File Share Witness and DFS

For Windows Server 2019, additional safeguards have been added to help protect from misconfigurations. We have added logic to check to check if the share is going to DFS.

Microsoft does not support running the File Share Witness on a DFS share and did not support it in the past and we will not support it for the foreseeable future.

In a Windows 2016  4-node multi-site Cluster with two nodes at each site running SQL FCI, where each side utilizing a storage replication for the shared drives. This connection to the file share Witness, a part of the DFS share.

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Windows Server Storage Migration Service

The Storage Migration Service was created to migrate servers and their data without re-configuring applications or users.

  • Migrates unstructured data from anywhere into Azure & modern Windows Servers
  • It’s fast, consistent, and scalable
  • It takes care of complexity
  • It provides an easily-learned graphical workflow

Windows Server 2019 and the Storage Migration Service are not supported in production environments!

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Project “Honolulu” update 1802

We have talked a few months back about the new management experience Microsoft wants to add in their Server products, Project “Honolulu”.

So  we did get an update that adds more cool  features.

For you have it already installed then you will see on the top that there is an update available. 

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Project “Honolulu” update 1711

We have talked a few months back about the new management experience Microsoft wants to add in their Server products, Project “Honolulu”.

So a few days back we did get an update that adds some really cool new features.

For you have it already installed then you will see on the top that there is an update available. 

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Split-Brain DNS and Windows

This is something that coming back over and over again. For most windows admins is/was an issue till the Windows 2k16. I always preferred to handle split-dns in a linux environment than building a separate server just to provide the external, NAT, Geo-location IPs.

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Though as the Active Directory loves DNS, it is hard to separate it. At last we do have a solution with the new policies and split-scope zones. Below I will provide a simple scenario where you are having two networks and the subnets are NATed. In my experience the best way to handle it is by scripting and building the server from the scratch. Outsource you can add the AD integrated zones, but there are things you maybe don’t want to inherit.

So at first is good to create a number of CSV files to hold the SRV, A, CNAME , Zones and the outsource don’t forget to add , where is needed, a column with the NATed IP.

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Project Honolulu – First look

Last week I have blogged about Project “Honolulu” and here is the tech preview I was waiting for. So Microsoft’s project Honolulu is a new local web-based management for your server infrastructure.

I personal belive it was time for Microsoft to provide a more unified GUI management, which is something VMware was doing for a long time now.

So starting with deployment, there are several ways, installing locally in your own windows 10 machine, having a dedicated gateway server and directly in on a server cluster you manage.  Also not the gateway service can be installed on 2016 R2 and 2016.

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