Windows Server 2008 R2 File Classification Infrastructure – Managing data based on business value

During the initial planning phases of R2, we had the opportunity to interview several IT professionals about the pain points of managing data on file servers. We tried to understand how we can improve the file server data management and what success looks like for these IT professionals.   Very early in the discussion it… Read more

Classifying files based on location and content using the File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) in Windows Server 2008 R2

We just introduced the world to the File Classification Infrastructure (Windows Server 2008 R2 File Classification Infrastructure – Managing data based on business value). Now let us show you how to set up your file server to classify files. Setup The first step is to install the File Classification Infrastructure (FCI). This is done by… Read more

Dealing with stale data on File Servers

For an overview of File Classification Infrastructure, check Classifying files based on location and content using the File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) in Windows Server 2008 R2 Are your file servers full of stale data slowing down your backups and taking up valuable space? Do you have no time to figure out how to deal with… Read more

Customizing File Management Tasks

For an overview of File Classification Infrastructure, check Classifying files based on location and content using the File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) in Windows Server 2008 R2. Previously we showed you how to expire stale data using File Management Tasks in Windows Server 2008 R2. Now let's look at what else can be done with File… Read more

IFS Plugfest registrations open

The 20th edition of IFS Plugfest is now open for registrations. IFS Plugfest is an event for file system filter driver ISVs organized by the File System Filters team at Microsoft. All file system filter driver ISVs are invited to this event, which is held on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. Benefits for participants… Read more

SMB2, a complete redesign of the main remote file protocol for Windows

SMB (Server Message Block) is a remote file protocol commonly used by Microsoft Windows clients and servers that dates back to 1980’s. When it was first used, LANs speeds were typically 10Mbps or less, WAN use was very limited and there were no Wireless LANs. Network security concerns like preventing man-in-the-middle attacks were non-existent at… Read more

File Server performance improvements with the SMB2 protocol in Windows Server 2008

Jose Barreto covered details on SMB2 during his TechEd 2008 ITForum presentation. SMB (Server Message Block) is the main protocol used in Windows for file sharing and it has been significantly improved from SMB 1 in Windows Server 2003/Windows XP to SMB 2 in Windows Server 2008/Windows Vista. See more on the demo results here:… Read more

System state restore recommendations

This post is intended to clarify Microsoft’s support position on system state backups and restores and comes in response to a recent question from a partner. We recommend the following best practices for implementing system state restores: · The restore should be performed offline – that is, when the computer is booted into the Windows… Read more

What is new in DPM 2007 Service Pack 1 – check out this EDGE video

At IT Forum last week, the general public got a chance to see DPM 2007 Service Pack 1. It isn’t quite released yet, but still tracking really well for December.  So, to give everyone else a taste of what is in SP1 — check out this video on EDGE.TECHNET.COM.   And look for a weekly podcast… Read more

Storage tip: Getting more info into your storage reports

Did you ever wonder which files were taking up most of your space? How about which files no one has touched in the last year? Which user is taking up all the disk space on your file server? The File Server Resource Manager (affectionately referred to as FSRM) component in Windows Server 2k3 R2 and… Read more