The Legend of the Single, Multi-Terabyte, Replicating SharePoint Database

Documents in Databases The first time I tell anyone that SharePoint Server 2007 stores documents as blobs (binary objects) in the database, people stare at me for a few seconds and usually ask: “Really?” It takes a few moments to explain that this is actually a good thing and that SQL has no problem handling…


The Basics of the Virtual Disk Services (VDS)

Back in Windows 2000 Server days, managing SAN-based storage in Windows was mostly up to your SAN vendor. You would typically need to load a tool to manage your storage device (either graphical or command-line) or sometimes use a web-based application. If you had multiple storage arrays, you would likely need to handle different user…


Storing Unstructured Data – From file servers to cloud services

After joining the Storage Solutions Division at Microsoft, I got exposed many challenges that were not so close to me before. One of them is how we store and manage unstructured data, including things like file servers, NAS devices, document management systems and blob storage solutions. Here’s my initial attempt to cover a little of…


Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering in RC0 (includes a 17-minute demonstration)

I’m getting ready to work at the Microsoft booth at the Storage Network World next week in Dallas, TX and one of the items we’re showing is the improvements in Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering, this time using the recently released RC0 (Release Candidate 0). I recorded a short (17-minute) demonstration where you can see…


Shrinking a volume in Windows Server 2008

I’m getting ready to work at the Microsoft booth at the Storage Network World next week in Dallas, TX and I learned about this great little feature in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 (currently in Release Candidate 0 state): you can now shrink a volume.  The scenario for this is quite common: you created…


The Basics of the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)

Back in 2001, I worked for a 300-employee company in Palo Alto as their Systems Engineer and one of the things that gave me the most headaches was backups. We had Windows Server across the board, but the backup application was from a third party, which required specific agents for SQL Server, Oracle, Exchange, etc….


What kind of SharePoint site should you create?

Web 2.0 is one of those things everyone is talking about. If you’re implementing Web 2.0 with Microsoft technologies, this usually leads to a SharePoint conversation. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007) includes built-in templates for all the different types of trendy Web 2.0 sites, but which one is the right one for your…


Moving to headquarters to work with the Storage Partners Team

I just wanted to share that I have joined a new team at Microsoft. After 5 years working with the Cisco Team in Northern California, I am now moving to the Redmond campus in Washington state. As of October 1st, 2007 I am joining the Storage Solutions Division (SSD, part of the Platform and Tools…