Storage Replica Guide Released for Windows Server Technical Preview


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With the release of the Windows Server Technical Preview, we’ve unveiled a new feature, Storage Replica. Today we released a step-by-step guide to match.

Storage Replica enables storage-agnostic, block-level, synchronous replication between clusters or servers for disaster recovery, as well as stretching of a failover cluster for high availability. Synchronous replication enables mirroring of data in physical sites with crash-consistent volumes ensuring zero data loss at the file system level. Asynchronous replication allows site extension beyond metropolitan ranges with the possibility of data loss.

To help you get familiar with Storage Replica, we have a downloadable guide to provide you with step-by-step instructions for evaluating the Stretch Cluster and the Server-to-Server scenarios. These are both designed for Disaster Recovery and provide “over the river” synchronous metro replication.

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Windows Server Technical Preview implements the following features in Storage Replica:

Feature
Notes
Type
Host-based
Synchronous
Yes
Asynchronous
Yes (server to server only)
Storage hardware agnostic
Yes
Replication unit
Volume (Partition)
Windows Server Stretch Cluster creation
Yes
Write order consistency across volumes
Yes
Transport
SMB3
Network
TCP/IP or RDMA
RDMA
iWARP, InfiniBand
Replication network port firewall requirements
Single IANA port (TCP 445 or 5445)
Multipath/Multichannel
Yes (SMB3)
Kerberos support
Yes
Over the wire encryption and signing
Yes (SMB3)
Per-volume failovers allowed
Yes
Dedup & BitLocker volume support
Yes
Management UI in-box
Windows PowerShell, Failover Cluster Manager

This is an early pre-release build. Many of the features and scenarios are still in development, the experiences are still evolving. At this stage, Windows Server Technical Preview and Storage Replica are not intended for production environments, only for introductory evaluation.

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Thanks for your evaluation and feedback, it is always appreciated. Much more varied content and news to come as the release cycle evolves.

Ned “robot lawyer” Pyle