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Storage: Whitepaper over NTFS CHKDSK Best Practices and Performance

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Windows Server 2008 R2

Microsoft has recently published this very useful white paper bringing best practices and guidance when sizing volumes and CHKDSK execution times: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=35A658CB-5DC7-4C46-B54C-8F3089AC097A

A few facts that caught my attentions:

  • The performance gain from Server 2008 to Server 2008 R2 is huge (I can’t imagine compared to Server 2003)
  • Available memory also greatly improves performance
  • Turning off 8.36 name generation has a positive though limited impact on performance
  • Server 2008 R2 shows more linearity in performance than Server 2008
  • Running CHKDSK in read-only mode is very helpful in predicting the duration of a downtime

Definitely a must ready for Windows Admins and IT Pro’s in charge of designing file services!

Marc

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Author: Marc Lognoul

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