I have been working with Bob Hunt at the TechNet Radio team to provide a series of webcasts with information about SMB 3.0 and the File Server role in Windows Server 2012.
These are fairly informal conversations, but Bob is really good at posing interesting questions, clarifying the different scenarios and teasing out relevant details on SMB 3.0.
By the way, don’t be fooled by the “Radio” in the name. These are available as both video and audio, typically including at least one demo for each episode.
Here is a list of the TechNet Radio episodes Bob and I recorded (including one with Claus Joergensen, another PM in the SMB team), in the order they were published:
1) Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over SMB (August 31st)
Summary: Bob Hunt and Jose Barreto join us for today’s show as they discuss Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V support for remote file storage using SMB 3.0. Tune in as they discuss the basic requirements for Hyper-V over SMB, as well as its latest enhancements and why this solution is an easy and affordable file storage alternative.
2) Windows Server 2012 – How to Scale-Out a File Server and use it for Hyper-V (September 5th)
Summary: Bob Hunt and Jose Barreto are back for today’s episode where they show us how to scale-out a file server in Windows Server 2012 and how to use it with Hyper-V. Tune in as they discuss the advancements made to file servers in terms of scale, storage, virtual processors, support for VMs per host and per cluster as well as demoing a classic vs. scaled out file server.
3) Hyper-V over SMB: Step-by-Step Installation using PowerShell (September 16th)
Summary: Bob Hunt and Jose Barreto continue their Hyper-V over SMB for Windows Server 2012 series, and in today’s episode they discuss how you can configure this installation using PowerShell. Tune in as they take a deep dive into how you can leverage all the features of SMB 3.0 as they go through this extensive step-by-step walkthrough.
4) SMB Multi-channel Basics for Windows Server 2012 and SMB 3.0 (October 8th)
Summary: Bob Hunt and Jose Barreto continue their SMB 3.0 for Windows Server 2012 series, and in today’s episode they discuss the recent improvements made around networking capabilities found within SMB Multichannel which can help increase network performance and availability for File Servers.
5) SQL Server over SMB 3.0 Overview (October 23rd)
Summary: Principal Program Manager from the Windows File Server team, Claus Joergensen joins Bob Hunt and Jose Barreto as they discuss how and why you would want to implement SQL Server 2012 over SMB 3.0. Tune in as they chat about the benefits, how to set it up as well as address any potential concerns you may have such as performance issues.
6) SMB 3.0 Encryption Overview (November 26th)
Summary: Bob Hunt and Jose Barreto continue their SMB series for Windows Server 2012 and in today’s episode they chat about SMB Encryption. Tune in as they discuss this security component from what it is and why its important as well as how this is implemented and configured in your environment with a quick demo on how to do this via the GUI and in PowerShell.
7) SMB 3.0 Deployment Scenarios (December 6th)
Summary: Bob Hunt and Jose Barreto continue their SMB series for Windows Server 2012 and in today’s episode they chat about deployment scenarios and ways in which you can implement all of the new features in SMB 3.0. Tune in as they dive deep into various deployment strategies for SMB.
8) Hyper-V over SMB 3.0 Performance Considerations (January 14th)
Summary: Bob Hunt and Jose Barreto continue their Hyper-V over SMB series and in today’s episode they discuss performance considerations for a sample Enterprise configuration and what you may want to think about during your deployment.
9) Hyper-V Local vs. Hyper-V SMB Performance (February 7th)
Summary: Bob Hunt and Jose Barreto continue their Hyper-V over SMB series and in today’s episode they discuss a recently released independent study that compares the performance between Hyper-V local and Hyper-V over SMB. Tune in as they chat about the results as they take a deep dive to see how Windows Server 2012 performs in terms of storage, networking performance, efficiency and scalability.
10) Windows Server 2012 File Server Tips and Tricks (March 5th)
Summary: Bob Hunt and Jose Barreto continue their Windows Server 2012 File Server and SMB 3.0 series and in today’s episode they lay out their top Tips and Tricks. Tune in as they disclose a number of useful bits of information such as how to use multiple subnets when deploying SMB multichannel in a cluster from how to avoid loopback configurations for Hyper-V over SMB.
11) Windows Server 2012 File Server and SMB 3.0 – Simpler By Design (April 11h)
Summary: Just how easy is it to use SMB 3.0? That’s the topic for today’s show as Bob Hunt and Jose Barreto discuss the ins and outs of Windows Server 2012 File Storage for Virtualization. Tune in as they chat about SMB Transparent Failover, Scale-Out, Multichannel, SMB Direct and Encryption and much, much more!
More episodes are coming. Check back soon…