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  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Replica: The Value for Branch Deployments

    OK, I’m going to ramble just a little bit here.  Before I dive deep into how I might monitor replication for a collection of Hyper-V hosts (this is without the benefits of System Center, which would be better, of course…just showing you how it works), I wanted to go over one of the awesome scenarios...
  • Blog Post: Tiered Storage: My Goals for Testing

    To bring you up to speed, I’ve loaded the preview of Windows Server 2012 R2 and built an extremely low cost storage subsystem out using a USB hub, some memory sticks, and USB attached SATA drives detailed in earlier posts. This is all in an effort to give you and me a look at the new tiered storage...
  • Blog Post: I’m Back, and Thinking About Storage

    I took a BUNCH off time off from blogging…but I’m back now and intend to share some cool new stuff around Windows Server 2012 R2 (preview at this point), starting with my experiments with Storage Spaces and Tiered storage. First let me say that I hadn’t worked much with Storage Spaces in Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Tiered Storage: Second Step - Creating My Virtual Disk and Volume

    In earlier posts I talked about why we purchase storage the way we do , I showed you my zany storage sub-system , and I talked about my goals for testing Storage Spaces with Tiered Storage . In my last post, I showed how I created a Storage Pool . Now I’ll walk though defining a virtual disk...
  • Blog Post: Tiered Storage: My Unscientific Performance Testing

    Sorry for not posting anything about my tiered storage setup in a while. Since I posted about “ Storage Rig ” and the walk through of how to setup tiered storage, I found that the USB 3.0 sticks I had been using were VERY slow on writes, and not well suited for playing around with tiered storage. I swapped...
  • Blog Post: Why Do You Buy Storage? Capacity, Performance, or Both…

    At home I typically purchase storage based on my requirements for storage capacity.  For a laptop or desktop, the question might be, “ will the 250GB drive be enough for all my kids stuff, or do they need something larger?”…or,” How large a USB disk do I need to backup all my pictures?” I spent...
  • Blog Post: Tiered Storage: First Step - Creating My Storage Pool

    In earlier posts I talked about why we purchase storage the way we do , I showed you my zany storage sub-system , and I talked about my goals for testing Storage Spaces with Tiered Storage . Now I would like to show you how I created my high-performance storage pool with the remaining, unallocated...
  • Blog Post: Tiered Storage: My Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Rig

    I wanted to give you some background on that high-performance, coffee-table-based storage sub-system I showed few posts back. My goal was to create a high-performance storage sub-system which I could use to experiment with Storage Space and the new capabilities in Windows Server 2012 R2, but do it on...