More management for Windows 2000 storage
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Windows 2000 Server represents a considerable improvement in storage management functionality over Windows NT. Among other things, Windows 2000 adds the ability to create an online volume and to grow both simple and spanned volumes without interrupting user access to data.
For many users, especially in smaller installations, the built-in storage management features in Windows 2000 are perfectly adequate. However managers with more complex needs should consider purchasing third party products from companies like Legato (www.legato.com) and Veritas (www.veritas.com), which offer features beyond those found in Windows 2000 server.
The feature sets vary from vendor to vendor, but in general they offer the ability to more finely subdivide storage, better help, more sophisticated logging facilities and the ability to perform more operations on the fly without restarting the system. Veritas's Volume Manager for Windows, for example, offers the ability to detect high I/O areas in storage to head off potential bottlenecks and to grow striped, mirrored or RAID 5 volumes on the fly, as well as support for up to 32 mirrors of volumes.
Not all the features are going to appeal to all users. For that reason it is important to carefully consider your specific needs in choosing a third-party storage management package.
Rick Cook has been writing about mass storage since the days when the term meant an 80K floppy disk. The computers he learned on used ferrite cores and magnetic drums. For the last twenty years he has been a freelance writer specializing in storage and other computer issues.
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The Ultimate Windows 2000 System Administrator's Guide
Author : Mark Walla and Robert Williams
Publisher : Addison Wesley
Published : May 2000
The Ultimate Windows 2000 System Administrator's Guide is an essential resource for planning, deploying, and administering a Windows 2000 enterprise system. The authors draw on years of experience designing and administering Windows NT and UNIX systems in order to guide you through the varied tasks involved in real-world system administration. The book provides an overview of the entire Windows 2000 server family, including Advanced Server, DataCenter, and Professional.