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  • Nov 26, 2012
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    Can LUNs Be Extended Online Under VMware and Hyper-V? 2

    There's no reason whatsoever to take any sort of outage when expanding a LUN either in a virtual or physical environment. Here's the process, explaining exactly what needs to be done to expand a LUN....More
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    Sep 5, 2012
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    SQL Server 2012 Databases on File Shares

    The biggest thing that you’ll want to do is make sure that the local server and the server running the remote network share are both running the newest version of the SMB protocol....More
  • Aug 21, 2012
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    SQL Server and Windows Server 2012's ReFS File System

    So a while back I talked about the ReFS file system which Microsoft was introducing to Windows Server 2012 (back then it was Windows 8 beta). If you aren't familiar with ReFS it is a new file system which Microsoft has introduced to replace NTFS for large, high load servers....More
  • Mar 6, 2012
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    My Results Using a Pure Storage SSD Based Storage Array

    A little while ago I was presented with the chance to do some testing on a brand new storage array that has come to market from Pure Storage. A lot of the time when doing tests like this they want to do connect to their machines and play with some dummy data and see what sort of numbers that you can get. This wasn't the case with Pure Storage, they offered me a unit to rack in my data center so that they could see the numbers that the array was able to handle while running actual production workloads. Here are the findings which I came up with from the Pure Storage array....More
  • Feb 23, 2012
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    SAN Replication vs. Clustering vs. Mirroring

    These are three very different technologies that for the most part aren't competing with each other, but instead are complementary to each other. Read on to see how they are different from each other....More
  • Feb 8, 2012
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    If you planned on turning on the globalEnforcePriv setting in your SAN fabric to improve security ... don't!

    There is a setting which is available within Cisco Fiber Channel switches that I ran across while configuring some new Cisco MDS switches that looked great for security. The setting is called "globalEnforcePriv" and the basic idea as I understand it is that it globally enforces privacy on all the accounts on the switch. Read on to see how it shot me in the foot....More
  • Feb 1, 2012
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    My SAN admin wants to put my transaction logs on FAST storage. Should we?

    No... Oh you wanted more information than that? OK Here goes......More
  • Jan 25, 2012
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    The Flooding in Thailand Is A Real Problem 1

    An awful lot of rain half way around the world is keeping me from getting hard drives delivered to a data center in New Jersey....More
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Aug 28, 2014
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 2: Putting AlwaysOn into Context

Despite similar intentions and high-level goals, the ways in which AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances and AlwaysOn Availability Groups tackle high availability and disaster recovery are quite different....More
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Aug 26, 2014
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 1: Introduction

While AlwaysOn Availability Groups are a powerful solution that let DBAs tackle both high availability and some disaster recovery concerns from within a single, unified, set of technologies and tooling, AlwaysOn Availability Groups also come with a number of challenges....More
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Aug 15, 2014
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