Storage at SNW Fall 08

The Microsoft Storage Solutions Division is participated at SNW this Fall at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, Texas.  The goals at the event were to strengthen industry awareness and enterprise credibility of Microsoft storage technologies and showcase our partners end to end solutions in the Microsoft Partner Pavilion. We highlighted partner solutions specific to virtualization,… Read more

Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit 1.1 Released!

We are glad to announce the release of Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit 1.1 ! With this version you will be able to migrate and consolidate shared folders from servers running Windows NT Server 4.0, Windows 2000 family of servers, Windows 2003 family of servers, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Storage Server 2008 to a… Read more

Storage Tip: How to check if the initial replication was completed successfully

There are a couple of ways to check the progress of initial replication. You can either use the Event Viewer snap-in or WMI to check whether your replicated folders have finished initial replication. Event Viewer: A separate event (4104) is thrown for each replicated folder on each downstream partner. For example, if there are three… Read more

What does DFSDiag do?

So you have heard about a tool DFSDiag which is meant to be used to help you diagnose your DFS Namespace. You just type DFSDiag.exe and… voilà you got the list of the commands you can use. Oh yes you also have the “DFSDIAG_ERROR” message, but that’s because DFSDiag expect one of the commands that… Read more

TechNet Radio — Total Wine success story with System Center

Earlier this week, I sat down with our friends at Total Wine to talk about how they are using System Center.    It’s one of the first times that I’ve gotten to talk about technology and ‘wine’ instead of ‘whine” – so check out the TechNet Radio interview where we covered: SC Data Protection Manager –… Read more

User Research Study: Wanted IT Administrators with Active Directory Users and Computers (Puget Sound Only)

Microsoft User Research is conducting a study focusing on the next version of Active Directory Users and Computers between November 10 and November 14, 2008. This is a great opportunity for IT administrators who have experience with ADUC to provide feedback and help improve the next version. You do not need to prepare anything for… Read more

Storage Tip: How to calculate Windows Server 2008 LUN Limit per HBA

For each target, we support 254 LUNs. Each HBA can support 128 Targets per “Bus” where bus might be an artificial construct, and there could be 8 buses per HBA (officially). So, per HBA (theoretical): 254 * 128 * 8 = 260,096 LUNs per HBA The system will run out of resources long before that… Read more

September Windows Server 2008 Knowledge Base Articles

Hello, Below you have a list of KB articles for Windows Server 2008 released or updated last month. 954052 09/25/2008 A hotfix is available to address the USB transmission rate drop on Windows Vista-based and Windows Server 2008-based computers that are connected to some USB devices that have multiple USB endpoints 958002 09/22/2008 File System… Read more

Storage Tips: Check which application is preventing safe USB removal

If the issue is a veto on a query for removal, you can look for which application has the reference on SetupApi logs. Oh.exe, or Process Explorer may also help to identify the process that’s causing the lock. SetupApi Logs SetupApi is a system component that device installation software can use to perform custom operations…. Read more

Rizwan Ansary’s bio

Rizwan Ansary is an SDET in the File Access & Distribution team within Microsoft’s Storage Solutions Division. He is part of the team that works on the DFS Replication service…. Read more