Automatic SMB Scale-Out Rebalancing in Windows Server 2012 R2

Introduction   This blog post focus on the new SMB Scale-Out Rebalancing introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2. If you haven’t seen it yet, it delivers a new way of balancing file clients accessing a Scale-Out File Server. In Windows Server 2012, each client would be randomly directed via DNS Round Robin to a node…

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Networking configurations for Hyper-V over SMB in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

One of the questions regarding Hyper-V over SMB that I get the most relates to how the network should be configured. Networking is key to several aspects of the scenario, including performance, availability and scalability. The main challenge is to provide a fault-tolerant and high-performance network for the two clusters typically involved: the Hyper-V cluster…

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Windows Server 2012 R2: Which version of the SMB protocol (SMB 1.0, SMB 2.0, SMB 2.1, SMB 3.0 or SMB 3.02) are you using?

Note: This blog post is a Windows Server 2012 R2 update on a previous version focused on Windows Server 2012.   1. Introduction With the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, I am frequently asked about how older versions of Windows will behave when connecting to or from these new versions. Upgrading…

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