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  • Blog Post: Streamlined Migration of FRS to DFSR SYSVOL

    Hi folks, Ned here again. When telling people about the coming removal of FRS from Windows Server , the main response is usually: “Sure, I have occasional problems with FRS and know that I should upgrade to DFSR, but who has the time for a huge migration? That guide is very intimidating!” I hear you...
  • Blog Post: The End is Nigh (for FRS)

    Hi folks, Ned here again. At TechEd , I officially announced the end of the File Replication Service . For those that missed the event, I repeat: We are removing FRS from Windows Server Today I’ll talk about what this means and how to get ready. We want this to be as easy as possible and I welcome any...
  • 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: Monitoring Windows Server 2012 R2 Work Folders Deployments.

    Overview Work Folders is a new functionality introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2. It enables Information workers to sync their work files between their devices. This functionality is powered by the Work Folders service that can be enabled as a Windows Server 2012 R2 File Services Role service. Work...
  • 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 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: Deploying Data Deduplication for VDI storage 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 Data Deduplication and how it applies to the larger topic of “Transform the Datacenter...
  • Blog Post: Extending Data Deduplication to new workloads 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 Data Deduplication and how it applies to the larger topic of “Transform the Datacenter...