Analyzing Storage Performance using the Windows Performance Analysis ToolKit (WPT)

Robert Smith (Platforms Field Engineer) has recently posted a new blog that cover one important area of Windows performance that few people understand well. In his blog post he talks about how to use Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT) in general and the XPerf tool in particular. Xperf.exe is the command line tool used to start, stop,… Read more

Near Real Time Classification using FCI.

By Judd Hardy It’s easy to see how the FCI platform helps you manage the files on your servers.  In other articles, people have talked about how you can create properties to track and set up rules to have those properties automatically set based on file location or content.  Then you can create file management… Read more

File Server Capacity Tool (FSCT) 1.0 available for download

Version 1.0 of the File Server Capacity Tool (FSCT) was announced yesterday during a presentation by Jian Yan and  Bartosz Nyczkowski at SNIA’s Storage Developer Conference in Santa Clara, CA. The presentation covered a number of details about FSCT and included a demo running FSCT with the HomeFolders workload. If you are not familiar with… 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

Diskshadow scripts for LUN Resync

  In a previous article, we looked at LUN Resync a new fast recovery scenario in Windows Server 2008 R2. Himanshu from the VSS team has posted a few sample scripts to demostrate the scenario using Diskshadow and the VSS tools in the Windows 7 SDK.   This is the blog – LUN-RESYNC WITH DISKSHADOW AND… 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

File Server Migration Toolkit v 1.1 Beta

After requests to release a version of File Server Migration Toolkit (FSMT) compatible with Windows Server 2008, the Storage Solutions Division at Microsoft brings you FSMT 1.1 Beta! Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit v 1.1 adds the possibility to migrate and consolidate data to file servers running Windows Server 2008. With that, FSMT aims to… 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

SQL Server 2008 and Unstructured Data

SQL Server 2008 introduces new options to store unstructured data, in addition to the current BLOB support in SQL Server 2005. In this post, I examine two previously existing options (IMAGE, VARBINARY(MAX)) and describe two new ones (VARBINARY(MAX) with FILESTREAM and RBS). See the complete post at http://blogs.technet.com/josebda/archive/2008/03/17/sql-server-2008-and-unstructured-data.aspx.     Jose Barreto… Read more