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Server Disk Management in a Windows Environment

1st Edition

By Drew Robb

Auerbach Publications

280 pages | 26 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780849324321
pub: 2003-09-26

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Hard drives and disk management receive scant attention from the industry press, yet recent surveys have identified disk failure as the #1 source of server downtime. Combine this fact with the skyrocketing TCO of data storage management, and it is apparent that server disk management is a subject deserving of much more scrutiny.

Server Disk Management in a Windows Environment explains the basic elements of disks and disk architectures, and explores how to successfully manage and maintain functionality within a Windows environment. The author focuses on critical issues that are often ignored by other books on this subject, issues including disk quotas, fragmentation, optimization, hard drive reliability, asset management, software deployment, and system forensics.

This book is a valuable resource for IT veterans and those who are less tech-savvy. Students and IT newcomers can access multiple definitions and examples of fundamentals such as disk organization, file systems, and basic maintenance actions. Chapters examining hardware and software management and industry trends provide further insight into how you can maintain and monitor disks, and have them perform at maximum efficiency.

Table of Contents

Hard Disks and How They Are Organized

Hardware Components of the Hard Drive

SCSI versus ATA

ATA Drives

Small Computer Systems Interface Drives

What's on a Disk

Disk Performance Definitions and Metrics

Disk Formatting

Grouping Disks: Stripe Sets and RAID

Evaluating Disks

Mean Time Between Failures

Windows File Systems

Enterprise Windows

Magnetic Disk Systems



Additional NTFS Features

FAT versus NTFS

Converting FAT to NTFS

Optical Disk Formats

Partitioning Strategies


Hard Drive Reliability

MTBF Explained

Adding Up the Cost of Disk Failure

Don't Rely on Backup

Don't Rely on RAID

Predicting Failure

Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology

How Often Do Disks Fail?


Products using SMART

Compaq Insight Manager

OEM Disk Monitoring Tools


Hot Swapability

Disks Will Fail

Disk Management Basics for Windows 2000

The Importance of Disk Management

Basic Tasks

Disk Management Console

Converting a Basic Disk to a Dynamic Disk

Basic/Dynamic Disks and Windows XP

Be Dynamic, Choose Dynamic

Backing Up Windows Networks

No More Simple Backups

Windows Backup: What it Includes

Using the Built-In Windows Backup Utility

Emergency Repair Disk and Restore Functions

Additional XP Backup Features

Beyond Basic Backups

Backup Cautions

Backing up Mixed Windows/Linux Networks

Storage Portal Case Study

Disaster Recovery and Disk Management

Is Your Data Really Protected?

A Blended Approach to Data Protection

Contingency Plan

Make DRP Comprehensive

The Economics of Disaster

Recognition of Mission Critical Elements


Data Organization

Test and Refine Some More

Disk Performance and Fragmentation

History and Origins of Fragmentation

Does NTFS Suffer from Fragmentation?

How Much Fragmentation Occurs in NTFS

Defining Fragmentation

Free Space Fragmentation

Fragmentation Adversely Affects Systems Stability

Remedying Fragmentation

How Defragmenters Work

Defragmentation Safety Issues

Defragmentation Performance Testing

Windows 2000 Tests

Running the Windows 2000 Disk Defragmenter

WDD Cautions

Better Free Defragmenter

Defragmenting a System

Hardware Upgrades versus Defragmentation

TCO of Manual versus Network Defragmenters

Uptime Guarantee

Disk Optimization: Optimum or Not?

Hard Drives Are Slow

Enter Optimization

Optimization Pros and Cons

Optimization Shortcomings

Proven Disk Performance Solutions


Quotaing of Disks

What is a Disk Quota?

