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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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3.6. Windows and NAS

Microsoft offers a commercial package often referred to as the Server Appliance Kit (SAK) for the benefit of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) wishing to develop a network-attached storage appliance. The SAK is simply a version of Windows in a modular form, along with some development tools. The modular form of Windows allows an OEM to pick and choose (within reason) the Windows components that it wishes to include with its offering. The idea is to pare down Windows to the bare bones required for running the network protocol stack, a file server, and a local storage stack. The development tools allow OEMs to develop some quick administration tools and brand their offerings.

The SAK also has some components that are ...

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