Dec 14

Azure Stack: A summary of key benefits.

Intro By now most organizations know what Azure Stack is and how they can use its foundational services. But what about all the additional benefits you instantly get by using Azure Stack with its new service provider orientated Cloud model? Flexible cloud benefits which are not available in traditional IT environments are now delivered as …

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Nov 10

Azure Stack – Cloud choices and model

Private or hosted Big guy Deploying Azure Stack yourself and aligning the business requires a large capital investment. It depends on the initial deployment, but we can assume that a game changing product such as Azure Stack, which can be instantly extended by adding physical servers, will over time grow beyond a rack and eventually ends up …

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Oct 09

Azure Stack – Thoughts about an Integrated System

Many people were disappointed when Microsoft made the announcement that Azure Stack is being delivered as part of an integrated hardware system at GA from Dell, Hardware and Lenovo. For good reason. It was indirectly advertised and understood by many as the new ‘Windows Azure Pack’ (WAP). Allowing you to deploy it on own hardware …

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Mar 23

The need for Azure Stack – Part 2: Not your average Stack

Azure Stack With the shifting cloud landscape and recent application developments addressed in ‘Part 1‘ of this blog, I can finally talk about Azure Stack’s impact and advantages in the big cloud game. It is Microsoft’s own ‘software-defined data center’ (SDDC) stack with Azure services, brought to your private or hosted cloud. Yes, you heard right; …

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Mar 17

The need for Azure Stack – Part 1: Business value

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Dec 13

Hyper-V VM Performance Monitor – A tool is born

(Download link at the end of this blog) Monitoring Hyper-V On a medium to large Hyper-V platform it can be difficult to get all your VM performance data at once and see all metrics per VM in a nice overview or dashboard. Especially when you want to quickly identify a urgent performance problem on your platform and …

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Jun 16

Multi-tenant Azure AD federation without the use of synchronization tools

Update: Added a multi-tenant PowerShell provisioning script to the TechNet gallery with examples mentioned in this blog. Download here. Introduction Microsoft is advocating their own synchronization tools (DirSync/AADSync/AADconnect/FIM) to federate with Azure AD. There are a lot of advantages using a synchronization tool, this way companies don’t need to develop their own solutions, it’s easy deployable, …

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May 26

Azure Demo : Batch Provision VM’s in thirteen data centers worldwide and manage them within 10 minutes!

Introduction When I got my Azure subscription, the first thing I was interested in was creating a VM somewhere else then in our data centers in Amsterdam and better yet in every available Azure data center in the world! This is not easy task to do via the portal or even with Azure PowerShell. Both …

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Oct 07

ADMT Cross-Forest migration, the PowerShell way!

Introduction A while back, I migrated around 29K Exchange 2007 mailboxes and users with one PowerShell migration script cross-forest to Exchange 2010 into an in-house developed multitenant provisioning platform. Along these mailboxes there were also all kinds of AD Tenant related objects. All objects had to be provisioned in multiple domains in the target forest. …

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Sep 04

Adding an existing Hyper-V cluster to VMM


Introduction Since I couldn’t find any good documentation about the ‘Add-SCVMHostCluster’ cmdlet from Microsoft or any other source, I decided to do a blog about it and hopefully save some people from allot of frustration. In my case, I had an existing cluster with six hosts managed with VMM SP1. This VMM instance is fully …

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