Deep Dive: The Storage Pool in Storage Spaces Direct

Hi! I’m Cosmos. Follow me on Twitter @cosmosdarwin. Review The storage pool is the collection of physical drives which form the basis of your software-defined storage. Those familiar with Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 or 2012R2 will remember that pools took some managing – you had to create and configure them, and then manage… Read more

Don’t do it: consumer-grade solid-state drives (SSD) in Storage Spaces Direct

// This post was written by Dan Lovinger, Principal Software Engineer. Howdy, In the weeks since the release of Windows Server 2016, the amount of interest we’ve seen in Storage Spaces Direct has been nothing short of spectacular. This interest has translated to many potential customers looking to evaluate Storage Spaces Direct. Windows Server has… Read more

Work Folders for Android can now upload files!

Hi all, I’m Jeff Patterson, Program Manager for Work Folders. We’re excited to announce that we’ve released an updated version of Work Folders for Android to the Google Play Store which enables users to sync files that were created or edited on their Android device. Overview Work Folders is a Windows Server feature since 2012 R2… Read more

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

Fixed: 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