11 avril 2013

Scale Out File Server for Mirage – Windows 2012 w/Dedupe

In my previous post I had talked about how to setup caching on Nutanix. Here we are creating two 1 TB drives to our Windows 2012 VM that will reside on our NFS volume that that has compression enabled. We use two different scsi controller for performance. More disks, more threads, better performance. Keep in mind that Mirage will only support 1500 connections per Mirage Server so there is much point throwing all your storage on one Mirage Server – Scale it Out with DFS. --> Please see the rest on the... [Lire la suite]
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18 mars 2013

Gérer le fichier mail.que sur Exchange 2010

Le fichier "mail.que" est une base de données "ESE" qui agit comme la file d'attente de transport sur votre serveur Exchange 2010 ayant le rôle transport Hub ou Edge, en stockant temporairement les messages en attente de traitement. Il existe certain cas où vous devez récupérer les mails contenus dans cette base. Dans cet article, nous verrons 2 scenarios: Restaurer un ancien fichier Mail.que sur le serveur d'origine. Restaurer un ancien fichier Mail.que puis récupérer les emails sur un autre serveur.   ... [Lire la suite]
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19 novembre 2012

Windows Server 2012 File Server Tip: Switch to the High Performance power profile

When you install a fresh copy of Windows Server 2012 and configure it with the File Server role, the default Power Setting balances power efficiency and performance. For this reason, even if you have a few high speed network interfaces and the fastest SSD storage out there, you might not be getting the very best IOPS and throughput possible. To get the absolute best performance from your file server, you can set the server to the "High Performance" power profile. To configure this using a GUI, go to the Start Menu, search for... [Lire la suite]
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04 novembre 2012

TechNet Radio series covers Windows Server 2012 File Server and SMB 3.0 scenarios

I have been working with Bob Hunt at the TechNet Radio team to provide a series of webcasts with information about SMB 3.0 and the File Server role in Windows Server 2012. These are fairly informal conversations, but Bob is really good at posing interesting questions, clarifying the different scenarios and teasing out relevant details on SMB 3.0. By the way, don’t be fooled by the “Radio” in the name. These are available as both video and audio, typically including at least one demo for each episode. Here is a list of the TechNet... [Lire la suite]
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15 octobre 2012

Windows Server 2012, File Servers and SMB 3.0 – Simpler and Easier by Design

 Introduction I have been presenting our solution in Windows Server 2012 for File Storage for Virtualization (Hyper-V over SMB) and Databases (SQL Server over SMB) for a while now. I always start the conversation talking about how simple and easy it is for an IT Administrator or an Application Developer to use SMB 3.0. However, I am frequently challenged to detail exactly what that means. After all, both “simple” and “easy” are fairly subjective concepts. In this blog post, I will enumerate some design decisions regarding the... [Lire la suite]
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26 août 2012

Windows 8 File History Protects Users from Doom and Data Loss by John O'Neill Sr. - August 21, 2012

What’s the most important part of a computer? Is it the CPU? The hard drive? Possibly the memory? Nope, it’s none of these. The most important part of any computer is its data. Yep, the information managed by a PC -- photos, documents, e-mails, and other such things -- is the only thing about it that may truly be irreplaceable. Yet, strangely, it may also be the least protected. Microsoft aims to change that by introducing File History to protect Windows 8 users. File History: Reinventing Backup Backup in Windows is nothing new --... [Lire la suite]
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21 avril 2011

FSCT test results detail the performance of Windows Server 2008 R2 File Server configurations - 23,000 users with 192 spindles

1. Introduction The File Server Capacity Tool (FSCT) is a free download from Microsoft that helps you determine the capacity of a specific file server configuration (running Windows or any operating system that implements the SMB or SMB2 protocols). It simulates a specific set of operations (the “Home Folders” workload) being executed by a large number of users against the file server, confirming the ability of that file server to perform the specified operations in a timely fashion. It makes it possible to verify, for instance, if a... [Lire la suite]
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09 juin 2010

Multiple names for one computer - Consolidate your SMB file servers without breaking UNC paths

Overview This blog posts covers a few different ways to consolidate multiple SMB file servers and keep exposing the consolidated file shares under the old share paths. Scenario Let’s say you currently have 3 file servers named file1.contoso.local, file2.contoso.local and file3.contoso.local and you want to consolidate them into a single Windows Server computer called cfile.contoso.local. It’s simple enough to use a tool like ROBOCOPY or the File Server Migration Tool (FSMT) to copy your shares and files over to the new... [Lire la suite]
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30 mai 2010

Best Practices Analyzer for Windows Server 2008 R2 File Services available for download

Quick blog post to let you know that information about the Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) for Windows Server 2008 R2 File Services has been published.It includes several rules for the configuration, operation, performance and security of the SMB, NFS, DFS-N, DFS-R and FSRM. Get detailed documentation at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff633443(WS.10).aspx Download the BPA directly from Windows Update or from the Download Center... [Lire la suite]
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07 novembre 2008

File Server performance improvements with the SMB2 protocol in Windows Server 2008

SMB (Server Message Block) is the main protocol used in Windows for file sharing and it has been significantly improved from Windows Server 2003/Windows XP to Windows Server 2008/Windows Vista. During my TechEd 2008 ITForum presentation on “Windows Server 2008 – File and Storage Solutions”, I covered some details on SMB2 and showed a demo of the improvement in file copy performance from SMB1 to SMB2. The presentation highlighted the main changes in the new version of the protocol, including: Request pipelining allows multiple... [Lire la suite]
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