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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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10.7. Summary

The Windows NT platform has made remarkable advances toward becoming an enterprise storage–friendly platform. The Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 platforms more or less stressed improvements in reliability, scalability, and availability. Windows 2003 Server adds more availability features (multipath I/O), performance features (Storport driver model), and a lot more manageability features (virtual disk service, SAN application enabling, SAN-aware mount manager, command-line management interface enhancement). Post-Windows Server 2003, Microsoft will provide a big impetus to iSCSI by natively supporting iSCSI on the Windows platform.

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