The Atlas Framework

Saturday, 25 March 2006

Words cannot describe how much this rocks.
Empowering people to write browser independent code including all ajax bells and whistles with *VERY* few lines of code make me very happy.

Check out the site, including a very cool demo video here:


DFS-R & Shadow Copies = DPM?

Friday, 24 March 2006

After reading this post I rembered that I tested the Data Protection Manager when it was still beta, I never thought about it much more, I use DFS-R for backup/data collection needs now.

How you ask? Well I guess I was thinking a bit out of the box when I designed this "backup" solution.

Let me start with the production server, I have roughly 800GB of data I have to backup daily and keep for at least 6 month. 5 month in weekly snapshots, the most recent 30 days in 12 hour snapshots.

So I set up shadow copies on the production server, one at 11:30am and one at 04:00am, that gives me my 30 days fine grain "backup".
For obvious reasons I wanted the long term backup be availible at all times, easily restoreable.
This is where DFS-R comes in. I replicate over gigabit ethernet to my backup server, using 128mbit during work hours and the full pipe during off peak hours.
The backup server creates a shadow copy once a week, giving me my > 6 month backup.

Things to consider:
The DFS staging folders on both servers are on their own physical RAID 10 arrays, so are the shadow copies.
Staging quota is set to 300GB, shadow copy storage to 300GB on the production and 500GB (more changes over time) on the backup server.

All in all I can say I really trust this solution. Yes, it's expensive but I know it's there when I need it 🙂

Time to see if the DPM can catch up with that level of convenience.

Nice one, Bill

Thursday, 23 March 2006

Watch Bill Gates as he gets very excited talking to Tim OReilly after his keynote speech at the MIX06


Oh quota warnings where are thou?

Thursday, 23 March 2006

Since we have Windows Server 2003 R2 in productive use, i thought i might share with you that the fileserver resource management quota email alert system is bugged.

It refuses to send out emails via an Exchange 2003 server that has basic authentication enabled.
Stupid? Yes. But the patch is here, it must be ordered via Microsoft Support quoting: KB914678

Sure, you can also turn off basic authentication, but how will you relay your prescious mails then?

I guess the best approach would be to give an exchange server in your organization a second IP and slap a second virtual SMTP server on it, allowing no one but the fileservers running FSRM to connect to.
Works like a charm.

A new workstation

Thursday, 23 March 2006

To kick off this funny little adventure I'll just give you a brief overview about my current PC, even before I write about myself. Pretty creative, eh?
Whatever, here we go:

  • Asus P5WDG2-WS Motherboard
  • Intel Pentium D 930 CPU
  • a gig of Corsair RAM
  • nvidia geForce 7800 GT
  • all powered by a 460Watt chieftec

All in all a silent solution, got good cost effiency and is able to deliver raw number crunching power when needed.