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.
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 ...