Sizing Volumes for Data Deduplication in Windows Server

Introduction One of the most common questions the Data Deduplication team gets seems deceptively simple: "How big can I make my deduplicated volumes?" The short answer is: It depends on your hardware and workload. A slightly longer answer is: It depends primarily on how much and how frequently the data on the volume changes, and… Read more

Cluster aggregated view in Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Provider for an asymmetric storage configuration

Blog written by Sripresanna in the Storage, Network & Print Team.   Cluster aggregated view for Windows Storage Provider (Asymmetric storage configuration)   This is a continuation of previous blog, where I explained cluster aggregated view for Windows Storage Provider for symmetric storage configuration. We strongly encourage to use Symmetric storage configuration and this blog… Read more

Cluster aggregated view in Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Provider for a symmetric storage configuration

Blog written by Sripresanna in the Storage, Network & Print Team   Cluster aggregated view for Windows Storage Provider   In this blog, I’d like to explain about the new cluster aggregated view feature that is part of the Storage Management on Windows Server 2012 R2. For a quick overview of the Storage Management at… Read more

Automatic RMS Protection of non-MS Office files using FCI and the Rights Management Cmdlets

Updated on 2015-12-01 to work with the release version of the Azure RMS PowerShell cmdlets. File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) is a built-in feature on Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 that helps IT admins to manage their organization's data on file servers by providing automatic classification processes. Using rules… Read more

Come see Windows Server Technical Preview sessions at TechEd Europe next week!

Hi folks, Ned here again. I will be presenting at TechEd Europe in Barcelona Oct 28-31, with my focus on Storage Replica. There are plenty of great presentations on our latest Windows Server 2012 R2 tech and dives into new Windows Server Technical Preview solutions, such as cluster rolling upgrades, scale out storage changes, the new MS Cloud Platform System… Read more

Storage Replica Guide Released for Windows Server Technical Preview

Hi folks, Ned here. I've spiked this post as we have a much newer preview and guide right here. All new scenarios, all new features, better performance, bug fixes, and much more to protect your business and your data. Go! GOOOOO!!! With the release of the Windows Server Technical Preview, we’ve unveiled a new… Read more

Moving users to different Sync Shares

User folders are associated with a sync share, and there are times you will need to move a user to different sync shares. For example, maybe the user changed jobs from HR to Finance, which has its own sync share. The process is pretty straightforward, by changing the user’s security memberships. This blog post goes… Read more

Using ADFS authentication for Work Folders

Michael has posted a blog post on how to build a topology with Work Folders and ADFS, it provides really good step by step guide, as well as the scripts. I want to build on that, to show you some insight of Work Folders using ADFS authentication. Overview Work Folders supports 2 different authentications: Windows… Read more

Streamlined Migration of FRS to DFSR SYSVOL

Hi folks, Ned here again. When telling people about the coming removal of FRS from Windows Server, the main response is usually: “Sure, I have occasional problems with FRS and know that I should upgrade to DFSR, but who has the time for a huge migration? That guide is very intimidating!” Update June 20, 2017:… Read more

The End is Nigh (for FRS) – updated for WS2016

Hi folks, Ned here again. At TechEd, I officially announced the end of the File Replication Service. For those that missed the event, I repeat: We are removing FRS from Windows Server Update June 20, 2017: It is done; Windows Server 2016 RS1 is the last version that will allow FRS – RS3 no longer… Read more