Deploying Windows failover clusters is a common way to improve availability for many workloads – including SQL Server, file services, and other services. Setting up and maintaining a failover cluster has become increasing simple in Windows with improvements to Windows Server over the last twenty or so years – including Cluster Aware Updating, Cluster Shared […]Read More Windows Clustering In Azure: The Load Balancer
First let me say that the name for Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) changed this week to Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) – so there’s that! There is crazy demand for Linux support in Azure Virtual Desktop – driven by engineering and development scenarios, and I’ve had a lot of great feedback on my post about “WVD […]Read More Linux on AVD (WVD) with WSL2
The ability for WVD users to start a personal VM when they need it has been a highly anticipated feature of WVD. Good news – a feature called “Start VM on Connect” enables just this scenario, helping Azure customers reduce the cost of compute my shutting down personal VMs at night, and only starting them […]Read More WVD Start VM on Connect Live in Azure Gov
Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) let WVD is great technology that lets you publish desktops and apps securely from economical and scalable Azure all around the world. To meet more rigorous compliance requirements some deployments require compute isolation – the resources need to run on hardware dedicated to just that customer. Azure Dedicated Hosts provides just […]Read More WVD with Azure Dedicated Hosts
WVD is magical, and provides secure access to all sorts of things that haven’t been considered – it’s a super disruptive technology that is being used by government (and non-government) in crazy new ways. I was talking to a customer last week and he let out an audible sigh when I said that WVD didn’t […]Read More WVD for Linux Access
Late last week Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) became Generally Available in Azure Government – you can see the details here. WVD in Azure Gov offers the same desktop and application publishing experience as the the WVD ARM release in Azure Global, but is integrated with Azure Active Directory for Office 365 GCC High customers (if […]Read More WVD in Azure Government is LIVE!
Someone asked me this week about options for file access on a UNIX host, and I of course thought first about NFS (Samba would be an option too, but this sounded like an older host). There’s a lot of interest in getting the data up to Azure as well so it can be used by […]Read More NFS with Azure File Sync: Crazy Smart Option for UNIX / Linux File Access
In two earlier posts, I showed you how you can use Azure File Sync to significantly reduce the your on premises storage of files to free up capacity and extend the life of your existing storage infrastructure. Avoid / Defer Costly Storage Upgrades with Azure File Sync (Part 1) Avoid / Defer Costly Storage Upgrades […]Read More Avoid / Defer Costly Storage Upgrades with Azure File Sync (Part 3) – Low DownTime!
In my previous post, I showed you how to drastically cut down on the files clogging up your file servers…so you can push off SAN / storage upgrades. What I didn’t show you were common ways to reclaim the storage for other hosts… that’s what I’ll do now. I did this process on a VMware-hosted […]Read More Avoid / Defer Costly Storage Upgrades with Azure File Sync (Part 2)
Extend the Capacity and Life of Existing Storage Infrastructure by Tiering Files to Azure Data storage requirements continue to increase every year, forcing infrastructure / storage teams to constantly review capacity and search for new ways to reduce the cost curve for storage and retention. Much of what is being stored and saved resides in […]Read More Avoid / Defer Costly Storage Upgrades with Azure File Sync (Part 1)