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Windows 2008 R2 Without SP1 Led to a Significant Storage Performance Fluctuation

Publication Date:  2012-07-19 Views:  322 Downloads:  0
Issue Description

Product and version information:

  • S5500T V100R001 V100R002
  • S5600T V100R001 V100R002
  • S6800T V100R001 V100R002
  • Application server operating system: Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise

The storage device and the application server were on an FC switch connection network as shown in Figure1.
    Figure 1 FC switch connection network


When an application server was performing small data block sequential reads to a LUN, the storage performance fluctuated significantly, 37% maximum.

Alarm Information
Handling Process
Download SP1 from and install it on the Windows 2008 R2.
Root Cause
SP1 was not installed on the Windows 2008 R2. This led to a significant storage performance fluctuation when a LUN was processing small data block sequential reads.

Storage performance fluctuates significantly when Windows 2008 R2 works with QFMA HBAs. It is not recommended that performance-demanding services such as VOD run on such a system. For details about SP1, contact Microsoft technical support personnel.