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Windows Server 2008 Server Core : Managing Disk Performance with the DiskPerf Utility, Managing RAID Setups Using the DiskRAID Utility & Managing the File System with the FltMC Utility
The original purpose of the DiskPerf utility was to help you control monitoring of disk performance on your computer. However, systems later than Windows 2000 keep the counters used to monitor performance enabled permanently.
Managing Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Disk Storage : Implementing RAID
A disk subsystem that includes a RAID configuration enables the disks in the system to work in concert to improve performance, fault tolerance, or both.
Managing Disks : Understanding RAID & Using Disk Maintenance Tools
Disk defragmentation rearranges the existing files so they are stored contiguously, which optimizes access to them. In Windows 7, you use the Disk Defragmenter utility to defragment your disk.
Windows Server 2008 R2 : Work with RAID Volumes - Understand RAID Levels & Implement RAID
A Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) is a special type of volume providing you with redundancy on your drives or volumes. RAID is designed to provide you with protection from failures of the drives on your sever.
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 : Knowing Tempdb - Troubleshooting Common Issues (part 3) - Troubleshooting Space Issues
Troubleshooting SQL Server implies a reactive activity; an issue has occurred that now needs to be fixed. That may be true but one of the differences that separates an average SQL Server professional from a good one is knowing about a problem before it has an impact on a live system.
Microsoft Lync Server 2013 : Persistent Chat Deployment (part 1) - Topology Options and Scaling
Several topology options are available with Persistent Chat, and these are dependent on the overall Lync deployment. Similar to the Lync Front End Services, an instance of Persistent Chat is referred to as a pool, even if just a single server is used.
Windows Server 2012 : File Services and Storage - Configuring iSCSI storage (part 2) - Configuring iSCSI Target Server - Installing the iSCSI Target Server role
Installing the File And iSCSI Services role service of the File And Storage Services role on a server running Windows Server 2012 adds a new File And Storage Services page to Server Manager.
Windows Server 2012 : Deploying Storage Spaces (part 3) - Planning a Storage Spaces deployment - Hardware, Performance, Resiliency
Although using USB 2.0 hard drives with Storage Spaces is supported, it is not recommended because of the performance limitations of using USB 2.0 to perform simultaneous reads and writes to multiple, connected USB drives.
Windows Server 2012 : Deploying Storage Spaces (part 2) - Understanding Storage Spaces - Fixed vs. thin provisioning
The difference between these two types of provisioning can be explained using the following example. Figure 1 shows a storage pool named Storage Pool 1 that has been created from three 2-TB physical hard drives.
Windows Server 2012 : Deploying Storage Spaces (part 1) - Understanding Storage Spaces - Concepts and terminology
You can create and delete storage pools to manage virtualized storage in your environment. Each physical disk can be included in only one storage pool at a time, and once you add a physical disk to a pool, the disk is no longer exposed in Disk Management for directly creating partitions or volumes on.
How to Troubleshoot Disk Problems (part 1) - How to Prepare for Disk Failures, How to Use Chkdsk
Chkdsk (Chkdsk.exe) is a command-line tool that checks disk volumes for problems and attempts to repair any that it finds. For example, Chkdsk can repair problems related to bad sectors, lost clusters, cross-linked files, and directory errors.
Windows Vista Improvements for Hardware and Driver Troubleshooting
Windows Vista includes several improvements and new features that will simplify how you troubleshoot hardware problems, allowing you to reduce client computer downtime. The following sections describe these improvements.
Installing and Configuring the Basics of Exchange Server 2013 for a Brand-New Environment (part 6)
There were many improvements in the Active Directory Domain Services Installation Wizard in Windows Server 2008. Although all of these improvements are available by default, some of the wizard pages will appear only if the administrator selects Use Advanced Mode Installation.
SQL Server 2008 R2 : A Performance Monitoring Approach (part 3) - Monitoring Memory, Monitoring the Disk System
Memory, like a processor, is divided into segments for each process running on the server. If there is a demand for more memory than is available, the operating system has to use virtual memory to supplement the physical memory.
Windows Server 2012 Requirements and Installation : Installing Server 2012 (part 1) - Server Core Install
Starting with Server 2012, Microsoft recommends using the Server Core installation method. This is because Server Core’s interface reduces the amount of space needed for installation as well as the potential attack surface of the server.
Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 : Dynamics GP system requirements
All of this information is updated as new versions and service packs of products are released and certified, so it is important to refer to the current information online when planning your implementation.
Monitoring Dynamics CRM Using System Center Operations Manager (part 2) - Microsoft Dynamics CRM Architecture
Before we begin managing the infrastructure, we need to understand the different tiers of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM landscape (see Figure 3). The three crucial tiers that comprise the CRM environment are the client, application, and data tiers.
