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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on November 15, 2018
Windows Server 2019 introduces a new SMB Mapping Option UseWriteThrough

A standard SMB share leverages caching to make things work fluently. Hiccups are hidden and file processing appears to go fast as caching often makes things looks faster than they are under the hood. For the vast majority of knowledge worker applications that support working against a file share, i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and many other tools this works fine. For software that requires and is dependent on an absolute guarantee data is consistent and persisted at all times this is not enough. Backups to file shares are one such use case. If the SMB Shares “lies” to the SMB client that all is written to storage but it is actually still cached things can go wrong.

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Posted by Alex Bykovskyi on October 25, 2018
StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere Linux Software RAID configuration

The present series of articles describes StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere edition. In the first article, I talked about what StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is and how to set it up on the hardware RAID. StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is not just a simple Windows VM but a ready-to-go Linux-based VM. Using StarWind VSAN for vSphere, the process of deploying VMs, providing storage, connecting it, and creating highly available VMs becomes as easy as ABC.

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Posted by Alex Bykovskyi on September 25, 2018
StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere

In this article, I discuss what StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is and how to set it up on the hardware RAID. StarWind VSAN for vSphere is a Software-Defined Storage solution that is designed specifically for vSphere environments. It comes as a preconfigured VM template, so just a couple of quick steps are needed to start running your vSphere environment on StarWind VSAN: download the solution, deploy it, and “play”. Here, I want to share some tips and tricks on working with VSAN for vSphere.

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Posted by Vitalii Feshchenko on September 4, 2018
Access Rights in StarWind Virtual SAN® How it works

This blog article discusses Access Rights feature and its implementation in StarWind Virtual SAN environment. Access Rights allows you to segregate the storage between multiple clusters or hypervisors. You can configure the feature with StarWind Management Console, and, in this article, I’ll teach you how that can be done.

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Posted by Alex Khorolets on April 3, 2018
Windows Server 2016 Core configuration. Part 3: Failover Clustering

Looking back at the previous articles in our “How-to-Core basics”, we have managed to install the Core version of Windows Server 2016. As well, the required networks were set, and the storage for the virtual machines was created. In the final part of the trilogy, I’ll cover the steps left to prepare the environment in order to make your production highly available and fault-tolerant.

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Posted by Paulsen Muzari on March 14, 2018
Whip your Hyperconverged Failover Cluster into shape automatically and with no downtime using Microsoft’s Cluster Aware Updating

Some admins prefer the Cluster updates to be done automatically. To do so, Microsoft designed a feature to facilitate patching of Windows Servers from 2012 to 2016 that are configured in a failover cluster. Cluster Aware Updating (CAU) does this automatically, thereby avoiding service disruption for clustered roles. In this article, we are going to take a look into how we can achieve this assuming that Cluster is built with hyperconverged scenario and StarWind Virtual SAN used as a shared storage. Before going in the steps to set the CAU, we will investigate this scenario.

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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 StarWind Virtual SAN Free.

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