Microsoft Windows Server 2003 | Part 4

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 | Part 4

Windows Storage Server 2003

Windows Storage Server 2003 member of the series of Windows Server 2003 operating system specializes in storage spaces attached (Network Attached Storage – NAS). It is optimized for use of sharing files and printers and also in the architectures of network storage (Storage Area Network – SAN). This edition is only available through the reseller through the purchase of specific equipment (OEMs). Unlike other editions of Windows Server 2003 that provide functionality for sharing files and printers, Windows Storage Server 2003 does not require CALs.

Equipment NAS Windows Storage Server 2003 may be without head, which means they have no screen, keyboard and mouse, and are administered remotely. Of such equipment is connected to any existing IP network and storage spaces are made available to all users. Windows Storage Server 2003 can use RAID technology clusters to provide data redundancy, fault tolerance, and high performance. Several NAS servers can be configured cluster and thus appear as a single storage location. This allows very high performance and maintain the storage service available even if one member servers fails.

Windows Storage Server 2003 can also be used to create a storage area network (Storage Area Network), in which data is transferred in blocks and not files, thus providing more granularity to the data can be transferred. This provides greater performance for databases and transactional applications. Windows Storage Server 2003 also allows the NAS to be connected to a SAN.

Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 is due to Windows Storage Server 2003 and provides optimized performance file servers, the Single Instance Storage (SIS), and search functionality based on an index.

Single Instance Storage (SIS) analyzes storage volumes to find duplicate files, duplicates and moves these to a common storage SIS. The files on the volumes are replaced by a link to the SIS file. This replacement reduces the amount of storage space needed up to 70%.

Windows Storage Server R2 provides a search engine full text based on an index with the indexing engine is native to Windows server. The search engine updated speeds up indexed searches on network shares. Storage Server R2 also offers the possibility to apply filters to search several standard file formats such as. Zip, AutoCAD, XML, MP3 and. Html, and all formats of Microsoft Office files.

Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 includes native support for Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and adds snap Storage Management Console Microsoft Management Console. It can be used to centrally manage storage volumes, including DFS shares from a Windows Storage Server R2.

Windows Storage Server R2 can be used as a mount point with the iSCSI standard and enterprise editions of Windows Storage Server R2, incorporating WinTarget iSCSI technology that Microsoft acquired in 2006 via the software Stringbean. There is additional functionality available to purchase via OEM partners as “iSCSI Feature Pack, or it is incorporated into some versions of WSS configured by OEMs.

Features Storage Server 2003

  • Distributed File System (en) (DFS) DFS is used to aggregate several network shares and make them available as a single virtual file.
  • Support for SAN and iSCSI: Computers can connect to a storage server through the LAN without needing a dedicated fiber channel network. As a Storage Area Network can be created through the LAN. iSCSI uses the SCSI protocol to transfer data as a block of bytes rather than as files. This increases the performance of network storage in some scenarios, such as servers, databases.
  • Virtual Disc Service: This feature enables devices NAS, RAID and SAN in sharing their view, and manage them as normal drives.
  • JBOD systems: using VDS systems JBOD (Just a bunch of discs) can manage a set of storage equipment as a single equipment. It is not necessary that the storage unit is the same manufacturer and same model.
  • Software and Hardware RAID: Windows Storage Server 2003 has native support for RAID in hardware implementation. In case the hardware does not support the RAID functionality, it can use software RAID functionality. In this case, all transactions are processed by the operating system.
  • Multi Path IO (MPIO): this allows an alternative access to input / output for the cases where primary access is down.

Windows Home Server Edition

Windows Home Server is an operating system based on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2. Announced January 7th, 2007 at the Consumer Electronics Show conference and Bill Gates, Windows Home Server is intended to be a solution for households with multiple PCs networked to provide functions of file sharing, automated backups, and access to distance.

Study: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The text is available under the Creative Commons.

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