Backup and Restore of Server for NFS Share Settings

Introduction Windows Server 2012 ships with a rich set of PowerShell cmdlets to perform most of the Server for NFS share management operations. Using these cmdlets as building blocks, administrators can easily build backup and restore scripts for the NFS share settings and permissions that best suits their needs. This post demonstrates how Export-CliXml and… Read more

Server for NFS PowerShell Cmdlets

 This post covers the Server for NFS PowerShell cmdlets in Windows Server 2012 with brief description about each of them. You can get Server for NFS PowerShell cmdlets by installing “Server for NFS” role service from the File and Storage Services or by installing “Services for Network File System Management Tools” from Remote Server Administration… Read more

Introducing DFS Namespaces Windows PowerShell Cmdlets

OverviewIn this blog post, let me introduce you to the new DFS Namespaces (DFSN) Windows PowerShell cmdlets that we have added in Windows Server 2012. Windows PowerShell is designed for automation and complex scripting, in part due to its powerful pipelining feature. Its object-based design streamlines user experience into focusing on the tasks you want… Read more

Automatic RMS protection of non-MS Office files using FCI and Rights Protected Folder Explorer

RPFe has been deprecated in favor of the Microsoft.Protection cmdlets. An updated version of this blog post that shows how to use the Microsoft.Protection cmdlets to RMS encrypt non-MS Office Files is available HERE. FCI File Classification Infrastructure(FCI) provides insight into your data by automating classification processes so that you can manage your data more… Read more

NFS Identity Mapping in Windows Server 2012

This document describes the selection, configuration and usage of the user and group identity mapping options available to Client for NFS available in selected versions of Windows 8 and to Server for NFS and Client for NFS available in selected versions of in Windows Server 2012 to assist an systems administrator when installing and configuring… Read more

VMware Setup for Server for NFS Cluster

In this tutorial, I’ll discuss how to setup VMware vSphere virtual machines with Windows server 2012 Server for NFS cluster as backend storage. Background VMware has supported running virtual machines hosted by its ESX server over the NFS v3 protocol. In this configuration, virtual machines running on VMware ESX have their VMDKs (virtual disks) located… Read more

iSCSI Target Storage (VDS/VSS) Provider

There are two new features introduced in Windows Server 2012 related to iSCSI: iSCSI Target Server and Storage Provider. My previous blog post discussed the iSCSI Target Server in depth, this blog post will focus on the providers. Introduction There are two providers included in the storage provider feature: ยท iSCSI Target VDS hardware provider:… Read more

How to Perform Client Fencing?

In this article, we will talk about how we evaluate client fencing for Server for NFS role in Windows Server 2012, from targeting client permission to calculating combined permission result. We will also cover the caching strategy we implemented and lookup mechanism for netgroups. Lookup data are located in local cache, Network Information Service (NIS),… Read more

How to: NFS Kerberos Configuration with Linux Client

In this tutorial, we will provision NFS server provided by “Server for NFS” role in Windows Server 2012 for use with Linux based client with Kerberos security with RPCSEC_GSS. Background Traditionally NFS clients and servers use AUTH_SYS security. This essentially allows the clients to send authentication information by specifying the UID/GID of the UNIX user… Read more

Server for Network File System First Share End-to-End

Introduction Server for Network File System (NFS) provides a file-sharing solution for enterprises that have a mixed Windows and UNIX environment. Server for NFS enables users to share and migrate files between computers running the Windows Server 2012 operating system using SMB protocol and UNIX-based computers using the NFS protocol. Today we will go through… Read more