Microsoft announced a number of cool features at the TechEd 2014 in Barcelona and I needed sometime to get into all the hot new stuff.
I found the Data Protection and High Availability tracks especially captivating.
There are major and minor changes to Hyper-V, Data Protection Manager and Azure which make admin life easier and HA/DP better.
Here’s a series of summaries on the changes and new features from all over the different sessions:
1. Virtualized Backups
They’re finally in. Rumors came up this summer and most people guessed the UR3 for DPM 2012
R2 would add a dedup feature to DPM.
As we now know, it was not available in the original UR3 but is now fully supported after the November 2014 update.
The reason why dedup was a painfully missed feature is the huge amount of data required for DPM compared with other vendors’ solutions.
Almost of the people to whom I talked about DPM agreed: “We need dedup!”
A channel9 session with Dik van Brummen points this out nicely.
The needed Update KB3000850 to get the support, mentioned at the TechEd Barcelona 2014 Session about VDI, is coming across.
Windows Server Data Deduplication at Scale: Dedup Updates for Large-Scale VDI and Backup Scenarios
It’s included in the November 2014 update with roughly 700 megs.
You can find it via Windows Update or here.
Deduplication and virtualized backups were announced as new supported scenario at the TechEd 2014 embedded in a VDI and Deduplication session.
Actually it’s nothing new, it was basically working already and I’ve been doing this since the early days of preview 2012 R2.
But now it’s officially supported by Microsoft.
The basic idea is to lay down all backup VHDX made by DPM Server on Scale-Out-Fileservers.
So the SOF can do exactly the same what like in a VDI environment and dedup all the drives.
I can totally agree with dedup rates above 50% and up to 80% in real world scenarios.
Over the last years I read heaps of books about IPv6. But this year I shifted and changed the focus of my reading more to practical considerations within typical environments.
Almost all of the IPv6-related books I had read before were very theoretical and less hands-on.
So here are two recommendations which are more concise and feature more hands-on advice: