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  • Blog Post: Near Real Time Classification using FCI.

    By Judd Hardy It’s easy to see how the FCI platform helps you manage the files on your servers.  In other articles, people have talked about how you can create properties to track and set up rules to have those properties automatically set based on file location or content.  Then you can create...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Windows Server 2008 DFS-N by analyzing network traces

    Jose Barreto has a new blog post covering details of the behavior of Windows Server 2008 DFS-N (Distributed File System - Namespaces) clients by looking at network traces. His main goal is to show the interaction between a DFS-N client, a domain controller, a namespace server and a file server. These...
  • 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: 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: 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: Identifying folders longer than MAX_PATH on file servers

    A reader sent us a question asking if there is a scriptable way to identify folders whose paths (including the folder name) exceed 260 characters on file servers. As the reader points out, our File Server Migration Toolkit will identify these long paths during migration, but he’d like a way to script...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Filemon is now part of Process Manager v1.12

    We recently suggested that a customer use Filemon to find out which process was changing files. An MVP let me know that Filemon is now part of Process Monitor v1.12, which is available for download on the Microsoft TechNet website . Use the button at the top of Process Monitor named "Show File System...
  • 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: 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: 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...