In today's article in our continuing series on Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud, my good friend and colleague Matt Hester provides a great technical overview of Hyper-V over SMB. Matt walks us through configuration steps via GUI tools and PowerShell, and he also provides a list of additional useful resources for learning more.
From Matt's article: "In Windows Server 2012 R2 you can now store virtual machine files, such as configuration, Virtual hard disk (VHDX) files, and snapshots, in file shares over the SMB 3.02 protocol. This can be used for both stand-alone file servers and clustered file servers that use Hyper-V together with shared file storage for the cluster. By leveraging two new features of SMB 3.02 (SMB Direct and SMB Multichannel) on a file server hosting the VHDX drives for your Hyper-V cluster, you can see storage performance on your Hyper-V guests that approaches that of a built-in server storage. Not only that, but those Hyper-V guests enjoy the resiliency of a failover network to help avoid any outages!" ... and, all at a much lower cost than traditional shared storage solutions!