Opening doors into the home 

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There’s been passing mentions of Windows Home Server on this blog. So I wanted to pass along that yesterday Windows Home Server was released to manufacturing … ahead of schedule. You can watch the final sign-off meeting here. OEM products will hit the store shelves this fall. It’s been more than 4 years since Windows Read more

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Storage Performance matters… but how? 

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In the storage world, performance is a big deal and is often a differentiator….how do you ask?  Well, some users will make a decision on Fibre Channel vs. iSCSI based on throughput performance, some users will make a specific purchasing decision on a device based on NFS performance published by SPEC SFS (see NFS performance Read more

Windows Server 2008, The Storage Story- REVISITED 

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Well, blogging can be full of excitement.  I have found out that my blog posted on May 20th contains a non factual sentence as far as beta 3 is concerned.  The following sentence: “SMB2.0 will also support transactions, symbolic links and client side encryption” is not correct.  Transaction support and client side encryption will not Read more

Windows Server 2008, the storage story 

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With the “official” name of the next Windows server release announced last week at WinHEC (Windows Server 2008….shocker!) and with availability of Beta 3, I figured this was a good time to discuss some of the features as they relate to the storage workload. Some of the pillars of Windows Server 2008 are: security, branch Read more

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WinHEC 2007: 64bit server OS 

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At some point along the way, you’ve probably been given this advice about public speaking: (1) tell them what you’re going to say; (2) tell them; and (3) tell them what you’ve said. I’ve always found that to be good guidance, yet so easy to overlook or disgard because there’s so much I want to say. Read more

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Got TB? 

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It looks like acquiring storage capacity will remain on the “Top List” of IT Pros for the upcoming years.  While this is a bit late as far “spring cleaning” season at home, it is never too late to do some “cleaning” on your data.  Buying raw storage is the “simple” solution to meet the data Read more

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Support for Applications on External Storage 

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Members of the Storage product management group still receive lots of inquiries about support and compatibility of Microsoft applications with external storage.  The information most often requested is related to Exchange, SQL and file serving.  We often hear comments like: “Running applications like SQL, Exchange, or SharePoint are not supported on a SAN”.  Applications like Read more

Are you a fan of FAN? 

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A large percentage of corporate data is in the form of file.  Today roughly 80% of corporate networks data is unstructured.  Also the forecasted growth of unstructured data is significantly higher than structured data.  This means that file management is becoming a growing problem.  This problem is compounded by the reality of implementing concepts like Read more

Microsoft and HP Deliver Storage Performance 

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One of the benchmarks important to gauge performance of file servers and NAS devices is SPECsfs97_R1 set up by the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC).  This is a non-profit benchmarking organization and this specific benchmark has been created to establish network file system (NFS) performance.  Because of the nature of the organization and the fact that Read more

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Storage Networking World- Another one done! 

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After four days of talks on virtualization, Green Storage, iSCSI, SRM, XAM and many other secret code acronyms, thousands of blood shot eyed and haggard looking storage professionals are going home.  What will they retain from this event?  Well virtualization is “tough”…..iSCSI is happening… clustered storage is popular in quite a few verticals….and storage management Read more

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Windows DNS Server’s RPC interface 

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If you aren’t already aware from press articles or the Microsoft Security Advisory, there are reports of an attack exploiting a vulnerability in the DNS Server Service in Windows 2000 Server SP4, Windows Server 2003 SP1, and Windows Server 2003 SP2. The attack could allow remote code execution. Folks in the MSRC say, “At this time, Read more