Getting started with Storage Replica in Windows Server Technical Preview

Storage Replica (SR) is a new feature that enables storage-agnostic, block-level, synchronous replication between servers for disaster recovery, as well as stretching of a failover cluster for high availability. Synchronous replication enables mirroring of data in physical sites with crash-consistent volumes ensuring zero data loss at the file system level. Asynchronous replication allows site extension…

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Migrating DFS Namespace from Windows 2000 Server mode to Windows Server 2008 mode

Hi,   I recently helped a customer with this tricky little exercise. The idea was to do the upgrade during office hours with as little downtime as possible and to run it remotely from one server.   It’s following the basic guide here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753875.aspx   But this formal guide wasn’t very “real world”. It forgets…

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Office 2013 Security Baselines for SCM are live

Hi, Pat Fetty recently blogged about the new SCM baselines for Office 2013 going live. I opened up my local copy of SCM and imported the content: The .cab file contains the security settings. The “att” file contains the attachments which are Word documents describing the security baseline settings. You may get prompted at this…


A backup server flooded by DPCs

Hi, I’ve just finished working on a case with a customer that was so interesting that it deserved a blog post to round it off. These were the symptoms: Often while logged in to the server things would appear to freeze – no screen updates, little mouse responsiveness, if you could start a program (perfmon,…

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