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….


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Networking configurations for Hyper-V over SMB in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

One of the questions regarding Hyper-V over SMB that I get the most relates to how the network should be configured. Networking is key to several aspects of the scenario, including performance, availability and scalability. The main challenge is to provide a fault-tolerant and high-performance network for the two clusters typically involved: the Hyper-V cluster…


Windows Server 2012 R2: Which version of the SMB protocol (SMB 1.0, SMB 2.0, SMB 2.1, SMB 3.0 or SMB 3.02) are you using?

Note: This blog post is a Windows Server 2012 R2 update on a previous version focused on Windows Server 2012.   1. Introduction With the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, I am frequently asked about how older versions of Windows will behave when connecting to or from these new versions. Upgrading…


What’s new in SMB PowerShell in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2 introduced a new version of SMB. Technically it’s SMB 3.02, but we continue to call it just SMB3. The main changes are described at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831474.aspx. With this new release, we made a few changes in SMB PowerShell to support the new scenarios and features. This includes a few new cmdlets and…