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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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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Updated Links on Windows Server 2012 R2 File Server and SMB 3.02

In this post, I’m providing a reference to the most relevant content related to Windows Server 2012 R2 that is related to the File Server, the SMB 3.02 features and its associated scenarios like Hyper-V over SMB and SQL Server over SMB. This is what some like to call a “Survival Guide” for SMB 3.02….

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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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Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Failover Clustering Options

There are many ways to implement Windows Server Failover Clustering with Hyper-V. I could actually find five unique methods to do it. Some of them will actually not give you a fully fault-tolerant solution, but most of them actually make sense in specific scenarios (even if only for demonstrations). In any case, just trying to…

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Using file copy to measure storage performance – Why it’s not a good idea and what you should do instead

1. Introduction Every once in a while I hear from someone that they believe they have a performance problem with their Scale-Out File Server. When I dig a little further, it’s very common to find that file copies are being used as the mechanism for measuring storage performance for all kinds of scenarios. This blog…

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What’s new in SMB PowerShell in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2 introduced a new version of SMB. Technically it’s SMB 3.02, but we continue to call it just SMB3. The main changes are described at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831474.aspx. With this new release, we made a few changes in SMB PowerShell to support the new scenarios and features. This includes a few new cmdlets and…

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Complete reference of all STSADM operations (with parameters) in MOSS 2007 SP1

This is an update to my complete reference of all STSADM operations in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, now including the changes in Service Pack 1. I repeated what I did for MOSS 2007 in MOSS 2007 SP1, using a little scripting to get the list of all commands for STSADM, including the options and parameters…

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Windows Server 2012, File Servers and SMB 3.0 – Simpler and Easier by Design

1. Introduction I have been presenting our solution in Windows Server 2012 for File Storage for Virtualization (Hyper-V over SMB) and Databases (SQL Server over SMB) for a while now. I always start the conversation talking about how simple and easy it is for an IT Administrator or an Application Developer to use SMB 3.0….

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

Note: This blog post is obsolete. Please find the updated version at http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2013/10/02/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-you-are-using.aspx     1. Introduction With the upcoming release of SMB 3.0 as part of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, I am frequently asked about how older versions of Windows will behave when connecting to or from these new versions. Upgrading to…

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