The Basics of the Windows Server 2008 Distributed File System (DFS)

Overview In this blog post, we’ll cover the basics of the Distributed File System (DFS) in Windows Server 2008, which offers users simplified access to a set of file shares and helps administrators easily maintain the file server infrastructure behind those file shares, including options for load sharing, replication and site awareness. Many File Servers…


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…


The Basics of Windows Server 2008 Storage Explorer

1 – What is Storage Explorer Storage Explorer is a new tool in Windows Server 2008 to help you understand how your server SAN storage is configured. It provides information about the storage fabrics (Fibre Channel and iSCSI) and also about the configuration of each server. This new tool can greatly help you understand your…


The Basics of Single Instance Storage (SIS) in WSS 2003 R2 and WUDSS 2003

What is SIS Single Instance Storage (SIS) is a feature of Windows Storage Server (WSS) 2003 R2 and Windows Unified Storage Server (WUDSS) 2003 that helps save disk space by de-duplicating files. If you have two or more identical files in a volume, SIS will store a single copy of those bits, replacing the files…


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…


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….