Storage Quality of Service Guide Released for Windows Server Technical Preview

  As part of the Windows Server Technical Preview released a few weeks ago, we announced the evolution of the Storage Quality of Service (Storage QoS) feature. Now, in addition to that TechNet page with an overview, we released the Storage QoS Step-by-Step Guide.   An Overview of Storage QoS   Storage Quality of Service…

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SmbStorageTier.ps1: A simple way to pin files to tiers in Scale-Out File Servers

  Storage Spaces Tiering   Storage Spaces has an interesting new feature introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2: you can create a single space using different types of disk (typically HDDs and SSDs) and it will automatically move hot data to the fast tier and cold data to the slow tier. You can read more…

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Adding Storage Performance to the Test-StorageHealth.ps1 script

  A few weeks ago, I published a script to the TechNet Script Center that gathers health and capacity information for a Windows Server 2012 R2 storage cluster. This script checks a number of components, including clustering, storage spaces, SMB file shares and core storage. You can get more details at http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2014/07/27/powershell-script-for-storage-cluster-health-test-published-to-the-technet-script-center.aspx From the beginning,…

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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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Understanding the files collected by the Test-StorageHealth.ps1 PowerShell script

I recently published a PowerShell script to check the health and capacity of a Storage Cluster based on Windows Server 2012 R2 Scale-Out File Servers. You can find details about this script (including the download link) in this blog post: PowerShell script for Storage Cluster Health Test published to the TechNet Script Center. This script,…

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PowerShell script for Storage Cluster Health Test published to the TechNet Script Center

I just published a PowerShell script to check the health and capacity of a Storage Cluster based on Windows Server 2012 R2 Scale-Out File Servers. It assumes a specific configuration for Private Clouds using the solution described at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn554251.aspx. It performs specific health checks for Failover Clustering (Cluster, Resources, Networks, Nodes) Storage Spaces (Physical Disks,…

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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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Building your schedule for TechEd 2014? Here are some Storage-related sessions!

  TechEd NorthAmerica 2014 is just a few weeks away and it’s a sold-out event now. If you’re attending and you haven’t yet started building your schedule, you can consider yourself officially late. 🙂 If you’re focused on Private Cloud Storage and High Availability, let me suggest a few Breakout Sessions, Instructor-Led Labs (ILL) and…

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