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  • Blog Post: Script recipe: How to increase the maximum number of quotas in the FSRM Quota Report (W2K3 R2)

    One of the customer requests we had on Windows Server 2003 R2 was the ability to increase the maximum number of quotas in the FSRM Quota report. The current limit is 1000 quotas maximum. How do I set this limit to 20,000 for example? Here is how - assuming that you have Powershell 1.0 installed, just...
  • Blog Post: FCI – how to use classification (video)

    Just found a new video demonstrating the new classification feature in Windows Server 2008 R2. Enjoy! Special thanks to dawho1 who posted the video.
  • Blog Post: Script of the week: how to expire files with Classification

    It is an eye opening experience to sit at our FCI booth and see customer after customer telling us their biggest problem with managing file servers today: lots of old data sitting on their file servers. When I tell them how that our classification feature solves this problem, it something that always...
  • Blog Post: A simple way to access Shadow Copies in Vista

    In the past, I presented various ways to browse these mysterious device objects called "shadow copies". Shadow copies are static images in time (snapshots) of your volume contents, at some point in the past. These shadow copies are volumes on their own, with a file system namespace accessible...
  • Blog Post: [RO] Seminar - Storage si programare distribuita

    Florin Lazar , Todi Pruteanu si cu mine am demarat in cursul acestei saptamani un seminar tehnic pe teme de storage in Vista si programare distribuita in WCF. Mai multe detalii aici: http://reg.studentclub.ro . Pana acum seminariile din Bucuresti si Cluj au avut un raspuns fantastic! Daca aveti opinii...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server - links

    A friend of mine didn't know about Windows Home Server - so I sent him these links: - Main site: http://stopdigitalamnesia.com - Interview with Charlie Kindel http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=270965 - Download: https://connect.microsoft.com/site/sitehome.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0&siteid=38...
  • Blog Post: Demo: New virtualization technologies in Windows Server (Longhorn)

    A nice demo that shows you several things: - Windows Server virtualization (a separate partition running a striped-down version of Windows to manage all other virtual machines) - Running an 8-proc virtual machine - 64-bit and 32-bit machines running concurrently - Managing virtual machines with System...
  • Blog Post: The next generation of storage management is here!

    Storage management is complex, we all know it. For many people, even the simplest opeartions in a SAN look like black magic. It's no wonder why - if you want to, say, create a brand new 5 TB file share using your brand new your SAN box: you need to create a new LUN in your SAN, mounting it on a machine...
  • Blog Post: Gartner redesigns Windows Vista

    There is an article in Techworld.com mentioning a curious research report from Gartner implying a redesign of the Windows Vista code base, around virtualization. Huh? To quote from the article: Instead, the research firm predicts, Microsoft will be forced to migrate Windows to a modular architecture...
  • Blog Post: WS-Management? Already here in Vista!

    WS-Management is a new web services-based management protocol. It's SOAP-based of course, and it is compatible with the rest of the specifications in the WS-* Web Service stack, like WS-Transfer, WS-Enumeration, WS-Addressing. WS-Management is enabled in Vista (and Longhorn Server) in several ways. On...
  • Blog Post: Time Machine: Vista Previous Versions are now making their way into Mac OS X Leopard...

    Mac OS X Leopard incorporates now a previous versions feature called Time Machine - similar with something that we added in Windows Server 2003 a while back, and recently in Windows Vista as well. If you just read the text at http://www.apple.com/macosx/leopard/timemachine.html it looks a lot with...
  • Blog Post: The Previous Versions feature in Vista - an ArsTechnica review

    ArsTechnica noticed our new Previous Versions feature in Vista. Give it a click: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060730-7383.html
  • Blog Post: Why Flash memory is good for your computer

    Simply put, flash memory will enable a revolution in improving computer performance in daily utilization scenarios. Your computer will boot up faster. It will launch applications significantly faster. (Hey, it will shutdown faster as well.) The problem To see why we will have this dramatic performance...
  • Blog Post: Passwords: Bad "best practices"

    So, you think that your password is secure? Let's see: does it contain a mixture of uppercase/lowercase letters, punctuation marks and digits? Yes? Well, even in this case, your password might be still completely insecure. Read ahead why... To understand the problem, we need first a little rehash...
  • Blog Post: How to run Defrag on a scheduled basis

    On Windows XP, it's simple. Just run this command and you are done: schtasks /create /TN defrag /RU "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM" /SC weekly /TR "defrag %systemdrive%"
  • Blog Post: Boot from iSCSI? It's coming.

    Wonder of wonders. One of the interesting features of SANs in general, and iSCSI in particular, is the ability to boot directly from the exposed logical units (i.e. disks in SAN terminology). You don't need local storage. Why would that be useful? It's good because you don't need local harddisks anymore...
  • Blog Post: Ahh, backups... the eternal conversation subject

    Finally! The wait is over. Brett Shirley started to blog. As I expected, Brett started with a highly technical, but very interesting story . You might not believe it, but many customers are very optimistic, and they never perform backups of their critical systems. So Brett added an event log entry...
  • Blog Post: What is the quickest way to get the file system type on a volume?

    A colleague of mine says that whenever he wants to see what file system is on some volume, he types CHKDSK, then <ENTER>, then ^C. You get something like this: C:\Users\aoltean>chkdsk The type of the file system is NTFS. C:\Users\aoltean> Of course, the "official" command look more...
  • Blog Post: Getting the free space available under a certain directory

    There is a useful function called GetDiskFreeSpaceEx( ) . The GetDiskFreeSpaceEx function retrieves information about the amount of space that is available on a disk volume, which is the total amount of space, the total amount of free space, and the total amount of free space available to the user...
  • Blog Post: More VSHADOW stuff: how to backup Exchange, SQL, NTFS

    While researching for the previous post, I just started a few searches for VSHADOW on the internet, and I found more interesting usages of it. One example: EqualLogic published a nice technical report of using VSHADOW to backup/restore Exchange, SQL and NTFS. Here is the link: http://www.equallogic...
  • Blog Post: Fast backup of Virtual Server images (using VSHADOW)

    Jeff Trumbull published a very nice script on how to backup a Virtual Server image wiht about one minute of downtime! The solution uses VSHADOW.EXE, a small command-line utility that can be used to create shadow copies. VSHADOW is part of the VSS SDK
  • Blog Post: How to build a cheap backup server

    A while back, our team helped the Small Business Server team with some interesting VSS issues just before shipping SBS 2003. The issues were solved, and each member of our team got a free CD of SBS 2003. So, I decided to do something with it - an SBS machine that also can be used as a SBS and backup...
  • Blog Post: Using NTBackup to achieve P2V

    I always thought about writing a post about physical-to-virtual migration strategies in combination with VSS, but I never got to it. So it's not surprising that others started to uncover this trail :-) One particular technique in this area is described in Lindsay Donaghe's blog - she uses NTBackup...
  • Blog Post: Unix guy shares his experience in switching to Windows

    Simon Gerber wrote a slightly-negative article titled Switching to Windows: Not as easy as you think . Any Windows developer should read this article. Why? Beyond anything else, it is a perfect example of how a Unix/Linux-oriented people are sincerely viewing Windows, especially when they are forced...
  • Blog Post: The VDS API is now public on MSDN

    The VDS API is now live on MSDN ! What is it? VDS offers a COM-based API for volume, disk and LUN management in Windows Server 2003. In Windows Server 2003 R2, we also have additional integration with iSCSI targets and MPIO. For example, you can use it to add a drive letter to a LUN . P.S. The...
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