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Fast Guide: Windows storage

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A number of factors are driving more data centers to run some -- if not all -- of their storage off a Windows-based platform. The move to open systems, coupled with Microsoft's recent involvement in storage, makes understanding the nuances of Windows-based storage all the more important. This Fast Guide has the latest news and technical resources you need to get up-to-speed on Windows storage.


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Windows storage news

   Microsoft announces file-based storage OS
   Microsoft offers more Exchange, SAN management
   Storage managers grapple with Windows
   Microsoft to add iSCSI support to Windows
   Analyze that: Microsoft
   Microsoft: The great storage facilitator?

Expert advice

   What cases slow startup in Windows 2000
   Restore and recover with Windows 2000
   Booting Windows from the SAN
   iSCSI and Microsoft make a potent combination
   What NAS can do for Microsoft Exchange
   Windows backup and restore
   Troubleshooting remote backups for exchange server
   Planning for Windows Server 2003
   Eight guidelines to Windows-based snapshots
   The case of the disappearing network adapter
   Simplify disk alignment in Windows 2000
   Nuances of Windows and SCSI disk performance
   Library of Windows-based storage tips


Microsoft announces file-based storage OS
Windows Storage Server 2003 made waves at the Storage Decisions conference Wednesday, and every name in the industry was on board with new hardware and software support.

Microsoft offers more Exchange, SAN management
NTP Software's latest product supports Windows Server 2003; Maranti works on certifying its controllers; and a new NAS vendor offers Windows storage.

Storage managers grapple with Windows
For storage managers, increased reliance on networked storage for Windows brings with it new management challenges. Find out what those challenges are and how to side-step them here.

Microsoft to add iSCSI support to Windows
Microsoft Corp. has made its move in IP storage by bringing iSCSI support into its operating systems, giving a huge boost to the networking protocol.

Analyze that: Microsoft
As part of our "Analyze that" series, founder and consulting analyst Arun Taneja of the Taneja Group dissects Microsoft.

Microsoft: The great storage facilitator?
Microsoft Corp., has made it abundantly clear in recent months that it wants a piece of the storage software market. Here one of the company's storage strategists explains how it plans to facilitate the growth of storage through working with partners.

What cases slow startup in Windows 2000
There are a lot of possible causes for slow startup in Windows 2000, but here we'll focus on one particular cause: Failure to keep your service packs up to date. Find out in this tip how the problem has been corrected and what Microsoft's recommended fix is.

Restore and recover with Windows 2000
By now you've most likely got your restoring and recovery plans for files and folders pretty down pat, right? Not so fast...If you haven't thought about the critical nature of some W2K components, this tip by Rick Cook gives you some areas to pay particular attention to. Rick covers domain controllers, application servers, backing up system drives and of course, recommends testing your backup and restore procedure regularly.

Booting Windows from the SAN
Typically with Windows you would boot your server from a disk attached directly to your main server. But what do you do if the main server has crashed or is compromised in some way? This tip explains how you can boot your Windows server from the SAN and offers you a few products that offer this "boot-from-SAN" ability.

iSCSI and Microsoft make a potent combination
According to analysts, the June release of Microsoft's iSCSI driver will "open up the storage market." It's clear when Microsoft throws some weight behind a technology, the results could potentially be tremendous. Does this spell the end for Fibre Channel? Read some of the early implications of iSCSI here.

What NAS can do for Microsoft Exchange
Microsoft recently announced support for using NAS devices for Microsoft Exchange if the NAS devices were built on Windows Storage Server 2003 (WSS03) and has gone through the Microsoft qualification process. This is a significant development that has great potential for customers and implications on other technologies. Here's why.

Windows backup and restore
If you're in charge of backing up and restoring files with Windows, we recommend you read this book excerpt from Chapter 5 of "Inside Windows Storage" by Dilip Naik. This chapter explains the technical challenges that need to be solved in order to back up and restore data in a timely way, and also explains the various ways in which backup/restore techniques can be classified.

Troubleshooting remote backups for exchange server
Although it is possible to back up a Windows Exchange 2000 Server remotely using the Ntbackup utility in Win2000, there are certain things you need to look out for when doing so. This tip exposes those pitfalls.

Planning for Windows Server 2003
Is iSCSI really the most cost effective protocol, or does it end up being as expensive as Fibre Channel in the long run? One company says that iSCSI costs could run high, but the firm has developed an integrated iSCSI controller and a family of iSCSI host bus adapters (HBAs) that cost less right from the start.

Eight guidelines to Windows-based snapshots
Snapshots can play an important role in backing up data, disaster recovery and populating a secondary server with live data. In this tip, Dilip Naik offers eight important guidelines.

The case of the disappearing network adapter
When you perform a restore under Windows 2000, your network adapter may disappear and you might not be able to re-install it. This tip explains why this happens and how to avoid this problem altogether.

Simplify disk alignment in Windows 2000
A widely used method to optimize Disk I/O may not always work with Windows 2000 due to peculiarities with NTFS files. In this tip, Rick Cook provides a quick fix to Windows 2000 users' and shows the right program to use to fix the problem.

Nuances of Windows and SCSI disk performance
Author Dilip Naik explains how caching features offered in various Windows product lines work in unison with hardware to affect I/O. Dilip also covers caching within the file system, caching within storage sub-systems and devices and explains the advantages of disk controller caching.
Also check out part two of this tip.

Library of Windows-based storage tips
Take a look at our complete library of Windows-based storage tips.
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