Certified or not for Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct

Since the release of Windows Server 2016, one of the features that has been in use is Storage Spaces Direct.  I wanted to get this blog out there as there has been some questions regarding what I hardware should I get and is it certified and supported. Storage Spaces Direct has a bit of a…


New Server Management Tool: Project Name “Honolulu”

UPDATE: Bits are available here for download. ============== I wanted to drop a note to mention that we have a new Server Management Tool that has been being worked on.  This is your sneak preview at what it will look like.  Below are a couple screen shots just to give you a preview. Project “Honolulu”…


Free EBooks available for download on Windows Server 2016

Take advantage of IT innovation while reducing security risks and disruptions. With Windows Server 2016, get new layers of security, datacenter efficiency, and agility in application development backed by Microsoft Azure, one of the world’s largest cloud datacenters. Download the free e-book to learn about the latest technology in Windows Server 2016 and what it…


No such thing as a Heartbeat Network

This is a blog that has been a long time coming.  From time to time, we get a request about how to configure networking in Failover Clusters.  One of the questions we get is how should the heartbeat network be configured and that is what the focus is on this blog.  I am here to…


Host Virtual Receive Side Scaling and System Center VMM 2016

In the previous blog, we discussed virtual Receive Side Scaling (vRSS).  When it comes to System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager, I wanted to show how to enable this feature. With SCVMM 2016, it provides the ability to create port profiles for managing network adapters. Specifically, it allows you to configure offload settings for the…


Performance Issues with your Hyper-V vNic?

There have been numerous calls into Microsoft regarding the performance of their networking when using Hyper-V versus not using Hyper-V. So take for example: Using a physical network card not bound to Hyper-V, they may be seeing transfer rates of ~900 mb/s Binding that same network card to a Hyper-V virtual switch, transfer rates may…


If you are still running Windows Server 2016 TP5…

John Marlin here again. I know it’s been a while, but it’s time to resurface. In my dealings with a lot of Beta and TAP Customers, there are still some that still are on Windows Server 2016 TP5. I am here to say it is getting time to go ahead and upgrade to the released…


Microsoft Ignite 2016 sessions dealing with what we do

In the Fall of 2016, Microsoft held it’s Ignite Conference (formally known as TechEd) in Atlanta, Georgia.  There was a lot of new things coming out with Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 and I wanted to provide you some of the sessions that deal specifically with what our Core Group supports (Failover Clustering, Storage,…


FREE EBOOK: Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview

The Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview book from Microsoft Press is now available. You can download it for FREE and it’s available in both standard and mobile PDF formats. This is a great way for you and our valued customers and partners to see what’s new in Windows Server 2016. There are ways you…


Hello world! Cluster Guy here…

Well, as the title says, “Hello World”!  I have been over on the AskCore site for the longest time and it is finally time I branch out onto my own.  As you can tell from the other site, most all of my blogs have been about High Availability which would include Failover Clustering, Storage, and…

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