Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Insiders Preview

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Insiders PreviewMicrosoft Windows Server 2019 Insiders Preview has been announced. Windows Server 2019 in the past might have been named 2016 R2 also known as a Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release. Microsoft recommends LTSC Windows Server for workloads such as Microsoft SQL Server, Share Point and ...

Use Intel Optane NVMe U.2 SFF 8639 SSD drive in PCIe slot

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Use NVMe U.2 SFF 8639 disk drive form factor SSD in PCIe slotNeed to install or use an Intel Optane NVMe 900P or other Nonvolatile Memory (NVM) Express NVMe based U.2 SFF 8639 disk drive form factor Solid State Device (SSD) into PCIe a slot? For example, I needed ...

AWS S3 Storage Gateway Revisited (Part I)

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

AWS S3 Storage Gateway Revisited (Part I) This Amazon Web Service (AWS) Storage Gateway Revisited posts is a follow-up to the AWS Storage Gateway test drive and review I did a few years ago (thus why it's called revisited). As part of a two-part series, the first post looks at ...

Azure Stack TP3 Overview Preview Review Part II

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Azure Stack TP3 Overview Preview (Part II) Install Review This is part two of a two-part series looking at Microsoft Azure Stack with a focus on my experiences installing Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 (TP3) including into a nested VMware vSphere ESXi environment. Read part one here that provides a ...

Gaining Server Storage I/O Insight into Microsoft Windows Server 2016

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Server Storage I/O Insight into Microsoft Windows Server 2016Updated 12/8/16In case you had not heard, Microsoft announced the general availability (GA, also known as Release To Manufacturing (RTM) ) of the newest version of its Windows server operating system aka Windows Server 2016 along with System Center 2016. Note ...

NVMe Place NVM Non Volatile Memory Express Resources

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Welcome to NVMe place NVM Non Volatile Memory Express Resources. NVMe place is about Non Volatile Memory (NVM) Express (NVMe) with Industry Trends Perspectives, Tips, Tools, Techniques, Technologies, News and other information. Updated 8/23/2018 Disclaimer Please note that this NVMe place resources site is independent of the industry trade and promoters group NVM ...

Breaking the VMware ESXi 5.5 ACPI boot loop on Lenovo TD350

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Breaking the VMware ESXi 5.5 ACPI boot loop on Lenovo TD350 Do you have a Lenovo TD350 or for that many other servers that when trying to load or run VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 u2 (or other versions) and run into the boot loop at the “Initializing ACPI” ...

VMware VVOLs storage I/O fundementals (Part 1)

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

VMware VVOL's storage I/O fundamentals (Part I)

Are VMware VVOLs in your virtual server and storage I/O future?

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Are VMware VVOL's in your virtual server and storage I/O future?

iVMcontrol iPhone VMware management, iTool or iToy?

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

iVMcontrol iPhone VMware management, iTool or iToy? A few months back I was looking for a simple easy to use yet robust tool for accessing and managing my VMware environment from my iPhone. The reason being is that I don't always like to carry a laptop or tablet around, not to ...

Dell Inspiron 660 i660, Virtual Server Diamond in the rough?

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Dell Inspiron 660 i660, Virtual Server Diamond in the rough? During the 2013 post thanksgiving black friday shopping day, I did some on-line buying including a Dell Inspiron 660 i660 (5629BK) to be used as a physical machine (PM) or VMware host (among other things). Now technically I know, this is ...

Server virtualization nested and tiered hypervisors

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Server virtualization nested and tiered hypervisors A few years ago I did a piece (click here) about the then emerging trend of tiered hypervisors, particular using different products or technologies in the same environment.Tiered snow management tools and technologiesTiered hypervisors can be as simple as using different technologies such ...