Introducing the NetAdapter Driver model for the next generation of networks and applications

As we move towards a fully connected world, inundated with intelligent devices  and massively distributed computing infrastructure, networks that can sustain high bandwidth have never been more relevant. Initial requirements for a 5G network project peak data rates in the order of 10s of gigabits per second. The gaming and the video streaming applications continue… Read more

Network start-up and performance improvements in Windows 10 April 2018 Update and Windows Server, version 1803

Increased container density, faster network endpoint creation time, improvements to NAT network throughput, DNS fixes for Kubernetes, and improved developer features   A lot of enthusiasm and excitement surrounds the highly anticipated quality improvements to the container ecosystem on Windows; all shipping with Windows Server version 1803 (WS1803) and Windows 10 April 2018 Update. The… Read more

Windows Server 2016 Software Defined Networking: Updating the Network Controller Server certificate

Network Controller uses a single certificate for northbound communication with REST clients (like System Center Virtual Machine Manager) and southbound communication with Hyper-V hosts and Software Load Balancers. A customer may wish to change this certificate after initial deployment, maybe because the certificate has expired or maybe because he wants to move from self-signed certificate… Read more

WNV Deep Dive Part 6 – Container Networking: Transparent and L2bridge Networks

By James Kehr, Networking Support Escalation Engineer The next Container network type on the list is called, transparent. Production Container workloads, outside of swarms and special Azure circumstances, should be using a transparent network. Unless you need to use L2 bridging in an SDN environment, but production will mostly use the transparent network type. Transparent… Read more

WNV Deep Dive Part 5 – Container Networking: The default NAT network

By James Kehr, Networking Support Escalation Engineer There are, as of this writing, five Container network types in Windows: NAT, Transparent, L2bridge, Overlay, and L2tunnel. This part of the article series will cover the NAT network type. Part 6, the conclusion, will cover Transparent and L2bridge, plus Hyper-V isolation. Overlay and L2tunnel will not… Read more

WNV Deep Dive Part 4 – Looking at LBFO and Hyper-V traffic

By James Kehr, Networking Support Escalation Engineer We’re going to look at the two other basic types of WNV traffic in part 4: LBFO (NIC teaming) and Hyper-V. I’ll be skipping over Hyper-V Network Virtualization and Software Defined Networks. The new Switch Embedded Teaming technology will also not be covered. Those are topics for a… Read more

WNV Deep Dive Part 3 – Capturing and Reading Virtualized Network Traffic

By James Kehr, Networking Support Escalation Engineer There are three primary tools used to capture virtual network traffic in Windows: netsh trace, the PowerShell NetEventPacketCapture module, and Message Analyzer. I won’t focus much on Message Analyzer captures here. Most server admins don’t like installing tools, so I will focus on the built-in tools for capturing…. Read more

WNV Deep Dive Part 2 – How WNV works

By James Kehr, Networking Support Escalation Engineer To understand Windows Network Virtualization (WNV) capture data you first need to understand what you’re looking at. Which is hard when you may not understand what goes on inside of Windows. This article will cover the basics of what goes on when WNV is in use, in a… Read more

WNV Deep Dive Part 1 – Introduction to Containers and Windows Network Virtualization

By James Kehr, Networking Support Escalation Engineer When I started writing this article it was going to be about Container networking, and nothing but Container networking. As the article progresses I realized there was a lot of useful information that applies to all of Windows network virtualization (WNV). Those who program shouldn’t be surprised. There’s… Read more