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Optimizing and Troubleshooting: Hyper-V Networking by Mitch Tulloch

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Chapter 9. SMB Multichannel and CSV

SMB Multichannel is one of several new features in version 3.0 of the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol introduced in Windows Server 2012. SMB Multichannel allows multiple connections to be used within a single SMB session in order to enhance network performance and ensure greater availability of file shares on Windows servers.

Cluster shared volumes (CSV) were introduced with Windows Server 2008 R2 and allow each node that is part of the same Windows Failover Cluster to access the same disk (LUN) at the same time. CSV allows virtual machines to fail over independent from each other. CSV has also been enhanced in various ways in Windows Server 2012.

In this section, Cristian Edwards Sabathe, EMEA PFE Regional ...

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