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    Virtual machines

    If I am not mistaken, to enable native virtualization in Windows 10, you will need to have a Professional/Enterprise edition of the OS. However, if you still want to use Windows, you can use Oracle VirtualBox, VMware workstation (this one is not free). Otherwise, XenServer/KVM/Proxmox. Latest...
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    MS SQL Server in VMware Cluster

    I've recently moved the physical SQL cluster into VMware cluster. The main task was to use FCI approach in the VMware. We have decided to rework storage architecture also and move from old SAN box into something new. Since we need iSCSI storage to be able to create SQL cluster, we have tried...
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    Slim mechanical keyboards

    Would recommend Hyper-X Alloy FPS (RGB). Simple and working great!
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    Microsoft acquires ZeniMax Media and Fallout maker Bethesda for $7.5 billion

    Just 2 weeks before the acquisition reinstalled Fallout: New Vegas, the last good fallout on my opinion. Hopefully, Obsidian will now be responsible for the entire fallout franchise and fallout will now be great again :)
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    Seriously Microsoft?

    They have made the same issue with File Explorer in the very last Windows 10 build. Probably it going to be even worse.
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    Ubuntu + Win10 VM

    I had the same case as my Windows 10 and OpenSuse. To make Windows 10 VMDK I run Starwind V2V. Once I had OpenSuse installed and configured, I made an installation of VirtualBox over KVM as it just makes earlier to set up Bridged network connection (KVM is a server-grade hypervisor and lucks on...
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    Is microsoft still giving free win 10 upgrade from Win 8 / win 7 after Dec. 31, 2017?

    Download Windows 10 ISO. Run Rufus to make USB. Otherwise use DVD burner to write ISO to a disk. Boot from the installation media and select "I do not have a license key" option in order to select the required Windows version that will be asked at the very next step.
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    Windows 10: Why can't I disable Windows Defender?

    Seconded. I run Windows 10 with built in Defender for about 2 years. No viruses were detected a month ago. I used to run Dr. Web Live to check viruses.
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    Starwind VSA HA

    I am surprised, that you got issues with bridging optical drive with Starwind. The creation of iSCSI target for CD/DVD export is straightforward and perfectly covert in help - https://www.starwindsoftware.com/help/PhysicalOpticalDrive.html Did you follow the guide?
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    CrystalDiskMark HDD benchmark comparison: 750 GB WD RE2 GP Green, 5TB WD Elements, 8TB WD Elements

    Yes, you understand results correctly (the question is, if Crystal mark shows correct perfromance). 8TB drive shows extreme slow results with sequental operations.
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    Is a 128 GB SSD still large enough for Windows 10 in 2019?

    128GB system disk is more than enough. But if you are going to play games, I would recommend at least 512 SATA SDD.
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    Your home ESX server lab hardware specs?

    I used Starwind v2v for virtualizing physical servers for some customers, the main advantage is support of different output formats. They have also a free vsan version, which allows to play with high availability without physical san in home lab environment.
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    Gaming PC build verification

    "Crucial MX500 250 GB M.2-2280 SSD" is a SATA SSD, I'd advise to take NVMe SSD for M.2
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    Raid-0 for SATA ssds: worth it?

    It worth only for cache or temporary data.
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