Now that Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is now generally available (GA) since 30th September 2019 you may be wondering what the best practices are for deploying highly available, performant and scalable storage to support your users. In addition, that storage … Continue reading Windows Virtual Desktop (and Citrix) with FSLogix
Azure NetApp Files has gained the unique ability to store data within a single file system using both NFS and SMB protocols, simplifying deployments across estates where data needs to be shared between Windows and Unix/Linux clients easily. A major … Continue reading Multi-protocol volumes in Azure and why you need it.
The team has been busy over the last month working on some great new features for all ANF users. Here are the latest features: Cross-Regional Replication is now public preview That right, you can now benefit from ultra fast, efficient regional replication without having to configure any additional networking of VM based replication. Get started easily by provisioning a volume and clicking the replication blade. LDAP Signing is now enabled (Optional) Optional LDAP signing : secure LDAP lookups between the Azure NetApp Files service and the user-specified Active Directory Domain Services domain controllers. For more information, see ADV190023 | Microsoft … Continue reading Azure NetApp Files: September 2020 Update
To say that the team has been busy is an understatement! This month’s update is full of awesome new features that will simplify the way you provide instant restore capability, replicate data for DR, provide long-term backup and restore and even instantly change performance tiers to match your application requirements! Without further ado, let’s run through all the new features below: Dynamic volume service level change Volumes can now be changed between service levels instantly. This allows a variety of benefits: Lower your costs of DR – with ANF your DR site can be standard tier (lowest-cost) and if you … Continue reading The biggest EVER monthly release of Azure NetApp Files
What is cross-region replication For anyone reading this that doesn’t know what ANF is; it’s a Microsoft shared file service that is native to Azure (first-party). That means it’s supported and sold by Microsoft themselves, just like premium and ultra managed disk. Now that’s out of the way let’s get to the exciting news: Cross-Region replication is now available in private preview for customers within certain regions (reach out to your local CSA to find out the latest news on your specific region). This is a big-deal for anyone using ANF and needing powerful, yet simple to manage disaster recovery … Continue reading Data replication between Azure regions just got easier with Azure NetApp Files.
Another month has passed and with it another development sprint of Microsoft’s shared files platform has been delivered. In this release the following features and enhancements have been delivered: Backup Policy Users for SMB/Active Directory Connections This feature allows for … Continue reading Azure NetApp Files: May Update
Taking a break from pure Azure deployments, I decided to try my hand at building a small Kubernetes cluster that would allow me to learn and develop applications quickly at home without burning any of my Azure credits. Of course … Continue reading How to: K3s on Raspberry Pi
Easy snapshot scheduling for Azure shared file service using Azure NetApp Files Continue reading Announcing: ANF Snapshot Scheduler v2
Tired of manually managing PVCs and static storage classes? Then look no further, in the 2 part video series I’ll be taking you through the steps required to enable dynamic storage provisioning using Azure NetApp Files as an example of what responsive, low-latency, high-performance storage can do for your k8s applications. Video Guide Step-by-Step Create a service principal with contributor rights to the correct scope (subscription, resource groups, etc) az ad sp create-for-rbac –name “Trident” —-role contributor –scopes /subscriptions/enter-your-sub-id-here/resourceGroups/rg-sponsored-csa-west-europe-anf Download and install Trident Next, download and install trident with the following commands: wget https://github.com/NetApp/trident/releases/download/v20.01.1/trident-installer-20.01.1.tar.gz tar -xf trident-installer-20.01.1.tar.gz cd trident-installer Note: … Continue reading How To: Azure Kubernetes Service – Enable Dynamic Provisioning (Part 1)
Learn how to get started with the Azure NetApp Files module Continue reading How to: Azure NetApp Files with PowerShell