Microsoft Workloads on AWS

Category: Storage

Using SMB CSI Driver on Amazon EKS Windows nodes

Back in 2020, we first published a blog post on how Windows pods on Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Services (Amazon EKS) could access Amazon FSx for Windows File Server as persistent storage. This was accomplished by using AWS Systems Manager to automate the domain join. In the background, a feature from SMB protocol called “SMB Global […]

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How to set up high availability for SQL Server at DR site that was restored using AWS Elastic Disaster Recovery

In an earlier post, I talked about how to set up a disaster recovery (DR) solution for SQL Server Always On availability groups (AG) deployed on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) platform to another AWS Region. In this follow-on post, I will show you how to set up High Availability (HA) for SQL Server […]

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How Thermo Fisher Scientific integrated Microsoft Power Apps with data lake resources on AWS to enable automated self-service platform

This blog post explains how Thermo Fisher Scientific team integrated Microsoft Power Apps with data lake resources provisioned on Amazon S3. The post will also walk through the workflow devised to automate and enable the self-service platform for business users.

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Amazon FSx for Windows File Server and AWS Managed Microsoft AD Multi-Administrator Deployment

In this blog post, I will demonstrate how to configure your Amazon FSx for Windows File Server and AWS Managed Microsoft Active Directory (AD) to give separate teams administrative control over each individual Amazon FSx for Windows File Server. I was working with a customer that deployed Amazon FSx for Windows File Server with AWS […]

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Automating Amazon FSx for Windows File Server configuration for more efficient enforcement of security controls

Modern data security strategies require enforcing multiple security controls – including encryption, end-user access control, monitoring, and auditing – to meet internal security policies and compliance goals. Automating the configuration and enforcement of these controls not only reduces the risk of human error and mismanagement, but also reduces management cost and overhead, especially for complex […]

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Reduce Storage Costs by setting up MetaCacheDatabase for Microsoft Exchange 2019 on AWS

Challenge Microsoft Exchange is a storage-heavy application, so storage may become cost prohibitive for new deployments. Solid state drives and faster spinning disks are still costly options when multiple copies of the same data needs to be replicated across the global infrastructure. Storage costs have made offerings like Microsoft Office 365 an enticing alternative. In […]

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How to set up disaster recovery for SQL Server Always On Availability Groups using AWS Elastic Disaster Recovery

Traditional disaster recovery methods for Microsoft SQL Server require duplication of infrastructure, operating systems, licensing and other third-party applications, rendering it a highly expensive IT project – even prohibitively expensive for some organizations. AWS Elastic Disaster Recovery (AWS DRS) provides organizations with a more modern approach to protecting Microsoft SQL Server environments: cloud-based disaster recovery […]

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SQL Server High Availability Deployments Using Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP

When deploying a mission-critical workload, it is of paramount importance to ensure that all components are highly available. Customers choosing to use SQL Server within their mission-critical workloads can achieve high availability by deploying SQL Server Always On. SQL Server Always On can be deployed in two main configurations: Always On Failover Cluster Instances (FCI) […]

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Implementing security notifications for end user activity on Amazon FSx for Windows File Server

Security is job zero at AWS. Logging end user access to customer data is a key component of many customers’ internal security policies and compliance needs. End user access audit logs can be used to conduct periodic security audits and forensic investigations for security incidents. However, customers often need to learn about potentially anomalous behavior […]

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Join Windows on AWS at re:Invent 2020

Join us at re:Invent 2020 for live, online presentations led by AWS solutions architects and engineers. During these presentations and ask-the-expert sessions, you have the unique opportunity to engage on 1-on-1 conversations with Windows Server, .NET, and SQL Server experts. This year, re:Invent is a free online event, giving you unlimited access to hundreds of […]

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