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How does Azure Stack HCI fit into Hybrid Cloud Services?

A couple of months ago the Azure team announced a new member of the Azure Stack family called Azure Stack HCI solutions. Azure Stack HCI is a hyper-converged Windows Server 2019 cluster that uses validated hardware to run virtualized workloads ... continue reading
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Controlling write-through behaviors in SMB

Heya folks, Ned here again. In my continuing series on offbeat SMB settings, today I’m going to explain how to control SMB write-through and data consistency in Windows 10 and Windows Server. Background Network protocols like SMB or NFS are ... continue reading

Optimizing Hyper-V Live Migrations on an Hyperconverged Infrastructure

We have been doing some extensive testing in how to best configure Hyper-V live migration to achieve the best performance and highest level of availability. Recommendations: Configure Live Migration to use SMB. This must be performed on all nodes [crayon-5dcb80502f98a045298345/] ... continue reading

It’s all the buzz! HCI in your Windows Server environment

This blog post was authored by Dianna Marks, Product Marketing Manager, Windows Server Marketing. HCI is all the buzz nowadays! What exactly is HCI? Spelled out its hyperconverged infrastructure, also referred to as the software defined data center (SDDC). It ... continue reading
Synthetic Accelerations in a Nutshell – Windows Server 2012

Synthetic Accelerations in a Nutshell – Windows Server 2012

Hi Folks, Dan Cuomo here to talk about the state of synthetic accelerations (sometimes synonymous with VMQ) on Windows Server. This is the first in a series of posts covering synthetic accelerations on 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, and 2019. We ... continue reading
How NOT to test the Windows Time Service

How NOT to test the Windows Time Service

Hi Everybody, Dan Cuomo back to talk about testing the Windows Time service for High Accuracy time. The Windows Time service has grown exponentially during our last couple releases. In “the old days” time was merely an enabler to Active ... continue reading
Cluster Shared Volume - A Systematic Approach to Finding Bottlenecks

Cluster Shared Volume – A Systematic Approach to Finding Bottlenecks

First published on MSDN on Jul 29, 2015 In this post we will discuss how to find if performance that you observe on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) is what you expect and how to find which layer in your ... continue reading
Cluster Shared Volume Performance Counters

Cluster Shared Volume Performance Counters

First published on MSDN on Jun 05, 2014 This is the third blog post in a series about Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV). In this post we will go over performance monitoring. We assume that reader is familiar with the previous ... continue reading
S2D Networking Best Practices @ MVP Days

S2D Networking Best Practices @ MVP Days

Hi Folks, Dan here with a quick post to let you know about a recent presentation given at Storage Spaces Direct MVP Days. During this session, I discussed some of the requirements and best practices for RDMA, and also covered ... continue reading
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Storage Spaces Direct Step by Step: Part 2 Troubleshooting

Testing guidelines for S2D cluster network and storage components in a common configuration. Instructions on health monitoring included. Part 2 of 4.continue reading