SNIA’s Storage Developer Conference – SDC 2011 content (slides and videos) now available for download, including SMB 2.2 details

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) hosted the 8th Storage Developer Conference (SDC) in the Hyatt Regency in beautiful Santa Clara, CA (Silicon Valley) earlier this year. As usual, Microsoft was the underwriter of the CIFS/SMB/SMB2 PlugFest, which was co-located with the SDC event. For developers working with storage-related technologies, this event gathers a unique… Read more

Links to //build/ sessions on Storage, Networking and Hyper-V

Last month at the //Build/ conference we had a large number of presentations delivered and made available to download and stream. Several Microsoft Partners and Developers that are focused on Storage, Networking or Hyper-V have asked me for a list of links to help them find the Widows Server 8 sessions more closely related to those topics. Here is my… Read more

I will be speaking at the //build/ conference next month

Just a short post to share that I will be speaking at the BUILD conference next month. The conference will happen in Anaheim-CA, from 9/13 to 9/16. You can read more at the official site: The full agenda is not published yet, but you will be able to see details (like title and abstract) when it… Read more

TechEd 2011 demo install step-by-step (Hyper-V, AD, DNS, iSCSI Target, File Server Cluster, SQL Server over SMB2)

1. Introduction 1.1. Overview As I explained in a previous blog post, I delivered a presentation this week as part of the Microsoft TechEd 2011 event. The presentation was titled “Windows Server 2008 R2 File Services Consolidation – Technology Update”. It included two demos that showed several Windows Server 2008 R2 features and also a… Read more

TechEd 2011 Session WSV317: Windows Server 2008 R2 File Services Consolidation – Technology Update

This week at TechEd 2011 I will be delivering a presentation about “Windows Server 2008 R2 File Services Consolidation – Technology Update”. If you’re attending the conference in Atlanta-GA, this is session WSV317 on Wednesday at 10:15 AM, plus a repeat on Thursday also at 10:15 AM. The presentation is divided into 5 main topics:  Overview… Read more

File Server Team sessions at TechEd 2011 this week

If you’re attending TechEd 2011 this week, here are sessions from the File Server team: WSV313 – Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 for Application Storage, Diskless Boot, and More!Speaker(s): Jian (Jane) YanTuesday, May 17 at 5:00 PM, room: B101 WSV317 – Windows Server 2008 R2 File Services Consolidation: Technology UpdateSpeaker: Jose BarretoWednesday, 5/18 at… Read more

Diskless server boot using the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target and a regular network card

The new Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 is commonly deployed to provide data storage for servers that boot from a local hard drive. However, there are interesting cost savings and management advantages in deploying servers that have no local disk at all and get their syste and boot volumes from the iSCSI target. The iSCSI… Read more

Using 4k sector and advanced format drives in Windows. HotFix and support info for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

If you work with storage, you probably already heard about the “4K Sector Drives”, “Advanced Format Drives” and “512e drives”. These new “4K sector drives” abandon the traditional use of 512 bytes per sector in favor of a new structure that uses 4096 bytes. The migration to the new formats is eased by the use… Read more

FSCT test results detail the performance of Windows Server 2008 R2 File Server configurations – 23,000 users with 192 spindles

1. Introduction The File Server Capacity Tool (FSCT) is a free download from Microsoft that helps you determine the capacity of a specific file server configuration (running Windows or any operating system that implements the SMB or SMB2 protocols). It simulates a specific set of operations (the “Home Folders” workload) being executed by a large… Read more

Updated iSCSI Initiator Users Guide for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

We just got an updated version of the “iSCSI Initiator Users Guide for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2“ posted on the Microsoft Download Center by Bruce Langworthy, the iSCSI Initiator PM.   Here’s a summary of the contents of this 82-page Word document:   ·         Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Step-by-Step Guide ·         Understanding Microsoft… Read more