New white paper: Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Architecture and Deployment

New white paper: Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Architecture and Deployment

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A new white paper about Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Architecture and Deployment (including the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3) has just been published.
Here's an outline of this content:

  • Introduction
  • Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Overview
    • Comparing Windows Server Operating System Storage Offerings
      • Comparing Windows Storage Server with Windows Server
      • Identifying Windows Storage Server Features
      • What’s New in Windows Storage Server 2008 R2
    • Comparing Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 with Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Editions
    • Identifying Storage Challenges
      • Identify Scalability Storage Challenges
      • Identify Availability Storage Challenges
      • Identify Security Storage Challenges
      • Identify Manageability Storage Challenges
      • Identify Data Recovery Storage Challenges
    • Identifying Windows Storage Server Solution Benefits 
      • Identifying Scalability Benefits  
      • Identifying Availability Benefits  
      • Identifying Security Benefits
      • Identifying Manageability Benefits
      • Identifying Data Recovery Benefits
  • Exploring Windows Storage Server Features and Capabilities
    • Providing Access to File Services Workloads
      • Supporting File Services Workloads Using CIFS, SMB, or SMB2
      • Supporting File Services Workloads Using NFS
      • Supporting File Services Workloads Using WebDAV
      • Supporting File Services Workloads Using Windows SharePoint Services
    • Providing Access to iSCSI Block I/O Workloads
      • Supporting iSCSI Block I/O Workloads Using Microsoft iSCSI Software Target
      • Supporting iSCSI Boot
    • Providing Access to Web Services Workloads
    • Providing Access to FTP Services Workloads
    • Providing Access to Print Services Workloads
    • Providing Reduction in Power Consumption
      • Improve the Power Efficiency of Individual Servers
      • Processor Power Management
      • Storage Power Management
      • Additional Power Saving Features
    • Performing Highly Automated Installations
  • Managing Windows Storage Server
    • Management Tools for All Workloads
    • Managing Power Consumption for All Workloads
      • Remote Manageability of Power Policy
      • In-Band Power Metering and Budgeting
    • Managing File Services Workloads
      • Managing File Services Using File Server Resource Manager
      • Managing File Services Using Share and Storage Management 
      • Managing DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication
      • Managing Single Instance Storage
    • Managing iSCSI Block I/O Workloads
      • Managing the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target for iSCSI Block I/O Workloads
      • Managing the Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator for iSCSI Block I/O Workloads
      • Managing iSCSI Block I/O Workloads Using Windows PowerShell
    • Managing Web Services Workloads
    • Managing Print Services Workloads
  • Protecting Windows Storage Server Workload Data
    • Using Windows Server Backup to Protect Data 
    • Using Shadow Copies of Shared Folders to Protect Data
    • Using the Volume Shadow Copy Service to Protect Data
    • Using LUN Resynchronization to Protect Data
      • Comparison of LUN Resynchronization and Traditional Volume Shadow Copy Service
      • Comparison of LUN Resynchronization and LUN Swap
      • Benefits of Performing Full Volume Recovery Using LUN Resynchronization
      • Process for Performing Full Volume Recovery Using LUN Resynchronization
    • Using DFS Replication to Protect Data
    • Using Automated System Recovery to Protect Data
    • Using System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 to Protect Data
    • Using Virtual Disk Snapshots to Protect Data
    • Using the Appcmd.exe Tool to Backup IIS Configuration
    • Using the PrintBRM.exe Tool to Backup Printer Information
  • Securing Windows Storage Server Workloads
    • Securing Windows Storage Server for All Workloads
    • Securing File Services Workloads
    • Securing iSCSI Block I/O Workloads
    • Securing Web Services Workloads
    • Securing Print Services Workloads
  • Improving Availability of Windows Storage Server Workloads
    • Improving Availability of File Services Workloads
    • Improving Availability of iSCSI Block I/O Workloads
      • Creating Highly-Available iSCSI Targets 
      • Creating Highly-Available iSCSI Initiators
    • Improving Availability of Web Services Workloads
    • Improving Availability of Print Services Workloads
  • Improving Performance and Scalability for Windows Storage Server Solutions
    • Improving Performance and Scalability for All Workloads
      • Improvements in Processor and Memory Capacity
      • Improvements in the Next Generation TCP/IP Protocol
      • Improvements in Network Adapter Performance
      • Reduction in Processor Utilization for I/O Operations
    • Improving Performance and Scalability for File Services Workloads
      • Review Improvements in the SMB2 Protocol
      • Review SMB-based File Services Workload Test Results
      • Reviewing Performance Improvements in SMB Version 2.1 in Windows Server 2008 R2 
      • Improving Performance for Branch Offices Using BranchCache  
      • Improving Performance for Folder Redirection and Offline Files
    • Improving Performance and Scalability for iSCSI Block I/O Workloads
      • Identify Methods for Improving iSCSI Block I/O Workload Performance and Scalability
      • Review I/O Storage Test Results
    • Improving Performance and Scalability for Web Services Workloads
      • Identify Methods for Improving Web Services Workload Performance and Scalability
      • Review Web Services Workload Test Results
    • Improving Performance and Scalability for Print Workloads
  • Windows Storage Server Deployment Scenarios
    • Overview of Windows Storage Server Configurations
      • Using Windows Storage Server in a Stand-Alone NAS Configuration
      • Using Windows Storage Server in a Highly-Available NAS Configuration
      • Using Windows Storage Server in a NAS Gateway Configuration
      • Using Windows Storage Server in iSCSI Block I/O Configuration
    • Creating Branch Office Solutions
    • Creating Highly-Available Solutions
    • Creating Solutions for Storage Consolidation
    • Creating Small to Medium Business Solutions
    • Creating Solutions for Heterogeneous Environments
    • Creating Application Consolidation Solutions
    • Creating Unified Storage Solutions
    • Creating Virtualization Solutions
      • Connecting Virtual Machines to iSCSI LUNs
      • Running Virtual Machines on Windows Storage Server 
    • Creating iSCSI Boot Solutions
  • Conclusion
  • More Information

If that outline sounds interesting, download and read the entire 126-page PDF document from
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=b8a8edb3-832c-4bf0-a177-1bac8963d3fd

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