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Disable SMBv1 in your environments with Configuration Manager Compliance Settings

Disable SMBv1 in your environments with Configuration Manager Compliance Settings

First published on TECHNET on May 22, 2017Authored by Cameron CoxNOTE: I have updated this blog to remove SMB1 LanmanServer from 2012/8+.There has been lots of buzz over the recent ransomware attacks. One of the mitigations to keep the attack ... continue reading
Virtual Machine Compute Resiliency in Windows Server 2016

Virtual Machine Compute Resiliency in Windows Server 2016

In today’s cloud scale environments, commonly comprising of commodity hardware, transient failures have become more common than hard failures. In these circumstances, reacting aggressively to handle these transient failures can cause more downtime than it prevents. Windows Server 2016, therefore ... 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
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Controlling SMB Dialects

Heya folks, Ned here again. As part of a small series on esoteric SMB settings, today I’m going to explain how to control SMB client dialects in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019. Background SMB Dialects are simply significant versions ... continue reading
Just move it to the cloud

Just move it to the cloud

Just move it to the cloud. It's simple right. However some things are easier said than done. After deciding you are moving to the cloud for your workloads the hard work of moving data comes next. With transitioning to the ... 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-5defa41ad2291689647017/] ... continue reading
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Storage Migration Service August Update

Heya folks, Ned here again. We've released our first set of new features for the Windows Server 2019 Storage Migration Service, as part of cumulative update KB4512534. No need to run a SAC release - this update applies to the ... continue reading
Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) Inside Out

Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) Inside Out

First published on MSDN on Dec 02, 2013 In this blog we will take a look under the hood of the cluster file system in Windows Server 2012 R2 called Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV). This blog post is targeted at ... continue reading

Understanding how Failover Clustering Recovers from Unresponsive Resources

First published on MSDN on Jan 24, 2013 In this blog I will discuss how Failover Clustering communicates with cluster resources, along with how clustering detects and recovers when something goes wrong. For the sake of simplicity I will use ... continue reading
How to configure Azure Hybrid Services in Windows Admin Center

How to configure Azure Hybrid Services in Windows Admin Center

Windows Admin Center is not just the management control panel for your Windows Server environment, your hyper-converged infrastructure and your Azure Stack HCI solutions. It is also your gateway when it comes to connecting Azure Hybrid Cloud services with your ... continue reading