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

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

New five-part blog series on DFS Replication

Ned Pyle, a Senior Escalation Support Engineer with the Directory Services team at Microsoft, has just started a new blog series focusing on DFS Replication.   Here’s how he introduces it:   Hello folks, Ned here again to kick off a new five-part series on DFSR. With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2, the… 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

Optional configuration for the DFS Replication Management Pack

My previous blog post explained how to configure the DFS Replication management pack. The backlog monitoring feature of the management pack is disabled by default and requires some additional configuration. This blog post explains how to enable backlog monitoring using the DFS Replication management pack and also describes how to override some of the default… Read more

Configuring the DFS Replication Management Pack

My previous post explained how to import the DFS Replication management pack using the Operations Manager console. In this post, let’s explore how to set up the management pack and configure it to monitor the health of DFS Replication.   Select computers to be monitored The first step is to configure Operations Manager to monitor… Read more

Importing the DFS Replication Management Pack

My previous post explained how to install the DFS Replication management pack on the management server. The next step is to import the management pack using the Operations Manager console. This post explains how to import the management pack.   Before you import the DFS Replication management pack Upgrades from the beta or other prerelease… Read more

Installing the DFS Replication Management Pack

In this blog post, let us explore how to install the DFS Replication Management Pack. System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 is the latest release of the Operations Manager product. Check out this product comparison page for a quick overview of the new features in the SCOM 2007 R2 release. The DFS Replication management pack… Read more