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  • Blog Post: Is Offloaded Data Transfers (ODX) working?

    Offloaded Data Transfers (ODX) was a new data transfer strategy that makes advancements in moving files. Only storage devices that comply with the SPC4 and SBC3 specifications will work with this feature. With this feature, copying files from one server to another is much quicker. This feature is only...
  • Blog Post: 2012R2 iSCSI Target Settings for Configuring a Specific Network

    Let's say you have a 2012R2 iSCSI Target Server with multiple networks configured. We all know that iSCSI traffic should be on a separate network. So how do you go by configuring iSCSI to use a specific network on the target server? In previous version of Windows this was much easier to find since...
  • Blog Post: What's New in Defrag for Windows Server 2012/2012R2

    Hello everyone, I am Palash Acharyya, Support Escalation Engineer with the Microsoft Platforms Core team. In the past decade, we have come a long way from Windows Server 2003 to all the way to Windows Server 2012R2. There has been a sea-change in the overall Operating System as a whole, and we have added...
  • Blog Post: I/O Performance impact of running Start-DedupJob with –Priority High

    My name is Steven Andress and I am a Support Escalation Engineer with Microsoft’s Platforms Support Team. This is a short blog post to alert you to a condition you might encounter when running a deduplication job using the Start-DedupJob PowerShell cmdlet. Start-DedupJob http://technet.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Cannot Extend Simple Virtual Disk in Windows Server 2012 R2

    I’m writing this blog to help shed some light on extending simple virtual disks in Windows Server 2012 R2. We have had questions from various customers that have been using simple virtual disk and need to add more space to them. Let’s say you used Server Manager to create a new Storage...
  • Blog Post: EVENT ID 55: When Good Bits Go Bad

    My name is William Effinger, and I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer with the Windows Core team at Microsoft. Some of the most common questions we get here at the storage team center around CHKDSK. If you have ever come across any event ID 55s in your system event log, this blog is for you. What...
  • Blog Post: Sessions from MMS 2013 Now Available

    Greetings AskCore fans. I thought I would start creating a blog for a subset of the videos/sessions available at each of the conferences that Microsoft has throughout the year. These sessions will be available and will deal with topics that are discussed here on the AskCore Blog. There are numerous other...
  • Blog Post: Compacting a Dynamically Expanding virtual hard disk in Windows Server 2012

    The process to compact a dynamically expanding virtual hard disk (vhd) in Windows Server 2012 has changed slightly from previous versions of Windows. It is still recommended that you defrag the drive in advance. Also be aware, if the virtual hard disk is not NTFS formatted, you must prepare the virtual...
  • Blog Post: Tracing with Storport in Windows 2012 and Windows 8

    Welcome back to the CORE Team Blog. Paul Reynolds here. I would like to let everyone know about changes on how to capture Storport traces in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. Previously, Bob Golding wrote a blog on how to do this in Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2. If you have Windows 2008 or 2008...
  • Blog Post: Duplicate Windows Folders

    Hello my name is Shasank and today I am going to discuss a customer issue that we recently worked on where a customer reported that Windows Explorer was displaying two Windows directories and Windows Explorer (or powershell) could not remove the folder.   For example: Both folders had the same content...
  • Blog Post: Where Did My Space Go?

      While working on Windows 8/Windows Server 2012, I have been tied up with other content creation projects and as such have not had time to write for AskCore. However, I’ve had a number of blog ideas rattling around in my head. Today I finally found some time to get one of them committed to paper...
  • Blog Post: Alternate Data Streams in NTFS

    This blog has been a long time coming. There is a bit of confusion about the subject of alternate data streams (ADS) and no small amount of suspicion. So I want to take a few minutes to set the record straight on ADS. A couple years ago I wrote a blog on NTFS attributes. http://blogs.technet.com...
  • Blog Post: Tracing with Storport in Windows 2012 and Windows 8 with KB2819476 hotfix

    Welcome back to the CORE Team Blog. Paul Reynolds here. I would like to let everyone know about changes on how to capture Storport traces in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. NOTE: The information below is based on having hotfix KB2819476 installed (part of the April 2013 cumulative update for Windows...