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Understanding Windows Server Hyper-V Cluster Configuration, Performance and Security
The Windows Server Hyper-V Clusters are definitely an important option when trying to implement High Availability to critical workloads of a business. Guidelines on how to get started with things like deployment, network configurations to some of the industries best practices on performance, security, and storage management are something that any IT admin would not want to miss. Get started with reading this white paper that discusses the same through scenarios on a production field and helps yo
How do you increase the uptime of your critical workloads? How do you start setting up a Hyper-V Cluster in your organization? What are the Hyper-V design and networking configuration best practices? These are some of the questions you may have when you have large environments with many Hyper-V deployments. It is very essential for IT administrators to build disaster-ready Hyper-V Clusters rather than thinking about troubleshooting them in their production workloads. This whitepaper will help you in deploying a Hyper-V Cluster in your infrastructure by providing step-by-step configuration and consideration guides focussing on optimizing the performance and security of your setup.
Mastering vSphere – Best Practices, Optimizing Configurations & More
Do you regularly work with vSphere? If so, this free eBook is for you. Learn how to leverage best practices for the most popular features contained within the vSphere platform and boost your productivity using tips and tricks learnt direct from an experienced VMware trainer and highly qualified professional. In this eBook, vExpert Ryan Birk shows you how to master: Advanced Deployment Scenarios using Auto-Deploy Shared Storage Performance Monitoring and Troubleshooting Host Network configurati

If you’re here to gather some of the best practices surrounding vSphere, you’ve come to the right place! Mastering vSphere: Best Practices, Optimizing Configurations & More, the free eBook authored by me, Ryan Birk, is the product of many years working with vSphere as well as teaching others in a professional capacity. In my extensive career as a VMware consultant and teacher (I’m a VMware Certified Instructor) I have worked with people of all competence levels and been asked hundreds - if not thousands - of questions on vSphere. I was approached to write this eBook to put that experience to use to help people currently working with vSphere step up their game and reach that next level. As such, this eBook assumes readers already have a basic understanding of vSphere and will cover the best practices for four key aspects of any vSphere environment.

The best practices covered here will focus largely on management and configuration solutions so should remain relevant for quite some time. However, with that said, things are constantly changing in IT, so I would always recommend obtaining the most up-to-date information from VMware KBs and official documentation especially regarding specific versions of tools and software updates. This eBook is divided into several sections, and although I would advise reading the whole eBook as most elements relate to others, you might want to just focus on a certain area you’re having trouble with. If so, jump to the section you want read about.

Before we begin, I want to note that in a VMware environment, it’s always best to try to keep things simple. Far too often I have seen environments be thrown off the tracks by trying to do too much at once. I try to live by the mentality of “keeping your environment boring” – in other words, keeping your host configurations the same, storage configurations the same and network configurations the same. I don’t mean duplicate IP addresses, but the hosts need identical port groups, access to the same storage networks, etc. Consistency is the name of the game and is key to solving unexpected problems down the line. Furthermore, it enables smooth scalability - when you move from a single host configuration to a cluster configuration, having the same configurations will make live migrations and high availability far easier to configure without having to significantly re-work the entire infrastructure. Now the scene has been set, let’s get started!

How to Get the Most Out of Windows Admin Center
Windows Admin Center is the future of Windows and Windows Server management. Are you using it to its full potential? In this free eBook, Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, Eric Siron, has put together a 70+ page guide on what Windows Admin Center brings to the table, how to get started, and how to squeeze as much value out of this incredible free management tool from Microsoft. This eBook covers: - Installation - Getting Started - Full UI Analysis - Security - Managing Extensions

Each version of Windows and Windows Server showcases new technologies. The advent of PowerShell marked a substantial step forward in managing those features. However, the built-in graphical Windows management tools have largely stagnated - the same basic Microsoft Management Console (MMC) interfaces had remained since Windows Server 2000. Microsoft tried out multiple overhauls over the years to the built-in Server Manager console but gained little traction. Until Windows Admin Center.

WHAT IS WINDOWS ADMIN CENTER?
Windows Admin Center (WAC) represents a modern turn in Windows and Windows Server system management. From its home page, you establish a list of the networked Windows and Windows Server computers to manage. From there, you can connect to an individual system to control components such as hardware drivers. You can also use it to manage Windows roles, such as Hyper-V.

