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Inside Windows Storage: Server Storage Technologies for Windows® 2000, Windows® Server 2003, and Beyond by Dilip C. Naik

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Chapter 1. Introduction to Windows NT and Windows NT Storage Device Drivers

This chapter introduces the novice reader to Windows NT device drivers in general, filter drivers, and the Windows Server family storage device driver stack in particular. The discussion is intended to provide only enough background to enable the novice reader to understand the intricacies of the Windows NT I/O subsystem and gain a better understanding of storage drivers. The emphasis is on building a base understanding of how the storage-related features described in this book—such as multipath I/O, Single Instance Storage in Remote Installation Services, Windows NT reparse points, and Windows Remote Storage Services—are designed.

To be clear, this chapter is not intended ...

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