Upcoming webcast: Windows Server 2003 R2 + Intelligent iSCSI Storage: Building a Simple SAN

My name is Claude Lorenson, I am a Group Product Manager at Microsoft. I have been working on the storage workload in the Windows Server Product Management team for the last three year. Our team is responsible for the product strategy and the market positioning of Microsoft file and block storage technologies in the Windows server… Read more

Configuring DFS Namespaces from XP SP2 Clients

Windows Server 2003 R2 includes an Administration Tools Pack for running some of the R2 snap-ins on XP SP2 computers. A newsgroup customer recently tried this but found that some of the DFS Namespaces options are greyed out. As it turns out, you also need to install a hotfix to add the new DFS Namespaces APIs to XP… Read more

Threats and Countermeasures Guide v2.0 Available

The Threats and Countermeasures Guide v2 provides you with a reference to all security settings that provide countermeasures for specific threats against current versions of the Microsoft® Windows® operating systems. Chapter 7 covers a number of services that run on file servers, such as DFS and FRS, server clusters, Logical Disk Manager, Microsoft Software Shadow… Read more

Upcoming webcasts

Happy New Year everyone. Though I’d let you know about the upcoming webcasts we have planned for January. Webcast:  Troubleshooting and Debugging the Branch Office Technologies, 1/11/2006 9:30 AM PSTThis session will focus on identifying problems and how to fix them. From troubleshooting the service and its dependencies to getting good working knowledge of the available… Read more

Speaking of DiskPart…

Looks like we’ve published a whitepaper on how Microsoft’s own IT department uses Diskpart. Here’s the summary: The Microsoft IT group regularly uses the Diskpart.exe utility to dynamically increase disk volume capacity on servers running Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 and Microsoft Windows® 2000 Server. The Diskpart.exe utility is an integral component of the Microsoft IT… Read more

Using DFS Replication to replicate the root of the volume

On several occasions we’ve seen customers enable DFS Replication on the root of a volume, such as C:. Although DFS Replication supports configuring a volume root as the local path of a replicated folder, we don’t recommend this configuration for the following reasons: DFS Replication replicates metadata (including ACLs and attributes) that are set on… Read more

Sizing file servers

“How do I size file servers?” is a perennial question, and we recently had a mail thread in response to a customer question about sizing file server clusters. We do have some guidance about server cluster capacity planning and file server RAM and CPU sizing in the Windows Server 2003 Deployment Kit. Elden Christensen, a… Read more

New operations guide for using Dfsradmin.exe

We’ve released a short operations guide for using Dfsradmin.exe, the command-line tool for DFS Replication in Windows Server 2003 R2. Although the tool itself provides command-line help for its syntax, this guide is useful if you need examples of how to perform a series of commands to create a replication group, add members, schedules, and… Read more

What happens when you delete a replicated folder?

A customer noticed that after deleting a replicated folder from a replication group, some subfolders under the DfsrPrivate folder (which is under the local path of the replicated folder) remained on the volume. This behavior is by design–DFS Replication does not clean up some internal folders that can have user data on a member after… Read more

Upcoming webcast and chat for administering branch office technologies in R2

Hello everyone, we’ve got two events this week for the R2 branch office technologies–a webcast on Wednesday and a follow-up chat on Friday. These will cover DFS Replication and DFS Namespaces in R2. TechNet Webcast: Administering and Maintaining the Branch Office Technologies in Windows Server 2003 R2 (Level 300) Wednesday, December 14, 2005 – 1:00… Read more