Storage Spaces Direct throughput with iWARP

Hello, Claus here again. It has been a while since I last posted here and a few things have changed since last time. Windows Server has been moved into the Windows and Devices Group, we have moved to a new building with a better café, but a worse view 😊. On a personal note, I… Read more

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

Cluster aggregated view in Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Provider for a symmetric storage configuration

Blog written by Sripresanna in the Storage, Network & Print Team   Cluster aggregated view for Windows Storage Provider   In this blog, I’d like to explain about the new cluster aggregated view feature that is part of the Storage Management on Windows Server 2012 R2. For a quick overview of the Storage Management at… Read more

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

TechEd 2011 demo install step-by-step (Hyper-V, AD, DNS, iSCSI Target, File Server Cluster, SQL Server over SMB2)

We have a new blog post out that explains the demo setup used in the TechEd 2011 presentation about Windows Server 2008 R2 File Services Consolidation. In the post, you get step-by-step instructions on how to reproduce the environment used in the presentation’s demo. This is a great way to experiment with a fairly large… Read more

Deploying DFS Replication on a Windows Failover Cluster – Part III

The previous posts in this series explained how to create a Windows Failover cluster and how to configure DFS Replication for high availability on that cluster respectively. Now, it is time to add the failover cluster as a member of a replication group. Pre-deployment notes Only failover clusters running Windows Server 2008 R2 can be… Read more

Deploying DFS Replication on a Windows Failover Cluster – Part II

In the previous blog post we examined how to create a Windows Failover Cluster for Contoso. Now, let’s examine the steps involved in configuring a highly available file server on this new failover cluster. It is highly recommended to read the previous post first to gain valuable context about the sample deployment scenario that is… Read more

Deploying DFS Replication on a Windows Failover Cluster – Part I

On Windows Server 2008 R2, a Windows Failover cluster can be configured to be a member of a DFSR replication group. This feature can be used to configure highly available replication services. In this three part blog series, let us examine how to configure a Windows Failover cluster as a DFS Replication member server. For… Read more

DFS Replication: What’s new in Windows Server™ 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 is now available. If you’re eager to know what’s available in R2, please read on. 1. Support for Windows Failover Clusters In Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Failover clusters can be configured to be part of a replication group. Windows Failover clustering technology enables administrators to configure services and applications to… Read more

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Failover Clustering Options

Hi, All! Jose Barreto just posted an article describing different ways to implement Windows Server Failover Clustering with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. The scenarios described include: 1 – Parent-based Failover Clustering with two physical servers 2 – Child-based Failover Clustering with two physical servers3 – Mixed Physical/Virtual Failover Clustering 4 – Failover Clustering with two… Read more