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Windows Server upgrade and lifecycle survey

Heya folks, Ned here again. I just published a survey for IT Pros on Windows Server upgrades and lifecycle - it's only 5 minutes of your time, totally anonymous, and will help us with planning to make your life easier ... continue reading

Register for Azure IaaS Day

(Guest post from Henry Yan & the rest of the Azure IaaS Marketing Team) We are excited to host Azure IaaS Day, a free digital event on Nov 17, 2021, where you can learn about the latest innovations in Azure ... continue reading

The mystery of the slow file copy from the fast computer

Heya folks, Ned here again. A customer contacted us about a strange behavior they were seeing when copying large files to a Windows Server 2019 cluster using SMB 3.1.1. Around every 5GB transferred, the copy would temporarily pause for a ... continue reading
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SMB over QUIC is GA and we have lots of news!

Heya folks, Ned here again. As you might have heard now in all the MS Ignite hullabaloo, Windows Server 2022 Datacenter: Azure Edition is now generally available and that means that SMB over QUIC is now generally available too! I ... continue reading

Windows 11 Insider 22449 update for SMB compression

Heya folks, Ned here again. We released a change to SMB compression for Windows 11 Insider Preview build 22449 & later. TL/DR We stopped being so algorithmically cute: when you request compression, we now just try to do it because ... continue reading

Windows Server 2022 is full of new file services!

Heya folks, Ned here again. As you’ve heard by now, Windows Server 2022 is available and supported for production deployments. This new OS brings many new features around security, storage, networking, web, containers, applications, virtualization, edge, and Azure hybrid. Today ... continue reading

Configure SMB Signing with Confidence

Heya folks, Ned here again. Many years ago, we made configuring SMB signing in Windows pretty complicated. Then, years later, we made it even more complicated in an attempt to be less complicated. Today I'm here to explain the SMB ... continue reading

What the heck is the File Server “role” in Windows Server???

Heya folks, Ned here again. Today I clear up an old idiosyncrasy of Windows Server: if the SMB Server service is always installed, why is there a role called "File Server" and what does enabling it do? Let's... role ;) ... continue reading
SMB Compression in Windows Server 2022 and Windows Insider

SMB Compression in Windows Server 2022 and Windows Insider

Heya folks, Ned here again. Today I announced the new SMB compression feature for Windows Server 2022 and Windows Insider at the Windows Server 2022, Best on Azure webinar. A proper article will be on in the next 24 ... continue reading

SMS “HRESULT E_FAIL from COM component” workaround coming

Heya, Ned here again. Storage Migration Service admins: if you're seeing "Error HRESULT E_FAIL has been returned from a call to a COM component" during transfer validation after installing the November cumulative update, we have a workaround coming to WAC, ... continue reading