I am really excited to announce the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Storage Server 2008. Let me tell you why:
This is the culmination of my first 3.5 years at Microsoft. Prior to joining Microsoft, I had been a Microsoft MVP in Storage – so I have been involved with this product line since ‘Windows Powered NAS’ (built upon Windows 2000), and through WSS 2003, WSS2003R2 and WUDSS (built upon Windows 2003). It always struck me that not enough people knew what a powerful a Windows Storage Server is. And now, being the ‘Senior Technical Product Manager’ for Storage Solutions, I have the honor of announcing its release. Hey, I don’t spend every minute thinking about DPM.
This is everything that you want in Windows file services – only better.
Sure, you could go buy a copy of Windows Server 2008 on DVD and build your own file server from your favorite server hardware vendor – mine being torn between HP and Dell, since I grew up in Texas. But why? This is built on the same base, but comes out of the box and serving data within 30 minutes (not including messing with server-rack rails). But Microsoft takes the OS, tweaks it from its default settings to optimize it for file services, and then adds extra file/storage capabilities.
Think of it like a Ford Mustang engine. Sure, the one from Detroit that comes in the car is nice. The GT is better than the base package. Think of WSS08 like a Saleen!!. It is really tweaked for one purpose – file IO, not SQL or Exchange or webserving, but storage and file services.
And then Microsoft adds de-duplication (Single Instance Storage) which is as hot a topic in IT as anything today. And the iSCSI Software target lets you offer block storage and file service in the same appliance. Then, the OEM hardware partners take their ‘stock’ hardware – like a Dell PowerEdge – and make it a PowerVault (with more tweaks and additions). File Serving is one of the most popular uses for Windows Server, so why not get it as tricked out as possible – from the same hardware and software vendors that you already trust for the rest of your server infrastructure (instead of a proprietary NAS filer).
On May 7th, I have asked one of the lead development managers to help me with a TechNet Webcast on “Introducing Windows Storage Server 2008” :
You might also want to check out the WSS team blog - blog.technet.com/StorageServer
Or our newly created website for Windows Storage Server - www.microsoft.com/StorageServer – where you can learn more about WSS08 and find links to our partners’ sites.
Our hardware partners will be announcing their Windows Storage Server appliances over the next several weeks – but until then, check out the links above, as well as the file services in WS08 that WSS08 is built on and get ready for the best storage appliance that we’ve ever built.
As always, thanks for reading …
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Wow!  It is finally here!  It has been a labor of love for me and I am very pleased to announce
I am glad to share that Windows Storage Server 2008 (WSS 2008) and the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target
Windows Storage Server 2008 (WSS 2008) and the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.2 have been released
Already caught the announcement (then removed ;) on the 1st, downloaded from the OEM site and registered to the webcast but... hey, the WSS blog URL is wrong, the correct one is
From Jason > re: 5/1 - there is a lot to be enthusiastic about. Guess someone jumped the gun. Re:URL - thanks for catching it.
As an updated reminder, we have two TechNet Webcasts today from Storage Solutions:   Introducing
I noticed it's on MSDN now as well, but when you install it, there isn't a prompt to change the Administrator password, and there are no readme documents associated with the MSDN download. Do you know what it is, or can you help us out?
from Jason > its in the Tools CD ... but barring that, let us know how you like it!
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Windows Storage Server 2008 RTM
This is a very good day to be in storage and a Windows network administrator – because HP just announced