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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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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TechEd 2014: File Server Networking for a Private Cloud Storage Infrastructure

Just a reminder that I will be delivering a session at TechEd 2014 in Houston, Texas. Here are the details:   Code   DCIM-B337 Title   File Server Networking for a Private Cloud Storage Infrastructure in Windows Server 2012 R2 Date   Tuesday, May 13 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM Track   Datacenter and Infrastructure…

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SMB Direct and RDMA performance demo from TechEd (includes summary, PowerShell scripts and links)

IMPORTANT NOTE:SQLIO has been deprecated, as shown at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sql_server_team/archive/2015/12/11/sqlio-disk-subsystem-benchmark-tool-is-being-retired.aspx DiskSpd is the suitable replacement for SQLIO. You can find details on that at http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2014/10/13/diskspd-powershell-and-storage-performance-measuring-iops-throughput-and-latency-for-both-local-disks-and-smb-file-shares.aspx —————- Overview   My last TechEd demo showed some interesting performance data for SMB3 over RDMA (SMB Direct), including the latest small IO improvements in Windows Server 2012 R2. Since I…

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Troubleshooting File Server Networking Issues in Windows Server 2012 R2

In this blog post, I’m sharing a few troubleshooting tips related to File Server Networking in Windows Server 2012 R2. For each one, I first describe the issue that is commonly reported, followed by a quick explanation of the root cause of the issue and finally a way to solve it. Let me know if…

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Storage Developer Conference – SDC 2013 slides now publicly available. Here are the links to Microsoft slides…

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) hosted the 10th Storage Developer Conference (SDC) in the Hyatt Regency in beautiful Santa Clara, CA (Silicon Valley) on the week of September 16th 2013. This week, the presentation slides were made publicly available. You can find them all at http://snia.org/events/storage-developer2013/presentations13 For those focused on Microsoft technologies, here are some…

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Selecting the number of nodes for your Scale-Out File Server Cluster

I recently got a stream of e-mails and questions about the maximum number of cluster nodes you can have in a Scale-Out File Server cluster. For the record, we test and support up to 8 nodes per file server cluster. This is the case for both Windows Server 2012 (which introduced the Scale-Out File Server…

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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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