Storage

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

Integrate Microsoft Fabric with SAP data with USB4SAP [in live and cached mode]

Microsoft Fabric integration with SAP using USB4SAP With USB4SAP, Fabric users can access SAP data. This data can be used to refresh PowerBI semantic models in live and cache mode. USB4SAP provides deep integration into your SAP system (for raw tables data, as well as modeled information like reports, queries, CDS, BW extractors etc), SAP […]

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Windows Server 2025 Storage Performance with Diskspd

Spoiler (Highlight to read) Windows Server 2025 is the most secure and performant release yet! Download the evaluation now! Looking to migrate from VMware to Windows Server 2025? Contact your Microsoft account team! Windows Server 2025 is the most secure and performant release yet! Download the evaluation now! Looking to migrate from VMware to Windows Server 2025? Contact your

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Using USB4SAP and Data Factory to extract SAP data for PowerBI in live and cache mode

USB4SAP and Data Factory  With USB4SAP, Data Factory users can access SAP data. This data can be used to refresh PowerBI semantic models in live and cache mode. USB4SAP provides deep integration into your SAP system (for raw tables data, as well as modeled information like reports, queries, CDS, BW extractors etc). SAP tables data

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Accessing a third-party NAS with SMB in Windows 11 24H2 may fail

Heya folks, Ned here again. With the publication of Windows 11 24H2 Release Preview, customers are trying out the new OS prior to general availability. If you were in the Windows Insider Canary or Dev release program for the past few years, nothing I’m about to share is new. But if you weren’t and you’re now having issues

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Optimizing ETL Workflows: A Guide to Azure Integration and Authentication with Batch and Storage

Introduction When it comes to building a robust foundation for ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) pipelines, the trio of Azure Data Factory or Azure Synapse Analytics, Azure Batch, and Azure Storage is indispensable. These tools enable efficient data movement, transformation, and processing across diverse data sources, thereby helping us achieve our strategic goals. This document provides

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Completing DFSR SYSVOL migration of domains that use Entra ID passwordless SSO

Heya folks, Ned here again. A customer recently reached out to me in the comments section of the well-worn Streamlined Migration of FRS to DFSR SYSVOL article, asking about a problem he was seeing with a single DC that wouldn’t complete the process. Today I’ll explain how to fix the issue introduced by a very modern authentication add-on. Background  Decades

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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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