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  • Blog Post: Announcing the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2012 R2!

    We are excited today to announce the release of the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2012 R2 ! The Data Classification Toolkit for Windows 2012 R2 is designed to help you to: Identify, classify, and protect data on file servers in your private cloud. Provide support for deployments...
  • Blog Post: Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2012 Now Available

    Get the most out of Windows Server 2012 with new features that help you to quickly identify, classify, and protect data in your private cloud ! The Data Classification Toolkit supports new Windows Server 2012 features, Dynamic Access Control, and backward compatibility with the functionality in the...
  • 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: 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: Getting started with Central Access Policies - Reducing security group complexity and achieving data access compliance using Dynamic Access Control

    Following the introduction to Dynamic Access Control , I’d like to give you a few practical examples of how you can utilize Dynamic Access Control in your File Server environment. For many IT and Security architects that we talked to about Dynamic Access Control, the first reaction has been...
  • Blog Post: Understanding DFSR Dirty (Unexpected) Shutdown Recovery

    Let me touch on an interesting topic in this blog post: “dirty shutdown” recovery of DFS Replication (DFSR). A TechNet blog post reviewing “What is new in Windows Server 2008” includes a good description of DFS Replication dirty shutdown recovery process. Related system event...
  • Blog Post: HP StoreEasy and Windows Server 2012 SMB Performance

    Hi folks, Ned here again with a quickie post. HP recently released their latest file server SMB testing results, where they used FSCT and IOMeter to collect performance and scalability data with Windows Server 2012 running on HP StoreEasy 5000 Storage NAS servers. The whitepaper holds plenty of details...
  • Blog Post: Large Scale Study and System Design for Primary Data Deduplication accepted by USENIX

    Microsoft Research (MSR) and the Windows File Server team worked together to build a new Data Deduplication feature in Windows Server 2012 . This feature came from 2 years of collaboration with MSR on the design. The development of the architecture and the algorithms we use for deduplication was driven...
  • 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: Server for NFS PowerShell Cmdlets

    This post covers the Server for NFS PowerShell cmdlets in Windows Server 2012 with brief description about each of them. You can get Server for NFS PowerShell cmdlets by installing “Server for NFS” role service from the File and Storage Services or by installing “ Services for Network...
  • Blog Post: DFS Replication Improvements in Windows Server 2012

    Hi folks, Ned Pyle here. As promised when I left AskDS and MS Support for greener pastures, I’m still in the blogging game – I told you I’d be back! Let’s start things off talking about improvements in Windows Server 2012 and DFS Replication (DFSR). Windows Server 2012 DFSR...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Beta with SMB 3.0 – Demo at Interop shows SMB Direct at 5.8 Gbytes/sec over Mellanox ConnectX-3 network adapters

    The Interop conference is happening this week in Las Vegas (see http://www.interop.com/lasvegas ) and Mellanox is showcasing their high-speed ConnectX-3 network adapters during the event. They are showing an interesting setup with Windows Server 2012 Beta and SMB 3.0 that shows amazing remote file performance...
  • Blog Post: Safely Virtualizing DFSR

    Hi folks, Ned here again. With the massive growth of virtualization, odds are you want to safely and reliably run Distributed File System Replication on Hyper-V, Xen, KVM, or VMware – heck, you may already be doing so. With that in mind, I am here today to save your job! OK that might overstating...
  • Blog Post: File Server team sessions at TechEd 2012 North America

    If you're planning to attend the TechEd 2012 North America event in June, here are the scheduled sessions with speakers from the File Server team: Code Title Speaker(s) Day Time Track Level WSV328 The Path to Continuous Availability with Windows Server 2012 ...
  • Blog Post: SMB 3 Security Enhancements in Windows Server 2012

    Everything here also applies to Windows 8. These features were first available in the Windows Server “8” Beta & Windows 8 Consumer Preview releases. See this document for protocol level details of these features. 1 Encryption SMB 3 in Windows Server 2012 adds the capability to make...
  • Blog Post: To scale out or not to scale out, that is the question

    Hi folks, Ned here again. If Shakespeare had run Windows, Hamlet would be a play about configuring failover clusters for storage. Today I discuss the Scale-Out File Server configuration and why general use file server clustered shares may still have a place in your environment. These two types of Windows...
  • 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: Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server "8" Beta - Now Available (Beta)

    The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server "8" Beta. This powerful toolkit will help you address compliance concerns with new features in Windows Server "8" Beta Join the Beta Program
  • Blog Post: Configuring Primary Computers for Folder Redirection and Roaming Profiles in Windows Server “8” Beta

    1 Introduction 1.1 Overview of Primary Computer feature In Windows Server “8” Beta, administrators can designate a set of computers, known as primary computers, for each domain user, which controls which computers use Folder Redirection, Roaming User Profiles, or both. Designating primary...
  • Blog Post: iSCSI Target cmdlet reference

    Windows Server 2012 comes with a complete set of PowerShell cmdlets for iSCSI. By combining the iSCSI target, iSCSI initiator, and storage cmdlets, you can automate pretty much all management tasks. This blog post will provide you with some examples. If you want more information about iSCSI Target and...
  • Blog Post: Going to TechEd Australia?

    If so, I’ll see you there for my two sessions. DFSR has been hitting the gym SMB 3 is the answer There are still a few days left to register if you live upside down. Based on the available evidence, all the attendees should look something like this: Come by and say hi! - Ned “V-8 Interceptor ”Pyle
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Access Control intro on Windows Server blog

    Hello all, we just published a new post for Dynamic Access Control on the Windows Server Blog: Introduction to Windows Server 2012 Dynamic Access Control Here’s an excerpt: These focus areas were then translated to a set of Windows capabilities that enable data compliance in partner...
  • Blog Post: Using the Storage Pools page in Server Manager to create storage spaces

    With Windows Server 2012, Server manager includes simple and easy to use, user interface that enables management of Windows Storage Spaces and other Storage Subsystems such as EMC Clariion VNX and Dell EqualLogic (but not limited to these) storage arrays with supporting SMI-S and SMP based Storage provider...
  • 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: 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...