To scale out or not to scale out, that is the question

Hi folks, Ned here again. If Shakespeare had run Windows, Hamlet would be a play about configuring failover clusters for storage. Today I discuss the Scale-Out File Server configuration and why general use file server clustered shares may still have a place in your environment. These two types of Windows file servers have different goals… Read more

Understanding Virtual Disks in iSCSI Target Server

ContextIn Windows Server 2012 R2, iSCSI Target Server made significant improvements in its persistence layer by providing larger, resilient, dynamically-growing SCSI Logical Units (LUs) that are based on the VHDX format. For more details on what is new in this release, see my previous blog post iSCSI Target Server in Windows Server 2012 R2. In… Read more

Using DFS Replication Clone Feature to prepare 100TB of data in 3 days (A Test Perspective)

I’m Tsan Zheng, a Senior Test Lead on the DFS team. If you’ve used DFSR (DFS Replication), you’re probably aware that the largest amount of data that we had tested replication with until recently was 10 TB. A few years ago, that was a lot of data, but now, not so much. In this post,… Read more

Work Folders on Clusters

In the previous blog post, I provided a step by step guide to set up Work Folders in a lab environment using the Preview release of Windows Server 2012 R2. With the GA release, Work Folders leverages Windows Failover clustering to increase availability. For general details about failover clusters, see Failover Clustering. In this blog… Read more

Performance Considerations for Work Folders Deployments

Hi all, Here is another great Work Folders blog post that shares information about work folders performance in large scale deployments. The content below was compiled and written by Sundar Srinivasan who is one of the software engineers in the Work Folders product team. Overview One of the exciting new features introduced in Windows Server… Read more

Monitoring Windows Server 2012 R2 Work Folders Deployments.

Overview Work Folders is a new functionality introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2. It enables Information workers to sync their work files between their devices. This functionality is powered by the Work Folders service that can be enabled as a Windows Server 2012 R2 File Services Role service.Work Folders relies on a set of core… Read more

Windows Server 2012 R2 – Resolving Port Conflict with IIS Websites and Work Folders

Hi All, my name is Bill and I work in the Windows Server – File Services group.  One of my main responsibilities is to enhance the Server Manager user interface.  We have just delivered Work Folders as part of the Windows Server 2012 R2 release.  I have been following the forum and there have been… Read more

A new user attribute for Work Folders server Url

Overview To continue the blog post series on Work Folders, I’d like to talk about how to manage a new attribute storing the Sync Server Url as part of the user object in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). If you have seen the demo of the client setup in this video [00:08:20], it shows… Read more

iSCSI Target Server in Windows Server 2012 R2 for VMM Rapid Provisioning

Context iSCSI Target Server shipped its SMI-S provider as part of the OS distribution for the first time in Windows Server 2012 R2. For more details on its design and features, see my previous blog post iSCSI Target Server in Windows Server 2012 R2. System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and later versions… Read more

Managing iSCSI Target Server through Storage Cmdlets

Context Windows Server 2012 R2 ships with a rich set of standards-compliant storage management functionality. This functionality was originally introduced in Windows Server 2012, and you should reference Jeff’s excellent blog that introduced related concepts. iSCSI Target Server on its part shipped its SMI-S provider as part of the OS distribution for the first time… Read more