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Windows storage management: Top tips of 2006

Demand for information on Windows-related storage is surging. Here are 10 of the most popular tips that appeared on our site this past year related to storage management.

Demand for information on Windows-related storage is surging. Microsoft's Data Protection Manager, the storage features in Windows Server 2003, iSCSI SANs, the updated Distributed File System feature in R2, hard drive technology in general, and, of course, backup and recovery were the stories that generated the most page views on in 2006.

Below are 10 of the most popular tips that appeared on our site this past year related to storage management.

Storage management tasks that are a waste of time. Serdar Yegulalp has contributed a series of articles about tasks that aren't worth the time and effort for a busy admin to perform them. This tip discusses those tasks that are specifically related to storage management.

Fix removable media restriction on Win2K Recovery Console. When a Windows 2000 server does not start properly (or not at all), administrators usually need to use Recovery Console. It's possible to configure Windows 2000 Recovery Console so that you can gain access to removable media devices for the purpose of copying file, but you need to "un-disable" the feature, which Microsoft has disabled as a security measure. .

Detecting SAN configuration problems caused by logical disks and Detecting SAN configuration problems related to server clusters. System administrators often experience problems when configuring a SAN. These two articles provides tips for resolving some of the error events that admins were likely to run into.

High availability of storage resources. In today's world, it's become essential for continuous business operations to have failover. This tip enumerated several ways in which administrators can have their storage resources provide high availability of data.

Key storage features in Windows Server 2003. This tip elaborated on the differences in the storage options in Windows Server 2003 and those in its predecessors.

Fixing conflicts between older and newer SATA drives. Serial ATA (SATA) devices come in two basic varieties: the original iteration with a maximum theoretical speed of 1.5 Gb/sec, and a newer version with a maximum theoretical speed of 3.0 Gb/sec. Not all of the newer SATA drives or controllers support 3.0Gb/sec, and that causes problems. The tip describes how to circumvent those problems.

Add gigabytes by reducing disk space for XP's System Restore. Every so often, you're going to need an emergency capacity boost on a Windows XP system, especially with single-drive DAS systems, such as those found on desktops or laptops. These systems are often "managed" by users, who have been known to ignore warning signs until they're flat out of space. Here's a way to get around this problem.

Workstations and servers have very different defragmentation needs. One of our most popular – and controversial -- articles of the year was the series that Serdar Yegulalp wrote on defragging issues. In this story, he responds to the feedback that ensured from his article.

Turing iSCSI SANs with Iometer. This tip describes how a systems admin can use Iometer, a performance test tool for tuning Windows environments, to tune performance in iSCSI SANs.

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