Tag Archives: Storage Spaces Direct

Cluster Health Service in Windows Server 2016

Before Windows Server 2016, the alerting and the monitoring of the cluster were managed by monitoring tools such as System Center Operations Manager (SCOM). The monitoring tool used WMI, PowerShell scripts, performance counters or whatever to get the health of the cluster. In Windows Server 2016, Microsoft has added the Health Service in the cluster that provides metrics and fault ...

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2-node hyperconverged cluster with Windows Server 2016

Last week, Microsoft announced the final release of Windows Server 2016 (the bits can be downloaded here). In addition, Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2016 supports now a 2-node hyperconverged cluster configuration. I can now publish the setup of my lab configuration which is almost a production platform. Only SSD are not enterprise grade and one Xeon is missing per ...

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[Whitepaper] Understand Microsoft Hyper Converged solution

The last two months, I worked with my friend Charbel Nemnom on a whitepaper about Hyper-Convergence, especially by using Microsoft technologies. First of all, this document contains an overview of the IT infrastructure improvement in the last ten years past from before virtualization to Hyper-Convergence. Then we describe how works Microsoft Hyper-Converged solution by talking about Network convergence, RDMA, SMB, Storage Spaces Direct, ...

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Storage Replica

Storage Replica is a new feature in Windows Server 2016 that enables to replicate data from the storage level when you are using Windows Storage solution. Storage Replica uses SMB3 to replicate and can leverage on RDMA to increase throughput and to decrease CPU utilization. Storage Replica implementation Currently Storage Replica supports four different scenarios: Stretch cluster implemented by using ...

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Build a HyperConverged infrastructure with NanoServer

Thanks to Windows Server 2016, we will able to implement HyperConverged infrastructure. This marketing word means that storage, network and compute components will be installed locally on servers. So in this solution, there is no need SAN. Instead the Storage Spaces Direct solution will be used (for further information please read this topic). In this topic I’ll describe how to deploy ...

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Implement Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server Technical Preview 2

Microsoft recently announced a new feature called Storage Spaces Direct that enables to make a storage solution in High Availability with local storage of each node. This local storage can be internal disks or external disks in a JBOD tray for example. This technology supports SATA or SAS disks. It is a great improvement for Software-Defined Storage (SDS). Software-Defined Storage ...

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