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  • Blog Post: Storage Tips: How to check if a disk is a GPT disk

    You can use DISKPART to check if the disk is a GPT disk. DISKPART> list disk Disk ###  Status        Size    Free    Dyn Gpt --------  ------------- ------- ------- --- --- Disk 0    Online       ...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Video on DFS in R2

    Our very own Shobana Balakrishnan, a program manager on our Windows Longhorn Server team, takes you through the server roadmap and demonstrates Windows Server 2003 R2. Think you know everything about Windows Server? You might be surprised by the innovations this team has shipped and is planning on shipping...
  • Blog Post: How to create an extended partition in Windows Vista

    Savvy beta testers have noticed that the option to create an extended partition is no longer available in Disk Management in Windows Vista. Instead, the only option is New Simple Volume . The type of volume this command creates depends on the number of partitions already on the disk. Creating the first...
  • Blog Post: Beta chat transcript posted for Disk and Volume Management

    You can view it here: Disk and Volume Management chat trancript Enjoy! --Jill
  • Blog Post: Chkdsk updates to compact the $secure file

    Recently, Microsoft Support released an update for Windows Server 2003 SP2 that allows Chkdsk.exe tool compact the NTFS security descriptor stream (a.k.a. $secure file). Depending on the file system usage, this descriptor can consume a lot of disk space. After getting to a certain size, no more...
  • Blog Post: Speaking of DiskPart...

    Looks like we've published a whitepaper on how Microsoft's own IT department uses Diskpart. Here's the summary: The Microsoft IT group regularly uses the Diskpart.exe utility to dynamically increase disk volume capacity on servers running Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 and Microsoft Windows® 2000...
  • Blog Post: New white paper providing guidance for sizing NTFS volumes

    Introduction Today, Microsoft released a new white paper, available here , discussing best practices and guidance for sizing NTFS volumes and some details on CHKDSK execution times on Windows Server 2008 R2. When planning Windows file server deployments, we are often asked questions such as...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Virtual Disks in iSCSI Target Server

    Context In Windows Server 2012 R2, iSCSI Target Server made significant improvements in its persistence layer by providing larger, resilient, dynamically-growing SCSI Logical Units (LUs) that are based on the VHDX format. For more details on what is new in this release, see my previous blog post iSCSI...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the error message “There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation” when you create a volume

    Shrinking volumes is a cool feature of Windows Vista, but we’re starting to see an interesting side effect—the inability to create a new partition in the newly created unallocated space. Customers who face this problem almost always have a new computer that shipped from the Original Equipment Manufacturer...
  • Blog Post: Disk and Volume Management Beta Chat (August 18, 2006)

    Chat Topic: Disk and Volume Management Date: Friday, August 18, 2006 Wendy [MSFT] (Moderator): Thank you for joining today’s chat with the Disk and Volume Management Team. We will begin the chat in 7 minutes. Feel free to start queuing up questions! Wendy [MSFT] (Moderator): Welcome to today’s chat with...