How to configure StorSimple virtual Array – Microsoft Video Series

Hi everybody,

like you already know Microsoft announced a StorSimple virtual Array in December 2015.

This week Program Manager Sharath Suryanaarayan  published a Guide on YouTube about how to configure it. If you are interest in that product, you shouldn’t miss his videos.
Video #01: StorSimple Virtual Array Getting Started

Video #02: StorSimple Virtual Array Create

Video #03: StorSimple Virtual Array Configuration

Video #04: StorSimple Virtual Array Create Shares

Video #05: StorSimple Virtual Array DR

Azure Stack Technical Preview (POC): Hardware requirements – published

Hi everybody,

even with released date probably moved to Q4/2016 or somewhen 2017 Microsoft published more and more information about it’s new Azure Stack.

Yesterday they published the Hardware requirements for Azure Stack, which you can find on the original Blogpost here.


Source: http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2015/12/21/microsoft-azure-stack-hardware-requirements.aspx

Hardware requirements for Azure Stack Technical Preview (POC)

Note that these requirements only apply to the upcoming POC release, they may change for future releases.

Component

Minimum

Recommended

Compute: CPU Dual-Socket: 12 Physical Cores Dual-Socket: 16 Physical Cores
Compute: Memory 96 GB RAM 128 GB RAM
Compute: BIOS Hyper-V Enabled (with SLAT support) Hyper-V Enabled (with SLAT support)
Network: NIC Windows Server 2012 R2 Certification required for NIC; no specialized features required Windows Server 2012 R2 Certification required for NIC; no specialized features required
Disk drives: Operating System 1 OS disk with minimum of 200 GB available for system partition (SSD or HDD) 1 OS disk with minimum of 200 GB available for system partition (SSD or HDD)
Disk drives: General Azure Stack POC Data 4 disks. Each disk provides a minimum of 140 GB of capacity (SSD or HDD). 4 disks. Each disk provides a minimum of 250 GB of capacity.
HW logo certification Certified for Windows Server 2012 R2

Storage considerations

Data disk drive configuration: All data drives must be of the same type (SAS or SATA) and capacity.  If SAS disk drives are used, the disk drives must be attached via a single path (no MPIO, multi-path support is provided)
HBA configuration options:
     1. (Preferred) Simple HBA
2. RAID HBA – Adapter must be configured in “pass through” mode
3. RAID HBA – Disks should be configured as Single-Disk, RAID-0
Supported bus and media type combinations

  •          SATA HDD
  •          SAS HDD
  •          RAID HDD
  •          RAID SSD (If the media type is unspecified/unknown*)
  •          SATA SSD + SATA HDD**
  •          SAS SSD + SAS HDD**

* RAID controllers without pass-through capability can’t recognize the media type. Such controllers will mark both HDD and SSD as Unspecified. In that case, the SSD will be used as persistent storage instead of caching devices. Therefore, you can deploy the Microsoft Azure Stack POC on those SSDs.

** For tiered storage, you must have at least 3 HDDs.

Example HBAs: LSI 9207-8i, LSI-9300-8i, or LSI-9265-8i in pass-through mode

 

While the above configuration is generic enough that many servers should fit the description, we recommend a couple of SKUs: Dell R630 and the HPE DL 360 Gen 9. Both these SKUs have been in-market for some time.

Technical Summit 2014 Berlin – A short recab

Hi everybody,

like some of you already know, we had a great technical event sponsored by Microsoft in Berlin this week.

Im talking about the Microsoft Technical Summit for IT Pros and Developers.

For me it was really great to be there, not only because I was able to see Microsofts new CEO Satya Nadela live on stage or to listen to amazing speakers talking about new awesome or current Microsoft Magic. For me it’s like a Family Meeting 🙂

I was able to see some really good friends from all over europe like Carsten Rachfahl, Benedikt Berger, Didier van Hoye or many many others and take place in a very constructive IT Pro discussion with Peter Abitter, Michael Korb and Patrick Heyde from Microsoft.

My Community peer Manuel and I also used the chance to do some promotion for the Microsoft Windows Server User Group Berlin and grape some presents for our members. You maybe see us in the videos, Microsoft made. 😉

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Virtualization Fabric Design Considerations Guide via @Technet

Microsoft recently published a very helpful design guide regarding fabric and network design for you Hyper-V / Microsoft private Cloud environment.

To take a look on the guide please click here.