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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. t'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 3.0 (and related topics)
TechEd 2013 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 3.0 (and related topics)
Windows Server 2012 R2 File Server Tips and Q&A
Other relevant links related to Windows Server 2012 R2 SMB features
Knowledge Base - KB Articles
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)?