Moving the Offline Files Cache in Windows Vista

Several customers have asked us how to move the Offline Files cache location from the default location (c:windowscsc) to another volume. Here is a procedure for doing this. From an elevated command prompt, run the following command:REG ADD “HKLMSystemCurrentControlSetServicesCSCParameters” /v MigrationParameters /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f Run the following command as a user who is… Read more

Dell, Microsoft Bring Enterprise-Class Storage Capabilities to the Mainstream

Dell and Microsoft Corp. today announced a unified, networked storage system for file and application data that delivers enterprise-class manageability, versatility and performance for businesses of all sizes. The Dell PowerVault NX1950™ with Microsoft® Windows® Unified Data Storage Server 2003 goes beyond traditional network-attached storage solutions. The integrated hardware and software system offers the performance,… Read more

End of year maintenance for DFS Replication reporting

If you use the reporting functionality for DFS Replication in the DFS Management tools you will want to pick up the following hotfix to allow reporting functionality to work during the month of December:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/912154.  You do not need to pick up this hotfix if you do not use the reporting functions of the DFS… Read more

Identifying how much disk space is used for restore points in Windows Vista

Beta testers and even MS employees often ask us why restore points take up so much disk space and whether this can be adjusted. I also see the opposite problem reported—testers are surprised that so few restore points are being kept on the system. The best way to see what’s going on is to use… Read more

TechNet Webcast: Windows Server "Longhorn" and Windows Vista: Better Together (Level 200)

Here’s an upcoming webcast that features Offline Files:: In this session, we look deeper into the technologies that make the combination of Microsoft Windows Server code-named “Longhorn” and Windows Vista a compelling solution for enterprise organizations. Join us as we explore important features that help you manage offline files, Group Policy, networking, Quality of Service… Read more

Everything you ever wanted to know about Remote Differential Compression…

Our RDC experts just published a technical whitepaper on RDC. Check out Optimizing File Replication over Limited-Bandwidth Networks using Remote Differential Compression by Dan Teodosiu, Nikolaj Bjorner, Joe Porkka, Mark Manasse, and Y. Gurevich. Abstract is below; there will be a quiz later Remote Differential Compression (RDC) protocols can efficiently update files over a limited-bandwidth network when… Read more

File and Printer Sharing in Windows Vista

If you’re interested in using Windows Vista to share files, check out this TechNet article recently published. Here’s a brief abstract: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ has made some important changes to the way that file and printer sharing works. This article describes the changes and provides step-by-step instructions for sharing files and printers and connecting to… Read more

Disabling Last Access Time in Windows Vista to improve NTFS performance

An observant Windows Vista user noticed a registry named NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlFileSystem and asked us what this means. Last Access Time is a file attribute that’s updated when a file is accessed or otherwise touched. (This is often confused with the Last Modified Time, which is only updated when the file changes.) Last Access Time… Read more

Answering your questions about File Backup in Windows Vista

Savvy Windows Vista users have been asking tough questions about some of the design decisions we made for the File Backup feature in Windows Vista. We created this FAQ to explain our decisions. We don’t expect everyone to agree with us, and we are taking into consideration the feedback we’ve received from beta testers for… Read more