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Testing File Server Performance

Measuring file server performance can be a little tricky.  In this post, we are going to look at each of the components that affect the speed clients can read/write to a file server.  After gathering baseline stats, we'll look at 2 different ways to test the performance of a file server: using the Windows Explorer file copy UI and using the diskspd command line tool.  We'll find that the speed shown in the Windows Explorer file copy interface isn't a reliable measurement of the disk throughput on the backend.

Mitchell Grande by Mitchell Grande

Domain Controller Selection

The process of a Windows client selecting an Active Directory domain controller isn't too complex but is often not fully understood.  Let's look at the way a member server chooses a DC and how this affects applications.

Mitchell Grande by Mitchell Grande

Tech Talks - Azure Iaas, Paas, Containers

In this episode of #techtalks, Nathan Lasnoski walks through how a business can use Iaas, Paas, and Containers to quickly scale up and down with demand, and deliver everything from simple cloud-based apps to sophisticated, cloud-enabled enterprise applications.

Nathan Lasnoski by Nathan Lasnoski

Starting from scratch with Windows 10 Anniversary Update

With the release of Windows 10 Anniversary update, many of us will be upgrading to it. But many of us will also be installing it from scratch. You can cut down the time your machine is out of service by automating application installation with a simple script.

Carl Schweitzer by Carl Schweitzer

Microsoft BI Announcements from SQL PASS Summit 2015

SQL PASS started off with a bang following the Keynote. There was new type of session introduced this year called the “Foundation Sessions”. The first of these session types presented was for BI and was led by James Phillips, Microsoft’s CVP of BI (and now more).

Seth Bauer by Seth Bauer

Viewing and Applying Configurations in Azure Automation DSC

I’ve recently been talking about declarative configuration management using PowerShell DSC (platform) and Azure Automation DSC (tooling).  In the previous post we discussed how to get started learning about these concepts, as well as how to spin up your Azure Automation DSC instance.  In this post we’ll cover the capabilities of adding new Azure virtual machines, applying configurations, and viewing configurations.

Nathan Lasnoski by Nathan Lasnoski