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Five top new Windows Server 2012 R2 features for storage management
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of April 2014 Vol. 13 No. 2
The top five Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 features include CSV improvements, storage tiers, write-back cache, automatic rebuild of Storage Spaces and data dedupe of VDI workloads. While some critics dismissed Windows Server 2012 R2 as a minor Windows Server release, the new version incorporates hundreds of new or improved features. In fact, Microsoft's flagship server OS features some very significant enhancements related to storage management. 1. Cluster Shared Volumes improvements Some of the most beneficial improvements pertaining to storage that Microsoft has made are also the ones that may have received the least publicity. Cluster Shared Volumes (CSVs) is a good example. Microsoft has quietly made some significant changes to improve the resiliency and performance of CSVs. One such change involves CSV placement. In a failover cluster, the Coordinator Node is considered to be the owner of the CSV. If the Coordinator Node fails, then CSV ownership will be transferred to another node. The problem with this functionality is...
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