Implement Windows Server 2016 High Performance Network Solutions

Are you preparing for the 70-741 exam? This course addresses advanced networking functionality available in Windows Server 2016, providing complete coverage of all topics addressed in the high-performance network solutions objectives of the exam.
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Advanced
Updated
Oct 25, 2017
Duration
2h 15m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Course and Scenario Overview
Building the Lab
NIC Teaming and Switch Embedded Teaming
SMB Multichannel
Virtual Machine Multi-queue
Receive Side Scaling (RSS)
Single Root I/O Virtualization
Network Quality of Service with Datacenter Bridging
SMB Direct on RDMA Enabled Network Adapters
Virtual RSS on VMQ Capable Network Adapter
Description
Course info
Rating
(10)
Level
Advanced
Updated
Oct 25, 2017
Duration
2h 15m
Description

Are you studying for the 70-741 exam, yet aren't sure how to prepare for the high-performance network solutions objectives? In this course, Implement Windows Server 2016 High Performance Network Solutions, you will have a structured curriculum that will prepare you for this section of the exam. First, you'll learn about NIC teaming and Switch Embedded Teaming. Next, you'll cover Network Quality of Service with Data Center Bridging, SMB Direct on Remote Direct Memory Access, and SMB Multichannel. Finally, you'll discover Virtual Receive Side Scaling, Virtual Machine Multi-Queue, and Single-Root I/O Virtualization. After completing this course, you'll understand these technologies and why you would implement them in the real world. This course will leave you with the confidence on test day to answer the related questions in the exam. Let's get started!

About the author
About the author

Orin Thomas is an MVP, a Microsoft Regional Director, an MCT, and has a string of Microsoft MCSE and MCITP certifications.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Good day viewers. My name's Orin Thomas, and welcome to my course, Implement Windows Server 2016 High Performance Network Solutions. I'm a decade-long MVP, a Microsoft Regional Director, I've written more than three dozen books for Microsoft Press, have a bunch of certifications, speak all over the world at conferences, and I'm completing a Doctor of Information Technology Degree at Charles Sturt University. This course will provide you with coverage from a basic to an advanced level of Windows Server high-performance networking solutions. Specifically, the technologies available in Windows Server 2016. Some of the major topics that we will cover include NIC Teaming and Switch Embedded Teaming, SMB Multichannel, Virtual Machine Multi-Queue, Single Root I/O Virtualization, and a technology called SMB Direct on Remote Direct Memory Access enabled network adapters. Now, by the end of this course, you'll know how to get most out of high-performance networking on Windows Server 2016. Before beginning the course, you should be familiar with basic server administration techniques, including having some basic PowerShell skills. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn about high-performance networking on Windows Server with the Implement Windows Server 2016 High Performance Network Solutions course, at Pluralsight.

Building the Lab
Good day viewers. This is Pluralsight. My name's Orin Thomas, and in this module we're looking at building the lab. So, in this module, I'll talk about the Pluralsight autolab. I'll talk about what the lab actually looks like when it's built, what the requirements are for the autolab, how to use nested virtualization with the autolab, how to deploy the auotolab, and how to use the autolab. Let's get in to it.

NIC Teaming and Switch Embedded Teaming
Good day viewers, my name is Orin Thomas, welcome to Pluralsight. In this module, we're looking at NIC teaming and switch embedded teaming. So, in this module we'll be looking at NIC teaming. I'll be talking about load balancing modes, I'll be talking about teaming modes, and I'll be discussing the new to Windows Server 2016 technology, switch embedded teaming. Okay, so let's frame what we're going to talk about in this module in terms of a narrative structure. Remember Globomantics, our jet ski company? Well, Globomantics is building out their Melbourne data center, and one of the things that they're going to be doing is hosting a lot of virtual machines in this Melbourne data center, and the hosts for their virtual machines are going to have a lot of network adapters, because just having one network adapter is silly when you can have 16 in there. Now there's a bit more to it than that. You can actually get better performance and better redundancy with more network adapters. But how can Globomantics best take advantage of that? So, what Globomantics wants to do in their Melbourne data center is they want to configure virtual and physical network adapters to achieve the best performance possible, and that's going to be true right throughout the course. But in this particular module we're going to be looking at redundancy and performance through use of multiple network adapters rather than a specific technology.

SMB Multichannel
Good day viewers. My name is Orin Thomas. Welcome to Pluralsight. In this module, we're looking at SMB multichannel. So, in this module we'll talk about SMB multichannel, and I'll talk about SMB multichannel requirements. To contextualize things, let's go to our scenario. So, Globomantics, our high-performance jet ski company. They want to get the most, the best performance possible out of their SMB 3 file shares, and the way that they want to do this is by ensuring that all network interface adapters in the file server, including file servers used to host VHD files, are used when transmitting data. So, how can they do this? What technologies can they use to achieve this? Well, luckily Microsoft has SMB multichannel, and we're going to talk about that in this module.

