TechNet Webcast: Choosing a Storage Solution: Windows Server 2003 or Windows Storage Server 2003? (Level 300)

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

Shola Aluko, Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation, will host a webcast that compares the storage features of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with those of Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003. We examine both products from a variety of angles, including security, scalability, ease of management, and usability. Learn how each solution performs in specific customer scenarios, including storage consolidation, backup and recovery, storage area network (SAN) technologies, and management from the perspective of Windows as a SAN citizen.

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  • Hello folks,

    I attended a technet event today and was referred to this elite MS blog site. I would like to have comments and questions.

    As I understand that R2 has made an improvement in FRS. Only changes are replicated to the DFS replica, not the whole files.

    I like the "Clients fail back to preferred target" feature.

    I used to run a dynamic data changing application on 2003 SP1 DFS, but it was complaining a lot. I will wait until we got R2 and have that application again.

    I'd like to get feedback on hosting database files on DFS.

    Thank you very much for your hard work.


  • R2 includes a new replication engine known as DFS Replication. This is not an update to FRS--it's a brand new technology and much improved over FRS. The failback feature you refer to is part of DFS Namespaces, which is also a separate technology. Both DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication can be used together for different scenarios, such as data publication. We have lots of documentation up on As for replicating databases using DFS Replication, the database must be closed before it will be replicated. DFS Replication cannot replicate open files.