Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit 1.1 available as a free download

Microsoft just announced the release of Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit 1.1, which will help you migrate file shares from computers running Windows NT 4.0 Server, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2003 Server and Windows Server 2008 to computers running Windows 2003 Server and Windows Server 2008. You can use it to consolidate multiple file servers… Read more

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-067 – Critical

I wanted to call your attention to a critical, out-of-band Microsoft Security Bulletin released today. Here’s an excerpt from it (the emphasis is mine): This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in the Server service. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if an affected system received a specially crafted RPC request. On Microsoft… Read more

Data Protection Manager Partner Hero

If you are a Microsoft Partner in the United States, there is a new campaign focused on System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 (DPM).This campaign is designed for partners that already work with Microsoft applications protected by DPM, like SQL Server, Exchange Server and SharePoint Server.You can become a DPM hero by simply learning about… Read more

Free e-learning on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager 2008

Microsoft Learning has two free e-learning offers covering Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and SCVMM 2008. These self-paced introductory clinics include hours of interactive content, including text, videos, demonstrations and self-tests. Clinic 5935 – Introducing Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 This 2-hour online clinic provides IT Professionals experienced in Windows 2000 Server or Windows Server 2003 with the knowledge… Read more

Adding Storage Management abilities to your Windows application using VDS (Virtual Disk Service)

If you’re writing a Windows application that needs to do storage management, you should look into the VDS (Virtual Disk Services) API.VDS storage management includes abilities like enumerating all HBAs on a system, creating a LUN, setting a disk online, formatting a volume or adding a drive letter to it. For those not familiar with… Read more

“FSCT” – A CIFS/SMB/SMB2 File Server Tool for Capacity Planning and Performance Troubleshooting

Overview A recent presentation during SNIA’s Storage Developer Conference described an upcoming tool called “FSCT”.“FSCT” (which stands for “File Server Capacity Tool”) was created by Microsoft after analyzing the workload of production file servers used to store user’s home folders.The tool can simulate that typical file server workload (and potentially others) in a lab environment…. Read more

Windows 7 and Cloud Services are the most frequent subjects for the PDC 2008

An updated list of the 180 sessions planned for the upcoming Microsoft Professional Developers Conference is out, along with additional details about this major conference. Looking at the keywords used by each session, you can clearly see that “Windows 7″ is one of the hottest topics this time around. Windows 7 will also be a… Read more