Announcing the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2012 R2!

We are excited today to announce the release of the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2012 R2! The Data Classification Toolkit for Windows 2012 R2 is designed to help you to: Identify, classify, and protect data on file servers in your private cloud. Provide support for deployments of Windows Server 2012 R2, as well as… Read more

The Case of the Mysterious Preseeding Conflicts

Hi folks, Ned Pyle here again. Back at AskDS, I used to write frequently about DFSR behavior and troubleshooting. As DFS Replication has matured and documentation grew, these articles dwindled. Recently though, one of the DFSR developers and I managed to find something undocumented: A DFSR server upgrade where, despite perfect preseeding, files were conflicting… Read more

Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2012 Now Available

Get the most out of Windows Server 2012 with new features that help you to quickly identify, classify, and protect data in your private cloud! The Data Classification Toolkit supports new Windows Server 2012 features, Dynamic Access Control, and backward compatibility with the functionality in the previous version of the toolkit. The toolkit provides support… Read more

Understanding DFSR Dirty (Unexpected) Shutdown Recovery

Let me touch on an interesting topic in this blog post: “dirty shutdown” recovery of DFS Replication (DFSR). A TechNet blog post reviewing “What is new in Windows Server 2008” includes a good description of DFS Replication dirty shutdown recovery process. Related system event log entries, e.g. Event ID 2212, refer to the same event… Read more

Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2-Now Available

Identify, classify, and protect data across targeted file servers in your organization   The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce that the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 is now available for download. Download the toolkit The Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 is designed to help enable an organization… Read more

Microsoft IT Uses File Classification Infrastructure to Help Secure Personally Identifiable Information

I’d like to bring to your attention a recently published Technical Case Study from Microsoft IT that showcases how Microsoft IT is using FCI. Learn how Microsoft Information Technology (IT) used File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) to create a solution to automatically classify, manage, and protect sensitive data, including personally identifiable information and financial information. Using… Read more

TechEd 2011 demo install step-by-step (Hyper-V, AD, DNS, iSCSI Target, File Server Cluster, SQL Server over SMB2)

We have a new blog post out that explains the demo setup used in the TechEd 2011 presentation about Windows Server 2008 R2 File Services Consolidation. In the post, you get step-by-step instructions on how to reproduce the environment used in the presentation’s demo. This is a great way to experiment with a fairly large… Read more

File Server Team sessions at TechEd 2011 this week

If you’re attending TechEd 2011 this week, here are sessions from the File Server team: WSV313 – Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 for Application Storage, Diskless Boot, and More!Speaker(s): Jian (Jane) YanTuesday, May 17 at 5:00 PM, room: B101 WSV317 – Windows Server 2008 R2 File Services Consolidation: Technology UpdateSpeaker: Jose BarretoWednesday, 5/18 at… 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

FSCT test results detail the performance of Windows Server 2008 R2 File Server configurations – 23,000 users with 192 spindles

The File Server Capacity Tool (FSCT) is a free download from Microsoft that helps you determine the capacity of a specific file server configuration (running Windows or any operating system that implements the SMB or SMB2 protocols). It simulates a specific set of operations (the “Home Folders” workload) being executed by a large number of… Read more