Windows Server 2016 NTFS sparse file/Data Deduplication users: please install KB4025334

Hi folks, KB4025334 prevents a critical data corruption issue with NTFS sparse files in Windows Server 2016. This helps avoid data corruptions that may occur when using Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2016, although all applications and Windows components that use sparse files on NTFS benefit from applying this update. Installation of this KB helps… Read more

Storage Spaces Direct on Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors

Hello, Claus here again. As you have probably noticed by now, we have a great ongoing collaboration with Intel. In this blog post we are going to look at Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct on Intel’s latest and greatest hardware, which includes a new processor family, Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors, an iWARP RDMA network… Read more

SMB1 Product Clearinghouse

Hi folks, Ned here again. This blog post contains all products requiring SMB1, where the vendor explicitly states this in their own documentation or communications. This list is not complete and you should never treat it as complete; check back often. All products arranged in alphabetical order, by vendor, by product, with a URL to… Read more

Work Folders updates for Windows 10 version 1703, Android and iOS

We’re excited to announce several improvements to the Work Folders clients for Windows 10 version 1703, Android and iOS: Remote users can securely access their files on the Work Folders server using Azure Active Directory Application Proxy Improved single sign on experience (fewer authentication prompts) when using Azure Active Directory Application Proxy Group policy setting… Read more

Enable remote access to Work Folders using Azure Active Directory Application Proxy

We’re excited to announce Work Folders now supports using Azure Active Directory Application Proxy to enable remote users to securely access their files on the Work Folders server. Work Folders supports using VPN, Web Application Proxy (WAP) or a third-party reverse proxy solution to enable remote users access to their files on the Work Folders… Read more

To RDMA, or not to RDMA – that is the question

Hello, Claus here again. By now, you have probably seen some of my blogs and demos on Storage Spaces Direct performance. One of Storage Spaces Direct’s advantages is RDMA networking support that lowers latency and reduces CPU consumption. I often get the question “Is RDMA required for Storage Spaces Direct”. The answer to this question… Read more

Storage Spaces Direct with Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X

Hello, Claus here again. Today Intel is announcing the Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X device family, and of course Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct will support this device. The P4800X device promises better latency and better endurance, so we took these devices for a spin in a Storage Spaces Direct configuration, comparing them to the… Read more

Survey: File Server Sizing

Hi folks, To prioritize and plan for investments in vNext experiences for Windows Server, we could use input from you! We would like to understand more about how you are utilizing Windows File Server, especially as it relates to the size of your datasets. This survey should take approximately 2-5 minutes to complete. We appreciate… Read more

Storage Spaces Direct throughput with iWARP

Hello, Claus here again. It has been a while since I last posted here and a few things have changed since last time. Windows Server has been moved into the Windows and Devices Group, we have moved to a new building with a better café, but a worse view 😊. On a personal note, I… Read more

Work Folders for iOS can now upload files!

Work Folders for iOS can now upload files! We are happy to announce, that we’ve just released an update to the Work Folders app on iOS that now allows anyone to upload pictures and documents from other apps, take pictures or even write a simple note – right from within the Work Folders App. We… Read more