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  • Blog Post: ‘Tip of the Day’ Top Tips for February

    The following links are for the top five tips from the 'Tip of the Day' blog during the month of February. Tip of the Day: Good Bye VDS, Hello SMAPI Tip of the Day: Failover DHCP Tip of the Day: Screenshots on Surface Tip of the Day: Deduplication and Backups Tip of the Day: Optimized Files not...
  • Blog Post: Top Tips from “Tip of the Day”

    The following links are for the top four tips from the 'Tip of the Day' blog during the month of January. http://blogs.technet.com/b/tip_of_the_day/archive/2014/01/25/tip-of-the-day-validating-a-single-disk-in-cluster.aspx http://blogs.technet.com/b/tip_of_the_day/archive/2014/01/21/tip...
  • Blog Post: Alternate Data Streams in NTFS

    This blog has been a long time coming. There is a bit of confusion about the subject of alternate data streams (ADS) and no small amount of suspicion. So I want to take a few minutes to set the record straight on ADS. A couple years ago I wrote a blog on NTFS attributes. http://blogs.technet.com...
  • Blog Post: The Four Stages of NTFS File Growth

    In my quest to better understand the interworking of how NTFS stores information on disk, I have been researching what happens to a file as it grows in size and complexity.   The reason I’m after this knowledge is so I can better troubleshoot certain storage issues.   Recently, I realized that...
  • Blog Post: Alignment changes in Windows 2008 and 2008 R2

    Disk alignment, partition alignment, offset alignment…whatever you like to call it, it was very important back in the Windows 2000/2003 days.   Different storage configurations could make use of the Windows ability to align its volumes to predetermined sectors.   The benefit was increased disk...
  • Blog Post: GPT and Failover Clustering

    Its Robert Mitchell again and I’m back to talk about my favorite subject, storage.   I’ve had a number of people ask me about how GPT disks are used in conjunction with Windows Failover Cluster.   So I wanted to take a few minutes to clear up any misconceptions there might be on how this works...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the 2 TB Limit in Windows Storage

    “Why can’t I have a drive bigger than 2 TB?” This is a common question.   And as storage has gotten bigger and cheaper, I see it more and more.   So let’s take a few minutes to talk about the mysterious 2 TB limit. There are actually three different 2 TB limitations that are commonly hit.....
  • Blog Post: Where Did My Space Go?

      While working on Windows 8/Windows Server 2012, I have been tied up with other content creation projects and as such have not had time to write for AskCore. However, I’ve had a number of blog ideas rattling around in my head. Today I finally found some time to get one of them committed to paper...
  • Blog Post: NTFS File Attributes

    It is time once again to delve into the fascinating world of NTFS! So far I’ve outlined how files become more complex as they grow, the different metafiles found in the MFT, and then the different parts of Windows storage that results in the infamous 2TB size limitation. Today I want to list out most...
  • Blog Post: NTFS MetaFiles

    They sit there, hiding in the root directory… metafiles .   The shell hides them from the user, but they are still there…lurking.   Microsoft does a pretty good job hiding these files so you don’t accidentally damage them.   But what are these files and how does NTFS use them? Before we...
  • Blog Post: GPT in Windows

    GUID Partition Table or GPT is a standard that’s been around for a while but is still not completely understood by the masses.  So I wanted to do a quick blog to address some of the common questions we  hear from day to day. Previously in my blog entitled Understanding the 2 TB Limit in Windows...