Tag: Hardware

My New Intel NUC PC

I recently purchased an Intel NUC, NUC8i7HNK, to use as my home office PC. Here’s a little bit of information about my experience. Need To Upgrade I’ve been using a HP micro-tower for around 6-7 years as my home office PC. It was an i5 with 16 GB RAM, originally purchased as part of a…

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Got a Surface Pro

As you might have noticed, myself and my wife have started a new Azure training business called Cloud Mechanix. The thing I fear the most, as a presenter, is my laptop dying. I don’t want to use my employer’s device (a Surface Book) because that would be a conflict of interest. My personal laptop is…

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Microsoft Azure Started Patching Reboots Yesterday

Contrary to a previous email that I received, Microsoft started rebooting Azure VMs yesterday, instead of the 9th. Microsoft also confirmed that this is because of the Intel CPU security flaw. The following email was sent out to customers: Dear Azure customer, An industry-wide, hardware-based security vulnerability was disclosed today. Keeping customers secure is always…

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Intel CPU Security Bug

Gossip started to twirl in the last few days about what was driving both Azure and AWS to push out updates at relatively short notice. And news leaked over the last day that Intel has discovered a significant security flaw in the code of nearly all (or all) Intel processors manufactured in the last decade.…

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Ignite 2016 – Storage Spaces Direct

Read the notes from the session recording (original here) on Windows Server 2016 (WS2016) Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) and hyper-converged infrastructure, which was one of my most anticipated sessions of Microsoft Ignite 2016. The presenters were: Claus Joergensen: Program Manager Cosmos Darwin, Program Manager Definition Cosmos starts the session. Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) is software-defined,…

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Webinar Today: Reducing Costs By Switching From VMware to Hyper-V on DataON Cluster-in-a-Box

I’m presenting in a webinar by DataON Storage later today at 6PM UK/Irish time, 7PM Central Europe, and 1 PM Eastern. The focus is on how small-medium businesses can switch to an all-Microsoft server stack on DataON hardware and greatly reduce costs, while simplifying the deployment and increasing performance. There are a number of speakers,…

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Webinar Recording – Clustering for the Small/Medium Enterprise & Branch Office

I recently did another webinar for work, this time focusing on how to deploy an affordable Hyper-V cluster in a small-medium business or a remote/branch office. The solution is based on Cluster-in-a-Box hardware and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and Storage Spaces. Yes, it reduces costs, but it also simplifies the solution, speeds up deployment…

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