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 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

Starting with Cluster-Aware Updating: Self-Updating

In previous releases of Windows, the server updating tools (e.g. WSUS) did not factor in the fact that a group of servers could be members of a highly-available cluster. As failover clusters are all about high availability of services hosted on the cluster, one would almost never patch all cluster nodes at the same time…. Read more

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… Read more

New post on Windows Server “8” Beta Scale-Out File Server for SQL Server 2012 (with Step-by-step instructions)

We have a new post that covers Windows Server “8” Beta and File Servers. It provides step-by-step instructions for deploying an evaluation version of SQL Server 2012 (just released last week) using a Windows Server “8” Beta Scale-Out File Server Cluster. The goal of this post is to help your testing or learning of the… Read more