NFS Identity Mapping in Windows Server 2012

This document describes the selection, configuration and usage of the user and group identity mapping options available to Client for NFS available in selected versions of Windows 8 and to Server for NFS and Client for NFS available in selected versions of in Windows Server 2012 to assist an systems administrator when installing and configuring… Read more

VMware Setup for Server for NFS Cluster

In this tutorial, I’ll discuss how to setup VMware vSphere virtual machines with Windows server 2012 Server for NFS cluster as backend storage. Background VMware has supported running virtual machines hosted by its ESX server over the NFS v3 protocol. In this configuration, virtual machines running on VMware ESX have their VMDKs (virtual disks) located… Read more

How to Perform Client Fencing?

In this article, we will talk about how we evaluate client fencing for Server for NFS role in Windows Server 2012, from targeting client permission to calculating combined permission result. We will also cover the caching strategy we implemented and lookup mechanism for netgroups. Lookup data are located in local cache, Network Information Service (NIS),… Read more

How to: NFS Kerberos Configuration with Linux Client

In this tutorial, we will provision NFS server provided by “Server for NFS” role in Windows Server 2012 for use with Linux based client with Kerberos security with RPCSEC_GSS. Background Traditionally NFS clients and servers use AUTH_SYS security. This essentially allows the clients to send authentication information by specifying the UID/GID of the UNIX user… Read more

Server for Network File System First Share End-to-End

Introduction Server for Network File System (NFS) provides a file-sharing solution for enterprises that have a mixed Windows and UNIX environment. Server for NFS enables users to share and migrate files between computers running the Windows Server 2012 operating system using SMB protocol and UNIX-based computers using the NFS protocol. Today we will go through… Read more

Server for NFS in Windows Server 2012

In this introductory NFS blog post, let me provide you with an overview of Server for NFS feature implementation in Windows Server 2012.   Native NFS support with Windows Server started with Windows Server 2003 R2 and has evolved over time with continuous enhancement in terms of functionality, performance, and manageability.   Windows Server 2012 takes the… Read more

Two new blog posts on Windows Storage Server 2008 R2

Scott M. Johnson has published two new blogs post on the Windows Storage Server blog: The first post is a compilation of links covering all kinds of Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 content. The second post introduces the two new offerings from HP (X1000 G2 and X3000 G2) that were introduced during the recent TechEd… Read more

Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 and the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 are available on MSDN/TechNet – here’s how to install them

You probably heard that Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 has been Released To Manufacturing (RTM) last week. That means that the OEMs will soon deliver a new generation of Windows-based NAS appliances with a file server (SMB2, NFS) and an iSCSI Target (using the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target  3.3). What you might have missed is… Read more

Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 is now available!

It’s a pleasure to let you know that Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 (which includes the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3) has been released to manufacturing (RTM). Scott M. Johnson (Program Manager in the File Server Team) has just shared via a blog post that the product is on its way to the OEMs and… Read more

Using File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) and AD RMS to automatically protect sensitive information

Windows Server 2008 R2 File Classification Infrastructure provides a built-in solution for file classification allowing administrators to automate manual processes with predefined policies based on the data’s business value.  (Windows Server 2008 R2 File Classification Infrastructure – Managing data based on business value) The Active Directory Rights Management Services Bulk Protection Tool provides a command-line… Read more