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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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10.2. Windows 2000

The most remarkable advance of Windows 2000 was to make the Windows NT platform highly conducive to being used in a SAN or NAS environment. This release also established Windows as a player in the NAS environment. Sections 10.2.1 through 10.2.13 review the storage-related advances made in Windows 2000.

10.2.1. Improved Storage Unit Accessibility

Windows 2000 dramatically enhances storage unit accessibility by

  • Vastly reducing the scenarios in which a system reboot is required to change storage unit configurations—for example, add, remove, grow, or shrink volumes

  • Vastly increasing the number of storage units that the operating system can handle

Windows NT 4.0 requires that a system be rebooted before it can access a new physical ...

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