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Reading Time: 9 minutes Now that both Microsoft and VMware have officially announced the new released of their virtualization products it’s possible to make some kind of comparison between Hyper-V available on Windows Server 2019 and vSphere 6.7 (like I’ve done some years ago with the Microsoft Hyper-V 2016 vs. VMware vSphere 6.5 article). Comparing two different product is not so easy, also if they are released closed one each other (at least in the same year). You need to found some homogenous aspects to make the comparison, at least at the technical level (but as written, it’s not so […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes The new release VMware vSphere 6.7U1 has a lot of improvements, but one has not been emphasized too much: VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1 finally supports Microsoft Active Directory 2016 schema and relative functional level! Lot of people forget that  vCenter Server, vCenter Single Sign-On and the VMware Platform Services Controller have their own interoperability matrix with Active Directory versions based on the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) domain functional level, not only with the Windows Server operating system on which Active Directory is running.

Reading Time: 2 minutes As promised some months with the Windows Server 2019 preview build, the new Windows Server 2019 is now available in GA. This is a huge milestone after the Windows Server 2016 version released just 3 yeas ago! Lot of information about this new version are available on demand at the Ignite event page.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Probably it’s already a well know issues and it’s also resolved for the most. But there are so many systems that are isolated or system with an old patching plan, or simple you have installated a Windows Server from an old ISO. The Credential Security Support Provider protocol (CredSSP) updates for CVE-2018-0886 patch, released on May 8th 2018, if applied (on the client or the server) make not possible connect using RDP unless both endpoints have the patch applied.

Reading Time: 3 minutes The new build of Windows 10 have a lot of new security settings and some of them can make cause issues with VMware Workstation (or potentially also other host hypervisors). One common issue when you try to power on a VM in Workstation and instead you get this error message: VMware Workstation and Device/Credential Guard are not compatible. VMware Workstation can be run after disabling Device/Credential Guard.

Reading Time: 15 minutes This is an article realized for StarWind blog and focused on how use PowerShell (Core) on Linux system. See also the original post. PowerShell is a command line (CLI) scripting language developed by Microsoft to simplify automation and configuration management, consisting of a command-line shell and associated scripting language.

Reading Time: 5 minutes Until now, Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 have got a similar build evolution during the years. But Windows 10 seems to maintain this trend of continuous improvements, Windows Server instead need a new name… Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2019 will be generally available in the second half of calendar year 2018. Starting now, you can access the preview build through our Insiders program.

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you are planning to backup a Microsoft Hyper-V cluster with Veeam Backup & Replication you may have some issues during the configuration of your environment. Compared to VMware vSphere backup where are defined some Veeam proxy on Windows machines (virtual or physical), in a Hyper-V backup, each Hyper-V node act also as a Veeam proxy!

Reading Time: 3 minutes Microsoft has just released to all Windows Insiders the new Windows Server Insider Preview Build 17074. This build is a preview build of the next Semi-Annual Channel release of Windows Server and it’s a preview of the next production build of Windows Server 2016… usually most of the features will be confirmed in the stable branch. So what’s New in Build 17074 for Windows Server?

Reading Time: 2 minutes PowerShell Core 6.0 is the new edition of the powerful Microsoft’s scripting language PowerShell. At the beginning, it was only for the latest version of Microsoft Windows operating systems, but in the last year has finally become cross-platform (Windows, macOS, and Linux), open-source, and built for heterogeneous environments and the hybrid cloud. PowerShell Core uses .NET Core 2.0 as its runtime, that enables PowerShell Core to work on multiple platforms (Windows, macOS, and Linux). PowerShell Core also exposes the API set offered by .NET Core 2.0 to be used in PowerShell cmdlets and scripts. Windows PowerShell used the […]

Reading Time: 5 minutes Meltdown and Spectre are critical vulnerabilities existing in several modern CPU: these hardware bugs allow programs to steal data which is currently processed on the computer. Meltdown and Spectre can affect personal computers, mobile devices, server and several cloud services. Actually, the only way to minimize those security risks is to patch your operating systems and the hypervisor level (if you are using virtual machines).

Reading Time: 3 minutes Microsoft has announced a plan to acquire Avere Systems, a hybrid cloud data storage company based in Pittsburgh. Avere Systems brings to the market NAS Optimization solutions designed specifically to scale performance and capacity separately and take advantage of new Flash-based storage media using real-time tiering. Founded on 2008 by a team of seasoned storage experts, and the President and CEO Ronald Bianchini, Jr. was a Senior Vice President at NetApp. Before it, he was CEO and Co-Founder of Spinnaker Networks, which developed the Storage Grid architecture acquired by NetApp. Also the CTO Michael Kazar has worked on versions of Carnegie Mellon […]

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