Microsoft IFS PlugFest 27 – Calling Filter Driver Developers

We are pleased to inform you that IFS Plugfest 27has been scheduled. Here are some preliminary event details:   When Monday, March 30th to Friday, April 3rd, 2015. The event begins at 9am and ends at 6pm each day, except for Friday when it ends at 3pm.   Where Building 37, rooms 1701-1717, Microsoft Campus,… Read more

File Server improvements from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 R2. 8 items for 8 years…

A new blog post covers a set of Windows Server 2003 File Server problems that were fixed in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Obviously a lot has changed in Windows Server File Services in the last 8 years, but the post highlights 8 specific issues commonly mentioned by users that are still… Read more

New white paper providing guidance for sizing NTFS volumes

Introduction Today, Microsoft released a new white paper, available here, discussing best practices and guidance for sizing NTFS volumes and some details on CHKDSK execution times on Windows Server 2008 R2. When planning Windows file server deployments, we are often asked questions such as “How large can I make my volumes?” or “How long will… Read more

Robocopy /MIR switch – mirroring file permissions

Some customers pointed out what they believe to be a bug in Robocopy. The situation is: suppose that you copy your files using Robocopy in Windows Server 2003 or XP. Then, file or folder permissions (ACLs) are changed wither on source or destination. You want to use the /MIR switch to mirror the permissions: >… Read more

Storage Solutions team at TechED IT Pro 2008

Storage team is bringing 8 sessions and 2 Hands-on Lab to Microsoft TechED IT Pro 2008!   Karandeep Anand, Jason Buffington, Ram Kailasanathan, Drew McDaniel and Edwin Yuen will be hosting the sessions from the Storage side. Clustering and High availability will also be there to talk about their biggest release to date – Clustering… Read more

Chkdsk updates to compact the $secure file

Recently, Microsoft Support released an update for Windows Server 2003 SP2 that allows Chkdsk.exe tool compact the NTFS security descriptor stream (a.k.a. $secure file).   Depending on the file system usage, this descriptor can consume a lot of disk space. After getting to a certain size, no more security settings can be configured in NTFS…. Read more

Disabling Last Access Time in Windows Vista to improve NTFS performance

An observant Windows Vista user noticed a registry named NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlFileSystem and asked us what this means. Last Access Time is a file attribute that’s updated when a file is accessed or otherwise touched. (This is often confused with the Last Modified Time, which is only updated when the file changes.) Last Access Time… Read more

NTFS Beta Chat Transcript (July 12, 2006)

Chat Topic: Join the NTFS file system team to ask questions about NTFS in Windows VistaDate: Wednesday, July 12, 2006Wendy [MSFT] (Moderator):Welcome to today’s chat with the NTFS Team.  We will try to answer as many questions as we can today. Participants should type their questions, select the “Ask the experts” check box, and click… Read more

Migrating from NTFS-based quotas to File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) quotas in Windows Server 2003 R2

A customer recently asked about how to migrate NTFS quotas to FSRM quotas. Georgi Matev, the program manager for FSRM, responds: If NTFS-based quotas were used for user home directories, the migration is pretty straightforward. First, the customer needs to create one or more FSRM quota templates that encapsulate the desired quota policy. The next… Read more