Here are some relevant references to Windows Storage Server-centric content. Keep checking back for more links.
Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Microsoft.com: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/wss08.aspx TechNet Overview: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg232660(WS.10).aspx Getting Started Guide: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg214166(WS.10).aspx Known Issues List: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg214171(WS.10).aspx OEM Deployment Guide: Download the guide here. OEM Partners: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/wss08/partners.aspx
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Downloads: MSDN and TechNet Download: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx?pv=18:370 Embedded OEM Trial Software: The Embedded Server Evaluation Website now has the Windows Storage Server evaluation package available for IHVs, OEMs, ISVs, consultants and VARs to evaluate and test the product. The download is available after a quick registration page.
Windows Server 2008 R2 New Technology: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/whats-new.aspx New in Windows File Services: http://www.microsoft.com/storage
Storage Technology Facts Default cluster size for NTFS, FAT, and exFAT (256 TB NTFS limit) - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/140365 Large Logical Unit Support and Windows Server 2003 SP1 (GPT): http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/LUN_SP1.mspx and http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/GPT_FAQ.mspx How NTFS works (256 TB limit) : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc781134.aspx Reviewing Storage Limits: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc773268.aspx Microsoft Storage: Fact and Fiction - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/storage/getstorfacts.mspx How to calculate the LUN limit per HBA - http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2008/10/20/storage-tip-how-to-calculate-windows-server-2008-lun-limit-per-hba.aspx How dynamic disks and volumes work - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc758035.aspx How basic disks and volumes work - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc739412.aspx
Windows Storage Server Whitepapers Windows Server 2008 R2 Whitepapers Improve your understanding and get more in-depth information about Windows Server 2008 R2 in these whitepapers: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/white-papers.aspx
Performance Tuning Guidelines This guide describes important tuning parameters and settings that you can adjust to improve the performance and energy efficiency of the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system. This guide describes each setting and its potential effect to help you make an informed decision about its relevance to your system, workload, and performance goals. http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/system/sysperf/Perf_tun_srv-R2.mspx
NFS Account Mapping Whitepaper This paper covers Network File System (NFS) account mapping and the deployment in Windows Server 2008 R2. NFS is a network file sharing protocol that allows remote access to files over a network. NFS implementations include an NFS server component, which enables the sharing of files for use by other networked computers, and an NFS client component, which enables computers to access files shared by NFS servers. The Services for NFS role service in Windows Server provides the ability to function as an NFS server. Windows and UNIX operating systems use different account and security systems. Windows operating systems represent users and groups with a unique security identifier (SID), while UNIX operating systems represent users with user identifiers (UIDs) and group identifiers (GIDs). Account mapping is the process of correlating the UNIX UIDs and GIDs to corresponding Windows user and group SIDs. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=5f4c294c-8692-4235-8236-8ea809ae71f7
Operational TCO Comparison: Windows Server 2008 File Services vs. Dedicated Storage System Vendors (Done by the Edison Group) http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/solutions/specializedservers/product_guide/product_guide/content/03.wp.print.htm
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I'd like to try to use WSS2008R2 as a "homegrown" BDR solution for clients backup and disaster recovery needs. For example set up a WSS R2 at the office and another in a data center, or one at their office that replicates to a larger one at MY datacenter (multiple clients). Of course I would not want to reinvent the wheel (and fail), so do you have any advice on if this would work and any additional software (storagecraft, VM ware etc.) that would be required to complete this? We are MS OEM partners. Thanks! Tom