FREE EBOOK: Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview

  The Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview book from Microsoft Press is now available. You can download it for FREE and it’s available in both standard and mobile PDF formats. This is a great way for you and our valued customers and partners to see what’s new in Windows Server 2016. There are ways you… Read more

How big should my OS drive be?

My name is Michael Champion and I’ve been working in support for more than 12 years here at Microsoft.  I have been asked by many customers “What is the recommended size for the OS partition for Windows Server?”.  There are minimum recommendations in the technical documentation (and release notes), but those recommendations are more on… Read more

CROSS POST: How Shared VHDX Works on Server 2012 R2

In the not far back point in time, there was a blog done by Matthew Walker that we felt needed to also be on the AskCore site as well due to the nature and the popularity of the article.  So we are going to cross post it here.  Please keep in mind that the latest… Read more

Windows Server Failover Cluster on Azure IAAS VM – Part 1 (Storage)

Hello, cluster fans. This is Mario Liu and I am a Support Escalation Engineer on the Windows High Availability team in Microsoft CSS Americas. I have a good news for you that starting in April 2015, Microsoft will support Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) on Azure IAAS Virtual Machines. Here is the supportability announcement for… Read more

Invitation to provide feedback through UserVoice

I am not sure if everyone is aware of UserVoice but I am here to tell you about it.  UserVoice is where you can provide feedback to the Microsoft Product Groups who are now monitoring these forums.  Do you have idea or suggestion on how to make Windows Server 2016 better or a feature you… Read more

Microsoft Ignite sessions dealing with what we do in AskCore

Early in the month of May, Microsoft held it’s Ignite Conference (formally known as TechEd) in Chicago, Illinois.  This conference was a huge success with over 23,000 attendees.  There are a lot of new things coming out with Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 over the next year.  I wanted to provide you some of… Read more

The Four Stages of NTFS File Growth, Part 2

A few years ago I wrote a blog entry entitled, “The Four Stages of NTFS File Growth”. This attempted to explain what happens to a file as it gains complexity. Complexity being akin to fragmentation. If you have not read the above mentioned blog entry, please do so now. This information will not make the… Read more

Deciphering Storport Traces 101

storportWelcome back to the CORE Team Blog — Paul Reynolds here. UPDATE 01-04-17:  In previous blogs, I wrote about how to capture Storport traces in Windows 8 and Windows 2012 using the Performance Monitor GUI (see Tracing with Storport in Windows 2012 and Windows 8 with KB2819476 hotfix and Tracing with Storport in Windows 2012 and… Read more

Is Offloaded Data Transfers (ODX) working?

Offloaded Data Transfers (ODX) is a new data transfer strategy that makes advancements in moving files.  Only storage devices that comply with the SPC4 and SBC3 specifications will work with this feature.  With this feature, copying files from one server to another is much quicker.  This feature is only available in Windows 8/2012 and above… Read more

2012R2 iSCSI Target Settings for Configuring a Specific Network

Let's say you have a 2012R2 iSCSI Target Server with multiple networks configured. We all know that iSCSI traffic should be on a separate network. So how do you go by configuring iSCSI to use a specific network on the target server? In previous version of Windows this was much easier to find since it… Read more