PowerShell script used in the Windows Server 2016 TP2 Storage QoS demo at MSIgnite

  This is the Windows PowerShell script I used in the Microsoft Ignite 2015 session on Storage QoS: Hyper-V Storage Performance with Storage Quality of Service. You can also find that demo video by itself at Windows Server 2016 TP2 Storage QoS: Managing with a PowerShell script.   The script is fairly straightforward, but there…

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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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Storage Sessions at Microsoft Ignite. Make sure to update your schedule!

Hi! If you’re planning to attend Ignite, here is a list of sessions related to Storage at the event: Code Session title Presenters BRK3496 Deploying Private Cloud Storage with Dell Servers and Windows Server vNext Claus Joergensen, Shai Ofek, Syama Poluri BRK3474 Enabling New On-premises Scale-Out File Server with Direct-Attached Storage Claus Joergensen, Michael Gray…

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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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Migrating File Servers from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2

  Introduction If you have SMB File Servers running Windows Server 2003, you are probably already aware that the extended support for that OS will end on July 14, 2015. You can read more about this at: http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2014/08/26/best-practices-for-windows-server-2003-end-of-support-migration.aspx. If you’re still using Windows Server 2003, you should be planning your migration to a newer version…

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