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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: 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...
  • 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: Introduction to SMI-S

    About ten years ago, a group of engineers from different storage companies got together to create a powerful management abstraction that would enable tools for centralized storage environments like storage area networks (SAN) to become less vendor-specific but still allow any vendor to fully surface...
  • Blog Post: LUN Resync - A fast recovery scenario in Server 2008 R2

    This is the first in a series of posts discussing the new features in the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. Before we dive in, it's important to note that all existing VSS solutions for Vista and Server 2008 will work as-is on Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, respectively...
  • Blog Post: VSS documentation updates - May 2008

    This is a list of MSDN doc updates from Diane Significant updates: 1. Several new interfaces and other API elements were added for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. For more information, see “What's New in VSS in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7” ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us...
  • Blog Post: Why is my Storage Manager for SAN grayed out?

    You can use Storage Manager for SANs to create and manage logical unit numbers (LUNs) on both Fibre Channel and iSCSI disk storage subsystems that support Virtual Disk Service (VDS). The arrays are managed by the VDS hardware providers. The picture below illustrates how VDS communicates with the VDS...
  • Blog Post: Storage Solutions Team is looking for new MVPs

    April is a busy month. We just had the MVP Summit here at our home at Microsoft Redmond campus. The event was so successful we decided to post some information about this in the blog! But what are MVPs? MVPs are Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, independent community leaders and IT Professionals...
  • Blog Post: What’s new for SMI-S 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 storage management through SMI-s and how it applies to the larger topic of “Transform...
  • Blog Post: Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) Express Writers

    In this article, we'll take a look at a new class of VSS writers enabled in Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 that lower the cost for applications to participate in backups. Before we get there though, let’s briefly recap the role of VSS writers in backups. VSS and backups The Volume Shadow Copy...
  • Blog Post: File Server Capacity Tool (FSCT) 1.0 available for download

    Version 1.0 of the File Server Capacity Tool (FSCT) was announced yesterday during a presentation by Jian Yan and Bartosz Nyczkowski at SNIA’s Storage Developer Conference in Santa Clara, CA. The presentation covered a number of details about FSCT and included a demo running FSCT with the HomeFolders...
  • Blog Post: Using 4k sector and advanced format drives in Windows. HotFix and support info for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

    If you work with storage, you probably already heard about the “4K Sector Drives”, “Advanced Format Drives” and “512e drives”. These new “4K sector drives” abandon the traditional use of 512 bytes per sector in favor of a new structure that uses 4096 bytes...
  • Blog Post: Using the EMC SMI-S provider with Windows Server 2012 and SCVMM

    All providers have slightly different installation procedures and characteristics. This information should help you get started using the EMC provider which can be downloaded from Powerlink (you will need an account). Make sure you download the latest version (currently 4.4). This information applies...
  • Blog Post: Extending cluster storage

    A question recently came in on the bloghotline from a customer who asked about implementing scalable storage on server clusters and how to avoid downtime when storage needs to be extended. One of our cluster PMs, Elden Christensen, replied as follows: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . In regards...
  • Blog Post: Storage and File Services Powershell Cmdlets Quick Reference Card For Windows Server 2012 R2 [Preview Edition]

    Hi, my name is Roiy Zysman and I’m a senior Program Manager in the Hybrid Storage Services team. Last year, with the introduction of Windows Server 2012, we published a File and Storage Services PowerShell cmdlets quick reference sheet . The motivation for this reference card was to provide a set...
  • Blog Post: iSCSI Target Server in Windows Server 2012 R2 for VMM Rapid Provisioning

    Context iSCSI Target Server shipped its SMI-S provider as part of the OS distribution for the first time in Windows Server 2012 R2. For more details on its design and features, see my previous blog post iSCSI Target Server in Windows Server 2012 R2 . System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager...
  • Blog Post: Diskshadow scripts for LUN Resync

    In a previous article, we looked at LUN Resync a new fast recovery scenario in Windows Server 2008 R2. Himanshu from the VSS team has posted a few sample scripts to demostrate the scenario using Diskshadow and the VSS tools in the Windows 7 SDK. This is the blog - LUN-RESYNC WITH DISKSHADOW AND...
  • Blog Post: Deep Dive into Windows Server 2008 File Services – Recording

    For those who missed Drew McDaniel’s Live webcast “Deep Dive into Windows Server 2008 File Services”, you now can now view the recording: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/mseventsbmo/view?id=1032381104&role=attend&pw=3B160CB1 Enjoy! -- Malu Menezes
  • 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 and updated script...
  • 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...