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

Safely Virtualizing DFSR

Hi folks, Ned here again. With the massive growth of virtualization, odds are you want to safely and reliably run Distributed File System Replication on Hyper-V, Xen, KVM, or VMware – heck, you may already be doing so. With that in mind, I am here today to save your job! OK that might overstating things;… 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

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

Storage Solutions team at TechED IT Pro 2008

Storage team is bringing 8 sessions and 2 Hands-on Lab to Microsoft TechED IT Pro 2008!   Karandeep Anand, Jason Buffington, Ram Kailasanathan, Drew McDaniel and Edwin Yuen will be hosting the sessions from the Storage side. Clustering and High availability will also be there to talk about their biggest release to date – Clustering… Read more

More on storage options for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

In a previous blog post, I covered the different ways you can expose storage to a Hyper-V guest.   After getting some feedback, this new blog posts provides additional details on two frequent comments: •             How to can boot a Hyper-V guest from an iSCSI LUN •             A nice picture showing the different storage options… Read more

Storage options for Windows Server 2008’s Hyper-V

Windows Server 2008’s Hyper-V has been in public beta for a while now and lots of people have been experimenting with it. One aspect that I am focusing on is storage for those virtualized environments and more specifically the options related to SAN storage.This includes directly-attached storage (SATA, SAS) or SAN storage (FC, iSCSI). In… Read more