A developer’s view on VSS for SMB File Shares

Note: this post originally appeared on https://aka.ms/clausjor by Claus Joergensen. VSS for SMB File Shares is an extension to the existing VSS infrastructure which consists of four parts: In this post I want to look at VSS for SMB File Shares from a developers point of view and how to support it with minimal changes… Read more

VSS for SMB File Shares

Note: this post originally appeared on https://aka.ms/clausjor by Claus Joergensen. In the next generation of Windows Server, Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V introduces support for storing virtual machine files on SMB 3.0 file shares. This blog post contains more detail on the SMB 3.0 enhancements to support this scenario. Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) is a… 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

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

Going to TechEd Australia?

If so, I’ll see you there for my two sessions. DFSR has been hitting the gym SMB 3 is the answer There are still a few days left to register if you live upside down. Based on the available evidence, all the attendees should look something like this: Come by and say hi! – Ned… Read more

HP StoreEasy and Windows Server 2012 SMB Performance

Hi folks, Ned here again with a quickie post. HP recently released their latest file server SMB testing results, where they used FSCT and IOMeter to collect performance and scalability data with Windows Server 2012 running on HP StoreEasy 5000 Storage NAS servers. The whitepaper holds plenty of details, and here’s a good one to… 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

The Case of the Mysterious Preseeding Conflicts

Hi folks, Ned Pyle here again. Back at AskDS, I used to write frequently about DFSR behavior and troubleshooting. As DFS Replication has matured and documentation grew, these articles dwindled. Recently though, one of the DFSR developers and I managed to find something undocumented: A DFSR server upgrade where, despite perfect preseeding, files were conflicting… 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