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Where can you learn more about Windows 2019? Attend the November 8th Live Webinar with MS MVP Andy Syrewicze

October 29, 2018 1 comment

Windows Server 2019 is the operating system that bridges on-premises environments with Azure, adding additional layers of security while helping you modernise your applications and infrastructure:

  •  Hybrid capabilities with Azure. Extend your datacentre to Azure to maximise your investments and gain new hybrid capabilities.
  •  Advanced multilayer security. Elevate your security posture by protecting the datacentre, starting with the operating system.
  •  Faster innovation for applications. Enable the creation of cloud-native apps, and modernise traditional apps using containers and microservices.
  • Unprecedented hyper-converged infrastructure. Evolve your datacentre infrastructure to achieve greater efficiency and security.

Where can you learn more about Windows 2019?

Demo webinars are a great way to see a product in action before you decide to take the plunge yourself. It enables you to see the strengths and weaknesses first-hand and also ask questions that might relate specifically to your own environment.

Altaro - live Demo Webinar - Windows Server 2019 In Action -1200x628-no-cta[1]With that in mind there is a webinar scheduled to be presented live twice on November 8th by Microsoft MVP Andy Syrewicze to help you learn more about the new Windows 2019 features. The first session is at 2pm CET/8am EST/5am PST and the second is at 7pm CET/1pm EST/10am PST.

To note: With the record number of attendees for the last webinar, some people were unable to attend the sessions which were maxed out. It is advised you save your seat early for this webinar to keep informed and ensure you don’t miss the live event.

Save your seat: https://goo.gl/xEKQzP

This deep-dive webinar will focus on:

  • Windows Admin Center
  • Containers on Windows Server
  • Storage Migration Service
  • Windows Subsystem for Linux
  • And more!
Categories: Cloud

Windows 2019. Are you ready to start your evaluation?

October 4, 2018 1 comment

Microsoft announced this week that Windows Server 2019 is now generally available.

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Windows Server 2019 is designed and engineered to help modernize your datacenter, delivering on four key areas:

Hybrid: The move to the cloud is a journey. To make it easier to connect existing Windows Server deployments to Azure services, we built interfaces for hybrid capabilities into the Windows Admin Center. With Windows Admin Center and Windows Server 2019, customers can use hybrid features like Azure Backup, Azure File Sync, disaster recovery to extend their datacenters to Azure and Storage Migration Service.

Security: In Windows Server 2019, we extended support of Shielded VMs to Linux VMs. Enabled Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), that detects attacks and zero-day exploits among other capabilities and included Defender Exploit Guard to help you elevate the security posture of your IT environment and combat ransomware attacks.

Application Platform: In Windows Server 2019, we reduced the Server Core base container image to a third of its size. We also provide improved app compatibility, support for Service Fabric and  Kubernetes, and support for Linux containers on Windows to help modernize your app. Also with Server 2019, Linux users can bring their scripts to Windows while using industry standards like OpenSSH, Curl & Tar with the improved  Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI): HCI is one of the latest trends in the server industry today. In Windows Server 2019, we democratize HCI with cost-effective high-performance software-defined storage and networking that allows deployments to scale from small 2-node, all the way up to 100s of servers with Cluster Sets technology, making it affordable regardless of the deployment scale.

Are you ready to start your evaluation? Click here to find out more

Source: https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2018/03/20/introducing-windows-server-2019-now-available-in-preview/

 

Are you ready to start your evaluation?

Categories: Cloud

Join the MVP’s to discover what’s new in Windows Server 2019 and System Center 2019

September 17, 2018 1 comment

As Microsoft release Windows Server 2019 and System Center 2019,  you may want to get a grasp on the staggering amount of new features, improvements and updates included  and hear from the Microsoft MVP’s and Windows Insiders.

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On October 3rd,  Microsoft MVPs Andy Syrewicze and Rob Corradini, alongside former Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman will be running an expert panel hosted by Altaro were you can get a full grasp of the both Windows Server and System Center 2019 and a closer look at some standout features that will have the biggest impact to organizations looking to upgrade to Window Server 2019.

What to expect from the webinar?

  • Next-generation management with Windows Admin Center
  • Windows Server 2019 Hyper-V enhancements and Failover Clustering
  • Windows and Hyper-V Containers on the Windows platform
  • Easy migrations using Storage Migration Service
  • And much more!

Got any questions about Windows Server 2019? Of course you do. Get answers direct from the experts during the webinar Q&A!

REGISTER HERE

With the knowledge gained in this webinar, you’ll be ready to take full advantage of the new possibilities Windows Server 2019 brings to the table, and in doing so, keep your organization ready for the next generation of IT workloads.

