Troubleshooting ‘Redirected Access’ on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV)

 Cluster shared Volumes (CSV) is a new feature implemented in Windows Server 2008 R2 to assist with new scale-up\out scenarios.  CSV provides a scalable fault tolerant solution for clustered applications that require NTFS file system access from anywhere in the cluster.  In Windows Server 2008 R2, CSV is only supported for use by the Hyper-V… Read more

General activation concepts

Today’s blog posting is based on documentation written for our activation specialists to answer some of the most common questions for customers that are new to our current activation technologies.  Depending on the size of your organization and your familiarity with our current technologies, activation can be a very simple or complex discussion.  These are… Read more

Open File Security Warning Prompt during Deployment

Today’s blog is going to cover an issue we have seen a couple of times now with customers utilizing Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to Deploy Windows although it can happen with any deployment tool out there. Issue: During deployment of Windows or even after Windows is deployed you see an Open File – Security Warning… Read more

How to use Bitlocker Data Recovery Agent to unlock Bitlocker Protected Drives

  Hello, my name is Manoj Sehgal. I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer in the Windows group and today’s blog will cover “How to use Bitlocker Data Recovery Agent (DRA) to unlock Bitlocker Protected Drives In Windows 7, we have option to unlock devices using Bitlocker DRA if you have a PKI Infrastructure in… Read more

GPT in Windows

GUID Partition Table or GPT is a standard that’s been around for a while but is still not completely understood by the masses.  So I wanted to do a quick blog to address some of the common questions we  hear from day to day. Previously in my blog entitled Understanding the 2 TB Limit in… Read more

Microsoft Professional Advisory Services

I am sure many of you are aware that Microsoft provides several options for our customers in terms of support services. The Support website provides information about our support offerings. We have Consumer support, Professional support and various levels of Premier Support. There are even several Self Support options available. These solutions are primarily focused… Read more

NTFS File Attributes

It is time once again to delve into the fascinating world of NTFS! So far I’ve outlined how files become more complex as they grow, the different metafiles found in the MFT, and then the different parts of Windows storage that results in the infamous 2TB size limitation. Today I want to list out most… Read more

Using Multiple Client Access Points (CAP) in a Windows Server 2008 (R2) Failover Cluster

Quite a while back I wrote a blog on a new functionality in Windows Server 2008 Failover Clusters called ‘file share scoping’ ( I was informed recently that our Networking Support Team refers to this blog frequently when working with customers who are migrating to Windows Server 2008 Failover Clusters and discover that CNAME (Canonical… Read more

Working with File Shares in Windows Server 2008 (R2) Failover Clusters

I know what you are thinking, “How hard can it be to work with cluster file shares?”. I would be willing to bet a lot of you have been working with File Server clusters since NT 4.0 days. If you are still working with them today in Windows Server 2008 R2, you know things have… Read more