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  • Blog Post: Cluster aggregated view in Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Provider for an asymmetric storage configuration

    Blog written by Sripresanna in the Storage, Network & Print Team. Cluster aggregated view for Windows Storage Provider (Asymmetric storage configuration) This is a continuation of previous blog, where I explained cluster aggregated view for Windows Storage Provider for symmetric storage...
  • Blog Post: Storage options for Windows Server 2008's Hyper-V

    Windows Server 2008’s Hyper-V has been in public beta for a while now and lots of people have been experimenting with it. One aspect that I am focusing on is storage for those virtualized environments and more specifically the options related to SAN storage. This includes directly-attached storage (SATA...
  • Blog Post: A script to restore data from the DFSR ConflictAndDeleted or Preexisting folders for disaster recovery purposes

    The DFS Replication (DFSR) service stores files that encountered replication conflicts and pre-existing files that were removed during initial synchronization in the 'ConflictAndDeleted' and 'PreExisting' folders respectively. Our resident DFSR guru, Ned Pyle has just submitted a new...
  • Blog Post: Wanted: Test Developers for Storage Solutions

    The Storage Solutions Division Test Team is looking for several new Software Design Engineers in Test (SDET). Interested? Visit http://members.microsoft.com/careers/default.mspx and search for Job Codes 202273 , 206181 , 207061 , 208832 , 210633 , 212350 , 217023 , 217629 , 217630 , 217978 , 219525...
  • 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: Getting started with SMI-S on Windows Server 2012

    In my last blog, I discussed the industry standard Storage Management Initiative (SMI-S) in general terms. Microsoft started supporting SMI-S for storage provisioning in System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager, released earlier this year. With the upcoming Windows Server 2012, SMI-S support will be...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 and Unstructured Data

    SQL Server 2008 introduces new options to store unstructured data, in addition to the current BLOB support in SQL Server 2005. In this post, I examine two previously existing options (IMAGE, VARBINARY(MAX)) and describe two new ones (VARBINARY(MAX) with FILESTREAM and RBS). See the complete post...
  • Blog Post: Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) and Automated System Recovery (ASR) doc updates

    This is a summary of recent additions and revisions to the VSS and ASR documentation on MSDN and TechNet. 1. The following new API elements have been documented: a. IVssComponentEx2 interface ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd405576.aspx ) b. IVssCreateExpressWriterMetadata...
  • Blog Post: More on storage options for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

    In a previous blog post, I covered the different ways you can expose storage to a Hyper-V guest. After getting some feedback, this new blog posts provides additional details on two frequent comments: • How to can boot a Hyper-V guest from an iSCSI LUN • A nice picture showing the different...
  • 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: 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: 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: IT Manager Webcast: Deep Dive into Windows Server 2008 File Services (Level 300)

    IT Manager Webcast: Deep Dive into Windows Server 2008 File Services (Level 300) Thursday, July 17, 2008 9:30 AM Pacific Time The Windows Server 2008 operating system contains many changes to core file services components that dramatically increase availability, scalability, and performance. This...
  • 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: Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 for Windows Server 2008 R2 available for public download

    Today, Microsoft has made the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 publicly available to all users of Windows Server 2008 R2. The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target has been available for production use as part of Windows Storage Server since early 2007. It has also been available for development and test...
  • Blog Post: Analyzing Storage Performance using the Windows Performance Analysis ToolKit (WPT)

    Robert Smith (Platforms Field Engineer) has recently posted a new blog that cover one important area of Windows performance that few people understand well. In his blog post he talks about how to use Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT) in general and the XPerf tool in particular. Xperf.exe is the command...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2011 demo install step-by-step (Hyper-V, AD, DNS, iSCSI Target, File Server Cluster, SQL Server over SMB2)

    We have a new blog post out that explains the demo setup used in the TechEd 2011 presentation about Windows Server 2008 R2 File Services Consolidation. In the post, you get step-by-step instructions on how to reproduce the environment used in the presentation's demo. This is a great way to experiment...
  • Blog Post: File Server Migration Toolkit v 1.1 Beta

    After requests to release a version of File Server Migration Toolkit (FSMT) compatible with Windows Server 2008, the Storage Solutions Division at Microsoft brings you FSMT 1.1 Beta! Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit v 1.1 adds the possibility to migrate and consolidate data to file servers...
  • Blog Post: Storage Blog at Microsoft has launched

    This Monday we added another member to the Storage Blogs family. The Storage Blog at Microsoft is an executive level channel with updates and commentary, pointers to high-impact other storage blogs, articles on trends and other interesting content. Gabriel Broner, General Manager for the Storage...
  • Blog Post: File Services and Storage TechNet Forums just got a facelift!

    Since Windows Server 2008 Beta stages, our team has been supporting TechNet forums. Today, TechNet/MSDN is releasing a new community platform, with more functionalities and renewed interface. Not all forums are in the new platform yet – we were lucky to get into the first migration wave. If you...
  • 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: Managing iSCSI Target Server through Storage Cmdlets

    Context Windows Server 2012 R2 ships with a rich set of standards-compliant storage management functionality. This functionality was originally introduced in Windows Server 2012, and you should reference Jeff’s excellent blog that introduced related concepts. iSCSI Target Server on its part shipped its...
  • 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: iSCSI Target Server in Windows Server 2012 R2

    This post is a part of the nine-part “ What’s New in Windows Server & System Center 2012 R2 ” series that is featured on Brad Anderson’s In the Cloud blog. Today’s blog post covers iSCSI Target Server and how it applies to the larger topic of “Transform the Datacenter...