On the front-end, Windows Admin Center is presented through a sleek HTML 5 web interface. On the back-end, it leverages PowerShell extensively to control the systems within your network. The entire package runs on a single system, so you don’t need a complicated infrastructure to support it. In fact, you can run it locally on your Windows 10 workstation if you want. If you require more resiliency, you can run Windows Admin Center as a role on a Microsoft Failover Cluster.

WHY WOULD I USE WINDOWS ADMIN CENTER?
In the modern era of Windows management, we have shifted to a greater reliance on industrial-strength tools like PowerShell and Desired State Configuration. However, we still have servers that require individualized attention and infrequently utilized resources. WAC gives you a one-stop hub for dropping in on any system at any time and work with almost any of its facets.

ABOUT THIS EBOOK
This eBook has been written by Microsoft Cloud & Datacenter Management MVP Eric Siron. Eric has worked in IT since 1998, designing, deploying, and maintaining server, desktop, network, and storage systems. He has provided all levels of support for businesses ranging from single-user through enterprises with thousands of seats. He has achieved numerous Microsoft certifications and was a Microsoft Certified Trainer for four years. Eric is also a seasoned technology blogger and has amassed a significant following through his top-class work on the Altaro Hyper-V Dojo.

Digital Workspace Disasters and How to Beat Them
Desktop DR - the recovery of individual desktop systems from a disaster or system failure - has long been a challenge. Part of the problem is that there are so many desktops, storing so much valuable data and - unlike servers - with so many different end user configurations and too little central control. Imaging everyone would be a huge task, generating huge amounts of backup data.
Desktop DR - the recovery of individual desktop systems from a disaster or system failure - has long been a challenge. Part of the problem is that there are so many desktops, storing so much valuable data and - unlike servers - with so many different end user configurations and too little central control. Imaging everyone would be a huge task, generating huge amounts of backup data. And even if those problems could be overcome with the use of software agents, plus de-deduplication to take common files such as the operating system out of the backup window, restoring damaged systems could still mean days of software reinstallation and reconfiguration. Yet at the same time, most organizations have a strategic need to deploy and provision new desktop systems, and to be able to migrate existing ones to new platforms. Again, these are tasks that benefit from reducing both duplication and the need to reconfigure the resulting installation. The parallels with desktop DR should be clear. We often write about the importance of an integrated approach to investing in backup and recovery. By bringing together business needs that have a shared technical foundation, we can, for example, gain incremental benefits from backup, such as improved data visibility and governance, or we can gain DR capabilities from an investment in systems and data management. So it is with desktop DR and user workspace management. Both of these are growing in importance as organizations’ desktop estates grow more complex. Not only are we adding more ways to work online, such as virtual PCs, more applications, and more layers of middleware, but the resulting systems face more risks and threats and are subject to higher regulatory and legal requirements. Increasingly then, both desktop DR and UWM will be not just valuable, but essential. Getting one as an incremental bonus from the other therefore not only strengthens the business case for that investment proposal, it is a win-win scenario in its own right.
How Data Temperature Drives Data Placement Decisions and What to Do About It
In this white paper, learn (1) how the relative proportion of hot, warm, and cooler data changes over time, (2) new machine learning (ML) techniques that sense the cooling temperature of data throughout its half-life, and (3) the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in migrating data to the most cost-effective tier.

The emphasis on fast flash technology concentrates much attention on hot, frequently accessed data. However, budget pressures preclude consuming such premium-priced capacity when the access frequency diminishes. Yet many organizations do just that, unable to migrate effectively to lower cost secondary storage on a regular basis.
In this white paper, explore:

•    How the relative proportion of hot, warm, and cooler data changes over time
•    New machine learning (ML) techniques that sense the cooling temperature of data throughout its half-life
•    The role of artificial intelligence (AI) in migrating data to the most cost-effective tier.

