Force network traffic through a specific NIC with SMB multichannel

Hello, There are more and more Network Interface Cards (NICs) in our servers (Blades are different on this one). It is recommended to group (team) and dedicate NICs (with VLANs) to shape the traffic and gain performances. But my setup didn’t allow the full deployment of this recommendation as: Some servers don’t have enough NICs…

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SharePoint Sysprep

Hello, With the wide use of virtualization platforms to run Microsoft Servers’ workloads, for the last few years, we faced a lot of questions regarding templates for SharePoint (Virtual Machines and Services Templates – in SC VMM, Base/Managed Templates, Cloning, etc.). The aim is super simple: Create once a Virtual Machine that can become a…

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Windows Server 2012 R2: Install unsigned drivers

Hello,We launched Windows Server 2012 R2 few months ago http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/windows-server-2012-r2 and I started to update the couple of servers running in my rack from 2012 to 2012 R2. As I evaluated the beta releases, the only way to complete the upgrade to the final version is to reinstall fully the servers (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn303416.aspx). One of the…

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Windows ODX test (Offloaded Data Transfers)

Hello, One of my NAS provider recent updates enabled some advanced features for the LUNs I wanted to test, before upgrading my entire Private Cloud fabric to Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2. I am talking about the ODX feature my NAS LUNs are now capable of. As storage is the current…

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To provide SharePoint services with System Center

Hello, During this spring I had the opportunity to talk and dig on what can be done with System Center 2012 (RTM, SP1 and soon R2) to offer SharePoint based services to users and organizations. As I spent time linking complex workloads with System Center, I used experience and discussions to create a synthetic deck I…

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Building a home server rack

Hello, Few months ago, I started a project I wanted to build for years: getting my hands dirty designing and building the necessary equipment to push IT automation and Industrial Engineering cross feedings. So I started to build a rack of servers in the basement. My constraints were: Cheap Relevant to test all System Center…

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SharePoint 2013 resources

Hi, While I focus on bringing SharePoint on top of cloud technologies customers can use, the SharePoint engineering and product teams released SharePoint 2013 Preview, more than 1 month ago. Preview is a marketing name for one of the Beta release we always did for our products. The thing I am really amazed with, is…

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Have a look at Windows Server 2008 R2 default Power plan

Hi My basement allows me to run a mini digital plant at home. (Smile). Even if electrical power is pretty cheap in Quebec province (thanks to hydraulic electrical plants), you may want to have a look at the power plan your servers currently run: it may either over consuming power for nothing, or have not…

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Clear Windows Server 2008 R2 Event Log

Hi, When you work on various platforms, and change frequently your infrastructure settings, you may want to see how the servers react to these giving the platform some time to live with it. But you may also want to monitor and check that, after a settings change, the system runs as you wanted, or some…

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From Datacenters to Digital plants – Updated

Hi, As you may have read in some of my previous posts, I spent the first 7 months of 2010 contributing to the SharePoint Online standard 2010 infrastructure. This infrastructure will provide SharePoint 2010 based services to tens of millions of people worldwide. In fact, it makes SharePoint fly in the Cloud, using Microsoft “boxed”…

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