Quota Terminology

Disk Quota Management

Strengths of the Windows 2000 Built In Quota Utility


Third Party Alternatives

Case Study

Conclusion: Upgrade to a Third Party Disk Quota Tool

Hard Disk Forensics: The Hard Disk as a Source of Evidence

The Rise of Computer Crime


I Love You

Definitions of Computer Crime and Computer Forensics

Uses of Computer Forensics

Recovering Evidence

Printed versus Electronic Versions

Microsoft Word Confessions

Preserving Confidentiality in Microsoft Word

Finding Missing Files

Shredder Programs

Forensic Software

Simplifying Disk Management for Storage Assets

Snapshot Technology


Split Mirror

Backing up SQL Server

Breakthrough in Backup and Recovery Performance

Microsoft System Restore

Shadow Sets

Advantages of VSS

Storage Virtualization

Storage and RAID

Server Attached Storage

Storage Area Networks

SAN Appliances

What is True Storage Virtualization?

Virtualization Scenarios

Virtualization and Windows-Based Servers

Server Consolidation and Disk Management Simplification

Harsh Economic Realities

Assessing the Reliability, Availability, and Manageability of the Data Center

Data Center Cost Analysis

Leveraging New Technologies to Streamline Data Center Operations

Scaling Out

Scaling Up

Server Price and Performance

Wintel Servers Challenge Domination of Big Three

Windows 2000 Datacenter Server

Midrange Hardware for Windows 2000 Datacenter Server

Fewer Servers

Server Consolidation at La-Z-Boy

Limits to Consolidation

When Consolidation Makes Sense

Windows Past, Windows Present: Windows NT and Windows 2000

Windows NT

Windows NT in Action

NT's Days Are Numbered

The Windows 2000 Server Family

Windows 2000 Server

Certified for Windows 2000 Log

  • Windows 2000 Advanced Server

    Windows 2000 Datacenter Server

    Datacenter Server User Study

    The Rigors of Windows 2000 Migration

    The Three Active Directory States: Native Mode, Mixed Mode, and Parallel Mode

    Windows 2000 Migrations Tools

    Making the Transition to Native Mode

    Consolidating Directories

    Windows 2000 Migration Case Studies

    No Universal AD Panacea

    Windows Present: Windows XP

    No More DOS

    XP Fastboot


    Layout Optimization

    Boot Optimization versus File Optimization

    XP Fast Resume

    Tips to Improve the Impact of Fastboot and Fast Resume

    Underlying XP Architecture

    Beware XP's Consumer Features

    The XP Windows Media Player

    The XP CD Burner

    The XP Defragger

    XP's Security Features

    XP's Task Manager

    XP's Performance Tool

    XP Quotas

    XP Backup

    Backward Compatibility of XP

    Extending Hardware Lifespan

    Improved XP Management

    Only Room For So Much

    Windows Present/Future: .NET Server 2003, 64-bit Computing and Beyond

    Microsoft .NET

    What is .NET?

    .NET and Web Services

    The .NET Starting Roster

    .NET Case Study: Making the Case for Information Sharing

    Nothing But .NET: What are the Alternatives to .NET?

    .NET Slam Dunk

    .NET Server 2003

    The Members of .NET Server 2003 Family

    64-bit Windows

    64-bit at a Glance

    Who needs 64 bit?

    The Next Few Years of Windows: Longhorn, Blackcomb and XP Second Edition

    Asset Management for Server Hardware and Software

    The Asset Management Explosion

    Hot Spots

    Piracy and Asset Management

    Asset Management Strata

    System/Desktop Management Platforms

    Microsoft Systems Management Server

    Simplifying Asset Management

    Software Deployment and Distribution on Windows Platforms

    Deployment Complexity

    Security Breaches

    Securing the Walls

    XP Patches

    Frameworks and Software Deployment

    Microsoft Tools and Software Deployment

    Site Licensing/Tracking Software

    Software Deployment Case Study

    Do You Feel Lucky?

    Your Disk and Disk Management Future

    The Storage Industry is Healthy

    Faster Data Transfer

    Bigger and Better Drives

    Fujitsu Drives

    What the Future Holds


    Glossary of Terms


  • Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Production & Operations Management
    COMPUTERS / Information Technology
    COMPUTERS / Networking / General