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Brandon Lee is a guest blogger for Vembu. He has been in the IT industry for over 15+ years now and has worked in various IT industries spanning education, manufacturing, hospitality, and consulting for various technology companies including Fortune 500 companies. Brandon is a prolific blogger and contributes to the community through various blog posts and technical documentation primarily at
15 06, 2018

Performance Tuning Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V

By | June 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Hyper-V provides a very robust and powerful virtualization solution that runs production workloads in many enterprise data centers today. As with any virtualization solution, there are certainly performance considerations and tuning that can be done to enhance the performance of the hypervisor as well as the virtual machine workloads running within the environment. The key areas of any hypervisor solution [...]

12 06, 2018

Microsoft Azure Backup Server Features and Limitations

By | June 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Organizations today are looking to make their IT infrastructure as resilient as possible, protecting against application failure, virtual machine failure, and site-level failure. Best practice for data protection follows the 3-2-1 backup rule. This best practice methodology suggests having (3) copies of backups located on at least (2) different types of backup medium, with at least (1) backup stored offsite. [...]

5 06, 2018

Implementing Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Converged Networking

By | June 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V networking is extremely powerful. In fact, the platform has matured greatly in the realm of networking. Hyper-V has come a long way in the realm of network virtualization and the removal of dependence away from the actual physical networking infrastructure. Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V provides much more robust options for networking than previous versions [...]

30 05, 2018

Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V ReFS vs NTFS

By | May 30th, 2018|0 Comments

When configuring storage for a Hyper-V cluster, there are certainly many options that need to be considered. In Windows Server 2012 a new file system was introduced called ReFS or Resilient File System. ReFS have been touted as the “next generation” file system from Microsoft that will eventually replace NTFS. However, in the early versions of ReFS, it was a [...]

28 05, 2018

Hyper-V Storage Spaces Direct Disaggregated vs Hyperconverged Deployments

By | May 28th, 2018|0 Comments

When designing out a Storage Spaces Direct or S2D design in Hyper-V, there are certainly many things that need to be considered in the design. Storage Spaces Direct provides an enterprise ready software defined storage solution that is capable of tremendous scale, performance, and manageability within the Hyper-V platform. Instead of the traditional SAN or NAS device that is shared [...]

24 05, 2018

Important Storage Performance Metrics

By | May 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Storage is at the heart of virtualization performance. Often, if there is an issue with virtual machine performance, it comes down to improperly configured or over-provisioned storage. Storage performance is key to making sure a virtualization deployment on any hypervisor is successful. There are definitely important storage metrics that must be considered both in sizing for a greenfield installation as [...]

22 05, 2018

Hyper-V Windows Server 2016 High Availability Design

By | May 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Preparing any virtualization environment for high availability is a necessary requirement for running production workloads. High availability ensures that if you have failures in the underlying infrastructure, your production workloads remain available. Generally speaking, you want no single point of failure that could lead to taking your entire infrastructure down. When thinking about engineering and building out a Microsoft Windows [...]

22 05, 2018

Important Virtual Machine Backup Automation Features

By | May 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Why Automation? Automation is the king of the hill when thinking about operational efficiency with development as well as operations in today’s fast-paced world of IT. Environments are simply moving too fast and have to be agile such that manual operations management is simply not feasible any longer. This also applies to data protection in today’s scenario as well. Virtualization [...]

21 05, 2018

Why Backups are an Important Part of Security

By | May 21st, 2018|0 Comments

When thinking about security mechanisms that can be used, most organizations may think about endpoint security, firewalls, SPAM filters, UTM devices, etc. While all of those mechanisms are certainly important in the multi-layered security approach that is required in securing today’s environments, there is one other important part of security that many may not readily think about – backups. Are [...]

17 05, 2018

Hyper-V Backup and Disaster Recovery Features

By | May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

When building out Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V environments, administrators need to certainly plan the environment according to recommended best practices from Microsoft. This would include building out a Hyper-V cluster for high availability that allows production workloads to withstand a number of failures at the hardware level and still be accessible. However, past engineering a Windows Server Hyper-V environment for [...]