Storage Posts on hard drives, SAN technologies, RAID, SSD and similar. Windows SAN Policy How the SAN Policy in Windows work if a VMFS datastore is presented to a Windows server. The write penalty of RAID 5 Why each write causes at least four disk IOs and decreases write performance in RAID 5 How RAID 5 actually works How the parity calculations are done with RAID level 5 VAAI – part 1 – optimize the Storage Array How the VAAI clone block primitive could improve performance on an iSCSI network. VAAI – part 2 – verify the support for VAAI Learn how to verify if VAAI is supported on the SAN. VAAI – part 3 – monitor VAAI in action Verify that ESXi 5 storage offload VAAI is actually used with ESXTOP or RESXTOP. VAAI – part 4 – SCSI Unmap removed in ESXi 5 The support for aid with Thin Provisioned LUNs is removed in latest update. Windows Performance Monitor and Disk IO monitoring How to monitor disk performance in Windows Server using the perfmon tool. Storage performance: IOPS, latency and throughput Explains the factors involved in the performance of mechanical hard disks. The Windows quick and full format options Watch out for Windows 2008 and R2 doing non-quick formats together with Thin Disk provisioning. Creating a virtual iSCSI target server How to setup a free iSCSI target server running in a virtual machine.