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  • Blog Post: Storage Solutions team at TechED IT Pro 2008

    Storage team is bringing 8 sessions and 2 Hands-on Lab to Microsoft TechED IT Pro 2008! Karandeep Anand, Jason Buffington, Ram Kailasanathan, Drew McDaniel and Edwin Yuen will be hosting the sessions from the Storage side. Clustering and High availability will also be there to talk about their...
  • Blog Post: Using NTFS compression and DFS Replication together

    A customer recently asked whether he can use NTFS compression on volumes or folders where replicated files are stored. The answer is yes, you can compress replicated content using NTFS compression, but we recommend against using NTFS compression on the Jet database for reasons described in KB article...
  • Blog Post: Disabling Last Access Time in Windows Vista to improve NTFS performance

    An observant Windows Vista user noticed a registry named NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem and asked us what this means. Last Access Time is a file attribute that’s updated when a file is accessed or otherwise touched. (This is often confused...
  • Blog Post: File Server improvements from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 R2. 8 items for 8 years…

    A new blog post covers a set of Windows Server 2003 File Server problems that were fixed in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Obviously a lot has changed in Windows Server File Services in the last 8 years, but the post highlights 8 specific issues commonly mentioned by users that are still...
  • 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: Robocopy /MIR switch – mirroring file permissions

    Some customers pointed out what they believe to be a bug in Robocopy. The situation is: suppose that you copy your files using Robocopy in Windows Server 2003 or XP. Then, file or folder permissions (ACLs) are changed wither on source or destination. You want to use the /MIR switch to mirror the permissions...
  • 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: Migrating from NTFS-based quotas to File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) quotas in Windows Server 2003 R2

    A customer recently asked about how to migrate NTFS quotas to FSRM quotas. Georgi Matev, the program manager for FSRM, responds: If NTFS-based quotas were used for user home directories, the migration is pretty straightforward. First, the customer needs to create one or more FSRM quota templates that...
  • Blog Post: New File Systems and Storage white papers, by Dilip Naik - MVP

    Dilip Naik , File Systems and Storage MVP, just released 3 new white papers: Best Practices To Avoid Fragmentation While Writing To A File NTFS and Thin Provisioning HyperV Storage Deep Dive enjoy the reading, -- Malu Menezes
  • Blog Post: NTFS Beta Chat Transcript (July 12, 2006)

    Chat Topic: Join the NTFS file system team to ask questions about NTFS in Windows Vista Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 Wendy [MSFT] (Moderator): Welcome to today’s chat with the NTFS Team. We will try to answer as many questions as we can today. Participants should type their questions, select the “Ask...