HP announces the X5000: A Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 cluster!

I am on the floor of HP Discover, the premier event of the year for HP hardware and software solutions. I am really impressed by the breadth of products, services and solutions that HP has to offer. They just announced today the newest addition to the Windows Storage Server family, the X5000 G2 NAS!  This…


Shared storage for Windows Failover Cluster with MPIO

Microsoft released the iSCSI Software Target 3.3 on the download center in April. I have seen many people download, try it out, and gave great feedback. We had a question raised about the policy for supporting iSCSI Target with initiator clusters using MPIO configurations. The support statement and relevant articles have been updated to remove…

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Come visit the Windows Storage Server team at TechEd!

The Windows Storage Server team will be at #MSTechEd all week, the Microsoft Technical Education conference with thousands of people getting the latest technical details and interacting with Microsoft product experts. If you’re attending TechEd 2011 this week, here are sessions from the File Server team: WSV313 – Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 for Application…


Diskless servers can boot and run from the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target using a regular network card!

The new Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 includes support for a new feature called differencing virtual hard disks (VHDs). This feature helps deploy diskless boot for servers running Windows, especially in a Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 compute cluster environment. We worked closely with the HPC team to deliver a simple management experience. The deployment…


iSCSI Software Target 3.3 is now a free download!

Microsoft got into the iSCSI Target business when we acquired WinTarget from String Bean software in 2006. We continued to improve the software over the last 5 years; increasing performance and reliability, adding support for new languages and technologies like IPv6, Windows Server Failover Clustering, Microsoft MPIO, PowerShell cmdlets and even differencing VHDs. We updated…


Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials is Ready to Roll!

Today, the Small Business Server engineering team signed off the release of Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials! Check out all of the cool capabilities on the Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 announcement blog. This exciting milestone means OEM partners can now use Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials (WSS Essentials) to build NAS appliances…


Acer AN1600 F1: A new hot-pluggable Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 appliance!

Acer comes to market with a strong storage offering of a 2U server that delivers 3.5" hot-pluggable SAS or SATA HDDs, up to 12TB SATA or 5.4TB SAS configurations running with a pair of Xeon E5620 processors. This Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 –based appliance features an LSI MegaRAID 9260-16i with 16-internal ports, supporting RAID…


HP StorageWorks x1500 gets reviewed by PC-Pro

Checkout the PC-Pro review that just came out for the latest StorageWorks X1500, which is a Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 appliance. See the entire review here:    HP StorageWorks X1500 G2 4TB review This is another great HP offering bringing unified storage solutions for SMBs. The article highlights some of the capabilities that really make…


Microsoft OEM Engineering Services help storage partners bring embedded solutions to market and support them throughout the product lifecycle.

The Microsoft OEM Engineering Services team has some valuable services that Windows Storage Server partners can leverage to help design, deliver and support embedded storage solutions. Getting access to a Technical Account Manager (TAM) can really impact the success of a product. TAMs can escalate issues through the highest levels of Microsoft. TAMs can dig…

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Guidance for sizing NTFS volumes!

Claus Joergensen, one of the founding fathers of Windows Storage Server, had a great post today about a new white paper, available here, discussing the best practices and guidance for sizing NTFS volumes. The paper also has details on self-healing NTFS and Chkdsk execution times on Windows Server 2008 R2. When planning Windows file server…

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