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

Windows Server DFS-Namespaces Performance and Scalability

The DFS-N test team has completed some extensive Performance and Scalability testing and we wanted to share some of the results. To start, here is a comparison of the performance of adding links to a standalone namespace. It includes data for Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2:   As you… Read more

Three ways to design your DFS Namespaces

Jose Barreto has a new blog post to help you understand how to design your DFS Namespaces. He covers three options to create a namespace that points a few folders in three different file servers: Simple mapping of shares Flattening out the tree in the namespace Reversing the original tree structure on each file server  The… Read more

Five ways to check your DFS-Namespaces (DFS-N) configuration with the DFSDIAG.EXE tool

Jose Barreto has a new blog post to help you understand how to use the DFSDIAG.EXE tool to check your DFS-Namespaces (DFS-N) configuration. DFSDIAG, which was introduced in Windows Server 2008 and improved in Windows Server 2008 R2, has five types of checks: Checking domain controller configuration Checking site associations Checking namespace server configuration Checking… Read more

Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit 1.2 available as a free download

Microsoft released the File Server Migration Toolkit version 1.2 (FSMT 1.2), which will help you migrate file shares from computers running Windows NT 4.0 Server, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2003 Server, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Storage Server 2008 to computers running Windows 2003 Server, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Storage Server 2008. You can use… Read more

How many DFS-N namespace servers do you need?

Whenever you’re deploying Windows Server DFS-Namespaces, you will need to figure out how many servers will be required. Although we never really had any problems with performance of the namespace server themselves, the question of where to place them is quite common. A single namespace server can typically handle thousands of referrals per second (the… Read more

Understanding Windows Server 2008 DFS-N by analyzing network traces

Jose Barreto has a new blog post covering details of the behavior of Windows Server 2008 DFS-N (Distributed File System – Namespaces) clients by looking at network traces.  His main goal is to show the interaction between a DFS-N client, a domain controller, a namespace server and a file server. These traces were taken using… Read more

The Basics of the Windows Server 2008 Distributed File System (DFS)

Jose Barreto has a new blog post covering the basics of the Distributed File System (DFS) in Windows Server 2008, which offers users simplified access to a set of file shares and helps administrators easily maintain the file server infrastructure behind those file shares, including options for load sharing, replication and site awareness. This detailed… Read more

Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit 1.1 Released!

We are glad to announce the release of Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit 1.1 ! With this version you will be able to migrate and consolidate shared folders from servers running Windows NT Server 4.0, Windows 2000 family of servers, Windows 2003 family of servers, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Storage Server 2008 to a… Read more