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Windows Server 2008 File Services

Book Description

This guide provides the basic building blocks upon which many other infrastructure services are based. Enjoy peace of mind in knowing that all critical phases of the plan are included, allowing you to establish a good foundation for future expansion. Key information is provided to bring your infrastructure up to date, saving you time and money. Each phase is thoroughly explained in easy-to-follow steps, helping you efficiently navigate through the process of managing your infrastructure.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. The Planning and Design Series Approach
    1. Document Approach
    2. Who Should Use This Document
  3. Introduction to the Windows Server 2008 File Services Guide
    1. Assumptions
    2. Feedback
  4. Windows Server 2008 File Services in Microsoft Infrastructure Optimization
    1. Infrastructure Architecture and Business Architecture
  5. Windows Server 2008 File Services Design Process
    1. Decisions
    2. Decision Flow
    3. Applicable Scenarios
    4. Out of Scope
  6. Step 1: Determine the Scope of the File Services Project
    1. Task 1: Determine the Scope of the Project
    2. Validating with the Business
    3. Step Summary
  7. Step 2: Determine the Files, Servers, and Clients That Will Be Included
    1. Task 1: Collect an Inventory of File Server Resources
    2. Task 2: Verify Special Requirements
    3. Validating with the Business
    4. Step Summary
  8. Step 3: Design the File Services Infrastructure
    1. Task 1: Determine File Server Placement
    2. Task 2: Determine How Many File Servers Will Be Needed
    3. Task 3: Select a Form Factor for the Servers
    4. Task 4: Design Server Fault Tolerance
    5. Step Summary
    6. Additional Reading
  9. Step 4: Determine Whether Files Will Be Stored in Multiple Locations
    1. Task 1: Determine Whether Replication Is Required
    2. Task 2: Design Replication Groups
    3. Task 3: Design the Replication Topology
    4. Task 4: Choose Between Multiple Replication Groups, Multiple Replicated Folders, or Multiple Folders Under a Replicated Folder
    5. Step Summary
    6. Additional Reading
  10. Step 5: Determine Whether Namespace Services Will Be Required
    1. Task 1: Determine Whether DFS Namespace Will Be Implemented
    2. Task 2: Determine the Number of Namespaces
    3. Task 3: Design the DFS Namespace Root(s)
    4. Task 4: Design Folder Targets
    5. Validating with the Business
    6. Step Summary
    7. Additional Reading
  11. Conclusion
    1. Feedback
  12. A: Job Aids
    1. File Information Job Aid
    2. File Server Inventory Job Aid
    3. Scope Job Aid
    4. File Server Design Job Aid
    5. File System Design Job Aid
    6. Shared Folder Information Job Aid
    7. Replication Topology Job Aid
    8. DFS Namespace Job Aid
    9. Network Capacity Job Aid
  13. B: Capacity and Scaling
    1. Windows Server Design Limitations
    2. Distributed File System Replication (DFS-R) Scale Limits
    3. DFS Namespace Limits
  14. Acknowledgments