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New Azure “SQL Server settings” blade in the Azure Portal

New Azure “SQL Server settings” blade in the Azure Portal

I just noticed today that there is a new blade in the Azure portal when creating a new SQL Server virtual machine. I’ve been looking for an announcement regarding this new Azure portal experience, but I haven’t found one yet ... continue reading
Enabling Data Deduplication on Windows Server 2019 Volumes

Enabling Data Deduplication on Windows Server 2019 Volumes

I was recently asked to help out our friends at Channel 9 with a storage problem. They capture large video files as part of their recordings and have to have them local for fast access in order to edit them ... continue reading

Troubleshooting Hangs Using Live Dump

First published on MSDN on Mar 02, 2016 In this blog post https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/clustering/2014/12/08/troubleshooting-cluster-shared-volume-auto-pauses-event-5120/ we discussed what a Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) event ID 5120 means, and how to troubleshoot it. In particular, we discussed the reason for auto-pause due to ... continue reading

SQL Server IaaS Extension Query Service for SQL Server on Azure VM

SQL Server IaaS Extension is installed by default on Azure virtual machines deployed from SQL Server based images on Azure Market Place. SQL Server IaaS extension manages SQL Server configurations on the VM including SQL server connectivity, storage configuration, automated ... continue reading

Storage Configuration Guidelines for SQL Server on Azure VM

SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines service offers the full control of VM and SQL Server and enables the simplest cloud migration path for SQL Server workloads. SQL IaaS Extension is installed on each SQL VM created through Azure Market ... continue reading
Here’s what you missed – Five big announcements for Storage Spaces Direct from the Windows Server Summit

Here’s what you missed – Five big announcements for Storage Spaces Direct from the Windows Server Summit

This post was authored by Cosmos Darwin, PM on the Windows Server team at Microsoft. Follow him @cosmosdarwin on Twitter. Yesterday we held the first Windows Server Summit, an online event all about modernizing your infrastructure and applications with Windows ... continue reading
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Configuring Storage Spaces Direct Step by Step: Part 1 Core Cluster

Introduction This how-to guide lists the steps to deploy Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) on a four-node cluster of servers. Readers are encouraged to perform and understand each step of deployment in preparation to manage and support this environment in a ... continue reading
It’s Gone To Plaid: Storage Replica and Chelsio iWARP Performance

It’s Gone To Plaid: Storage Replica and Chelsio iWARP Performance

Hi folks, Ned here again. A few years ago, I demonstrated using Storage Replica as an extreme data mover, not just as a DR solution; copying blocks is a heck of lot more efficient than copying files. At the time, ... continue reading
Monitor Storage Spaces Direct Pool Capacity with PowerShell

Monitor Storage Spaces Direct Pool Capacity with PowerShell

This article provides PowerShell code and examples to analyze Windows Storage Spaces Direct pools and returns the current storage capacity, free space and other values including the amount of free space required to automatically rebuild a failed disk. Purpose Monitoring ... continue reading
Container Storage Support with Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV), Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), SMB Global Mapping

Container Storage Support with Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV), Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), SMB Global Mapping

By Amitabh Tamhane Goals: This topic provides an overview of providing persistent storage for containers with data volumes backed by Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV), Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) and SMB Global Mapping. Applicable OS releases: Windows Server 2016, Windows Server ... continue reading