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Hyper-V Amigos Showcast Episode 13–AzureStack

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In this Episode, I talk with one of the original Hyper-V Amigos Hans Vredevoort about Azure Stack. Hans is a long-time MVP and has done allot of work with Windows Azure Pack and now with Azure Stack. Hans gives some hints about the Azure Stack TP2 one Node deployment and shows us a bit around in the Portal.

 

 

Enjoy the interview and demo.

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Hyper-V Amigos Showcast Episode 12–ReFS and Backup

imageIn this Episode Didier and I look at a single host deployment with Storage Spaces on Windows Server 2016. We create a “Hybrid” disk just like in Storage Spaces Direct by combining SSD & HDD in a storage Tier. We were very happy to discover that ReFSv3.1 does real time tiering. We’re very excited about this because we want to leverage the benefits if Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 brings by leveraging ReFSv3.1 (Block Cloning) in regards to backup transformation actions and Grandfather-Father-Son (GFS) spaces savings. To do so we’re looking at our options to get these benefits and capabilities leveraging affordable yet performant storage for our backup targets. S2D is one such option but might be cost prohibitive or overkill in certain environments.

ReFS v3.1 on non-clustered Windows Server 2016 hosts bring us integrity streaming, file corruption repair with instant recovery as protection against bit rot, the performance of tiered storage and SMB3 as a backup target at a great price point.

But please watch the video and see for yourself.

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Hyper-V Amigo Showcast 11 Storage Spaces Direct

imageIn this Showcast Didier and Carsten are playing with a Hyper-converged Storage Spaces Direct System with Windows Server 2016 installed. The show some crazsy performance numbers and even turn 2 of the 4 nodes off. While playing with the Cluster we see also some new Features like Distributed Storage QoS, Cluster and VM Isolation and Cluster Fairshare.

See what’s happening, bring some time the show is a bit lengthy and enjoy the video.

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Hyper-V Amigos Showcast Episode 10 Failover Cluster improvements in 2016

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In this Episode Didier and I talk about some of the cool Failover Cluster improvements in Windows Server 2016 that Didier will present at the Cloud & Datacenter Conference Germany in May. We also talk a bit about that Conference and the Speaker Lineup that is in Didier words amazing. After that we tell you about an experience we both share that was truly mind blowing.

I hope you have fun with this Episode of the Hyper-V Amigos Showcast.

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Hyper-V Amigos Podcast Episode 2–Didier Van Hoye

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In this Episode I talk with my Hyper-V Amigos buddy Didier Van Hoye. Like me Didier is a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP and just received his fifth award. Hear Didier talk about his passion, when he started in computing, what it means to be an MVP and so many more things.

I hope you enjoy the podcast like I did.

Carsten

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The Hyper-V Amigos Chat at the Grand Canyon

Thumb-wA.jpgMy friend Didier and I were two weeks in the US to attend two great events – the VeeamON Conference at the end of October in Las Vegas and the Microsoft MVP Summit at the beginning of November in Redmond. Between those two exiting weeks Didier and I visited the Grand Canyon. Boy is this hole in the ground impressive. So we decided to make a video in front of this beautiful nature and of course talk about technical stuff. Because the view is so great we went to three different places to get the different angles on the Canyon.

Listen to us talking about VeeamON (till 9:17) and different Windows Server 2016 features. We wish you as much fun as we had making this video.

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Hyper-V Amigos Podcast Episode 1: Ben Armstrong

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Hi folks I started and English speaking podcast about Private Cloud related stuff where I will have different guests from the Microsoft Product Groups and Microsoft MVPs.

In my first Episode I’m much honored to have the one and only Mr. Hyper-V Ben Armstrong. Ben who is also knows as @VirtualPCGuy is Principal Program Manager in the Hyper-V Team and talks about really great stuff. I don’t wan’t to spill the beans so take the time to watch this Episode it’s really worth it!

Thanks for listening/watching Carsten (@hypervserver)

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Hyper-V Amigos Chat – Microsoft Ignite 2015 Conference

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Last week the first Microsoft Ignite 2015 Conference took place in Chicago. Didier Van Hoye (@WorkingHardinIT), Adain Finn (joe_elway) and Carsten Rachfahl (@hypervserver) where between the amazing 23.500 attendees. After the conference we sat down in front of a camera to share our impressions and thoughts about the event. Bye the way we also touch a lot of tech stuff. We talked about: virtual TPM, Storage Spaces Direct, PowerShell Direct, Hyperconverged, Nano Server and Azure Stack.

We had a lot of fun at the conference and in the video so we hope you enjoy it too.

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Hyper-V Amigos Showcast Episode 8: Storage Replica in a Streched Cluster

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In this Episode Didier and Carsten show a new great feature in Windows Server vNext: Storage Replication. With this feature it is possible to replicate a Volume between two Storage systems. There is a synchronous and a asynchronous Version that allows you to replicate between Volumes of two Servers, between two Clusters or in a Stretched Cluster Scenario. Didier has done already a video that demonstrate the Server to Server replication so we focus in this Showcast on the Stretched Cluster scenario.

We hope you enjoy this Showcast and learn a bit about this promising feature.

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