Updated Links on Windows Server 2012 File Server and SMB 3.0

In this post, I'm providing a reference to the most relevant content related to Windows Server 2012 that is related to the File Server, the SMB 3.0 features and its associated scenarios like Hyper-V over SMB and SQL Server over SMB. It's obviously not a complete reference (there are new blog posts every day), but hopefully this is a useful collection of links for Windows Server 2012 users.

Summaries of SMB 3.0 features in Windows Server 2012:

Step-by-step instructions:

Articles on File Storage for Application Servers (Hyper-V over SMB, SQL Server over SMB):

Articles on SMB Transparent Failover and SMB Scale-Out:

Articles on SMB Direct (SMB over RDMA) and SMB Multichannel:

Articles on Failover Clustering related to File Server Clusters:

Articles on other SMB 3.0 features and capabilities:

Windows Server File Server Tips and Questions:

Private Cloud Solution Architecture:

TechNet Radio (includes Video) with Bob Hunt and Jose Barreto:

Case Studies

Knowledge Base articles (Support KBs) related to Windows Server 2012 SMB 3.0:

Protocol Documentation:

Older posts and videos:


Change tracking:

  • 04/24/2012: Original post
  • 05/01/2012: Update: Added links to two SNW Spring 2012 presentation
  • 05/03/2012: Update: Added links to protocol documentation, blog post on SMB Encryption and private could blog post 
  • 05/18/2012: Update: Added links to SDC presentations, plus blogs on basics of SMB PowerShell and SMB PowerShell
  • 06/13/2012: Update: Added 3 new blog post, one new KB article, one new video link
  • 08/02/2012: Update: Additional blog posts and links to TechEd recordings
  • 08/26/2012: Update: Two additional blog posts
  • 11/27/2012: Update: Added 10 file server tips, SNW Fall 2012 presentations, TechNet Radio links. Moved older posts down.
  • 01/03/2013: Update: Added 1 TechNet Radio link, 1 white paper, 1 KB article. Added numbers of KB articles next to links.
  • 02/02/2013: Update: Added links to a few new blog posts and white papers
  • 03/11/2013: Update: Added links to 2 new TechNet Radio shows, 5 new blog posts, separate group for step-by-steps
  • 04/11/2013: Update: Added 1 link to TechNet Radio show, 5 new blog posts, 3 new KB articles
  • 05/05/2013: Update: Added 1 MMS link, 1 new TechNet article, 1 new tip, new section on case studies with 3 entries