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  • Blog Post: Final Word on IOPS in Azure

    Hello Folks, In the past few weeks I’ve been spending some of my spare time in trying to explore the capabilities of Azure where disk performance is concerned. I did that in response to some ITPros, that had expressed doubt that they could reproduce performances they were able to achieve on premises...
  • Blog Post: Azure Disk IOPS and Virtual Machines in IaaS Part II

    Hello Folk, It’s been a while since we talked about IOPS. In fact the last post I wrote on the subject was Azure Disk IOPS and Virtual in IaaS back in November. Since then, I managed to get in the Premium storage preview, so today I thought it would be fun to see how many IOPS I can squeeze out of these...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating a VM Snapshot in Azure

    Hello folks, As you may know, I’ve been travelling around the country for the Cloud and Mobility Summit. During these events we’ve been running day long “camps” or hands-on training for both “Getting Started with Microsoft Azure for IT Professionals” and “Getting...
  • Blog Post: Azure Disk IOPS and Virtual Machines in IaaS

    Hello Folks, A couple weeks ago, I delivered a talk about Microsoft Azure to a group of IT Pros in Halifax Nova Scotia. (I always enjoy going back there). After the day was over I ended up having some sizing discussion with some of the attendees that stuck around for a bit. “How do we match...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating a File Share in Azure

    Hello Folks, Last week I wrote about using Microsoft Azure to create an offsite copy of a fileset in Azure . Well it got me thinking that we had not looked at all the storage options in Azure. I suggest looking at following MVA modules as primer for storage in Azure. Microsoft Azure IaaS Deep...
  • Blog Post: Create an Offsite Copy of a Fileset in Azure

    Hello Folks, During our latest round of Azure Camps a question keeps coming back when we get to the Azure Storage management section. “Can I use it to store other type of Data? or just VHDs?” So I decided to give it a try. To do so I will create a Storage Account, then a container...
  • Blog Post: What is Microsoft Azure StorSimple?

    In the enablement of people centric IT or BYOD, people are empowered at their organization to use devices such as smartphones and tablets to consume and create content on behalf of their organization. While focus on security has been top of mind as of late, some IT departments are now focusing on a new...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Tips: Analyzing Possible Storage Savings Via The Deduplication Evaluation Tool

    Introduced in Windows Server 2008 and enhanced in Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2, the Disk Deduplication tool is an exemplarity tool used by IT professionals to save storage space amidst the infrastructure they manage. The storage space saved is reclaimed from duplicate files being removed utilizing...
  • Blog Post: iSCSI Storage in Windows Server 2012

    Storage is one of the most important aspects of our IT infrastructure.  In this day and age of virtualization it is even more important because our entire server infrastructure may be stored on a limited set of devices. Of course that is a lot easier said than done, especially for smaller companies...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Completing Storage Live Migration in Hyper-V 2012 R2

    With both Managing the Datacenter and Virtualizing the Datacenter #CANITPRO Camps coming to a close. Further details regarding the next upcoming will be made available soon. As you may be aware, Microsoft provides evaluation copies of Windows Server 2012R2 and Hyper-v Server 2012R2 to allow for testing...
  • Blog Post: Storage Pools… Dive right in!

    Storage Pools are a new feature in Windows Server 2012 that at first glance (at the terminology) may look like  software RAID arrays that have been around for years, but are really a new concept, or at least several generations of advancement on the old concept.  They give us the ability to...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Configuring the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target as a Storage Device for System Center VMM

    Over the past few months we have made a big deal about the storage features of Windows Server 2012, including how the built-in iSCSI Software Target allows you to build a low-cost software-SAN (storage area network) for small environments, and how that lets you create a Hyper-V Failover Cluster without...