Upcoming TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2008 File and Storage Solutions

If you were unable to attend my presentation on “Windows Server 2008 File and Storage Solutions” during TechEd 2008 EMEA, I will be delivering it again as a TechNet Webcast: Title: Windows Server 2008 File and Storage Solutions (Level 300)  Event ID: 1032399197Language:  English.  Product:  Windows Server 2008.  Audience:  IT Professional.Date:  Wednesday, January 14, 2009…


IPD Guide for DPM 2007 SP1 available for download

Jason Buffington just blogged about the release of the Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide for Data Protection Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 (DPM 2007 SP1): “We are just a few days away from releasing Service Pack 1 for DPM 2007, and part of the release is updating our existing content and adding new materials. The…


SMB2, a complete redesign of the main remote file protocol for Windows

Introduction SMB (Server Message Block) is a remote file protocol commonly used by Microsoft Windows clients and servers that dates back to 1980’s. Back when it was first used, LANs speeds were typically 10Mbps or less, WAN use was very limited and there were no Wireless LANs. Network security concerns like preventing man-in-the-middle attacks were…


Windows Server 2008 R2 – three new documents available for download

Three documents providing some details about Windows Server 2008 R2 have been posted on the microsoft.com website. These documents provide some insight into this upcoming release of Windows Server. A pre-release version was also shared with partners and customers during a few recent public conferences (including the PDC 2008 and WinHEC 2008). Here is some…


File Server performance improvements with the SMB2 protocol in Windows Server 2008

SMB (Server Message Block) is the main protocol used in Windows for file sharing and it has been significantly improved from Windows Server 2003/Windows XP to Windows Server 2008/Windows Vista. During my TechEd 2008 ITForum presentation on “Windows Server 2008 – File and Storage Solutions”, I covered some details on SMB2 and showed a demo…


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…