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  • Blog Post: Storage Spaces: Understanding Storage Pool Expansion

    If you’ve read my prior post about Storage Spaces , or about how to import a storage pool , then the discussion here will be a good addition. One of the clear advantages of using a storage pool is the ability to expand the pool by adding additional storage. That is great if you’re doing any...
  • Blog Post: MailBag: Should Servers Be Restarted As Soon As Possible After Updates Or Okay To Wait?

    Happy last Friday of January to all that read our Ask PFE Platforms blog! This afternoon’s post is based on a submission to the Ask PFE Platforms Mail Bag. The chosen question was submitted using the Contact tile just to the right of this article when viewed from our TechNet blog . Question...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012: Does ReFS replace NTFS? When should I use it?

    When I first heard of ReFS my immediate first question was whether ReFS as a file system was a direct replacement for NTFS. It didn’t take long before my customers began to ask me the same question. In learning about this new file system in Windows Server 2012, it became apparent fairly quickly...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012: How to Import a Storage Pool on Another Server

    Thanks for great feedback and for reading my prior AskPFEPlat post regarding Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 . Based on feedback and questions following that post, it seemed like a great time to show how to import a storage pool on another server. Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 writes the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server and Processor Cores… (Part 2): Windows Server 2012

    My last installment about how Windows Server handles processor cores discussed Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows Server 2012 is out and the editions available differ somewhat from prior Windows operating system releases. With the editions available, key differences are not regarding...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 iSCSI Target: Is it the same as the downloadable target for Windows Server 2008 R2?

    As mentioned in my prior post about Storage Spaces, Windows Server 2012 contains many new capabilities. The integrated iSCSI Target happens to be one of those. Many have used the downloadable iSCSI Target for Windows Server 2008 R2 from Microsoft since it was released for internet download. Prior to...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces: Is it for you? Could be…

    Windows Server 2012 introduces many, many, many new features.  Just in the realm of storage it would be difficult to cover all storage features in appropriate detail within a single blog post.  This post is just one installment about Windows Server 2012 storage features.  Those of you...
  • Blog Post: What can be used to keep Active Directory data secure?

    With the increase in concern over data privacy and security, one of my customers recently asked about securing Active Directory data while stored on disk and what could be done in relation to network traffic. My first thoughts were BitLocker and IPSEC. However, there are a number of different considerations...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server and Processor Cores... (Part 1)

    Recently someone asked me of my thoughts on how Windows Server handles processor cores. With newer processors available with more than 2 or 4 cores each, it seemed like a good time to revisit this topic. If you have a system with multiple processor sockets and a few new processors with 2, 4, 6, 10, or...
  • Blog Post: Clustering: What exactly is a File Share Witness and when should I use one?

    Customers ask from time to time: “What is a File Share Witness (FSW)?” Sometimes they’ve worked with prior versions of clustering and don’t know what a FSW is, or that the option exists. The next question asked is usually: “When should we use one?” Before going into...
  • Blog Post: MAILBAG: How does one find the last event log entry from command-line?

    Our readers are simply the best! One of the benefits of having great folks that read what we post on the Ask PFE Platforms Blog are the questions we sometimes receive. One such recent question you will find below that came to us this week. If you have a question for us, don't forget that you can contact...
  • Blog Post: MAILBAG: Should I use the same network adapters for all interfaces on my cluster?

    Not sure where February went but it sure is flying by in a hurry. During the month I had another interesting question given to me to answer. Don't forget that you can contact us using the Contact tile just to the right of this article when viewed from our TechNet blog . Question When building a...
  • Blog Post: Mailbag: How do you set network adapter settings with PowerShell in Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012?

    Here’s an interesting question that came to us from one of our readers. If you have a question for us, don't forget that you can contact us using the Contact tile just to the right of this article when viewed from our TechNet blog . Question: I am setting up multiple Windows Server 2012 and...
  • Blog Post: VSS timeouts during backup? What could contribute to that?

    Volume Snapshot Services (VSS) was and remains a good addition to the Windows OS. Without going into a lot of detail, this technology coordinates various components to ensure stable point-in-time backups even while applications may be running. Typically, this occurs successfully with only minimal interruption...
  • Blog Post: Using PowerShell To Gather Performance Data

    Those that have read some of my prior posts on Windows Server 2012 would note that I like to write about new features and capabilities. Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 both provide PowerShell cmdlets allowing you the ability to gather and output performance data. The geek in me is all over this with...
  • Blog Post: Storage Spaces: How to configure Storage Tiers with Windows Server 2012 R2

    Storage Tiers allow for use of SSD and hard drive storage within the same storage pool as a new feature in Windows Server 2012 R2. If you’ve not read Jose Barreto’s Step-by-step post on this subject already, it is a great source for links about Storage Tiers as well as a fantastic place to...
  • Blog Post: Sweet Sixteen: A Milestone for Windows Clustering!

    As of September 2013, sixteen years prior, Microsoft released the Enterprise Edition of Windows NT Server 4.0 which included Microsoft Cluster Server (also known as MSCS). My how server clustering has changed over the years! In one of my last posts to Ask PFE Platforms as I plan to retire from Microsoft...