Creating bulk user accounts in AD via PowerShell

Today, we’re going to talk about little tricks on automating one of the most routine duties of an AD admin, namely creating multiple user accounts. Literally, every single one admin sooner or later meets the necessity to develop and activate several user accounts. If it’s a one-time activity and you don’t need more than 10 accounts, you better stop right here. However, if you have a large domain at your responsibility, or just have to create multiple accounts too often, there are ways to make your life much more comfortable.


Combining Hyper-V and DC role on the same server: Why is this a bad idea

In our daily work, we do often face a choice between low cost or high reliability. Today, I want to establish whether the game is worth the candle when you want to cut your expenses on important things. The premise is that combining Hyper-V and DC roles on the same bare-metal server is a bad idea.


Creating a Domain on Windows Server 2016 via PowerShell

Creating of Windows domain has always been a rock on which admins split. There are ones who will vouch for GUI. The others are more prone to PowerShell use. What do I think? Well, PowerShell is a flexible and universal tool, unlike GUI. So, no wonder this article is dedicated to creating and configuring a domain on Windows Server 2016 via PowerShell exclusively. I want to establish whether it will be helpful in the automation of this whole process.


Hyper-V: Security Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

IT infrastructure security is a number one priority, whether it be bare-metal or virtual infrastructure. The matter of safety in a Hyper-V environment, in particular, is one of those things that require attention first and foremost. However, whereas the fundamental aspects of covering the question of protection are widely known, there are always tiny details nobody really pays any attention to. Even experienced IT administrators tend to pass them by.


StarWind has set hyperconvergence performance record. Let’s get behind the scenes

Hyperconvergence has dramatically transformed data center landscape over the past few years. New technologies are being developed, good old ones are being improved… We live in exciting times! And as data centers are becoming more reliable and powerful, it is important to get more out of the hardware in use: nobody likes to leave money on the table! Intel, Mellanox and StarWind have teamed up to develop a Hyper-V highly available cluster where you’ll get awesome performance without compromising ease of manageability of the environment. This article discusses the measurements in brief, showcasing the recent results.


How to install Windows Admin Center in a Windows Failover Cluster

Windows Admin Center (WAC) is a locally-deployed, browser-based management tool that provides you with the full control over your Windows Server environment. The nice thing is, it does not push you to Azure or any other cloud, so it works for you even if you do not feel that enthusiastic about public cloud.


How is NVMe-oF Doing? Part 4: “Who’s the fastest hand in the West”?

It is the fourth part of my NVMe-oF Initiators’ performance study. Before, I tested NVMe-oF initiators developed by Linux, Chelsio (LINK) and StarWind (LINK). Here, the battle ends: which NVMe-oF initiator delivers the highest performance and which one Windows admins should use?


How is NVMe-oF doing? Part 3: StarWind NVMe-oF Initiator + Linux SPDK NVMe-oF Target

Finally, I got the hands-on experience with StarWind NVMe-oF Initiator. I read that StarWind did a lot of work to bring NVMe-oF to Windows (it’s basically the first solution of its kind), so it’s quite interesting for me to see how their initiator works! In today’s post, I measure the performance of NVMe drive presented over Linux SPDK NVMe-oF Target while talking to it over StarWind NVMe-oF Initiator.


I’m leaving the blog to my friend Dmitriy. Bohmer’s farewell post

I have to stop blogging because my wife gives birth soon, so I want to spend more time with my family rather than at my office or lab. Maybe, I’ll start writing again someday, who knows.


How is NVMe-oF doing? Part 2: Chelsio NVMe-oF Initiator + Linux SPDK NVMe-oF Target

While some OS-s built on Linux kernel support NVMe-oF, Windows just does not. No worries, there are some ways to bring this protocol to a Windows environment! In this article, I investigate whether presenting an NVMe drive over RDMA with Linux SPDK NVMe-oF Target + Chelsio NVMe-oF Initiator provides you the perfomance that vendors of flash list in their datasheets.