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SAN management for Windows file storage

The implementation of storage area networks in Windows environments is becoming more and more common. In turn, Microsoft has included more SAN management features with Windows Vista and Server 2008. Still, there are many questions regarding SANs that admins need answered before going forward with networked storage.

Is SAN right for Windows file storage?
What is the migration process for structured and unstructured data?
Does Microsoft offer any helpful SAN management tools?

This collection of articles, mediacasts and eBook chapters will provide answers to these questions and more, with in-depth details on the inner-workings of storage area networks, including tips on backup and recovery strategies, iSCSI and disk management.

eBook

SAN management for Windows, Exchange and SQLServer

Leveraging SANs in Windows Servers

Laura E. Hunter
Laura E. Hunter
An iSCSI storage area network (SAN) offers several advantages over direct-attached storage (DAS) in a Windows server environment. In this chapter, get the information every Windows manager needs to gain the most out of an iSCSI storage platform. Read this eBook to learn more about leveraging iSCSI SANS in Windows Servers, SAN Resiliency and Disaster Recovery, and understanding the iSCSI Initiator.

Articles

Making the move from DAS to SAN/NAS

Mark Arnold
Mark Arnold

Migrating unstructured data to SAN
In the first of this three-part series, Microsoft MVP Mark Arnold explains why so many organizations have moved unstructured data from Windows file servers to SAN and NAS and then breaks down the process of migrating that data safely and easily.

Moving structured data sources to networked storage
There are many advantages to hosting structured data on a SAN or NAS. Learn about the migration process and get details on how networked storage can benefit your Windows environment.

Backup and recovery for data migrated to networked storage
Backup and restore procedures for SAN and NAS-based storage systems differ from traditional direct-attached storage, with minimal effects on system performance.

Windows SAN management with iSCSI

Brien Posey
Brien Posey

Demystifying Microsoft's iSCSI Initiator for Windows Vista and Server 2008
The inclusion of the iSCSI Initiator with Microsoft's latest operating systems is just one example of the company's increased focus on SAN. Microsoft MVP Brien Posey explains how to use the iSCSI Initiator to connect to remote targets in iSCSI environments.

Disk management basics for iSCSI deployments
Develop a better understanding of how client computers can use iSCSI to connect to remote storage devices, with details on the inner-workings of LUNs and iSCSI initiators.

Media

Bruce Mackenzie-Low
Bruce Mackenzie-Low

Webcast: Is SAN right for Windows file storage?
With the release of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, Microsoft has continued to increase its emphasis on Storage Area Networks (SAN) for enterprise storage. But when it comes to file storage, is SAN really right for you? In this webcast, systems software engineer Bruce Mackenzie-Low delves into the particulars of Windows file storage and outlines how SANs can best benefit your IT environment.

Podcast: Using SANs for Windows file storage -- Five things every admin should know
What are the major differences between SANs and locally attached storage? What SAN management tools are offered by Microsoft? In this podcast, find the answers to these questions and more, plus details on SAN management basics for Windows administrators.


This was first published in May 2008

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