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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.

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!

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?

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 […]

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).

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 […]

Microsoft has announced the preview of VMware virtualization on Azure, a bare-metal solution that runs the full VMware stack on Azure hardware, co-located with other Azure services. General availability is expected in the coming year. This new service will be delivered in partnership with premier VMware-certified partners, and not directly with VMware (like, for example, VMware Cloud on AWS).

If you are using Veeam Backup & Replication to protect a Microsoft Exchange 2016 environment, you should not (yet) apply the Cumulative Update 5 (KB4012106) patch to avoid mailbox item-level recovery issue. In the weekly newsletter, Veeam notes that a couple of customers who already upgraded to CU5 reported some restore failures in Veeam Explorer for Exchange, caused by the significant change in one mailbox database structure.

Resilient File System (ReFS) is a new Microsoft’s filesystem introduced for the first time in Windows Server 2012 with the intent of becoming the “next generation” filesystem after the “old” NTFS (first NTFS version was for Windows NT 3.1). Starting with Windows Server 2016, ReFS is the default filesystem for some workloads and some solutions (like S2D). To provide greater resiliency for its metadata, the Resilient File System (ReFS) in Windows Server 2016 uses allocate-on-write semantics for all metadata updates. This means that ReFS never makes in-place updates to metadata. Instead, it makes all writes […]

In just one month, after 10 years of service Exchange Server 2007 reaches the end of its support lifecycle. Microsoft suggest customers who are using Exchange Server 2007 for any of their email and calendar services should begin planning to move the associated mailbox data and resources to Office 365 or update their infrastructure to a newer version of Exchange, such as Exchange Server 2016.

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.

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.

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