Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2-Now Available

Identify, classify, and protect data across targeted file servers in your organization   The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce that the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 is now available for download. Download the toolkit The Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 is designed to help enable an organization… Read more

Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta Now Available

Consistently identify, classify, and protect data across all file servers in your organization   The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta. Join the Beta Program (Windows Live ID required) Designed to help reduce the cost and complexity of data compliance, the Data Classification Toolkit… Read more

Microsoft IT Uses File Classification Infrastructure to Help Secure Personally Identifiable Information

I’d like to bring to your attention a recently published Technical Case Study from Microsoft IT that showcases how Microsoft IT is using FCI. Learn how Microsoft Information Technology (IT) used File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) to create a solution to automatically classify, manage, and protect sensitive data, including personally identifiable information and financial information. Using… Read more

TechEd 2011 demo install step-by-step (Hyper-V, AD, DNS, iSCSI Target, File Server Cluster, SQL Server over SMB2)

We have a new blog post out that explains the demo setup used in the TechEd 2011 presentation about Windows Server 2008 R2 File Services Consolidation. In the post, you get step-by-step instructions on how to reproduce the environment used in the presentation’s demo. This is a great way to experiment with a fairly large… Read more

File Server Team sessions at TechEd 2011 this week

If you’re attending TechEd 2011 this week, here are sessions from the File Server team: WSV313 – Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 for Application Storage, Diskless Boot, and More!Speaker(s): Jian (Jane) YanTuesday, May 17 at 5:00 PM, room: B101 http://northamerica.msteched.com/topic/details/WSV313 WSV317 – Windows Server 2008 R2 File Services Consolidation: Technology UpdateSpeaker: Jose BarretoWednesday, 5/18 at… Read more

Using 4k sector and advanced format drives in Windows. HotFix and support info for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

If you work with storage, you probably already heard about the “4K Sector Drives”, “Advanced Format Drives” and “512e drives”. These new “4K sector drives” abandon the traditional use of 512 bytes per sector in favor of a new structure that uses 4096 bytes. The migration to the new formats is eased by the use… Read more

FSCT test results detail the performance of Windows Server 2008 R2 File Server configurations – 23,000 users with 192 spindles

The File Server Capacity Tool (FSCT) is a free download from Microsoft that helps you determine the capacity of a specific file server configuration (running Windows or any operating system that implements the SMB or SMB2 protocols). It simulates a specific set of operations (the “Home Folders” workload) being executed by a large number of… Read more

Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 for Windows Server 2008 R2 available for public download

Today, Microsoft has made the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 publicly available to all users of Windows Server 2008 R2. The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target has been available for production use as part of Windows Storage Server since early 2007. It has also been available for development and test use by MSDN and TechNet subscribers… Read more

Windows Server Backup automatic disk usage management

This blog applies to Automatic Disk Usage management and Version Management for versions lying on local disk. This does not apply to versions lying on Network shares.  Windows Server Backup Overview Windows Server Backup is the built-in backup solution in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. By using Windows Server Backup, an administrator can schedule periodic backups of… Read more

Mithilesh Singh’s Bio

I am from Hyderabad, India. Graduated in 2008 from BIT Ranchi, India. I joined Microsoft’s India Development Center (IDC) in Hyderabad as a Software Development Engineer (SDE) in Data Protection Manager (DPM) team in June 2008. I am currently working in the Windows Server Backup team, which delivers the built-in backup solution in Windows…. Read more