HP StoreEasy and Windows Server 2012 SMB Performance

Hi folks, Ned here again with a quickie post. HP recently released their latest file server SMB testing results, where they used FSCT and IOMeter to collect performance and scalability data with Windows Server 2012 running on HP StoreEasy 5000 Storage NAS servers. The whitepaper holds plenty of details, and here’s a good one to… Read more

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

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

Using the multiple NICs of your File Server running Windows Server 2008 (and 2008 R2)

New blog post covers Multi-NIC File Server configurations: When you set up a File Server, there are advantages to configuring multiple Network Interface Cards (NICs). However, there are many options to consider depending on how your network and services are laid out. Since networking (along with storage) is one of the most common bottlenecks in… Read more

What to do when your system misbehave

<This is the 5th article in a series of posts discussing backup and recovery offerings in Windows 7. > Imagine one day you got to your desktop and realized that some programs on your machine started crashing; or you’ve noticed some degradation in your machine’s performance. You’re not so sure when this started happening or… Read more

Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) and Automated System Recovery (ASR) doc updates

This is a summary of recent additions and revisions to the VSS and ASR documentation on MSDN and TechNet. 1. The following new API elements have been documented: a. IVssComponentEx2 interface ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd405576.aspx) b. IVssCreateExpressWriterMetadata interface ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd765211.aspx) c. IVssExpressWriter interface ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd405596.aspx) d. CVssWriterEx2 class ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd405545.aspx) e. VSS_RECOVERY_OPTIONS enumeration ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd433620.aspx) f. CreateVssExpressWriter… Read more

Windows 7 Disk Defragmenter User Interface Overview

Introduction The Vista and Windows Server 2008 Defragmentation UI was limited to essential information and controls.   Based on user feedback it was found that the UI was too minimal.   In Win7 the UI intends to make the defrag operations more transparent and match the task demands of the user. List of features provided through Windows… Read more

Managing backup disk space

<This is the fourth post in a blog series on backup and recovery offerings in Windows 7. > If you’re reading this post it’s likely that you’ve already set up Windows Backup on your Windows 7 PC and running it on a schedule to protect your data and system. However as storage size is limited,… Read more

Recovering your files in Windows 7

<This is the third post in a blog series on backup and recovery offerings in Windows 7. > Many of us have experienced this panic moment when we realized some important files are missing or are accidentally modified, but Windows users who’ve configured Windows Backup (or even those who haven’t) don’t need to sweat, because… Read more

Learn more about system image backup

<This is the second post in a blog series on backup and recovery offerings in Windows 7. > In the last post, we’ve briefly mentioned that Windows 7 offers both the ability to backup individual folders and to create a system image of your computer, and how they could be used to protect your personal… Read more