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Windows 10 introduces Storage Spaces

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Edit: I have just discovered that this feature did appear in Windows 8. My bad. Still cool though. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/windows-8/storage-spaces-pools  Back when Windows Home Server first came about, it was a hit as had a unique technology called Drive Extender. This allow you to have a storage pool of different drives to combine them into a single storage pool of data. It also provided a level of redundancy for in the event that one of the drive in the pool died, you wouldn't lose data. While Windows Home Server is no longer (at least in its original form), it appears that the Driver Extender technology or concept lives on. Windows 10 has introduced a feature called Storage Spaces which performs much of the above features. Creating a pool of storage on various drives. Also worth a mention, this was also available in Windows Server 2012 on a more advance level, but now seeing this on the Windows client side is a nice addition. To access this on Windows 10, go

My take on Sydney TechEd 2014

This was the first time I was able to attend the famous Microsoft event TechEd which this year was hosted in Sydney, along side Melbourne, differing from previous years of being hosted in Brisbane. My focus on the event going in was to learn about Office 365 from an IT Pro perspective, and any other Server and Azure aspects. In this post, I will summerise my take from the event and what I understand to be Microsoft's focus for the market and what it wants it customers and partners to focus on. Day 1 Azure Announcement To kick everything off, Microsoft announced that Azure has now live datacentres in Australia, and now a total of 19 regions of data center for the cloud service. Local services answers problems with off-shore data storage and can now be stored within Australia. Also, ExpressRoute allows customer to gain a direct fiber connect to Azure for further security, matching the AWS DirectConnect service. Office 365 - Deployment and client on-boarding In th