Using the Storage Pools page in Server Manager to create storage spaces

With Windows Server 2012, Server manager includes simple and easy to use, user interface that enables management of Windows Storage Spaces and other Storage Subsystems such as EMC Clariion VNX and Dell EqualLogic (but not limited to these) storage arrays with supporting SMI-S and SMP based Storage provider respectively. By using Server Manager’s File and… Read more

Server for NFS Diagnostics

In this post, we will discuss the instrumentation available in Server for NFS in Windows Server 2012 and how it can be used to detect and diagnose any deployment and operational issues. Event Viewer There are quite few changes in the Server for NFS event model for Windows Server 2012. In the previous releases of… Read more

DFS Replication Improvements in Windows Server 2012

Hi folks, Ned Pyle here. As promised when I left AskDS and MS Support for greener pastures, I’m still in the blogging game – I told you I’d be back! Let’s start things off talking about improvements in Windows Server 2012 and DFS Replication (DFSR). Windows Server 2012 DFSR focuses on reliability and supportability changes… Read more

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: · iSCSI Target VDS hardware provider:… Read more