System Insights

June 26, 2018 1 comment

Windows Server 2019 was announced a while ago and we should be expecting its GA release by the end of this year (2018).

Don’t forget: JUNE 26th 2018 is the  Windows Server Summit, where you’ll be able to see some great new stuff for Windows Server 2019.

No surprises, as with each release, Microsoft brings some new exciting functionality: System Insights, which brings local predictive analytics capabilities natively to Windows Server.

System Insights predictive capabilities,  backed by a machine-learning model, locally analyse Windows Server system data, such as performance counters and events, providing high-accuracy predictions that help you reduce the operational expenses associated with reactively managing your Windows Server instances.

System Insights can be managed through Windows Admin Center:

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Image source: https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2018/06/19/introducing-windows-server-system-insights/

Some of the functionalities include: :

  • Visualize prediction outcomes to intuitively understand capacity consumption trends.
  • Set custom remediation jobs to automatically run after a capability generates a specific result, helping users automatically mitigate the issues detected by the predictive capabilities.
  • Use PowerShell to aggregate prediction outcomes reported by Windows Server instances – e.g. cluster, application tier, rack, and data center.

Download the preview today

You can get started with System Insights today by downloading the preview of Windows Server 2019 and Windows Admin Center.

 

Categories: Cloud

The transition to adopting cloud services is unique for every organization. What does yours look like?

May 28, 2018 1 comment

Join Industry Experts:

  • Andy Syrewicze (Microsoft MVP and Technical Evangelist – Altaro),
  • Didier Van Hoye (Microsoft MVP and Infrastructure Architect – FGIA),
  • Thomas Maurer (Microsoft MVP and Cloud Architect – itnetX)

 

There are limited seats, REGISTER NOW to save your spot

For a FREE LIVE Webinar with will focus on cloud technologies and presented as a panel-style discussion on the possibilities of cloud technologies coming out of Microsoft, including:

  • Windows Server 2019 and the Software-Defined Datacenter
  • New Management Experiences for Infrastructure with Windows Admin Center
  • Hosting an Enterprise Grade Cloud in your datacenter with Azure Stack
  • Taking your first steps into the public cloud with Azure IaaS

After watching the experts discuss the details, you’ll see that the cloud doesn’t have to be an all or nothing discussion. This webinar will prepare you for your journey by revealing the available options and how to make the most out of them!

It is a great opportunity to ask industry experts as they share their experiences working with many customers worldwide.

WHEN:

Wednesday June 13th 2018 – Presented live twice on the day

  • Session 1: 2pm CEST – 5am PDT – 8am EDT
  • Session 2: 6pm CEST – 9am PDT – 12pm EDT

REGISTER NOW

 

Granting Guest or Partner users access to your on-premises apps

May 17, 2018 1 comment

In the past, in order to grant guest or partners users access to on-premises applications, would require a very complicated setup and would also incur on management overhead with Trusts, VPN and guest/partners accounts being created on the local Active Directory.

Fortunately, that’s past.

Nowadays, we can grant access to Guest or Partner users to applications hosted on-premises or in the cloud. How can that be done? Simple : using the Azure B2B feature:

  • For apps that use SAML-based authentication:
    • Integrate the SAML app by using the non-gallery application template, as described in Configuring single sign-on to applications that are not in the Azure Active Directory application gallery. Make sure to note what you use for the Sign-on URL value.
    • Use Azure AD Application Proxy to publish the on-premises app, with Azure Active Directory configured as the authentication source. The high level steps are:
      1. Install the Application Proxy Connector (go to Get started with Application Proxy and install the connector)2
      2. In the Azure Portal, select on Azure Active Directory -> Enterprise Applications -> Overview, then click on +New Application0
      3. Click on On-Premises Application
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      4. Provide the following information application:
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        Name: The name will show on the access panel and in the Azure portal.
        Internal URL: The URL that you use to access the application from inside your private network.
        External URL: The address your users will go to in order to access the app from outside your network.
        Pre Authentication: How Application Proxy verifies users before giving them access to your application: Azure Active Directory (default); Multi-Factor Authentication; Passthrough.
        Connector Group: Connectors process the remote access to your application, and connector groups help you organize connectors and apps by region, network, or purpose.
  • For apps that use Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA) with Kerberos constrained delegation (KCD): using Azure AD Proxy for authentication. However, for authorization to work, a user object is required in the on-premises Windows Server Active Directory. There are two methods you can use to create local user objects that represent your B2B guest users:
    • You can use Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM) 2016 SP1 and the MIM management agent for Microsoft Graph.
    • You can use a PowerShell script. (This solution does not require MIM.)

 

For more information on Publishing applications with Application Proxy see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-au/azure/active-directory/manage-apps/application-proxy-publish-azure-portal

 

 

 

Categories: Cloud