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  • Scripting secrets for disk quota management
    Despite improvements to disk quota management, Windows 2003 doesn't have any built-in reporting tools. Fortunately, admins can use a script to create reports on disk space usage. (March 2008)

 

Where to Start
Technical Overview of Windows Server 2003 File Services
This downloadable article discusses improvements in Windows Server 2003 File Services, with an emphasis on core infrastructure file service innovations

Technical Overview of Windows Server 2003 Storage Management
This downloadable article provides a technical overview of key storage management features in the Windows Server 2003 family and includes scenarios showing how IT organizations can take advantage of this technology.

HOW TO: Troubleshoot the File Replication Service in Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 327341 - This step-by-step article describes how to troubleshoot the File Replication service (FRS). The following procedures are all performed by a member of the administrators group on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition

DFS
Simplifying Infrastructure Complexity with Windows Distributed File System
This document introduces you to the many improvements to DFS that help administrators manage their distributed resources in all the editions of Windows Server 2003.

How to Locate and Correct Disk Space Problems on NTFS Volumes
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 814594 - This article discusses how to check an NTFS file system's disk space allocation to discover offending files and folders or look for volume corruption in Windows Server 2003-based computers.

HOW TO: Use Remote Storage in Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 816588 - This step-by-step article describes how to set up and use Remote Storage. You can use Remote Storage to create virtual disk storage from a tape or other storage media. If you use this service, files that you access infrequently are moved to remote storage media. Remote storage volumes are well suited for data that you access only occasionally

Dynamic Disks
Best Practices for Using Dynamic Disks on Windows Server 2003-Based Computers
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 816307 - This article describes the best practices for using dynamic disks on Windows Server 2003-based computers. If you use dynamic disks, you can create fault-tolerant volumes (mirrored volumes and RAID-5 sets) and very large multiple-disk (or logical unit number) [LUN] ) volumes by using striped and spanned volumes. These features are available only on dynamic disks. Dynamic disks are more robust and fault-tolerant in the way they store and replicate disk and volume configuration information. Dynamic disks are primarily designed to always be online. For this reason, they are not available on removable media. Follow the recommendations in this article to keep your data online and accessible

Scripting secrets for disk quota management
Despite improvements to disk quota management, Windows 2003 doesn't have any built-in reporting tools. Fortunately, admins can use a script to create reports on disk space usage. (February 2008)

EFS
How to manage the Encrypting File System in Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Server
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 324897 - This article describes how to manage Encrypting File System (EFS) in a Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Server environment. When you use EFS, you can store data securely because EFS encrypts data in selected NTFS file system files and folders
Windows File Protection
HOW TO: Verify That Windows File Protection Is Running in Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 814597 - This step-by-step article describes how to verify that the Windows File Protection feature is running and protecting your system files. In Windows Server 2003 , Windows File Protection prevents the replacement of protected system files such as .sys, .dll, .ocx, .ttf, .fon, and .exe files. Windows File Protection runs in the background and protects all files that are installed by the Windows Setup program. Windows File Protection detects attempts by other programs to replace or move a protected system file. Windows File Protection checks the file's digital signature to determine if the new file is the correct Microsoft version. If the file is not the correct version, Windows File Protection either replaces the file from the backup that is stored in the Dllcache folder or from the Windows CD. If Windows File Protection cannot locate the appropriate file, it prompts you for the location. Windows File Protection also writes an event to the Event log that notes the file-replacement attempt. By default, Windows File Protection is always enabled and allows Windows digitally-signed files to replace existing files.
Shadow Copy
Introduction to Shadow Copies of Shared Folders
This white paper, written for IT architects and system administrators, describes the functionality of Shadow Copies of Shared Folders the fundamentals of how to design a shadow copy strategy, and the basic steps for setting up and using Shadow Copies of Shared Folders on both servers and clients.

Description of the Shadow Copies Feature in Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 304606 - This article provides a description of the Shadow Copies feature in Windows Server 2003.

Shadow Copies May Be Lost When You Defragment a Volume
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 312067 - When you run Disk Defragmenter on a volume with shadow copies activated, all or some of your shadow copies may be lost, starting with the oldest shadow copies

The Limitations of Using Mount Points on a Volume That Uses Shadow Copies in Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 812547 - This article discusses the limitations of using mount points on a volume that uses shadow copies in Windows Server 2003

Backup and Recovery
Automatic System Recovery (ASR) Backup Cannot Access System State or Cluster Quorum
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 813551 - When you run the Automated System Recovery (ASR) Wizard in the Windows Backup program, the backup may be unsuccessful and you may notice the following error logged in the backup progress report.

HOW TO: Re-Create a Missing Automated System Recovery Floppy Disk in Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 325854 - This article describes how to create an Automated System Recovery (ASR) floppy disk from the media that stores the ASR backup in Windows Server 2003. During an ASR backup operation, the Asr.sif and Asrpnp.sif files are copied to the backup media

HOW TO: Use the Backup Feature to Back Up and Restore Data in Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 326216 - This step-by-step article describes how to use the Backup feature to back up and restore data on your Windows Server 2003-based computer. This article is intended for users who back up and restore data, and it includes information about how to back up and restore the system configuration and local registry

HOW TO: Use Command Line Parameters with the Ntbackup Command in Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 814583 - You can perform backup operations from the command prompt or from a batch file by using the ntbackup backup command followed by various parameters. You can access only the backup option from the command prompt.

How to Use Windows Server 2003 Automated System Recovery to Back Up a Remote Installation Services Server
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 304636 - This article describes how the Automated System Recovery (ASR) feature can be used to back up and to restore a Remote Installation Services (RIS) server and RIS volumes

Windows Server 2003 Compatibility with Former Backup Software
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 327948 - Windows Server 2003 contains a new backup infrastructure, including new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for backup. Windows Server 2003 also supports the backup APIs of Windows 2000. Because of the new APIs in Windows Server 2003, backup programs can use the new Volume Shadow Copy service (VSS)

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