Windows Storage, AD R2 Documentation


 Here’s a list of useful documentation references: 

Here are some relevant references to Windows Storage Server-centric content. Keep checking back for more links, welcome back.
 
Windows Server 2008 R2:
 
 
New in Windows File Services:  http://www.microsoft.com/storage

Storage Technology Facts:

* Default cluster size for NTFS, FAT, and exFAT (256 TB NTFS limit) – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/140365
Large Logical Unit Support and Windows Server 2003 SP1 (GPT): http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/LUN_SP1.mspx and http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/GPT_FAQ.mspx

* How NTFS works (256 TB limit) : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc781134.aspx

* Reviewing Storage Limits: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc773268.aspx

* Microsoft Storage: Fact and Fiction – http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/storage/getstorfacts.mspx

* How to calculate the LUN limit per HBA – http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2008/10/20/storage-tip-how-to-calculate-windows-server-2008-lun-limit-per-hba.aspx

* How dynamic disks and volumes work – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc758035.aspx

* How basic disks and volumes work – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc739412.aspx

 
Windows Server 2008 R2 Whitepapers:
 
Improve your understanding and get more in-depth information about Windows Server 2008 R2 in these whitepapers: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/white-papers.aspx

Performance Tuning Guidelines:

This guide describes important tuning parameters and settings that you can adjust to improve the performance and energy efficiency of the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system. This guide describes each setting and its potential effect to help you make an informed decision about its relevance to your system, workload, and performance goals.  http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/system/sysperf/Perf_tun_srv-R2.mspx

NFS Account Mapping Whitepaper:

This paper covers Network File System (NFS) account mapping and the deployment in Windows Server 2008 R2. NFS is a network file sharing protocol that allows remote access to files over a network. NFS implementations include an NFS server component, which enables the sharing of files for use by other networked computers, and an NFS client component, which enables computers to access files shared by NFS servers. The Services for NFS role service in Windows Server provides the ability to function as an NFS server. Windows and UNIX operating systems use different account and security systems. Windows operating systems represent users and groups with a unique security identifier (SID), while UNIX operating systems represent users with user identifiers (UIDs) and group identifiers (GIDs).

Account mapping is the process of correlating the UNIX UIDs and GIDs to corresponding Windows user and group SIDs.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=5f4c294c-8692-4235-8236-8ea809ae71f7

Operational TCO Comparison:

Windows Server 2008 File Services vs. Dedicated Storage System Vendors  (Done by the Edison Group)
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/solutions/specializedservers/product_guide/product

Windows Storage Server 2008 R2

Microsoft.com:  http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/wss08.aspx 

TechNet Overview: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg232660(WS.10).aspx

Getting Started Guide: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg214166(WS.10).aspx

Known Issues List: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg214171(WS.10).aspx

OEM Deployment Guide: Download the guide here.

OEM Partners:  http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/wss08/partners.aspx

Active Directory Windows 2008 and 2008 R2 Documentation 

Global: Changes in Functionality from Windows Server 2003 with SP1 to Windows Server 2008
Changes in Functionality in Windows Server 2008 R2 and from TechNet
Active Directory Design Guide
AD DS Deployment Guide
AD DS Installation and Removal Step-by-Step Guide
Active Directory Domain Services – Technet & Operations Guide.doc
Running Domain Controllers in Hyper-V

Licensing:
Windows Server 2008 R2 Licensing Overview
Licensing Microsoft Server Products in Virtual Environments white paper

DNS:

DNS Step-by-Step Guide
DNSSEC Deployment Guide

Migration/Upgrade:
Upgrading Active Directory Domains to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 AD DS Domains & from TechNet
Migrate Server Roles to Windows Server 2008 R2
ADMT Guide: Migrating and Restructuring Active Directory Domains
Windows Server 2008 R2 Migration Utilities x64 Edition

Read Only Domain Controllers:
Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODC) Branch Office Guide and from TechNet
Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODC) in the Perimeter Network
Read-only Domain Controllers Step-by-Step Guide from TechNet
Read-only Domain Controllers Known Issues for Deploying RODCs
Read-Only Domain Controllers Planning and Deployment Guide

Firewall:
Active Directory and Active Directory Domain Services Port Requirements
Service overview and network port requirements for the Windows Server system
How to configure a firewall for domains and trusts
How to restrict FRS replication traffic to a specific static port
Restricting Active Directory replication traffic and client RPC traffic to a specific port
Active Directory Domain Services in the Perimeter Network (Windows Server 2008)
Active Directory in Networks Segmented by Firewalls (Windows Server 2003)

Security/Delegation:
How to Delegate Basic Server Administration To Junior Administrators
Best Practice Guide for Securing Active Directory Installations.doc
Active Directory Domain Services in the Perimeter Network (Windows Server 2008)
Windows 2000 Security Event Descriptions (Part 1 of 2)
Windows 2000 Security Event Descriptions (Part 2 of 2)
Description of security events in Windows Vista and in Windows Server 2008
Description of security events in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2
How to use Group Policy to configure detailed security auditing settings KB 921469
Security Auditing Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 TechNet

Backup/Recover:
Recovering Your Active Directory Forest
How to restore deleted user accounts and their group memberships in Active Directory KB840001
How to restore deleted user accounts and their group memberships in Active Directory
Best practices around Active Directory Authoritative Restores in Windows Server 2003 and 2008
The importance of following ALL the authoritative restore steps

Re-commended hotfixes for Windows Server 2008-based server clusters.

Cluster nodes in your environment may be affected by the problems that an update or hotfix addresses, install the hotfix or update on each one of the cluster nodes in your environment.
952247  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/952247/ ) The Cluster network name resource and the File Share Witness resource may not come
951308  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/951308/ ) Increased functionality and virtual machine control in the Windows Server 2008 Failover Cluster Management console for the Hyper-V role
950179  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950179/ ) When you run the Validate a Configuration Wizard on a Windows Server 2008-based computer or on a Windows Vista-based computer, the validation does not pass
969550  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/969550/ ) A Stop error occurs on an HP ProLiant server that has the firmware from an E200/E200i HP Smart Array SAS/SATA controller installed on any Windows Server platform
970529  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/970529/ ) The volume GUID may unexpectedly change after a volume is extended on a Windows Server 2008 failover cluster node
953652  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953652/ ) A physical disk resource may unexpectedly fail or go offline when the IsAlive function is executed on a Windows Server 2008 cluster node

Next post is Windows 2008 cluster and SQL R2 failover cluster for Active/Passive.

Any comments will be learning point.

Mehboob

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