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  • Blog Post: Opening doors into the home

    There's been passing mentions of Windows Home Server on this blog. So I wanted to pass along that yesterday Windows Home Server was released to manufacturing ... ahead of schedule. You can watch the final sign-off meeting here . OEM products will hit the store shelves this fall. It's been more than...
  • Blog Post: SBS myths dispelled...by "Tom"

    In the course of talking to many Microsoft partners and customers, the Windows Small Business Server team has learned that there are sometimes misperceptions about the product, in many cases based on experiences with the earlier versions of SBS. In hopes of dispelling some of these "myths," the team...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server Beta 2

    Windows Home Server has reached the Beta 2 milestone! While previous releases have been tested by 1000+ Microsoft employees and some of our hardware and software partners, we are now starting to invite a broader group of external testers to participate in Beta 2. People interested in participating...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008, The Storage Story- REVISITED

    Well, blogging can be full of excitement. I have found out that my blog posted on May 20th contains a non factual sentence as far as beta 3 is concerned. The following sentence: "SMB2.0 will also support transactions, symbolic links and client side encryption" is not correct. Transaction support and...
  • Blog Post: Support for Applications on External Storage

    Members of the Storage product management group still receive lots of inquiries about support and compatibility of Microsoft applications with external storage. The information most often requested is related to Exchange, SQL and file serving. We often hear comments like: “ Running applications like...
  • Blog Post: Storage Performance matters… but how?

    In the storage world, performance is a big deal and is often a differentiator….how do you ask? Well, some users will make a decision on Fibre Channel vs. iSCSI based on throughput performance, some users will make a specific purchasing decision on a device based on NFS performance published by SPEC SFS...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Partnership with RSA for Information Protection

    Hi all – I’m David Hastie, senior product manager in the Identity and Security Business Group here at Microsoft. I wanted to flag an announcement Microsoft made today in the area of information protection and data loss prevention. It involves Rights Management Services in Windows Server 2008. In...
  • Blog Post: Storage Networking World- Another one done!

    After four days of talks on virtualization, Green Storage , iSCSI, SRM, XAM and many other secret code acronyms, thousands of blood shot eyed and haggard looking storage professionals are going home. What will they retain from this event? Well virtualization is “tough”…..iSCSI is happening… clustered...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft at Storage Networking World

    My name is Claude Lorenson, I am the Group Product Manager for Storage & Branch Planning in the Windows Server division. With Storage Networking World happening this week in San Diego, it is the ideal time to energize storage blogging. Microsoft is highlighting its storage partner ecosystem at...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and HP Deliver Storage Performance

    One of the benchmarks important to gauge performance of file servers and NAS devices is SPECsfs97_R1 set up by the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC). This is a non-profit benchmarking organization and this specific benchmark has been created to establish network file system (NFS) performance...
  • Blog Post: Windows Storage Server 2008 is here!

    Hi, my name is Bala Kasiviswanathan, director of Storage Solutions Marketing here at Microsoft, and I’m pleased to announce the release of Windows Storage Server 2008 (WSS08) to our OEM partners. WSS08 is built upon Windows Server 2008 – the industry-leading file services platform. WSS08 includes additional...
  • Blog Post: Windows Storage Solution Updates at SNW

    In the spirit of keeping you updated on Windows Storage Solutions, this week members of our team are off to Orlando, Florida for the bi-annual Storage Networking World (SNW) conference. You may recall that last October at SNW, we announced the RTM of Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 as part of Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Building a host cluster with Hyper-V beta

    Hyper-V is a cluster-aware feature within Windows Server 2008, offering native support for VM high availability. And now that beta 1 is available, you can check it out yourself. So what are the 10 steps you have to go through to build a host cluster using iSCSI shared storage? Read Robert Larson's post...
  • Blog Post: Are you a fan of FAN?

    A large percentage of corporate data is in the form of file. Today roughly 80% of corporate networks data is unstructured. Also the forecasted growth of unstructured data is significantly higher than structured data. This means that file management is becoming a growing problem. This problem is compounded...
  • Blog Post: Essential Business Server at Convergence

    Lots happening in Orlando at Convergence 2008 - the Microsoft Dynamics users' conference. Steve Ballmer and vice president Kirill Tatarinov are speaking and the Dynamics team is making a number of announcements , including a partnership with EDS to extend Microsoft Dynamics CRM deployments, a preview...
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates announces Windows Home Server

    I suspect all you fans of Windows Server will be interested in this news... Last night, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Bill Gates announced Windows Home Server, an new version of Windows focused on multi-PC households. From the Microsoft press-release : During his keynote...
  • Blog Post: Got TB?

    It looks like acquiring storage capacity will remain on the “Top List” of IT Pros for the upcoming years. While this is a bit late as far “spring cleaning” season at home, it is never too late to do some “cleaning” on your data. Buying raw storage is the “simple” solution to meet the data growth that...
  • Blog Post: Big storage for small business

    Iomega today announced their new StorCenter network attached storage products for small and medium business, powered by Windows Storage Server 2003 R2. Iomega does a good job building (and pricing) storage products that make file and print painless for small companies. This is their first solution built...
  • Blog Post: Windows Essential Server Solutions go public

    Good news. Today we opened up the Public Preview for Windows Essential Server Solutions - Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 . Visit here to find out how to download and evaluate the Release Candidate 0 versions of both. EBS is available now, SBS will be up within a few weeks...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008: Released to Manufacturing!

    Excerpt from the post on the SBS blog by group program manager Dean Paron: On behalf of the SBS team, I am extremely pleased to announce that Windows Small Business Server 2008 software has been finalized! Today both SBS Standard and Premium are being released to manufacturing, which means we begin...
  • Blog Post: Windows DNS Server's RPC interface

    If you aren't already aware from press articles or the Microsoft Security Advisory , there are reports of an attack exploiting a vulnerability in the DNS Server Service in Windows 2000 Server SP4, Windows Server 2003 SP1, and Windows Server 2003 SP2. The attack could allow remote code execution. Folks...
  • Blog Post: Data protection manager 2007 -- now backing up windows server 2008

    The Windows Storage Solutions team that manages DPM 2007 is very excited to announce that the ‘ Rollup Update ’ for System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 is now available for download.   The biggest new workload that DPM now has supported protection for is, of course, Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 hits the streets

    My name is Shola Aluko and I am the product manager for Windows Storage Server 2003 R2. This is my first official blog posting. Hmm, can a blog be official ? Anyways, I was waiting for the right time to start blogging and this is it. We will be launching Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 (WSS03 R2...
  • Blog Post: Day 2 of SNW-Some gems....

    We are in day 2 of Storage Networking World and we have already seen some great new storage products to help Windows based customers managed their storage environment. The growth of unstructured data in many customers’ environments has made NAS gateways quite popular to consolidate the data storage allocated...
  • Blog Post: Essential Business Server blog

    The team behind Windows Essential Business Server 2008 for midsized companies (part of the newly announced Windows Essential Server Solutions family and formerly known as "Centro") has launched a team blog here . Group Program Manager Eric Watson provides the introduction: In this Blog, key people...