ESG Report: Verifying Network Intent with Forward Enterprise
This ESG Technical Review documents hands-on validation of Forward Enterprise, a solution developed by Forward Networks to help organizations save time and resources when verifying that their IT networks can deliver application traffic consistently in line with network and security policies. The review examines how Forward Enterprise can reduce network downtime, ensure compliance with policies, and minimize adverse impact of configuration changes on network behavior.
ESG research recently uncovered that 66% of organizations view their IT environments as more or significantly more complex than they were two years ago. The complexity will most likely increase, since 46% of organizations anticipate their network infrastructure spending to exceed that of 2018 as they upgrade and expand their networks.

Large enterprise and service provider networks consist of multiple device types—routers, switches, firewalls, and load balancers—with proprietary operating systems (OS) and different configuration rules. As organizations support more applications and users, their networks will grow and become more complex, making it more difficult to verify and manage correctly implemented policies across the entire network. Organizations have also begun to integrate public cloud services with their on-premises networks, adding further network complexity to manage end-to-end policies.

With increasing network complexity, organizations cannot easily confirm that their networks are operating as intended when they implement network and security policies. Moreover, when considering a fix to a service-impact issue or a network update, determining how it may impact other applications negatively or introduce service-affecting issues becomes difficult. To assess adherence to policies or the impact of any network change, organizations have typically relied on disparate tools and material—network topology diagrams, device inventories, vendor-dependent management systems, command line (CLI) commands, and utilities such as “ping” and “traceroute.” The combination of these tools cannot provide a reliable and holistic assessment of network behavior efficiently.

Organizations need a vendor-agnostic solution that enables network operations to automate the verification of network implementations against intended policies and requirements, regardless of the number and types of devices, operating systems, traffic rules, and policies that exist. The solution must represent the topology of the entire network or subsets of devices (e.g., in a region) quickly and efficiently. It should verify network implementations from prior points in time, as well as proposed network changes prior to implementation. Finally, the solution must also enable organizations to quickly detect issues that affect application delivery or violate compliance requirements.
Forward Networks ROI Case Study
See how a large financial services business uses Forward Enterprise to achieve significant ROI with process improvements in trouble ticket resolution, audit-related fixes and change windows.
Because Forward Enterprise automates the intelligent analysis of network designs, configurations and state, we provide an immediate and verifiable return on investment (ROI) in terms of accelerating key IT processes and reducing manhours of highly skilled engineers in troubleshooting and testing the network.

In this paper, we will quantify the ROI of a large financial services firm and document the process improvements that led to IT cost savings and a more agile network. In this analysis, we will look at process improvements in trouble ticket resolution, audit-related fixes and acceleration of network updates and change windows. We will explore each of these areas in more detail, along with the input assumptions for the calculations, but for this financial services customer, the following benefits were achieved, resulting in an annualized net savings of over $3.5 million.
Defending Against the Siege of Ransomware
The threat of ransomware is only just beginning. In fact, nearly 50% of organizations have suffered at least one ransomware attack in the past 12 months and estimates predict this will continue to increase at an exponential rate. While healthcare and financial services are the most targeted industries, no organization is immune. And the cost? Nothing short of exorbitant.
The threat of ransomware is only just beginning. In fact, nearly 50% of organizations have suffered at least one ransomware attack in the past 12 months and estimates predict this will continue to increase at an exponential rate. While healthcare and financial services are the most targeted industries, no organization is immune. And the cost? Nothing short of exorbitant.
Data Protection Overview and Best Practices
This white paper works through data protection processes and best practices using the Tintri VMstore. Tintri technology is differentiated by its level of abstraction—the ability to take every action on individual virtual machines. Hypervisor administrators and staff members associated with architecting, deploying and administering a data protection and disaster recovery solution will want to dig into this document to understand how Tintri can save them the majority of their management effort an

This white paper works through data protection processes and best practices using the Tintri VMstore. Tintri technology is differentiated by its level of abstraction—the ability to take every action on individual virtual machines.  In this paper, you’ll:

  • Learn how that greatly increases the precision and efficiency of snapshots for data protection
  • Explore the ability to move between recovery points
  • Analyze the behavior of individual virtual machines
  • Predict the need for additional capacity and performance for data protection

