NTFS MetaFiles

They sit there, hiding in the root directory…metafiles.  The shell hides them from the user, but they are still there…lurking.  Microsoft does a pretty good job hiding these files so you don’t accidentally damage them.  But what are these files and how does NTFS use them? Before we have a look at them I’d like… Read more

Windows Server 2008 R2 Live Migration – “The devil may be in the networking details.”

Windows Server 2008 R2 has been publicly available now for only a short period of time, but we are already seeing a good adoption rate for the new Live Migration functionality as well as the new Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) feature. I personally have worked enough issues now where Live Migration is failing that I… Read more

Windows 7 Useful Links

Common questions we get asked in the Setup/Core team is where can I find some useful links regarding Deployment (with MDT 2010 and SCCM), USMT 4.0 (User State Migration Toolkit), Activation (Changes and functionality differences in Vista and Greater O/S’es), Application Compatibility with Windows 7 and/or Vista, and last but not least, what is an… Read more

Using Pass-Through Disks in Conjunction with Clustered Shared Volumes (CSV) in Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clusters

This blog is essentially an update, or follow-up if you will, to the original blog I wrote for Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering.  With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2 comes the ability to Live Migrate highly available virtual machines between nodes in a Failover Cluster.  As if that were not enough to get… Read more

Creating a Virtual Machine to be stored on a Cluster Shared Volume

Cluster Shared Volumes is a new feature of Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering intended to enhance the capabilities of Highly Available Virtual Machines. It is recommended to utilize Cluster Shared Volumes if you intend to use the Live Migration feature of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. In this blog I would like to cover… Read more

Resource Hosting Subsystem (RHS) In Windows Server 2008 Failover Clusters

In this blog, I would like to explore some of the inner-workings of the Resource Host Subsystem (RHS) which is responsible for monitoring the health of the various cluster resources being provided as part of highly available services in a Failover cluster.   A Windows Server 2008 Failover Cluster is capable of providing high availability services… Read more

MDT 2010: Incorrect wimgapi.dll version causing WIM mounting issues

Today’s blog will cover an issue we have seen with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010.  You may see one or more of the following error messages when generating or updating boot images and other actions in MDT that involve the Lite Touch Images: Unable to mount the WIM, so the update process cannot continue. Unable to… Read more

Unable to select an attached VHD as a Shadow Copy Storage location

You may notice that you cannot choose to store Shadow Copies on an attached VHD, and that when configuring Shadow Copy protection on an attached VHD, there are no other locations available to store the copies on, other than the protected VHD volume. This behavior is by design. Illustrated below is the behavior you may… Read more

The Four Stages of NTFS File Growth

In my quest to better understand the interworking of how NTFS stores information on disk, I have been researching what happens to a file as it grows in size and complexity.  The reason I’m after this knowledge is so I can better troubleshoot certain storage issues.  Recently, I realized that I’d stuffed my head with… Read more

KMS Host Client Count not Increasing Due to Duplicate CMID’S

Hello, my name is Scott McArthur.  I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer in the Windows group and today’s blog will cover an issue involving KMS activation and deployment of images.    This issue seems to be more prevalent today due to the various tools used to clone images, create images based on a templates, Physical… Read more