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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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4.11. Summary

Fibre Channel SANs constitute an important element of enterprise storage. FC may be deployed in a low-cost loop configuration or, as is increasingly popular, in a switched-fabric topology.

Windows Server 2003 supports Fibre Channel devices by using a vendor-provided Storport driver. The vendor may choose to provide a SCSI port minidriver instead, but in that case the advantages of the Storport driver (better performance and error handling, to name a couple) are not available to the user. Windows 2000 and prior versions support Fibre Channel devices by using a vendor-provided SCSIPort minidriver.

Even though Windows NT allows LUN masking and zoning to be implemented, no native support for LUN masking yet exists in Windows NT. LUN ...

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