Survey: Internet-connected servers

Hi folks, Ned here again with another quickie engineering survey. As always, it’s anonymous, requires no registration, and should take no more than 30 seconds. We’d like to learn about your server firewalling, plus a couple drill-down questions. Survey: What percentage of your Windows Servers have Internet access? This may require some uncomfortable admissions, but it’s for a… Read more

Storage Spaces Direct with Persistent Memory

Howdy, Claus here again, this time with Dan Lovinger. At our recent Ignite conference we had some very exciting results and experiences to share around Storage Spaces Direct and Windows Server 2016. One of the more exciting ones that you may have missed was an experiment we did on a set of systems built with the… Read more

TLS for Windows Standards-Based Storage Management (SMI-S) and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

In a previous blog post, I discussed setting up the Windows Standards-Based Storage Management Service (referred to below as Storage Service) on Windows Server 2012 R2. For Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager, configuration is much simpler since installation of the service includes setting up the necessary self-signed certificate. We also… Read more

Squeezing hyper-convergence into the overhead bin, for barely $1,000/server: the story of Project Kepler-47

The Challenge In the Windows Server team, we tend to focus on going big. Our enterprise customers and service providers are increasingly relying on Windows as the foundation of their software-defined datacenters, and needless to say, our hyperscale public cloud Azure does too. Recent big announcements like support for 24 TB of memory per server… Read more

Work Folders does not work on iOS 10 when using Digest authentication

Hi all, I’m Jeff Patterson, Program Manager for Work Folders. I wanted to let you know that Digest authentication does not work on iOS 10. Please review the issue details below if you’re currently using the Work Folders iOS client in your environment. Symptom After upgrading to iOS 10, Work Folders fails with the following… Read more

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