If you’re focused on building a successful data protection solution, this document targets key best practices and known challenges. Hypervisor administrators and staff members associated with architecting, deploying and administering a data protection and disaster recovery solution will want to dig into this document to understand how Tintri can save them a great deal of their management effort and greatly reduce operating expense.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices in Storage Management 2019
This analyst report examines the differentiation of Tintri Global Center in storage management, resulting in receiving this award for product leadership in 2019. Businesses need planning tools to help them handle data growth, new workloads, decommissioning old hardware, and more. The Tintri platform provides both the daily management tasks required to streamline storage management, as well as the forward-looking insights to help businesses plan accordingly. Today Tintri technology is different
This analyst report examines the differentiation of Tintri Global Center in storage management, resulting in receiving this award for product leadership in 2019.  Businesses need planning tools to help them handle data growth, new workloads, decommissioning old hardware, and more. The Tintri platform provides both the daily management tasks required to streamline storage management, as well as the forward-looking insights to help businesses plan accordingly.  Today Tintri technology is differentiated by its level of abstraction—the ability to take every action on individual virtual machines.  Hypervisor administrators and staff members associated with architecting, deploying and managing virtual machines will want to dig into this document to understand how Tintri can save them the majority of their management effort and greatly reduce operating expense.
Office 365 / Microsoft 365: The Essential Companion Guide
Office 365 and Microsoft 365 contain truly powerful applications that can significantly boost productivity in the workplace. However, there’s a lot on offer so we’ve put together a comprehensive companion guide to ensure you get the most out of your investment! This free 85-page eBook, written by Microsoft Certified Trainer Paul Schnackenburg, covers everything from basic descriptions, to installation, migration, use-cases, and best practices for all features within the Office/Microsoft 365 sui

Welcome to this free eBook on Office 365 and Microsoft 365 brought to you by Altaro Software. We’re going to show you how to get the most out of these powerful cloud packages and improve your business. This book follows an informal reference format providing an overview of the most powerful applications of each platform’s feature set in addition to links directing to supporting information and further reading if you want to dig further into a specific topic. The intended audience for this book is administrators and IT staff who are either preparing to migrate to Office/Microsoft 365 or who have already migrated and who need to get the lay of the land. If you’re a developer looking to create applications and services on top of the Microsoft 365 platform, this book is not for you. If you’re a business decision-maker, rather than a technical implementer, this book will give you a good introduction to what you can expect when your organization has been migrated to the cloud and ways you can adopt various services in Microsoft 365 to improve the efficiency of your business.

THE BASICS

We’ll cover the differences (and why one might be more appropriate for you than the other) in more detail later but to start off let’s just clarify what each software package encompasses in a nutshell. Office 365 (from now on referred to as O365) 7 is an email collaboration and a host of other services provided as a Software as a Service (SaaS) whereas Microsoft 365 (M365) is Office 365 plus Azure Active Directory Premium, Intune – cloud-based management of devices and security and Windows 10 Enterprise. Both are per user-based subscription services that require no (or very little) infrastructure deployments on-premises.

How to Develop a Multi-cloud Management Strategy
Increasingly, organizations are looking to move workloads into the cloud. The goal may be to leverage cloud resources for Dev/Test, or they may want to “lift and shift” an application to the cloud and run it natively. In order to enable these various cloud options, it is critical that organizations develop a multi-cloud data management strategy.

The primary goal of a multi-cloud data management strategy is to supply data, either via copying or moving data to the various multi-cloud use cases. A key enabler of this movement is the data management software applications. In theory, data protection applications can perform both of the copy and move functions. A key consideration is how the multi-cloud data management experience is unified. In most cases, data protection applications ignore the user experience of each cloud and use their proprietary interface as the unifying entity, which increases complexity.

There are a variety of reasons organizations may want to leverage multiple clouds. The first use case is to use public cloud storage as a backup mirror to an on-premises data protection process. Using public cloud storage as a backup mirror enables the organization to automatically off-site data. It also sets up many of the more advanced use cases.

Another use case is using the cloud for disaster recovery.

Another use case is “Lift and Shift,” which means the organization wants to run the application in the cloud natively. Initial steps in the “lift and shift” use case are similar to Dev/Test, but now the workload is storing unique data in the cloud.

Multi-cloud is a reality now for most organizations and managing the movement of data between these clouds is critical.

