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Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Inside Out by William R. Stanek

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Advanced NTFS Features

NTFS has many advanced features that administrators should know about and understand. These features include the following:

  • Hard links

  • Data streams

  • Change journals

  • Object identifiers

  • Reparse points

  • Remote storage

  • Sparse files

Each of these features is discussed in the sections that follow.

Hard Links

Every file created on a volume has a hard link. The hard link is the directory entry for the file and it is what allows the operating system to find files within folders. On NTFS volumes, files can have multiple hard links. This allows a single file to appear in the same directory with multiple names or to appear in multiple directories with the same name or different names. As with file copies, applications can open a file using any ...

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