1st Edition

Server Disk Management in a Windows Environment

ISBN 9780849324321
Published September 26, 2003 by Auerbach Publications
280 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

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
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