The Windows Disk timeout value: Less is better

Updated: 6/7/2012 As a result of some internal discussions around this, I decided that a blog post was long overdue on this topic, as the ramifications of setting the timeout value for Disk.sys are not commonly understood completely, and can lead to long recovery times in enterprise environments. The Windows Disk timeout is stored in…


New NTFS CHKDSK whitepaper

Just wanted to let everyone know that the filesystem team has released a new whitepaper “NTFS CHKDSK Best Practices and Performance”, which is available at the link below: “NTFS Chkdsk Best Practices and Performance” There are also some additional articles discussing this as the links below: http://blogs.technet.com/b/storageserver/archive/2011/02/23/guidance-for-sizing-ntfs-volumes.aspx http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2011/02/22/new-white-paper-providing-guidance-for-sizing-ntfs-volumes.aspx Thanks, Bruce    


Updated storage documentation for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

At the link below, you will find information about what has changed for the iSCSI Initiator, and MPIO in Windows 2008 R2. Also, the first in the series of our new configuration and step-by-step guides is available at the same location, which covers the configuration and usage of the iSCSI Initiator for both R2 and…


Updated SAN Boot Whitepaper is now available

The Windows Boot from SAN whitepaper has been updated, and is available via the link below, this includes information on upgrading to Windows Server 2008 R2: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=f4095fae-553d-4700-aafa-1cce38b5618f&displaylang=en


Portal Hopping

  The Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator implements a number of key features in the initiator to protect against loss of connectivity to an iSCSI target.  These include support for Microsoft MPIO, (MCS) multiple connections per session, portal hopping,  as well as advanced error recovery.  The loss of connection to an iSCSI target portal could be…