Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2 (TP2) and Storage Quality of Service (QoS)

  Storage Quality of Service (Storage QoS) is a new feature in the upcoming Windows Server 2016 that provides a way to centrally monitor and manage storage performance for virtual machines. The feature automatically improves storage resource fairness between multiple virtual machines using the same file server cluster and allows specific minimum and maximum performance…

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What’s new in SMB 3.1.1 in the Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2

  1. Introduction Every new version of Windows brings updates to our main remote file protocol, known as SMB (Server Message Block). If you’re not familiar with it, you can find some information in this previous blog post: Windows Server 2012 R2: Which version of the SMB protocol (SMB 1.0, SMB 2.0, SMB 2.1, SMB…

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SMB3 Networking Links for Windows Server 2012 R2

Someone asked me for a good collection of links about SMB3 Networking, including SMB Multichannel, SMB Direct (SMB over RDMA) and SMB Performance. Here’s what I offered:   SMB Multichannel TechEd 2012 – SMB Multichannel and NIC Teaming (SMB Multichannel covered on the second half) Jose’s Blog – The basics of SMB Multichannel, a feature…

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New version of the Storage Spaces physical disk validation PowerShell script

The Storage Spaces team has just published a new version of the Storage Space disk validation script written in PowerShell. This script makes sure that the physical disks in a system have everything that is needed by Storage Spaces. That includes checking functional requirements and performance characteristics. In the same way that we ask you…

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Case Studies on Storage Spaces, Scale-Out File Servers with SMB3 or both

There are many customers out there using Storage Spaces and Scale-Out File Servers with SMB3 since their initial release in Windows Server 2012 a few years back. Every once in a while, someone will ask me for details on how these technologies were deployed by customers. The best source for those examples is the Microsoft…

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Windows Server Technical Preview – Storage Survival Guide (links to articles, blogs, downloads)

This blog post offers a collection of links to the publicly available content for those experimenting with the Windows Server Technical Preview, with focus in Storage.   Blog posts about the Windows Server Technical Preview An early look at the future of the datacenter from Microsoft Storage Replica Guide Released for Windows Server Technical Preview…

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Storage Spaces Survival Guide (Links to presentations, articles, blogs, tools)

In this post, I’m sharing my favorite links related to Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2. This includes TechEd Presentations, TechNet articles, Blogs and tools related to Storage Spaces in general and more specifically about its deployment in a Failover Cluster or Scale-Out File Server configuration. It’s obviously not a complete reference (there are…

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Open Server Summit includes keynotes from AMD, Dell, Diablo, HP, Huawei, Intel, Lenovo and Microsoft

The server market is busier than ever. You’re probably following how virtualization evolved into clouds and how everything is now software-defined. Behind the buzzwords, there is amazing new technologies in the datacenter, across the compute, networking and storage layers. The challenge for all of us is really to keep up with all these different server…

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