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With the new Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2 there are more features as described in a previous post. Some are also releated to the storage part of Windows Server platform where starting with Windows Server 2012, Microsoft has introduced lot of features including SMB3, de-duplication, a new filesystem for huge volumes (ReFS), storage spaces and the Scale-Out File Server solution. And with Windows Server 2012 R2 also a multi-tiering. With Windows Server Server 2016 are added Storage Replica (to build, for example stretched cluster), an improved storage QoS, a better deduplication engine and a […]

The Microsoft Ignite event was a good opportunity to add more informations and also features at the upcoming new generation of Windows, including the next Windows Server (now officially called Windows Server 2016). Also a new Technical Preview is now available for the download (go on the TechNet page). I’ve already talk about the main news in the previous post Some interesting new features of Windows Server Next. But with the Technical Preview 2 there are more features as described in this post: What’s new in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2. Note that this […]

Last October, Microsoft and Docker, Inc. jointly announced plans to bring containers to developers across the Docker and Windows ecosystems via Windows Server Containers, available in the next version of Windows Server. This was for sure a big announce, considering also the containers momentum, but was just an announce, considering that no details was avaiable (and of course none is available yet in the the beta code of Windows Next). But finally there are the first details about this new technology and how it will work. Microsoft has announce it both on the Windows Server […]

On Wednesday, January 21st there will be an event on Microsoft’s Redmond campus talk about the next chapter of Windows 10 (actually available in Technical Preview). You’ll hear directly from senior leaders from the Operating Systems Group including Terry Myerson, Joe Belfiore and Phil Spencer who will talk about the Windows 10 consumer experience – continuing the story we began in September. You’ll also hear from Microsoft0s CEO Satya Nadella as well.

Most IT administrators should be aware that in the next six months Windows Server 2003 will reach its end-of-life. For the Windows 2003 Server family you should know the following dates: 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 operating system family.

The Microsoft Azure portal is already pretty good, simple, useful and fast… with only few clicks (but of course you can work also with PowerShell) and few minutes you can deploy or configure your services. But, during those day, you can test the preview of a new portal (probably the next one) that is even better compared with the current one. The new portal start with a dashboard (and with custom themes) that was probably a big missing the current one (although you can reach several information from the inventory on the left or on […]

The next release of Windows family is really close and a technical preview (both for the client and the server OS) is already available for the download. Of course it’s one of the main theme of the TechEd Europe and will be one of the hot topics on the MVP Summit on next week. Of course the new Windows Server (actually named Windows Server 10 on some sites, but probably renamed in Windows Server 2015) has a lot of new features and improvements that are covered on a dedicated TechNet page. Note that this list may be not complete yet… […]

Zerto provides enterprise-class business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) solutions for virtualized infrastructure and cloud. Zerto Virtual Replication was one of the first hypervisor-based replication and recovery solution for VMware and they have over 700 customers and 150 cloud service providers. Now, at the TechEd Europe event, they are announcing Zerto Virtual Replication for Microsoft Hyper-V.

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) is the management tool for virtual environment based on Microsoft Hyper-V (but note that it can also manage XenServer and vSphere infrastructures). It provide also management functionality for other “fabric” components (like storage or network). It’s not mandatory (compared to VMware vCenter that is needed to implement most of the cluster features, you can manage an Hyper-V environment with the Windows MMC snap-in or via PowerShell), but could be useful to manage the entire infrastructure from a single pane. And also it provide some new features, like library […]

How you probably know is possible run Hyper-V role (or Hyper-V Server) in a VM using latest version of VMware virtualization products (vSphere and Workstation) because they also can “emulate” the hardware instructions (AMD-V or Intel-VT) needed of hypervisors like Microsoft Hyper-V (but also, for example, Citix XenServer). More complicated if you was to run Hyper-V in a nested VM inside Hyper-V (or some other virtualization platform that lacks of this “emulation” feature).

Heartbleed is a software bug in the open-source cryptography library OpenSSL, which allows an attacker to read the memory of a server or a client, allowing (with special forget packets) reading (small) portition of the victim client. This could expose to lost of some data and potentially also confidendial data. Heartbleed.com has a detailed explanation of the issue, which is related to the “heartbeat” section of OpenSSL’s transport layer security (TSL) protocols and has been in the wild since March 2012 and affect all version from OpenSSL 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f. You need to upgrade the […]

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