Windows Small Business Server 2011 : Disaster Planning - Preparing for a Disaster, Restoring from Backup
The process of restoring your SBS server from backup is something you should test and do before you find yourself in the middle of a disaster. And yes, we know, we’re repeating ourselves.
SQL Server 2008 R2 : A Performance and Tuning Methodology (part 3) - Performance and Tuning Design Guidelines
We outline some of the major performance and tuning design guidelines here. There are, of course, many more, but if you a least consider and apply the ones outline here, you should end up with a decently performing SQL Server implementation.
SQL Server 2008 R2 : A Performance and Tuning Methodology (part 2)
A methodology is a process or procedure, for example, designed for repeatability that has been proven to work for a certain paradigm. In our case, it is a repeatable and thorough SQL Server–focused performance and tuning process.
Windows Server 2003 on HP ProLiant Servers : Introduction to ProLiant Servers (part 6) - System Management
ProLiant Essentials systems management software is a suite of agents, applications, and utilities providing Web-enabled management and access to all single-server management information with a consistent look and feel.
Windows Server 2003 on HP ProLiant Servers : Introduction to ProLiant Servers (part 4) - ProLiant Software Tools and Utilities
ProLiant has distinguished itself by providing not only a superior hardware platform, but also an outstanding set of server preparation, deployment, and management tools that are included with every ProLiant. This section provides a quick overview of the ProLiant tools and utilities designed specifically for the ProLiant server platform.
Windows Server 2003 on HP ProLiant Servers : Introduction to ProLiant Servers (part 3) - Storage Options
ProLiant Server storage options are designed or specified by HP engineering, optimized and tested for performance, reliability, and full compatibility. You can visit the HP Web site and review the QuickSpecs for each ProLiant server to find its supported storage options.
Windows Server 2003 on HP ProLiant Servers : Introduction to ProLiant Servers (part 2)
ProLiant servers are based on a modeling system similar to European automakers. As server model numbers go up, so does the level of sophistication and features. The traditional ProLiant server line consists of 300-, 500-, and 700-series servers.
Windows Server 2003 on HP ProLiant Servers : Introduction to ProLiant Servers (part 1)
ProLiant servers became a benchmark for quality and innovation as sales grew at record rates. The ProLiant 1000 was built upon the EISA (Extended Industry Standard Architecture) bus architecture with eight EISA bus-master expansion slots and one management modem slot.
SQL Server 2008 R2 : Creating and Managing Databases - Database Files
SQL Server maps a database over a set of operating system files visible to the SQL Server machine. Microsoft recommends that the files be located on a storage area network (SAN), on an iSCSI-based network, or on a locally attached disk.
Virtualizing Exchange Server 2010 : Benefits of Virtualization, Virtualization Requirements
Virtualization brings a number of impacts that you should consider. Some of the impacts are positive and some are negative, as you'll learn in this section.
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 : Installing SQL Server Clustering (part 1) - Configuring SQL Server Database Disks
Before we go too much further, we need to talk about how you should lay out a SQL Server implementation on the shared disks managed by the cluster. The overall usage intent of a particular SQL Server instance dictates how you might choose to configure your shared disk and how it might be best configured for scalability and availability.
Backing Up the Exchange Server 2007 Environment : Backing Up Specific Windows Services
Most Windows Server services that contain a database or local files are backed up with the System State but also provide alternate backup and restore options.
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 : SQL Server Clustering - How Microsoft SQL Server Clustering Works (part 1)
Put simply, SQL Server 2008 allows failover and failback to or from another node in a cluster. This is an immensely powerful tool for achieving higher availability virtually transparently. There are two approaches to implementing SQL Server Clustering: active/passive or active/active modes.
Backing Up the Exchange Server 2007 Environment : Developing a Backup Strategy
Developing an effective backup strategy involves detailed planning around the logistics of backing up the necessary information or data via backup software, media type, and accurate documentation. To truly be effective, organizations should not limit a backup strategy by not considering the use of all available resources for recovery.
Deep Dive: Windows Home Server Features (part 1) - PC Backup and Restore, Document and Media Sharing
Windows 7 features the Backup and Restore control panel, for image-based backup of the entire PC as well as more typical file backup. Windows 7 also includes Previous Versions, a way to retrieve older versions of documents and other files directly from the file system, as well as tools such as System Restore.
Windows Server 2008 Server Core : Managing the Hard Drive - Managing Partitions with the DiskPart Command
The DiskPart command lets you manage partitions on your hard drive without relying on the graphical utilities. In some cases, this utility is your only resource when the graphical environment isn't running and you need to make a repair.
