Microsoft News – 28 January 2015

Things have quietened down after the Windows 10 and HoloLens news, and Azure is back to dominating this post.

Windows Server

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2 thoughts on “Microsoft News – 28 January 2015”

  1. Hi Aidan,

    Thanks for the wonderful blog, it has certainly helped me with quite a few of my Windows-related problems. I was wondering if I could ask you about high availability storage in Server 2012 R2?

    I have set up a Hyper-V cluster which connects to cluster shared storage via iSCSI. So far it works just dandy, but I do want to get rid of the single point of failure, which is the storage.

    I’m having a bit of a hard time visualizing this. I would like to have the cluster shared storage to be highly available, but I’m not sure what approach to take (using Server 2012 R2).

    Here is a crude diagram (sorry, Vizio eval ran out):

    What is the setup for that shared volume to be highly available? A scale-out file server requires setting up a cluster, which in turn requires shared storage, which brings me back to step one. Is this where storage pools/spaces come in? I just want the cluster shared storage to be highly available by using two different physical servers.


    1. You design your shared storage so it doesn’t have single components that can fail (RAID/Storage Spaces, multiple disk trays, dual controllers, MPIO/SMB 3.0 Multichannel, etc). Beyond that, you need to look at backup and DR replication (see Hyper-V Replica and/or Azure Site Recovery).

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