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

DFS Replication hotfix list has been updated

We’ve added two new hotfixes to our DFS Hotfix List. One hotfix (919633) fixes a problem I’ve seen numerous times in the newsgroups where you receive an error message when trying to create a new replication group or add an existing replication group to the snap-in. The other (925377) fixes an error that occurs when you… Read more

New DFS Replication hotfix available to address missing performance counters in health reports

Just a quick heads-up that we’ve released a new hotfix 912850 titled  “FIX: You cannot access performance counters in the Distributed File System (DFS) Replication health report on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 R2.” If you’ve seen these error messages in your health reports, contact Microsoft Product Support to obtain the hotfix…. Read more

Recent hotfixes

Thought I’d let everyone know about some recent hotfixes for our technologies: KB article 896427, “After you install security update 885250 (MS05-011), you may not be able to view the contents of a subfolder on a network share by using Windows XP or Windows Server 2003” KB article 898900, “An update is available to support… 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