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My newest Storage Appliance for under $2,000

After 22+ years in backup, I have become something of a storage geek on the side (or at least pretend to be one).

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been playing with a new storage solution in my Dallas lab:

The device has two gigabit NICs in it – one offering CIFS/SMB 3.0 shares and […]

Every Windows Server can be a iSCSI Target

No, I didn’t do a typo and mean to say “Every Windows Server has an iSCSI Initiator”

And it may only be a slight exaggeration when I say “Every“.

But did you know that your Windows Server 2008 R2 server can also be an iSCSI Target? I didn’t.

Typically, one thinks of an iSCSI Target […]

Dell announces a Windows Storage Server 2008 appliance

Congratulations to my friends at Dell for their launch of storage appliances that are powered by Windows Storage Server 2008.

This is a great example of what happens with the partnership of Microsoft with a server manufacturer.

In this case, instead of simply pre-installing Windows Server and a standard Dell PowerEdge server (which […]

Announcing the HP Windows Storage Server 2008 appliances – X1000 and X3000

This is a very good day to be in storage and a Windows network administrator – because HP just announced that they are shipping storage appliances that are powered by Windows Storage Server 2008. For more on the WSS08 release last month, check out these blogs:

May 5 – Announcing Windows Storage Server 2008 […]

Why is Windows Storage Server only available through OEM’s ?

I get this question every once in a while – so I thought I would offer my perspective on this.

To answer that, let me do a short reminder of what a Windows Storage Server is:

We started with the mainstream Windows Server operating system – and tune it from being the industry-leading general […]

Why a Windows Storage Server is like a Saleen Ford Mustang

For the record, I am not really a car buff. I am a “Buff”ington … and enjoy renting mustangs from Avis … but I’ve had a few questions on my Windows Storage Server 2008 RTM blog (below), so let me expand on my analogy:

 

Just a few miles down the road in Detroit, […]

Two Webcasts Today – Storage Server and DPM Disaster Recovery

As an updated reminder, we have two TechNet Webcasts today from Storage Solutions:

Introducing Windows Storage Server 2008

8AM Pacific / 11AM Eastern US time:

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032410705

For background – check out my blog on WSS08 from earlier this week.

In this webcast, I am joined by one of those scary-smart but all-around-nice-guys, Scott Johnson, the […]

Announcing Windows Storage Server 2008 – WAA HOO !

I am really excited to announce the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Storage Server 2008. Let me tell you why:

For me This is the culmination of my first 3.5 years at Microsoft. Prior to joining Microsoft, I had been a Microsoft MVP in Storage – so I have been involved with this […]

Are you looking for a DPM server — try a Data Protection appliance from Dell

One of the common questions that we hear around DPM is “What hardware should the DPM Server be run on?”

I can offer a couple different answers.  Start with the Official Answer — please consult the hardware requirements list on the DPM website

There is also the “engineering” answer – which is […]

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