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Need Help with WinSvr 2012 Storage Spaces

Howdy MS friends,

I used to be a fan of Windows Server 2012’s Storage Spaces:

http://blog.jasonbuffington.com/index.php/2013/06/checking-out-my-newest-storage-appliance-for-under-2000/

And for those that don’t know, I used to work at MS … on Windows storage features.  But I am totally stuck – and needing help.

Two of my five drives in a Storage Space failed.  So, like I […]

Thinking about Xbox Home Server

My friend Mark Bowker recently blogged about the hypothetical potential of a Microsoft Surface Server. Since he covers Virtualization for ESG, he has a lot of opportunities to think about converged infrastructure, as well as the impressive hardware stacks of converged infrastructure that are powering today’s data centers. At the same time, another friend, Rod […]

My newest Storage Appliance for under $2,000

After 22+ years in backup, I have become something of a storage geek on the side (or at least pretend to be one).

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been playing with a new storage solution in my Dallas lab:

The device has two gigabit NICs in it – one offering CIFS/SMB 3.0 shares and […]

HP VS3 announced at MMS 2012

Today, HP announced the newest offering in its VirtualSystem for Microsoft solutions family – the VS3, leveraging HP hardware that has been assembled and optimized to deliver the entire Microsoft Private Cloud stack, including:

HP Proliant “generation 8” BladeSystem servers HP 3PAR storage HP Insight Control management tools Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V Microsoft […]

Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track at MMS 2012

The Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track program puts the best practices and private cloud experience of Microsoft into an IT architecture that provides consistency and flexibility in the Microsoft stack, while still enabling its hardware partners to bring their own expertise and differentiated components together for customers benefit.

While at MMS 2012, I had the […]

Microsoft’s Three Screens and a Cloud

Lately, it has occurred to me that Microsoft’s banter about “Three Screens and a Cloud” gets more real every day — those screens being your smartphone, your computer and your television, as a unified and unifying experience.

As a confessionary disclosure:

My computers run Windows, including my home server My gaming consoles are Xbox 360s […]

Every Windows Server can be a iSCSI Target

No, I didn’t do a typo and mean to say “Every Windows Server has an iSCSI Initiator”

And it may only be a slight exaggeration when I say “Every“.

But did you know that your Windows Server 2008 R2 server can also be an iSCSI Target? I didn’t.

Typically, one thinks of an iSCSI Target […]

The First Five Years of Fun at Microsoft

Today (actually yesterday) marks five years for me at Microsoft. It’s been an amazing adventure so far and as usual for anniversaries, it seems like both yesterday and a lifetime ago that I started.

At the time, I was a Microsoft MVP in File System and Storage technologies – which is the closest category that […]

New Whitepaper – How to protect Hyper-V with DPM 2010

     

Over the next several weeks, we are pre-releasing several whitepapers around DPM 2010’s Release Candidate.

The first WP to be released is about how to protect Microsoft Virtualization environments – including Hyper-V R2, Hyper-V and Virtual Server 2005 R2 sp1.  DPM 2010 is a key part of the Microsoft Virtualization story, as the […]

New Book – Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration Instant Reference

Huge Congratulations to my friend, Matt Hester.

Matt is a one of the folks that taught me how to blog, so that I could use social networking to convey my passion for technology products. He also happens to be an IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft, meaning that he spends most days speaking at local […]

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