Tip of the Day: Short file names

Today’s tip… The new volume wizard in Server Manager for Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 includes an option to enable short file name creation. While it is not recommended all the time, if you have an application that still requires short file names, it can be easily enabled when the volume is created.

Tip of the Day: Thin Provisioning Limitations

Today’s tip… The following limitations exist for Windows based Thin Provisioning: Windows Thin Provisioning will not function on dynamic disks. PartMgr/VolMgr will block dynamic partition creation using thin provisioning LUN. Windows thin provisioning feature will not support thin provisioning LUN as storage for paging file, hibernation file or crashdump file.

Tip of the Day: Thin Provisioning

Today’s tip… While the concept of thin provisioning has been around for a little while, Windows Server 2012 is the first version to take full advantage of it.  Thin provisioning is the practice of providing storage blocks on an as needed, just in time basis. This gives our customers a great savings as they are…

Tip of the Day: Can’t Extend a Storage Space (virtual disk)

Today’s tip… When extending a existing virtual disk in Storage Spaces and Pools, you might encounter the following error even if you have plenty of unused space… This could be due to the virtual disk’s number of columns. To extend a virtual disk, they pool must have a number of unused disks equal to or…

Tip of the Day: iSCSI Target Now Clusterable

Today’s tip… The new iSCSI software target that comes with Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 is now easily ‘clusterable’.  That is, it can quickly be added to a Failover Cluster and even has its own resource DLL. Here is a screenshot of a target running inside Failover Cluster.

Tip of the Day: Controlling the Number of Columns in Storage Spaces

Today’s tip… In Storage Spaces and Pools, when a virtual disk mirror set is created, the data copies will be configured to use the maximum possible columns up to 4. If you want to create a mirror set with greater than 4 columns you must use Windows PowerShell. Windows PowerShell: New-VirtualDisk -FriendlyName NewVDisk -StoragePoolFriendlyName MyPool…

Tip of the Day: Partition IDs

Today’s tip… A shift exists in the way Microsoft is marking its partitions.  Previously, a partition would have an ID in the partition table that denoted what file system type would be stored in it.  For example 06 for FAT and 07 for NTFS.  <screen shot of sector0 with boot code removed to keep it…

Tip Of the Day: iSCSI Target Change Tracking

Today’s tip… The iSCSI software target included in Windows Server 2012 differs from previous versions in how it handles change tracking. Older versions used a .CBM (Change BitMap) file… The new version utilizes VSS for change tracking. So administrators might notice that the .CBM files no longer exist with the new inbox iSCSI target.

Tip of the Day: ODX brings us faster file copies

Today’s tip…  Copy Offloading or ODX is a new functionality in Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 that allows files that are stored on a SAN to be copied to other LUNs on the SAN without having be read up to the operating system.  Instead the operating system is issued a token that can thought…