Category: Services

Migrating to the cloud is easy. My experience of choosing P2V converters.

VM conversion is a trivial task (with proper set of tools of course). See some industry standard V2V converters under the hood to learn which one works better for you.


Deploying a Windows Server 2019 S2D Cluster using Azure Resource Manager Templates

A determined and professional admin will never stay satisfied with the way IT infrastructure works because no matter how good it is, we can always make it better. In this step-by-step guide, I’ll let you know all you need to know about deploying a Windows Server 2019 S2D Cluster using Azure Resource Manager Templates.


Creating a function in Windows PowerShell and saving it as module.

As every admin knows way too well, administrating an IT infrastructure is not an easy job. If you plan on performing everything manually, you’ll find yourself buried in tasks. That’s why command-line shells do exist and why today we’ll take a look on how to write a function in Windows PowerShell!


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.


The idea Behind Node Fairness in Hyper-V: How it works and why you need it?

For quite a long time, System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) has a feature called Dynamic Optimization. Its main goal is to automatically rebalance VMs between the participating cluster nodes in case the placement is unequal. Now, this feature has partially became available in Windows Server 2016 in the form of Node Fairness. It balances the workloads among the hosts in a Hyper-V Failover Cluster and automatically live migrates guests from an overloaded node to  a less busy one with zero downtime.

Node Fairness goes embedded in Windows Server 2016 and is intended for deployments without SCVMM. SCVMM Dynamic Optimization delivers more versatile functionality than Node Fairness. Regarding this fact, Dynamic Optimization is recommended for balancing workloads among the cluster hosts. However, to use this feature, you need an additional license from the main operating system.

Now that we know what Node Fairness is, let’s take a look at how this service works.