. CPS introduces a validated, ready-to-run, optimized solution that features Microsoft software stack of Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and Windows Azure Pack strategically coupled with Dell PowerEdge servers, Dell Storage and Dell Networking in an integrated, cost-effective appliance. Also CPS prove an Azure-consistent cloud experience, because has been architected for agility and resiliency based on the experience gained from Azure. CPS offers consistent public, private, and hybrid cloud experiences for maximum flexibility.

After the Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2 now it’s the turn of a new build: Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 and also System Center 2016 Technical Preview 3 (confirming that there is a common and unified product strategy). There are some interesting news in Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Technical Preview 3:

After several (beta) builds, available to all the Windows 10 Insider people, Microsoft Windows 10 it’s finally available to all (in 190 countries) and also for the upgrade. Yes because Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade to people using Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 for qualified devices and OS version (for more information see the Windows10Upgrade page). There are already a lot of information on all the features of this new OS, and several landing pages with presentations and comments. But the best and simple way is just try it: if you […]

As you probably know, Windows Server 2003 has (finally) reach its end-of-life. For the Windows 2003 Server family the critical dates were the following: On July 13, 2010 Mainstream Support for Windows Server 2003 family ended. On July 14, 2015 Extended Support for Windows Server 2003 family will end. So one year after the Microsoft Windows XP (and Office 2003) retirement, now it’s the turn of the Windows Server 2003 (and of course the R2 version) operating system family, after 12 years!

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. Is more than an award (or accreditation) instead of certification and is quite similar (in the concept) like other “community” award, like the VMware vExpert.

Until now Microsoft simple does not support nested virtualization in its Hyper-V product. Nothing wrong with it, but it’s a case where not supported means also that it simple does not work at all. So the only way to test Hyper-V (or other hypervisor) in a lab with a single physical system (server or client) was using other hypervisors (VMware ESXi, Workstation, or also Paralles or others). Or using this trick (useful also with the new hardware requirement of the next Hyper-V) but with the big limit where the VMs cannot be powered on at […]

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