Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 is now available!

Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 has been released to our OEM manufacturers!  In my opinion, this OEM platform is by far the best value for your money for a network-attached storage (NAS) appliance operating system. Our OEMs tell us that they prefer a solution that integrates flawlessly into an Active Directory, supports that latest storage…


Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials: A Closer Look

Hi Folks, In my last post, I provided an introduction to Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials—and recognized Thecus as the first OEM to bring new NAS appliances based on it to market. In this post, I’ll take a closer look at Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials, which we created to enable affordable, easy-to-use,…


Windows Storage Server 2012 is available to Microsoft’s hardware partners!

Windows Storage Server 2012, built using Windows Server 2012 technologies, is a platform for Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliances. The storage team is working with our hardware partners to bring new storage solutions to market based on Windows Storage Server 2012. Storage appliance manufacturers integrate the platform with their customized hardware and software solutions to…


Storage Spaces, JBODs, and Failover Clustering – A Recipe for Cost-Effective, Highly Available Storage

Hi Folks – I’m often asked how to deploy inexpensive, reliable, cluster-connected storage using Windows Storage Server 2012—without the cost of expensive RAID adapters, external RAID arrays, and SAN switch fabric. Fortunately, the answer is an easy one. Other than a couple servers running Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard, all you need are SAS host…


Diskless servers can boot and run from the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target using a regular network card!

The new Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 includes support for a new feature called differencing virtual hard disks (VHDs). This feature helps deploy diskless boot for servers running Windows, especially in a Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 compute cluster environment. We worked closely with the HPC team to deliver a simple management experience. The deployment…


Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 — Work Folders

Hi Folks – My list of Top 10 Features in Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 included Work Folders, a new feature in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Storage Server 2012 R2. In this post, I’ll take a closer look at Work Folders, how it compares to other Microsoft synchronization technologies, and how you can…


Shared VHDX Files – My Favorite New Feature in Windows Server 2012 R2

Hi Folks – In my last blog article on improvements to Failover Clustering and Hyper-V, I briefly covered the new shared virtual hard disk feature, which enables you to use a virtual hard disk file (VHXD file) as shared storage for a virtual machine failover cluster (also known as a guest cluster). This can help…


Announcing Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials!

Guten Morgen from Germany! Joel Garcia blogging from TechEd Berlin, where we are announcing and showing off Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, the newest member of the Storage Server product family. The Windows Storage Server Blog lives here. Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials is part of the Windows Storage Server family, which is…