Updated Links on Windows Server 2012 R2 File Server and SMB 3.02

Updated Links on Windows Server 2012 R2 File Server and SMB 3.02

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In this post, I'm providing a reference to the most relevant content related to Windows Server 2012 R2 that is related to the File Server, the SMB 3.02 features and its associated scenarios like Hyper-V over SMB and SQL Server over SMB. This is what some like to call a "Survival Guide" for SMB 3.02. It's obviously not a complete reference (there are always new blogs and articles being posted), but hopefully this is a useful collection of links for Windows Server 2012 R2 users.

This post covers only articles that are specific to Windows Server 2012 R2. However, note that there’s also a Windows Server 2012 version of this post. Most concepts, step-by-steps and tools listed there also apply to Windows Server 2012 R2.

 

TechNet articles on Windows Server 2012 R2 File Server and SMB 3.02 (and related topics)

 

Blog posts on Windows Server 2012 R2 File Server and SMB 3.02 (and related topics)

 

Step-by-step instructions for Windows Server 2012 R2 File Server and SMB 3.02 (and related topics)

 

TechEd 2013 presentations (with video recording) on Windows Server 2012 R2 File Server and SMB 3.0 (and related topics)

 

TechEd 2014 presentations (with video recording) on Windows Server 2012 R2 File Server and SMB 3.0 (and related topics)

 

Demos, Interviews and other video recordings

 

Windows Server 2012 R2 download links

 

Windows Server 2012 R2 – RDMA NIC Drivers

 

Blog posts by Microsoft MVPs on Windows Server 2012 R2 File Server and SMB 3.02 (and related topics)

 

Posts on Windows Server 2012 and SMB 3.0 that still apply to Windows Server 2012 R2 and SMB 3.02:

 

Other relevant links related to Windows Server 2012 R2 SMB features

 

Knowledge Base - KB Articles

  • KB 2920151 - Recommended hotfixes and updates for Windows Server 2012 R2-based failover clusters

 

Protocol Documentation

 

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Change tracking:

  • 06/26/2013: Original post
  • 07/11/2013: Added two demos, added Mellanox driver download, updated links
  • 07/18/2013: Added more MVP blog links
  • 07/31/2013: Additional blog links (including main In The Cloud blog, step-by-step guides)
  • 09/23/2013: Additional blog links (SMB PowerShell, Storage Spaces) and links to final protocol documents
  • 10/17/2013: Additional blog links (Networking) and GA Update Rollup link.
  • 11/04/2013: Additional blog link (Rebalancing), Storage Spaces FAQ wiki link
  • 11/10/2013: Additional blog link (Number of nodes), Performance guide link
  • 01/24/2014: Added many new TechNet and blog links. Added two TechNet Radio links. Updated some categories.
  • 03/30/2014: Added a TechNet and blog links.
  • 07/07/2014: Added many new links, including relevant talks from TechEd 2014

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  • Dear Jose,

    I have read several of your blog articles regarding Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and SMB3, including leveraging RDMA. I also understand that RDMA does not work over bonded / LACP connections. However, I am looking for clarity on how best to leverage RDMA with multiple 10Gbps NICS in order to achieve desired throughput expected for RDMA while achieving NIC redundancy.

    My specific hardware example is below:

    • Two Dell Force10 S4810 Switches supporting DCB

    • Quad-port 10Gbp NIC supporting RDMA and DCB for Hyper-V Server (2 NICs for RDMA, 2 NICs for Hyper-V Switch / VMs)

    • Dual-port 10Gbps NIC supporting RDMA and DCB for Windows Server 2012 R2 File Server

    My questions are:

    • What is the best way to leverage RDMA over two 10Gbps NICs with Windows Server 2012 R2 running Hyper-V?

    • What is the best way to do same for a Windows Server 2012 File Server with 2 10Gbps NICs for storing VHDX?

    • What is the best way to define Hyper-V Switch on two non-LACP 10Gbps NICS (or does this not really matter)?

    Thanks!

    KPA

  • Hey Jose,

    Is there a community forum somewhere to discuss issues related to Server 2012 R2 File Share issues? This obviously isn't the right forum but let me vent if you would:

    We've ran into a nasty bug that we have off to Microsoft Support but we seem to be getting the run around. Currently they're claiming that a third party is at fault, we've already worked with the vendor, and actually got source from them and they're just doing a simple ReadFile. Nothing exotic.

    We've got a multiple full kernel dumps, all indicating a WIN8_DRIVER_FAULT with the stack showing execution deep down in MmWaitForCacheManagerPrefech, but we're SOL at that point (and why we turned to paid support). We've been less than impressed. Locks up the whole machine, imagine our fun when it happens on our development Terminal Servers. Seeing Support (as we are in level 1 right now) as a dead end I'm looking for any solution here or ideas on how to track it down.

    We've tried all the usual culprits, Checked the firewalls, ensured no silly-ness going on with an anti-virus product, validated latest Network drivers (its a Hyper-V machine) and at a dead end. Again wrong forum, but anyone willing to give a nudge in the right direction?

  • Bravo Mr. Barreto !!

  • thanks

  • A very nice peace of work, congratulation for your hard good work. I hope that one day there are more of you that share their knowledge with us out in the fields.