Presentations from Storage Developer Conference 2009 (SDC 2009) are now available for download

The presentations from SNIA’s SDC 2009 are now publicly available for download. This SNIA event happened in Santa Clara, CA last September and the decks are now publicly available, after being restricted to conference attendees for a few months. Out of the dozens of presentations, I wanted to highlight a few that were delivered by… Read more

Windows Server DFS Namespaces (DFS-N) Reference

I get a number of questions regarding reference information for DFS Namespaces (also known as DFS-N). I gathered here the main links that can get you started on the subject: Here are my own blog posts on DFS Namespaces (all updated for Windows Server 2008 R2 and including domain V2 namespaces): The Basics of the… Read more

Configuring Failover Clusters with Windows Storage Server 2008

The Windows Storage Server Team just released a new 30-page white paper on “Configuring Failover Clusters with Windows Storage Server 2008″. This paper will guide you through the process of configuring the networks, domains and clustering features, including performance recommendations for a pair of Windows Storage Server 2008 appliances hosting a File Server or a Microsoft… Read more

Automatically uploading files from File Server to SharePoint using the File Classification Infrastructure (FCI)

Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced a new File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) and the team has been sharing different ways to put it to good use. The latest one comes as a blog post that describes how to use the FCI SharePoint Upload PowerShell script in conjunction with the FCI File Management Tasks to automatically upload… Read more

Six Uses for the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target

Scott M. Johnson, a Program Manager in the Windows Storage Server team, has just published a new blog post that might give you some ideas on different ways to use the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target. He outlines six different uses for it: 1) Consolidate storage for multiple application servers.2) Test and Development scenarios are endless,… Read more

Download for Powershell v2 for Windows 7? No need… It’s already there!

A while back, Microsoft announced the release of PowerShell v2 for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008 (see However, it is not clear to everyone that Powershell v2 is already part of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. I have seen people still asking for the link for… Read more

SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Evaluation November CTP available for MSDN/TechNet Subscribers

Great news following a very busy week for SQL Server with the PASS Community Summit: The new SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP is now available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers.This download is expected to be available as a general download in a couple of days. Title: SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Evaluation November CTP (x86,… Read more

Mistakes when configuring your Hyper-V environment

I came across some interesting tips on things to consider in a virtualized environment by Greg Shields (Consultant and Microsoft MVP). They are non-issues (or settled issues) on physical environments and you might overlook them when making the transition to virtual machines. Here’s a summary to get you interested: Screensavers Managing from the console AV on… Read more

Implementing an End-User Data Centralization Solution with Folder Redirection and Offline Files

There’s a new 77-page white paper covering the use of Folder Redirection and Offline Files in a very practical way. Here’s an excerpt: “The objective of this white paper is to show through a case study how to use different Microsoft products and technologies to put in place a comprehensive solution satisfying the needs of… Read more