Visuality Systems and Microsoft expand SMB collaboration to storage systems

Last week, Microsoft and Visuality Systems announced an expanded collaboration on SMB. Visuality is well known for their work supporting the SMB protocol in embedded devices. If you own a printer or scanner that supports the SMB protocol, there’s a good chance that device is running Visuality’s software. Visuality is now expanding into the storage…

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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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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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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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DiskSpd, PowerShell and storage performance: measuring IOPs, throughput and latency for both local disks and SMB file shares

  1. Introduction   I have been doing storage-related demos and publishing blogs with some storage performance numbers for a while, and I commonly get questions such as “How do you run these tests?” or “What tools do you use to generate IOs for your demos?”. While it’s always best to use a real workload…

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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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Don’t miss the SNIA Storage Developer Conference 2014

It must be September once again… We are only a couple of weeks away from the Storage Developer Conference (SDC) hosted by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). The event will happen at the Hyatt Regency in beautiful Santa Clara, CA (Silicon Valley) on the week of September 15th. As usual, We’ll also have the…

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