All The Windows Server 2016 sessions at Ignite

Hi folks, Ned here again. If you were smart/cool/lucky enough to land some Microsoft Ignite tickets for next week, here’s the nicely organized list of all the Windows Server 2016 sessions. Color-coding, filters, it’s very sharp. Naturally, the killer session you should register for is Drill into Storage Replica in Windows Server 2016. I hear the… Read more

The not future of SMB1 – another MS engineering quickie survey

Hi folks, Ned here again. Speaking of SMB1 removal, please take 30 seconds to complete this anonymous survey on SMB1 removal as a default option. Your honesty counts; I’d rather hear ‘no’ and some legit reasons than have sunshine blown up my kilt. Survey: consideration of SMB1 being removed by default in OSes Thankee, Ned “Scotsman” Pyle… Read more

Stop using SMB1

Hi folks, Ned here again and today’s topic is short and sweet: Stop using SMB1. Stop using SMB1. STOP USING SMB1! Earlier this week we released MS16-114, a security update that prevents denial of service and remote code execution. If you need this security patch, you already have a much bigger problem: you are still… Read more

Survey: Why R2?

Hi folks, Ned here again. I have a very quick survey for you if you’re a Windows Server customer. It is anonymous, only has one mandatory question, and one secondary optional question – shouldn’t take you more than 30 seconds and will help us understand our customer base better. Why do you deploy R2 versions so much more… Read more

Volume resiliency and efficiency in Storage Spaces Direct

Hello, Claus here again. One of the most important aspects when creating a volume is to choose the resiliency settings. The purpose of resiliency is to provide resiliency in case of failures, such as failed drive or a server failure. It also enables data availability when performing maintenance, such as server hardware replacement or operating… Read more

Work Folders and Offline Files support for Windows Information Protection

Hi all, I’m Jeff Patterson, Program Manager for Work Folders and Offline Files. Windows 10, version 1607 will be available to Enterprise customers soon so I wanted to cover support for Windows Information Protection (a.k.a. Enterprise Data Protection) when using Work Folders or Offline Files. Windows Information Protection Overview Windows Information Protection (WIP) is a… Read more

Windows Server 2016 Dedup Documentation Now Live!

Hi all! We just released the Data Deduplication documentation for Windows Server 2016 over on TechNet! The new documentation includes a more detailed explanation of how Dedup works, crisper guidance on how to evaluate workloads for deduplication, and information on the available Dedup settings, with context for why you would want to change them. Check… Read more

Deep Dive: Volumes in Storage Spaces Direct

Hi there! I’m Cosmos. I joined the High Availability & Storage PM team one year ago this week. I thought it was about time I should post my first blog. You can follow me on Twitter @cosmosdarwin. Introduction In Storage Spaces Direct, volumes derive their fault tolerance from mirroring, parity encoding, or both. We’ve taken… Read more

Offline Files (CSC) to Work Folders Migration Guide

Hi all, I’m Jeff Patterson, Program Manager for Work Folders and Offline Files. Jane wrote a blog last year which covers how to use Folder Redirection with Work Folders. The blog is great for new environments. If Folder Redirection and Offline Files are currently used, there are some additional steps that need to be performed… Read more

Storage IOPS update with Storage Spaces Direct

Hello, Claus here again. I played one of my best rounds of golf in a while at the beautiful TPC Snoqualmie Ridge yesterday. While golf is about how low can you go, I want to give an update on how high can you go with Storage Spaces Direct. Once again, Dan and I used a… Read more