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  • Blog Post: Welcome the Windows Storage Server Blog!

    The Windows Storage Server team just launched their new team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/storageserver/ Check it often for ��from the source” information on Windows Storage Server (WSS) and Windows Unified Storage Server (WUDSS). Also, if you’d like to suggest a post, you can use the...
  • Blog Post: VMware Setup for Server for NFS Cluster

    In this tutorial, I’ll discuss how to setup VMware vSphere virtual machines with Windows server 2012 Server for NFS cluster as backend storage. Background VMware has supported running virtual machines hosted by its ESX server over the NFS v3 protocol. In this configuration, virtual machines...
  • Blog Post: Installing the VSS Hardware Provider for the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target on Windows Server 2008

    I just posted a new article describing the process to install the VSS Hardware Provider (and, incidentally, the VDS Hardware Provider) for the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target, which is part of Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003 (WUDSS 2003). Check the post, which includes information on how to...
  • Blog Post: Installing the VDS Hardware Provider for the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target on Windows Server 2008

    I just posted a new article describing the process to install the VDS Hardware Provider (and the VSS Hardware Provider) for the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target, which is part of Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003 (WUDSS 2003). This package, referred to as “Microsoft iSCSI Software Target Client...
  • Blog Post: File Server Capacity Tool (FSCT) Release Candidate available for download

    The File Server Capacity Tool (FSCT) is a capacity planning software for CIFS/SMB/SMB2 file servers. It’s also useful for identifying performance bottlenecks. FSCT results include the maximum number of users for a file server configuration, throughput for that configuration and performance counters for...
  • Blog Post: How to: NFS Kerberos Configuration with Linux Client

    In this tutorial, we will provision NFS server provided by “Server for NFS” role in Windows Server 2012 for use with Linux based client with Kerberos security with RPCSEC_GSS. Background Traditionally NFS clients and servers use AUTH_SYS security. This essentially allows the clients...
  • Blog Post: Windows Storage Server 2008 released

    Windows Storage Server 2008 (WSS 2008) and the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.2 have been released to the Microsoft OEM partners. This is the successor to Windows Storage Server 2003 (WSS 2003) and Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003 (WUDSS 2003). OEM partners will be announcing their Windows...
  • Blog Post: How to Perform Client Fencing?

    In this article, we will talk about how we evaluate client fencing for Server for NFS role in Windows Server 2012, from targeting client permission to calculating combined permission result. We will also cover the caching strategy we implemented and lookup mechanism for netgroups. Lookup data are located...
  • Blog Post: NFS Identity Mapping in Windows Server 2012

    This document describes the selection, configuration and usage of the user and group identity mapping options available to Client for NFS available in selected versions of Windows 8 and to Server for NFS and Client for NFS available in selected versions of in Windows Server 2012 to assist an systems...
  • Blog Post: Five ways to check your DFS-Namespaces (DFS-N) configuration with the DFSDIAG.EXE tool

    Jose Barreto has a new blog post to help you understand how to use the DFSDIAG.EXE tool to check your DFS-Namespaces (DFS-N) configuration. DFSDIAG, which was introduced in Windows Server 2008 and improved in Windows Server 2008 R2, has five types of checks: Checking domain controller configuration...
  • Blog Post: Using File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) and AD RMS to automatically protect sensitive information

    Windows Server 2008 R2 File Classification Infrastructure provides a built-in solution for file classification allowing administrators to automate manual processes with predefined policies based on the data’s business value. ( Windows Server 2008 R2 File Classification Infrastructure – Managing data...
  • Blog Post: Server for Network File System First Share End-to-End

    Introduction Server for Network File System (NFS) provides a file-sharing solution for enterprises that have a mixed Windows and UNIX environment. Server for NFS enables users to share and migrate files between computers running the Windows Server 2012 operating system using SMB protocol and UNIX...
  • Blog Post: RAID configuration options for WUDSS and the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target

    It’s very common for a server running Windows Unified Data Storage Server and the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target to include a RAID controller and many hard drives in the box. I got a question on exactly how to configure RAID volumes for this kind of setup. The standard “it depends” engineering answer...
  • Blog Post: Server for NFS in Windows Server 2012

    In this introductory NFS blog post, let me provide you with an overview of Server for NFS feature implementation in Windows Server 2012. Native NFS support with Windows Server started with Windows Server 2003 R2 and has evolved over time with continuous enhancement in terms of functionality, performance...
  • Blog Post: Show off your Windows Storage Servers!

    The Windows Storage Server team would like to interview customers who are using storage appliances running any version of Windows Storage Server. We’d like to know more about • your environment, • day-to-day management tasks, • the types of file services the appliance provides, • and any...
  • Blog Post: Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 is now available!

    It's a pleasure to let you know that Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 (which includes the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3) has been released to manufacturing (RTM). Scott M. Johnson (Program Manager in the File Server Team) has just shared via a blog post that the product is on its way to the OEMs...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit 1.2 available as a free download

    Microsoft released the File Server Migration Toolkit version 1.2 (FSMT 1.2), which will help you migrate file shares from computers running Windows NT 4.0 Server, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2003 Server, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Storage Server 2008 to computers running Windows 2003 Server, Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 and the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 are available on MSDN/TechNet - here's how to install them

    You probably heard that Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 has been Released To Manufacturing (RTM) last week. That means that the OEMs will soon deliver a new generation of Windows-based NAS appliances with a file server (SMB2, NFS) and an iSCSI Target (using the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3). ...
  • Blog Post: Two new blog posts on Windows Storage Server 2008 R2

    Scott M. Johnson has published two new blogs post on the Windows Storage Server blog: The first post is a compilation of links covering all kinds of Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 content. http://blogs.technet.com/b/storageserver/archive/2010/11/16/windows-storage-server-2008-r2-references.aspx ...