How Many CSVs Should a Scale-Out File Server Have?

Aidan Finn explains how many cluster shared volumes (CSVs) you should have in a Windows Server 2012 R2 Scale-Out File Server.

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How Would Microsoft Design a Scale-Out File Server: Disks, Networking, and More

Discover how disks, networks, servers, and Storage Bricks play a part in designing a SOFS in part 2 of this series.

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How Would Microsoft Design a Scale-Out File Server?

WWMSD? Ever wonder how Microsoft would design a SOFS for storage over SMB 3.0 networking with transparent failover? Find out more in part 1 of this series.

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Designing a Basic Scale-Out File Server (SOFS)

We’ve shown you how to create a basic scale-out file server (SOFS) – now it’s time to learn what goes into designing an SOFS!

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Create a Basic Scale-Out File Server (SOFS)

We’re creating a scale-out file server (SOFS) to share failover storage using Windows Server 2012 R2. Learn how with this how-to guide!

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Windows Server 2012: SMB 3.0 and the Scale-Out File Server

Last Update: Feb 20, 2023

Wondering what’s up with SOFS? Learn the basics of Windows Server 2012 SMB 3.0 Scale-Out File Server in this article.

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Cloud Computing

Windows File Sharing with SMB: Port 445, 139, 138, and 137 Explained

Many IT pros probably take for granted sharing files on their predominantly Windows environments and local area networks. Although several protocols are available, Server Message Block (SMB) is clearly the most prevalent. This article examines how Windows file sharing works over ports 445, 139, 138, and 137. How does file sharing via the SMB protocol…

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Azure File Sync Requirements

This post will detail the system requirements and considerations for planning an Azure File Sync deployment.

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What Is Hyper-Convergence in Windows Server 2016?

In this Ask the Admin, Russell Smith explains what hyper-convergence is and how it can help simplify your IT systems.

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Nano Server End of Support Is “Spring 2018”

Aidan Finn discusses the impact of the end of Nano as a viable operating system for physical and virtual machines.

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