TLS for Windows Standards-Based Storage Management (SMI-S) and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

In a previous blog post, I discussed setting up the Windows Standards-Based Storage Management Service (referred to below as Storage Service) on Windows Server 2012 R2. For Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager, configuration is much simpler since installation of the service includes setting up the necessary self-signed certificate. We also… Read more

SMB Transparent Failover – making file shares continuously available

Note: this post originally appeared on https://aka.ms/clausjor by Claus Joergensen. SMB Transparent Failover is one of the key features in the feature set introduced in Server Message Block (SMB) 3.0. SMB 3.0 is new in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. I am the program manager for SMB Transparent Failover and in this blog post… 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

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

Announcing the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2012 R2!

We are excited today to announce the release of the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2012 R2! The Data Classification Toolkit for Windows 2012 R2 is designed to help you to: Identify, classify, and protect data on file servers in your private cloud. Provide support for deployments of Windows Server 2012 R2, as well as… 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

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

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