Why Windows Scale Out File Server is not Scale Out

At the E2EVC convention – by the way the best geek convention for virtualization people – Aidan Finn (@joe_elway) gave a great presentation on how to design and implement a Windows Scale Out File Server (SOFS) with Windows Storage Spaces. I have already acknowledged in the past that I do love what Microsoft is doing in this space and I would definitely have this in my mind if I was designing a storage system in the field! I’ve said it before – Microsoft Storage Spaces & Scale Out File Server looks awesome @joe_elway #E2EVC pic.twitter.com/VxmgkkUCTp — Hans De Leenheer (@HansDeLeenheer)

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The X-th platform expectations

This is another one of those -cut the crap and use your common sense- posts. Earlier today I had a twitter conversation with one of my friends that lives in the Microsoft Fanclub. I am not being disrespectful here, just setting the pace for the story 🙂 It’s one about choices and expectations. We are back at the best-of-breed versus one-size-fits-all discussion. Last time I talked about best-of-breed was about the VMware partner ecosystem where startups choose to take a feature and where the stack provider choses to take the entire stack of features. This time I want to talk about those choices

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MSSQL must really love Oracle (pun intended)

You remember everyone ranting on the Oracle licensing schemes? You remember everyone ranting on VMware last year when they announced the vTAX licensing scheme?  Today I was reading through the new Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Licensing scheme and got struck by lightning (not in any positive way). I’ll elaborate on what happened/changed and I sincerely hope anyone will correct me soon! I will not go through all possible differences in licensing schemes and focus on 2 examples:  1) a single commonly configured physical SQL server Enterprise with 2×6 cores 2) a single commonly configured virtualised  SQL server Enterprise with 6 vCPUs

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remote install of DPM 2010 agents

CASE: sometimes the deploy of DPM 2010 agents just failes. Most of the time it is just because the default firewall (of W2K8) doesn’t allow you to.do it. SOLUTION: you can do the installation manually but that implies you need to log on to every server. However; a lazy engineer is a good engineer so we will try to do this remote (from the DPMserver). PREPARATION: 1) on the DPM server, share your agents folder as \\DPMserver\DPMAgents (C:\Program Files\Microsoft DPM\DPM\ProtectionAgents\RA\3.0.7696.0). 2) install Sysinternals Suite (LINK) to C:\Windows\System32. Add the path to your system variables; go to Properties option in MyComputer,

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set ACTIVE USER to AutoAccept Meeting Requests when offline

CASE: we needed a resource that could be reserved for LiveMeetings (Microsoft Roundtable). This user also needed to be ACTIVE because the system will be provided with a mini-pc that is configured to automaticaly boot with that user and log on to Outlook Calendar. ISSUE: An active user cannot AutoAccept Meeting Requests when Offline. this would have the consequence that only when user is active, it will reply all pending meeting requests. BEWARE: UNSUPPORTED METHOD !!! 1) Change mailbox to an equipment type: set-mailbox -Identity “Mailbox Name” -Type Equipment 2) Change Access Rights on that mailbox for a different user:

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How to deploy the settings of your Wireless Network

CASE: when you have a Wireless Network in your environment you will have to deploy the settings of it to all notebooks. One of the most common known ways to do this is through Group Policy Objects (GPO) – (TECHNET: http://tinyurl.com/njqoc3 ). But there are some reasons why this is not the easiest way. One of them is that you can not provide your deploy with a static pre-shared key (WPAPSK). So we had to find another way. Solution: as for many solutions we found it in a command line tool: “NETSH WLAN” . This tool is actually the CLI

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