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Technical articles about deploying and managing storage based on Windows Server storage technologies found in Azure hybrid or private cloud built with Windows Server.

Windows Insider build 26090 brings small changes for SMB

Heya folks, Ned here again. We continue to make SMB changes to Windows vNext and Windows Server 2025 based on customer feedback and last mile work. With the release of Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26090 (Canary and Dev Channels), we have a few more small ones. Some of these were based on Insider feedback from customers – […]

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SMB client encryption mandate now supported in Windows Insider

Heya folks, Ned here again. Beginning in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25982  (Canary Channel) and Windows Server Preview Build 25997, SMB now supports requiring encryption of all outbound SMB client connections. With this new option, administrators can mandate that all destination servers support SMB 3.x and encryption, and if missing those capabilities, the client won’t connect. This

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Data Factory Increases Maximum Activities Per Pipeline to 80

Data Factory pipeline developers create exciting and interesting data integration and ETL workflows for their data analytics projects. Because Data Factory is a platform service that is shared across ADF, Synapse, and Fabric, we had been limiting the number of activities in a single pipeline to 40 as a way to avoid resource exhaustion. However,

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Action Required: Switch from Memory Optimized Data Flows in Azure Data Factory to General Purpose

Azure Data Factory Memory Optimized Data Flows will be fully retired on April 1, 2027. Going forward, all ADF Data Flows will use the General Purpose SKU that will provide performance that is superior to the current Memory Optimized and at the General-Purpose price. How does this affect me? Beginning April 1, 2024, the creation

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The beginning of the end of Remote Mailslots as part of Windows Insider

Heya folks, Ned here again. With the release of Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25314 and Windows Server Preview Build 25314, we have started disabling the Remote Mailslot protocol by default. This is a precursor to deprecation and eventual removal from Windows. You aren’t using this extremely legacy protocol unless you’re also using the deprecated and disabled-by-default SMB1 protocol,

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SMB over QUIC client access control now supported in Windows Insider

Heya folks, Ned here again. Beginning in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25977 (Canary Channel) and Windows Server Preview Build 25997, SMB over QUIC now supports access control for clients. Today I’ll explain how this works, what the advantages are, and how to set it up. SMB over QUIC SMB over QUIC introduced an alternative to TCP and

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SMB over QUIC now available in Windows Server Insider Datacenter and Standard editions

Heya folks, Ned here again. Starting with Windows Server Insider Preview Build 25997, the SMB over QUIC server feature is now available in Datacenter and Standard editions. This changes the previous behavior, where it was only available in Windows Server Azure Edition. SMB over QUIC SMB over QUIC introduced an alternative to TCP and RDMA, supplying secure connectivity to

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SMB alternative ports now supported in Windows Insiders

Heya folks, Ned here again. Starting with Windows 11 Insider preview Build 25992 (Canary), the SMB client now supports connecting to an SMB server over TCP, QUIC, or RDMA using alternative network ports. Today I’ll explain how to configure this and talk about the near future of this in Windows and Windows Server Insiders a bit. Previous port behaviors

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SMB alternative ports now supported in Windows Insider

Heya folks, Ned here again. Starting with Windows 11 Insider preview Build 25992 (Canary) and Windows Server Preview Build 25997, the SMB client now supports connecting to an SMB server over TCP, QUIC, or RDMA using alternative network ports. Today I’ll explain how to configure this and talk about the near future of this in Windows and Windows Server Insiders a

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SMB firewall rule changes in Windows Insider

Heya folks, Ned here again. Starting with Windows 11 Insider preview Build 25992 (Canary), creating SMB shares changes a longtime Windows Defender Firewall default behavior. Before Previously, creating a share automatically configured the firewall to enable the rules in the “File and Printer Sharing” group for the given firewall profiles. This began in Windows XP SP2 with the

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