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…


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…


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…


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…


“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….


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…


October issue of Technet Magazine focuses on Virtualization

The latest issue of TechNet Magazine has just been published and it focuses on Virtualization. Articles include: Virtualization: An Introduction to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 The introduction of Hyper-V makes virtualization an even more compelling solution for IT environments. Get an overview of today’s virtualization market and see how Hyper-V improves the manageability, reliability,…


Microsoft at the SNIA Storage Developer Conference

The SNIA Storage Developer Conference is happening next week in Santa Clara, CA. Microsoft is participating in the CIFS/SMB/SMB2 track of the SDC, delivering 9 of the 18 sessions in this track.Microsoft is also underwriting the CIFS/SMB/SMB2 Plugfest at the SDC and many of Microsoft’s SMB2 architects, developers, and testers will be there. They will…


Storage Developer Conference presentation next week

Next week I will be delivering a presentation on “A CIFS/SMB/SMBV2 File Server Tool for Capacity Planning and Performance Troubleshooting” during SNIA’s Storage Developer Conference in Santa Clara, CA.You can see the agenda and some additional details in the public event agenda at I can’t disclose any additional information before the event, but the…


The Basics of Windows Server 2008 FSRM (File Server Resource Manager)

Overview FSRM (File Server Resource Manager) is a service of the File Services role in Windows Server 2008. You can use FSRM to enhance your ability to manage and monitor storage activities on your file server. The main capabilities of FSRM include: Folder Quotas File Screening Storage Reports Event Log Integration E-mail Notifications Automated Scripts…