Windows Server 2008: Cool tools to cure Data Management woes

With some estimates predicting that as much as 60 percent of companies' data resides outside their corporate data centers, how can solution providers go about managing such an onslaught of information across distributed environments? Companies cannot survive without some form of data protection, so backup and storage management is an essential part of every data […]

With some estimates predicting that as much as 60 percent of companies' data resides outside their corporate data centers, how can solution providers go about managing such an onslaught of information across distributed environments? Companies cannot survive without some form of data protection, so backup and storage management is an essential part of every data center.

Part of putting together a solution lies in Windows Server 2008's new data management features. By probing under the surface, the CRN Test Center found some new and exciting features, techniques and tools that can help solution providers build robust data management solutions with the new Windows Server 2008.

We will take a look at how such a solution can be built in the areas of storage, backup, virtualization, application management and overall data management.

Managing Storage And Backup: Microsoft's continuing support for the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) in Windows Server 2008 has not changed. VSS and the command-line tools used in Windows Server 2003 are also available in Windows Server 2008. The VSS architecture is still offering the same interfaces for software- and hardware-based providers. Providers in Windows Server 2008 can perform full server backups of all volumes and system states at the block level, including restoring some data-driven applications such as SQL Server.

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