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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 […]

Stuff I saw at SNW 2012 Dallas

It’s been a few years since I came to SNW – and while, the number of end-users appears to be dropping (my perception vs. recollection), the types of end-users appear to be exactly the right kind of audience that SNW was built for: storage savvy IT stakeholders looking for education on technology evolutions. I do […]

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 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 […]

Dell announces a Windows Storage Server 2008 appliance

Congratulations to my friends at Dell for their launch of storage appliances that are powered by Windows Storage Server 2008.

This is a great example of what happens with the partnership of Microsoft with a server manufacturer.

In this case, instead of simply pre-installing Windows Server and a standard Dell PowerEdge server (which […]

Announcing the HP Windows Storage Server 2008 appliances – X1000 and X3000

This is a very good day to be in storage and a Windows network administrator – because HP just announced that they are shipping storage appliances that are powered by Windows Storage Server 2008. For more on the WSS08 release last month, check out these blogs:

May 5 – Announcing Windows Storage Server 2008 […]

Why is Windows Storage Server only available through OEM’s ?

I get this question every once in a while – so I thought I would offer my perspective on this.

To answer that, let me do a short reminder of what a Windows Storage Server is:

We started with the mainstream Windows Server operating system – and tune it from being the industry-leading general […]

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