The latest beta of the server version of Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 8 operating system includes a handy tool related to the new data deduplication feature. DDPEVAL will test a given dataset using the new deduplication and compression engine and report the savings to be expected. And it works even on non-Windows 8 systems! Windows Server 8 Data Deduplication Review For … [Read more...] about Microsoft Adds Data Deduplication Savings Evaluation Tool to Windows Server 8 Beta
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Last week I posted the excellent news that the Robocopy in new versions of Microsoft Windows is multi-threaded and thus much (much!) faster. Then I tried to actually use it on a Windows Vista machine. Redmond, we have a problem. Spot the Problem Let's play a little game, shall we? Let's see if you can spot the problem! Now let's run "robocopy /mt" so see if … [Read more...] about Versioning FAIL: Windows Vista/7 Robocopy
Anyone doing much storage work on Microsoft Windows machines is familiar with Robocopy. It's the best tool to move data between NTFS filesystems, since Robocopy maintains permissions and file attributes. It also tolerates dropped connections, resuming where it left off, and can throttle operations over slow networks. But Robocopy was never very quick, especially when dealing … [Read more...] about Robocopy: Better, Faster, Stronger
Ever since Microsoft and Intel declared that the combination of Windows and Nehalem could deliver over a million iSCSI IOPS, I've been curious about just how they did it. What black magic could push that many I/Os over a single Ethernet connection? And what was on the other end? Now Intel has revealed all in a whitepaper, and the results are surprising! What iSCSI Did Let's … [Read more...] about How Did Microsoft and Intel Get 1 Million iSCSI IOPS?
Who's naughty and who's nice? The average computer geek of the last decade would have placed Microsoft atop the naughty list. The average corporate IT manager's nice list probably wouldn't have included EMC and Oracle. Yet Google, Apple, Sun, HP and even IBM don't have this frequent negativity directed towards them. What's the difference between naughty and nice when it comes … [Read more...] about Are Microsoft and EMC beginning a renaissance of geek respect?