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

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

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

New Tolly Group report on the performance of SMB2

The Tolly Group, Inc. has just released a new 39-page report on the SMB2 performance improvements in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Title: Enhanced Network Performance with Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 – Update Abstract: With the release of the Windows Vista client operating system and Windows Server 2008 network managers face… Read more

Storage Tips: You can run DFSUtil from Windows Vista

DFS Namespaces or DFSN management command line tools are available on Windows Server 2008 and also on Windows Vista SP1 as part of the Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT). The three available tools are Dfsutil.exe, Dfscmd.exe and Dfsdiag.exe. To install DFSUtil, DFSDiag and DFScmd on Vista, download the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows… Read more

Ask a question: Windows and Windows Server Backup Forums

We just started a new Forum, directed to Windows Backup and Windows Server Backup questions. Windows Backup forums provide you an opportunity to join a community of Windows customers where you can share knowledge on Windows Backup, get questions answered, and learn from others with backup needs similar to yours. Post Windows Backup related questions… Read more

Backup and Restore Center featured on Mojave experiment

Recently, Microsoft launched a Marketing experiment, taking 140 users who were afraid of Vista and showing them a new and unreleased Operating System, codename “Mojave”. The users were first asked to give a score from 1 to 10 for Vista, and the average score was 4.4. After seeing Mojave demo, customers rated Mojave an average… Read more

Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) documentation updates – June 2008

In “Overview of Actual File Restoration” (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa384575.aspx ), the table of requester actions has been updated to remove the call to SetBackupSucceeded and add a call to GetWriterComponents. 2. In “Using VSS Automated System Recovery for Disaster Recovery” (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa384630.aspx ), the registry key descriptions were revised to make them clearer. 3. In the IVssComponent::AddDifferencedFilesByLastModifyTime reference… Read more

Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) writer updates in Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1

For Server 2008 the VSS team invested a great deal in hardware shadow copy scenarios which you can read about here . Additionally significant work went into enhancing the APIs for writers and widening their adoption by other applications and components. Consequently Server 2008 has several new VSS writers for Windows components which aids in… Read more

Automated System Recovery (ASR) in Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1

Automated System Recovery or ASR as it is more commonly known is the Windows API set to capture the configuration of disks and volumes on a system and restore them in bare metal recovery scenarios. During such recoveries, backup applications (requesters) invoke ASR to restore the disks and volumes prior to putting back the operating… Read more