Virtual Machine Multi-queue
Good day viewers. Welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Orin Thomas, and in this module we're looking at Virtual Machine Multi-Queue. So in this module we're looking at Virtual Machine Multi-Queue, and we're talking about Virtual Machine Multi-Queue requirements. So, let's contextualize things with our scenario. Globomantics, our jet ski sellers to the stars, wants to ensure that all processor cores on Hyper-V hosts and virtual machines are used to speed up the processing of network traffic.

Receive Side Scaling (RSS)
Good day viewers. Welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Orin Thomas, and in this module we'll be looking at Receive Side Scaling, or RSS. So in this module we'll look at RSS concepts, we'll talk about RSS settings, we'll talk about RSS profiles, and I'll give you some caveats about using RSS. So, let's get into our scenario. Well, what does Globomantics want out of this? They want to get better performance out of their network adapters and processor cores on physical hosts and Hyper-V VMs. They're very aware that with all the technology, such as Windows Server 2008, which was the first version of Hyper-V, that there were some bottlenecks when it came to the utilization of networking, and the way that processes worked, and the way that virtual processes worked. So, what they want to do is they want to investigate what they can get out of RSS, and that they're aware that RSS is an incompatible technology with several other technologies, and we'll of course get to that in the course of the module.

Single Root I/O Virtualization
Good day viewers. Welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Orin Thomas, and in this module we're looking at single root I/O virtualization, or SR-IOV. So in this module we'll look at SR-IOV concepts. We'll also talk about SR-IOV requirements. So, to contextualize all of this using our scenario. Globomantics is thinking about updating their networking hardware so that they can get the best possible performance, and want to investigate what the benefits are of SR-IOV. So, for this module, what we're looking at is we're going to talk about SR-IOV. And if you remember in a previous module, we said that really you couldn't use SR-IOV with RSS. So one of the things that we'll look at from Globomantics' perspective is really, is there more of a benefit to using SR-IOV over RSS, and what are the scenarios where we'd use one over the other. Okay, let's get into it.

Network Quality of Service with Datacenter Bridging
Good day viewers. Welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Orin Thomas, and in this module, we're looking at network quality of service with datacenter bridging, which is quite the mouthful, isn't it? Anyway, in this module, we'll talk about network QoS, we'll talk about QoS types, we'll talk about datacenter bridging, we'll talk about NIC requirements, and we'll talk about QoS policies. Let's get into it. Okay, so let's contextualize what we're going to be talking about in terms of the narrative scenario. In this case, Globomantics, our great jet ski selling organization has a datacenter, and the datacenter network occasionally becomes congested with all of the traffic that's running there. Now what you want to do is you want to ensure that specific critical traffic can pass across the datacenter network at Globomantics unimpeded when congestion occurs. And the way that you can do this is by implementing network quality of service using datacenter bridging. So, that is the context for the technology that we're going to talk about in this particular scenario.

SMB Direct on RDMA Enabled Network Adapters
Good day, and welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Orin Thomas, and in this module, we're looking at SMB Direct on RDMA enabled network adapters. In this module, we'll look at RDMA, or Remote Direct Memory Access, and we'll also look at SMB, or Server Message Block, Direct. Okay, so to start with, let's contextualize what this technology is in terms of our scenario. So Globomantics, our jet ski manufacturing and selling company, wants the best SMB performance possible, and has recently purchased RDMA supported network adapters. Now they want SMB, because not only are they using file shares, but they're moving towards that software-defined datacenter infrastructure that Microsoft is pushing fairly heavily. And in that, you are using SMB to host virtual machine hard disks in clustering scenarios, for example, so this is why they're interested in investigating this particular technology.

Virtual RSS on VMQ Capable Network Adapter
Good day viewers, welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Orin Thomas, and in this module, we're looking at virtual receive side scaling on virtual machine queue capable network adapters. That's a mouthful, isn't it? Okay, so in this module we're going to be looking at VMQ and vRSS, and in actuality, we have covered these topics to a certain extent already within this course. We've already talked about VMQ and we have already talked about RSS, and we know that basically RSS is very similar to virtual RSS, but just as sort of a way of reiterating or repackaging this information, we're doing it in a separate module for you. Okay, so let's contextualize things with a scenario. Our jet ski seller, manufacturer, and evangelist, Globomantics, understands that the technologies that provide the best performance for non-virtualized workloads, are separate from, and sometimes incompatible with, the technology that provide the best performance for workloads running in virtual machines. And this is easy to understand, right? When most networking technologies were originally developed, virtualization wasn't nearly as big as it's become in the last decade, and we've seen a big shift with a lot of networking moving away from hardware into software. So it's reasonable to assume that a lot of the traditional high performance networking technologies aren't as good at dealing with the contingencies of virtualized environments.