Understanding SSD endurance: drive writes per day (DWPD), terabytes written (TBW), and the minimum recommended for Storage Spaces Direct

Hi! I’m Cosmos. Follow me on Twitter @cosmosdarwin. Background Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016 features a built-in, persistent, read and write cache to maximize storage performance. You can read all about it at Understanding the cache in Storage Spaces Direct. In all-flash deployments, NVMe drives typically cache for SATA/SAS SSDs; in hybrid deployments,… 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

Deep Dive: Volumes in Storage Spaces Direct

Hi! I’m Cosmos. You can follow me on Twitter @cosmosdarwin. Note: This blog was updated on January 6th 2017 to align more closely to official documention. Quick Review In Storage Spaces Direct, volumes can derive their fault tolerance from mirroring, parity encoding, or mixing the two. Briefly… Mirroring is similar to distributed, software-defined RAID-1. It provides… Read more

Updating Firmware for Disk Drives in Windows Server 2016 (TP4)

Updating the firmware for disks has historically been a cumbersome task with a potential for downtime, which is why we’re making improvements to Storage Spaces and Windows Server 2016 to enable you to more easily update disk firmware prior to placing a server in production. You can also use this new functionality to update the… Read more

Designing Software-Defined Storage with Windows Server – we’ve got a calculator and a doc for that

Feast your eyeballs on our new Software-Defined Storage Design Calculator and Design Considerations Guide! Be amazed at how designing a storage solution with Windows Server, Storage Spaces, and SOFS (Scale-Out File Server) can be simultaneously simplified with a colorful spreadsheet and concurrently complexified with a detailed guide to everything you wanted to know about Storage Spaces… Read more

Microsoft Ignite Storage and HA sessions: Come for the swag, stay for the sessions

Hi folks, Ned here again. If you have not heard, Microsoft Ignite is coming. If you’re thinking about joining us or already planning your must-see breakouts, here’s a list of the Windows Server vNext Storage and High Availability sessions presented by Microsoft. Truthbombs will be dropped, smackdown will be laid, surprises will be sprung, and… Read more

Cluster aggregated view in Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Provider for an asymmetric storage configuration

Blog written by Sripresanna in the Storage, Network & Print Team.   Cluster aggregated view for Windows Storage Provider (Asymmetric storage configuration)   This is a continuation of previous blog, where I explained cluster aggregated view for Windows Storage Provider for symmetric storage configuration. We strongly encourage to use Symmetric storage configuration and this blog… 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

Using the Storage Pools page in Server Manager to create storage spaces

With Windows Server 2012, Server manager includes simple and easy to use, user interface that enables management of Windows Storage Spaces and other Storage Subsystems such as EMC Clariion VNX and Dell EqualLogic (but not limited to these) storage arrays with supporting SMI-S and SMP based Storage provider respectively. By using Server Manager’s File and… Read more