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Gary passes along a PSA

Gary passes along this info…

“I didn’t see this here, and your blog is usually the first place I look for “SBS” (er.. essentials now) information:

Samsung 850 EVO SSD drives do NOT get along well with Windows 2012 R2.  In an essentials server, they’ll produce 100% crashes, and in any other 2012 R2 server, they’ll produce crashes any time the write cache is turned off (which happens when a server is promoted to a DC — which happens 100% of the time for Essentials.)

Sadly, nothing about the crashes leads a person to believe that it’s the SSD drive, but it has been narrowed down by several people.

There’s quite a bit of information once you know what to search for.  Isn’t that always the case?

Here’s some links:

This guy had the problem, even though it wasn’t narrowed down:
https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/ebc71806-37ab-49c4-9218-9964b30d958a/0xc000021a-during-server-2012-r2-essentials-setup?forum=winserveressentials

This one narrows it down:
http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/869314-warning-do-not-use-samsung-850-evo-ssd-with-windows-server-2012-r2

Here’s the one that generated my own “ah, ha!” moment:
https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/81c6d52f-578c-44c8-a6ec-18c03a818295/cant-promote-server-2012-r2-to-domain-controller-get-error-0xc000021a?forum=winserverDS

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Susan is just a wacko SBSer who started down her path by hanging out in the SBS newsgroup community. She's not a Microsoft employee or affiliated with Microsoft. Get a feel of the SBS “vibe” and join in the SBS community!

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