SQL Server 2008 : Physical server design - Disk configuration (part 2) - Validating disk storage performance and integrity
SQLIO is a tool used to measure the I/O performance capacity of a storage system. Run from the command line, SQLIO takes a number of parameters that are used to generate I/O of a particular type.
SQL Server 2008 : Physical server design - Disk configuration (part 1) - Creating and aligning partitions
We use RAID levels such as RAID 0 and RAID 10, both of which stripe data across multiple disks. Striping works by dividing data to be written to disk into chunks and spreading the chunks over the separate disks in the RAID array.
Recovering from a Disaster in an Exchange Server 2007 Environment : Recovering from a Site Failure & Recovering from a Disk Failure
For environments where SLAs offer very little time to bring up a recovery location, administrators should strongly consider implementing Cluster Continuous Replication, a new feature of Exchange 2007.
Preventive Maintenance and Data Recovery
Restoring a Complete PC Backup involves erasing your hard disk and replacing all your data with the data in the backup. This means any data on your hard disk created or modified since your last backup will be sucked into oblivion, so you'll likely only want to use this feature if your hard disk crashes.
Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 : Disaster Recovery - Database Maintenance
To developing a backup and restore strategy, you can do several things for your SMS servers on a regular basis, both to keep them running well and to spot problems before they cause damage.
Managing Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Disk Storage : Maintaining Disk Storage Volumes
Windows Server 2003 disk volumes are efficient and stable if formatted with NTFS, but somewhat less so when formatted with FAT or FAT32. The NTFS file system logs all file transactions, replaces bad clusters automatically, and stores copies of key information for all files on the NTFS volume.
Managing Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Disk Storage : Configuring Disks and Volumes
On an Itanium computer, you will be prompted to select the partition style. Itanium computers containing multiple disks support two partition styles, GUID partition table (GPT) and MBR.
Managing Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Disk Storage : Understanding Disk Storage Options
Before you tackle the installation of a disk drive and the configuration of that drive, you must understand several important storage concepts. This article will introduce you to the concepts, technologies, features, and terminology related to disk storage in Windows Server 2003.
Understanding and Installing Active Directory Certificate Services (part 2) - New AD CS Features in Windows Server 2008 R2 & Installing AD CS
Installing AD CS is a much more involved process than installing Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS). This is because of the choice between stand-alone and enterprise CAs and the subsequent choices that ensue from this original decision.
Windows Server 2008 R2 : Manage the Active Directory Database (part 1) - Maintain FSMO Roles & Transfer FSMO Roles
For all of its fanfare and cool functions, when you take off all the pretty interfaces and controls, Active Directory (AD) is at its core a database named NTDS.DIT.
Troubleshooting Performance Problems (part 3) - Troubleshooting Disk Performance Problems & Configuring Power Settings
Flash drives do not have a drive head, and fragmentation does not reduce their performance. Therefore, you never have to worry about fragmentation with a flash drive. Windows 7 automatically disables defragmentation for flash drives.
Windows Server 2003 : Planning Fault Tolerance and Avoidance (part 2) - Disk Arrays
Carefully examine the fault tolerance of each of the possible RAID choices for your intended use. All RAID levels except RAID-0 provide some degree of fault tolerance, but the effect of a failure and the ability to recover from subsequent failures can be different.
Configuring Small Business Server 2011 in Hyper-V : Hyper-V Overview
Windows Server 2008 R2 includes built-in virtualization with the Hyper-V role. Hyper-V is hypervisor-based, native virtualization that uses the hardware virtualization capabilities of the latest Intel and AMD processors to provide a robust, fast, and resource-conserving virtual environment.
Managing Disks : Managing Dynamic Storage - Creating an Extended Volume
A dynamic disk can contain simple, spanned, or striped volumes. Through the Disk Management utility, you can create volumes of each type. You can also create an extended volume, which is the process of adding disk space to a single simple volume.
Installing Windows Small Business Server 2011
The actual installation of Windows Small Business Server 2011 is simple compared to earlier versions of SBS. The initial installation of the operating system asks fewer questions, and the installation of the SBS portion also asks far fewer questions.
Business Server 2011 : Planning Fault Tolerance and Avoidance - Disk Arrays
Fortunately, disk arrays have become the norm for servers, and good fault-tolerant hardware RAID systems are available and supported on SBS. The choice of RAID and the particulars of how you configure your RAID system can significantly affect the cost of your servers.
SharePoint 2010 Search : Replacing the SharePoint Search Engine (part 2) - FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint
FAST Search Server for SharePoint 2010 should not be confused with its stand-alone enterprise search platform, FAST ESP. FAST ESP is a service-oriented architecture used to build search-derived applications.
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