Azure Stack HCI Learning Path – Pilot

Recently I made a career switch and with that, here I am back to learning the alphabets! I mainly come from a software/application background and the new role I’ve landed myself into requires of me not only the application knowledge but also the relevant hardware understanding. What that means for me is going back to

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Azure Stack HCI Learning Path – Part 5 – Networking Overview (and SDN)

In the previous part we talked about clusters and the core concepts associated with them. We talked about what they are, how they work, how to create them, register them and manage them end-to-end via Windows Admin Center (WAC). In this chapter we are going to talk briefly about some networking concepts associated with Azure

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Azure Stack Learning Path – Part 4 – Clusters

When you deploy Azure Stack HCI, you deploy it in the form of a cluster, with multiple nodes participating. A cluster is basically a group of otherwise independent servers (nodes) that are interconnected to work with each other to provide features like scalability, high availability, load balancing, etc. and many more. An HCI cluster collects

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Azure Stack HCI Learning Path – Part 3 – Storage Spaces Direct (S2D)

In the previous part we talked about Azure Arc, which is integral in our Azure Hybrid Cloud story. Azure Arc is essentially the glue that sticks our on-prem or multi-cloud infrastructure to the Azure portal, for unified management and control. We are now ready to move on to other infrastructure focused concepts such as storage,

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Azure Stack HCI Learning Path – Part 2 – Azure Arc

In the previous part we discussed the “HCI” part in Azure Stack HCI and how it is different than the conventional non-converged infrastructure and the advantages of it. Azure Stack HCI is very tightly coupled with Azure Arc and so it becomes crucial that we discuss Azure Arc first before we move on. Azure Arc

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Azure Stack HCI Learning Path – Part 1 – What is HCI?

Before we start talking about Azure Stack HCI, let’s start with just HCI. HCI or “Hyperconverged Infrastructure” is a recent datacenter technology that lets you modernize and minimize your hardware footprint. A more “traditional” datacenter has different tiers of hardware (compute, storage and network) externally connected to each other, and as you can imagine this

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My Experience with SCOMathon 2020

Recently, I was fortunate enough to co-host the rather historic SCOM conference – SCOMathon 2020! As evident by the name, it was indeed what it claims to be – A SCOM marathon! 16 straight hours of awesome SCOM content. A dream come true for any and all SCOMers. Being a SCOM lover myself, I got

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Troubleshooting #SCOM Agent – High CPU Load for System Center Management Service Host Process

System Center Management Service in TaskMgr

Recently we noticed an unusual high CPU load on one Domain Controller. – The SCOM Agent was occupying nearly all resources. – This short blog post shows how to troubleshoot and fix issues like this. Problem High CPU load on one Domain Controller. – Taskmanager exposed that  System Center Management Service Host Process alternating with

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