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…


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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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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Sample C# code for using the latest WMI classes to manage Windows Storage

  This blog post shows a bit of C# code to use the Windows Storage Management API (SM-API) classes that were introduced in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. You can find a list of these classes at class described at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh830612.aspx, including MSFT_PhysicalDisk, MSFT_StoragePool or MSFT_VirtualDisk. I found a number of examples with the…

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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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Demo details for my TechEd 2014 presentation on File Server Networking

During my TechEd 2014 presentation on File Server Networking for a Private Cloud Storage Infrastructure in Windows Server 2012 R2, I did a demo showing a Scale-Out File Server Cluster. The demo consisted of showing the networking details of this cluster, looking both from the cluster perspective and the client side. I was asked after…

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PowerShell tips for building objects with custom properties and special formatting

  I’ve been building a number of scripts that query information using PowerShell. To create those, I used some PowerShell tricks to make the output look just like I wanted. This post is a compilation of these tricks. The first few tricks are simple, but they grow increasingly complex towards the end. The examples here…

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Step-by-Step for Mirrored Storage Spaces Resiliency using PowerShell

 0 – Overview   This blog post is a walkthrough of the resiliency offered by Storage Spaces when using mirrored spaces.For this exercise we have a single virtual machine with multiple data disks used to create the spaces.The idea is to simulate a number of different failure and recovery scenarios, reviewing the behavior.It includes the…

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