New post on Windows Server Blog – Windows Server “8” – Taking Server Application Storage to Windows File Shares

Windows Server “8” Beta just became available and it includes a lot of new features in File and Storage Services. The Windows Server blog just released a post detailing a lot of the new File Server capabilities and scenarios included in the new release.

Here’s an outline of the post:

  • Background
  • Enabling server application storage on file shares
    – Continuous availability
    – Performance
    – Scalability
    – Data protection
  • Features overview
    – SMB Transparent Failover
    – SMB Multichannel
    – SMB Direct
    – SMB Scale-Out
    – VSS for SMB File Shares
    – SMB-specific Windows PowerShell cmdlets
    – SMB Performance Counters
    – Performance
  • Deployment modes
    – Single-node File Server
    – Dual-node File Server
    – Multi-node File Server
  • Conclusion

We encourage you to visit the Windows Server Blog right now and read all the details. The post is at