How iland supports Zero Trust security
This paper explains the background of Zero Trust security and how organizations can achieve this to protect themselves from outside threats.
Recent data from Accenture shows that, over the last five years, the number of security breaches has risen 67 percent, the cost of cybercrime has gone up 72 percent, and the complexity and sophistication of the threats has also increased.

As a result, it should come as no surprise that innovative IT organizations are working to adopt more comprehensive security strategies as the potential damage to business revenue and reputation increases. Zero Trust is one of those strategies that has gained significant traction in recent years.

In this paper we'll discuss:
  • What is Zero Trust?
  • The core tenants of iland’s security capabilities and contribution to supporting Zero Trust.
    • Physical - Still the first line of defense
    • Logical - Security through technology
    • People and process - The critical layer
    • Accreditation - Third-party validation
  • Security and compliance as a core iland value
How to Make Citrix Logons 75% Faster
Slow logon is one of the most common user complaints faced by Citrix admins. When logon is slow, it affects the end-user experience and business productivity. Because Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop logon comprises many steps and depends on various parts of the infrastructure, it is often difficult to know what is causing logon slowness. Watch this on-demand webinar where Citrix expert George Spiers will share best practices to optimize your Citrix infrastructure to make logons up to 75% faster.

Slow logon is one of the most common user complaints faced by Citrix admins. When logon is slow, it affects the end-user experience and business productivity. Because Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop logon comprises many steps and depends on various parts of the infrastructure, it is often difficult to know what is causing logon slowness. The biggest question every Citrix admin has is, “How do I make Citrix logons faster?”

Optimize Citrix Logon Every Step of the Way and Reduce Logon Times Up To 75%.

Watch this on-demand webinar where Citrix expert George Spiers will share best practices based on his real-world experience to optimize your Citrix infrastructure to make logons up to 75% faster.

•    Understand what factors are involved in Citrix login processing
•    Learn optimization techniques to make logon faster including profile management and image optimization
•    Learn how to improve logon times using new Citrix technologies such as App Layering and WEM
•    Pick up tips, tricks and tools to proactively detect logon slowdowns
•    View this webinar and become an expert at managing Citrix logon performance end to end.

View this webinar and become an expert at managing Citrix logon performance end to end.

Top 10 VMware Performance Metrics That Every VMware Admin Must Monitor
How does one track the resource usage metrics for VMs and which ones are important? VMware vSphere comprises many different resource components. Knowing what these components are and how each component influences resource management decisions is key to efficiently managing VM performance. In this blog, we will discuss the top 10 metrics that every VMware administrator must continuously track.

Virtualization technology is being widely adopted thanks to the flexibility, agility, reliability and ease of administration it offers. At the same time, any IT technology – hardware or software – is only as good as its maintenance and upkeep, and VMware virtualization is no different. With physical machines, failure or poor performance of a machine affects the applications running on that machine. With virtualization, multiple virtual machines (VMs) run on the same physical host and a slowdown of the host will affect applications running on all of the VMs. Hence, performance monitoring is even more important in a virtualized infrastructure than it is in a physical infrastructure.

How does one determine what would be the right amount of resources to allocate to a VM? The answer to that question lies in tracking the resource usage of VMs over time, determining the norms of usage and then right-sizing the VMs accordingly.

But how does one track the resource usage metrics for VMs and which ones are important? VMware vSphere comprises many different resource components. Knowing what these components are and how each component influences resource management decisions is key to efficiently managing VM performance. In this blog, we will discuss the top 10 metrics that every VMware administrator must continuously track.

How to Pick a Cloud Your CIO Will Love: 13 Questions to Ask
This paper answers 13 of the top questions you should be asking yourself as you evaluate cloud providers.

You’ve been managing your infrastructure in-house and it’s become too much to maintain – from both a cost and labor perspective. It’s time to pick a cloud provider. But, you don’t know where to start. What sort of things should you look for? What’s really important? (Hint: there are more items to keep in mind than just the cost.)

Read our latest white paper, where we answer 13 of the top questions you should be asking yourself as you evaluate cloud providers.

Here’s a sneak peek:
•    What software and hardware technologies does the cloud provider utilize?
•    Is the environment public or private?
•    Is it self-managed by you or managed by the provider?

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