Top 5 Best Utilities for your vSphere infrastructure presented on VMware Labs in 2015

Posted by Alex Samoylenko on February 9, 2016

On VMware Labs site you can read about new utilities which can simplify the management of VMware vSphere virtualization infrastructure. They help administrators to solve their everyday problems. The following list includes the tools with functions description.

  1. VMware Auto Deploy GUI – deployment of ESXi hosts with friendly interface and vSphere 6 support.

With help of VMware Auto Deploy GUI you can make profiles presetting and deploy new VMware ESXi 6 hosts for Stateless-environment directly from the GUI VMware vSphere Client:

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Hyperconverged Stories Contest

Posted by Contest on February 3, 2016

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Tell us anything you want about how you did hyperconverged project and get $500.

Share your experience and get $500 by participating in StarWind contest.

Write an interesting article focusing on the hyperconverged storage architecture. Send your story to us and we’ll publish it on our blog.

Any blog visitor and all of your friends 😉 can vote for your story by its ranking.

Forward your articles to oksana@starwind.com before March 31, 2016.

The voting is open up until April 15, 2016 and on April 18, 2016, the winner gets the $500.

The second and third places will get runner-up prizes of $300 and $150 respectively.

The contest starts on February 8, 2016!

Good luck! :)

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How to Configure Storage Replication using Windows Server 2016? – Part 2

Posted by Charbel Nemnom on February 3, 2016

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Warning: This article is written with information related to Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4.

In part one of this multi part blog on How to Configure Storage Replication in Windows Server 2016, we covered an introduction into Storage Replica which is a new feature introduced in Windows Server 2016, and we covered step by step the implementation of Windows Volume Replication (Server-to-server). In this follow up post, we are going to cover the implementation of volume replication with stretch cluster. This type of cluster features uses Asymmetric storage, two sites, two sets of shared storage and uses volume replication to ensure that data is available to all nodes in the cluster.

Stretch clusters are typically used to provide high availability across sites, however delivering business continuity involves more than just high availability, not just disaster recovery – think disaster preparedness.

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SMB 3.0 File Server on Free Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 (Clustered)

Posted by Anton Kolomyeytsev on January 25, 2016

Disclaimer: Please, do not violate license agreements for financial benefit. If you can do something, it doesn’t mean you should. This post is dedicated for one-time sole use of the mentioned setup – non-commercial, home lab or experiment. If you plan to earn money, please refrain from proceeding repeating the test described in this post.

As we succeeded in assigning file server role on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, let’s try failover file server now.

For the setup, we’re using 2 servers with Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 added into domain (NODE1, NODE2) and the client node with Windows Server 2012 R2 (TESTCLIENT).
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Related materials:

Creating a Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Cluster using StarWind Virtual SAN
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2: Deduplication, Backup & Primary VM Storage

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SMB 3.0 File Server on Free Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

Posted by Anton Kolomyeytsev on January 25, 2016

Disclaimer: Please, do not violate license agreements for financial benefit. If you can do something, it doesn’t mean you should. This post is dedicated for one-time sole use of the mentioned setup – non-commercial, home lab or experiment. If you plan to earn money, please refrain from proceeding repeating the test described in this post.

Introduction

Test and development benefit greatly from free and open source solutions. The problem is – either there are none suitable for the task or the ones that exist are unsuitable somehow. This is true for SMB3.0 file server, which is nothing but impossible to find for free. Well, there is one exception, but it is quite questionable. Windows Server 2012 R2 supports SMB 3.0 File Server role and it’s obvious that the free Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 can do the same. However, the license agreement states clearly that users are prohibited from doing that. If you have a home lab and urgently need a Highly-Available SMB3/NFS file share and you think you can’t possibly do any damage, you may try checking what we are doing here. In any case, we don’t recommend to mess with license agreements at all. Having said that, let’s see if Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 works as a file server, in case you really-really-really need one.

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Related materials:
Creating a Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Cluster using StarWind Virtual SAN
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2: Deduplication, Backup & Primary VM Storage

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Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct: 4-node setup

Posted by Anton Kolomyeytsev on January 25, 2016

Enterprises expect the highest possible performance, complete fault-tolerance and high availability to ensure business continuity. They would spare no reasonable expense to achieve that, thus a 4-node setup is “the way to go”. It ensures exceptional uptime even in case of multiple node failure.

