Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage: Step-by-step with Storage Spaces, SMB Scale-Out and Shared VHDX (Physical)

This post is a part of the nine-part “What’s New in Windows Server & System Center 2012 R2” series that is featured on Brad Anderson’s In the Cloud blog.  Today’s blog post covers Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage and how it applies to the larger topic of “Transform the Datacenter.”  To read that post and see…

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Updated Links on Windows Server 2012 File Server and SMB 3.0

In this post, I’m providing a reference to the most relevant content related to Windows Server 2012 that is related to the File Server, the SMB 3.0 features and its associated scenarios like Hyper-V over SMB and SQL Server over SMB. It’s obviously not a complete reference (there are new blog posts every day), but…

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Iron Networks shows a complete private cloud pod at MMS 2013 with Windows Server 2012 (Storage Spaces, SMB3, Hyper-V) and System Center 2012 SP1

I was visiting the expo area at MMS 2013 earlier today and saw that Iron Networks was showing a private cloud pod there, complete with a set of well-matched layers of compute, storage and networking. They were demonstrating several of the latest capabilities in Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1, including: Shared SAS…

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TechNet Radio series covers Windows Server 2012 File Server and SMB 3.0 scenarios

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…

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Slides for the Instructor-Led Lab on Windows Server 2012 Storage from MMS 2013

I delivered an instructor-led lab on Windows Server 2012 Storage at MMS 2013 yesterday (4/8), with a repeat scheduled for tomorrow (4/10) at 2:45 PM. You can find the details on this lab at http://www.2013mms.com/topic/details/WS-IL303 I used a few slides to comment on the contents of the lab, with an overview on the capabilities covered…

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Q and A: I only have two NICs on my Hyper-V host. Should I team them or not?

Question via e-mail: I am using blade servers for my Hyper-V cluster and I can only have two NICs per blade in this configuration. I am considering two options on how to configure the NICs: 1)      Use one NIC for internal network and one NIC for external network, connected to the virtual switch2)      Team the two NICs…

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Q and A: Can I use SMB3 storage without RDMA?

Question received via e-mail: Is it practical use SMB3 storage without RDMA or do we have a use case for production rather than development or test?I thought RDMA would be essential for production deployment of Hyper-V SMB storage. Answer: RDMA is not a requirement for the Hyper-V over SMB scenario.The most important things that RDMA can…

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Q and A: Is it possible to run SMB Direct from within a VM?

Question received via blog mail: Jose- I picked up a couple ConnectX-2 adapters and a cable off of ebay for cheap (about $300 for everything) to test out SMB Direct.  I followed your blog “Deploying Windows Server 2012 with SMB Direct (SMB over RDMA) and the Mellanox ConnectX-2/ConnectX-3 using InfiniBand – Step by Step” and…

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