VM File Format: VHD or VHDX?

Many people out there, including myself, were excited about the new innovations a few years back with ReFS, the "Resilient File System" introduced with Windows Server 2012, and the VHDX file format for VM disks. See my previous post about these two things here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/notesfromthefield/archive/2012/08/03/new-windows-server-2012-storage-spaces.aspx Now that I've been using these formats for a few…

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More On Storage Spaces and ReFS

Since my last post below, I have had quite some time to work with Storage Spaces and ReFS along side of more traditional hardware RAID. I’ve gotten some good perspective on the technology now after having used it and the “old stuff” side by side through good and bad things. In the defense of good,…

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New Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces

It seems that when you begin using Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces and new disks, you get to play with the underlying fabric of reality. Well, that’s what it seems like. Blank disks are called “Primordial” in this console. I find it very funny, but appropriate as well. For, rising out of the primordial hard-drive…

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