In Windows Server 2016, Microsoft has designed a technology called Storage Spaces Direct. It is a true SDS without, unchained in terms of hardware, which perfectly fits the abovementioned task.

Setup:
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Related materials:

Microsoft Hyper-V: 4 Things You Should Know to Ensure Storage HA and Security
How to Optimize Microsoft Hyper-V Failover Cluster and Double Performance

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Hyper-Converged Needs to Get Beyond the Hype

Posted by Jon Toigo on January 25, 2016

It used to be that, when you bought a server with a NIC card and some internal or direct attached storage, it was simply called a server. If it had some tiered storage – different media with different performance characteristics and different capacities – and some intelligence for moving data across “tiers,” we called it an “enterprise server”. If the server and storage kit were clustered, we called it a high availability enterprise server. Over the past year, though, we have gone through a collective terminology refresh.

Today, you cobble together a server with some software-defined storage software, a hypervisor, and some internal or external flash and/or disk and the result is called “hyper-converged infrastructure.” Given the lack of consistency in what people mean when they say “hyper-converged,” we may be talking about any collection of gear and software that a vendor has “pre-integrated” before marking up the kit and selling it for a huge profit. Having recently requested information from so-called hyper-converged infrastructure vendors, I was amazed at some of the inquiries I received from would-be participants.

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How to Configure Storage Replication using Windows Server 2016? – Part 1

Posted by Charbel Nemnom on January 19, 2016

Warning: This article is written with information related to Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4.

Storage Replica is a new feature introduced in Windows Server 2016 that enables storage-agnostic, block-level, synchronous replication between servers for disaster recovery, as well as stretching of a failover cluster for high availability. Synchronous replication enables mirroring of data in physical sites with crash-consistent volumes ensuring zero data loss at the file system level. Asynchronous replication allows site extension beyond metropolitan ranges with the possibility of data loss.

Storage Replica is volume-based and uses SMB V3.1.1. It can use any fixed disk storage, as well as any storage fabric. Storage Replica does not require a cluster and can be managed using Failover Cluster Manager (FCM), PowerShell, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), and Azure Site Recovery (planned for the future).
This blog post is divided into two parts, in the first part, I will show you how to implement Windows Volume Replication (Server-to-server), and in the second part, I will show you how to implement Stretch Cluster with Volume Replication.
At the time of writing this article, Storage Replica support the following scenarios:

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HOW TO: Monitor a Nano Server on Windows Server TP4

Posted by Florent Appointaire on January 12, 2016

Microsoft released the last version of the Nano Server, Technical Preview 4. They released the TP4 of System Center too. with this last version, SCOM has the ability to monitor a Nano Server.

In this blog post, I will explain to you how to implement this monitoring. I used this blog post to implement the solution.

This monitoring is at the beginning, so you can only monitor the Windows BaseOS and the Failover Cluster role (with each management pack). The limitations are (from Technet) :

  • Installing the Operations Manager Agent to a Nano Server via discovery from the Operations Manager console.
  • Monitoring .Net applications running on a Nano Server
  • Updating the Operations Manager agent on a Nano Server by applying updates.
  • Using Audit Collection Services (ACS).
  • Using network discovery rules to discover devices that support ICMP.
  • Monitoring specific url’s on a Nano Server.
  • Discovering IIS web sites.
  • Collecting data from the Application Log of a Nano Server.

The only prerequisite to monitor the server is to have the Microsoft-OneCore-ReverseForwarders-Package.cab package installed on your Nano Server image.

After that, I copied the source of the Nano server agent from the ISO to my SCOM server, in my case, in C:\Temp\NanoAgent\. Open a PowerShell console and navigate to the folder where is stored the InstallNanoServerScomAgentOnline.ps1 script:

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How To Convert EXE To MSI Package In 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Vladan Seget on January 5, 2016

MSI package are useful to be deployed in centralized management environment of Microsoft Active Directory. Unfortunately to deploy a software you need a MSI package. Microsoft do not support deploying EXE applications via GPOs.

So if your organization has some of those EXE applications and want do manage the deployment via Group policy, it’s necessary to repackage the EXE and create an MSI package.

The process of repackaging is not easy, but It’s easy when know which software to use and how. In this post I’ll walk you through to perform such an operation with MSI Package Builder from EMCO, but this Is not the only software company which sells such a tool.

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