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Deploying a Highly Available File Server in Azure IaaS (ARM) with SIOS DataKeeper

In this post we will detail the specific steps required to deploy a 2-node File Server Failover Cluster in a single region of Azure using Azure Resource Manager. I will assume you are familiar with basic Azure concepts as well ... continue reading
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Configuring cloud witness in Windows Server 2016 Cluster Azure Files #cloud #azure #winserv

Cloud Witness is a new type of Failover Cluster quorum witness being introduced in Windows Server 2016. But you will need an Azure Subscription to use this unless you are using your own private cloud to use a file share ... continue reading
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Create a Two-Node Windows Cluster

This article describes the steps to create a Two-Node Windows 2012r2 Cluster to be used for storage services as well as host Hyper-V VMs. Prerequisites Both nodes should be domain joined Prerequisite Roles and Features installed (see Windows Cluster and Storage ... continue reading
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Create Storage Pool on Storage Spaces Standard

Windows Storage Spaces pool is a data structure that groups disks into a pool.  Virtual Disks are carved out of disks within a pool.  Disk failures are also repaired within a storage pool. This procedure applies to Windows Server 2012 R2. For the following ... continue reading

Configuring a Windows Cluster Quorum Witness

Clusters with an even number of members are vulnerable to "Split Brain". The best solution for this is to create a disk or share quorum member.continue reading

Storage throughput with Storage Spaces Direct (TP5)

We often speak about performance in IOPS, which is important to many workloads. For other workloads like big data, data warehouse and similar, throughput can be an important metric. Today you can witness Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016 ... continue reading