Tip of the Day: SSP Supported Bus Types

Today’s tip…   Storage Spaces and Pools (SSP) are only supported on the following bus types: SATA – Serial Advanced Technology Attachment SCSI – Small Computer System Interface SAS – Serial Attached SCSI USB – Universal Serial Bus If using FC or iSCSI SAN, you should use it to create fault tolerant sets (RAID x)…not Spaces….


Tip of the Day: SSP Terms

Today’s tip…   Storage Spaces and Pools (SSP) refer to the units of storage that are carved out of a pool by two different names. Storage Space – Term used by the client versions of Windows Virtual Disk – Term used by the server versions of Windows They are the same thing.  The terms are…


Tip of the Day: Native 4k Drive Support

Today’s tip…   Windows Server 2012 have improved compatibility with native 4KB drives.  Here’s a quick list of 4k items that have been added or included: Ability to install Windows to and boot from a 4K sector disk without emulation (4K Native Disk) on a supported system New VHDx file format designed out of the box to both…


Tip of the Day: NTFS and Chkdsk

Today’s tip…   Starting with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, there has been a fundamental change to NTFS in how we handle file system inconsistencies.  Previously, there were a number of reasons that Windows would mark the file system dirty and urge the user to run a Chkdsk /f.  Depending on the size of the…


Tip of the Day: Deduplication Cheat Sheet

Today’s tip…   Here is a quick reference sheet for Windows Server 2012 deduplication.  The Dedup feature is not installed by default Dedup is a Server only feature Dedup is not supported on: FAT volumes Boot or System Volumes Remote Drives Cluster Shared Volumes (supported on non CSV volumes on cluster) ReFS 3rd party file systems Dedup    …


Tip of the Day: ReFS not a replacement for NTFS

Today’s tip…   Windows Server 2012 comes with a new file system, ReFS (Resilient File System).  This file system is not meant to be a replacement for NTFS.  It is merely meant to handle a small subset of what NTFS does.  There are a number of things in NTFS that are not part of ReFS. …


Tip of the Day: ‘Simple’ Is Not What You’d Expect

Today’s tip…   Windows Server 2012 has three resiliency types for Storage Spaces. Simple Mirror Parity   The term ‘simple’ might cause some confusion as people are likely to relate it to a ‘simple’ volume on a dynamic disk.  In Storage Spaces, a simple space is actually more similar to a stripe set without parity.


Tip Of the Day: 3-way Mirrors

Today’s tip…   In Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces and Windows 8 Storage Spaces, a 2-way mirror requires at least 2 physical disks.  However, a 3-way mirror requires at least 5 physical disks.   The reason is that a 3-way mirror uses a quorum.  In order to keep running, the mirror space must keep over…


Tip of the Day: The Beginning

For nearly a year I have been the primary author and chief editor of an information sharing alias at Microsoft called ‘Tip of the Day’.  While I have allowed some public facing blogs to consume my tips, I haven’t taken the extra step to create a dedicated blog…until now.   The idea behind TotD harkens back to something…