Posted by Didier Van Hoye on October 12, 2017
SMB Direct in a Windows Server 2016 Virtual Machine Experiment

Ever since Windows Server 2012 we have SMB Direct capabilities in the OS and Windows Server 2012 R2 added more use cases such as live migration for example. In Windows Server 2016, even more, workloads leverage SMB Direct, such as S2D and Storage Replication. SMB Direct leverages the RDMA capabilities of a NIC which delivers high throughput at low latency combined with CPU offloading to the NIC. The latter save CPU cycles for the other workloads on the hosts such as virtual machines.

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Posted by Vladislav Karaiev on February 17, 2017
Storage HA on the Cheap: Fixing Synology DiskStation flaky Performance with StarWind Free. Part 3 (Failover Duration)

We are continuing our set of articles dedicated to Synology’s DS916+ mid-range NAS units. Remember we don’t dispute the fact that Synology is capable of delivering a great set of NAS features. Instead of this, we are conducting a number of tests on a pair of DS916+ units to define if they can be utilized as a general-use primary production storage. In Part 1 we have tested the performance of DS916+ in different configurations and determined how to significantly increase the performance of a “dual” DS916+ setup by replacing the native Synology DSM HA Cluster with VSAN from StarWind Free.

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Posted by Oksana Zybinskaya on October 11, 2016
Active Directory needs a revision

What works for 100 users very often doesn’t work for 10,000, and vice versa. Few vendors worry about making software created for the enterprise meet the needs of the SMB. Those who try to fit both worlds, rarely succeed. Specifically, let us look at Active Directory (AD) replication times. By default, AD is scheduled to do inter-site replication every 180 minutes (three hours), which makes sense if the AD is huge, and one or more of the sites is on the other end of connectivity from the past. This value can be changed from the default to occur as frequently as once every 15 minutes, representing a somewhat conservative minimum replication interval.

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