At the end of this video, the student will learn the basic file and storage solutions objectives, and the utilities used to configure file and storage. There will be an introduction to the various components of the file and storage configuration area in Server Manager. Command line utilities, Dynamic Access Control, and distributed file systems will also be shown and demonstrated.
- [Instructor] Welcome to configuring file and storage solutions in Windows Server 2016. Storage grows worldwide exponentially. Being able to manage data on your servers and storage devices is a challenge that every IT administrator needs to master in a Windows environment. In the next few minutes, I'll give you a preview of what this course will cover in the area of file and storage services. One of the first things that we're going to cover is command line. There's lots of different utilities, both from the command line as well as the power shell command line that allows us to control and configure storage solutions.
Everything that you can do in a graphical user interface can also be done in a command line but the command line offers us even more options using switches. These switches allows us to do things that the graphical user interface was never designed to do, and it can really get you out of some sticky situations. We're also going to look at file resource manager. And resource manager is one of those great utilities that does a lot of different things. One of those things is it allows us to set quotas on users, so if we don't want to have our users filling up the storage on our servers, we can set a quota so they can't go over a certain amount.
We can also change the file classification types, which allows us to work with dynamic access control And dynamic access control gives us a lot of different options. Before you just had the option to set control up for access to a file using either the share tab on the folder or the security tab. But with dynamic access control, it allows us to use all the other features that are in a user's properties in active directories such as what town do they live in, what's their zip code, what's their address, what department are they in.
All these different things can be used in addition to the share and security tab to give or deny access to files and folders. Distributed file system is a great product that allows us to synchronize data in shared folders among more than just one server. For instance, if we have two different servers in an office that we want to make that data highly available and redundant, we can synchronize that data between the two servers.
So if one server goes down, the other server is hosting that data and the user never actually realizes it happens. You can also separate the distributed file system servers by location. You could have a server in one city, and another server in another, tie those two servers together using a VPN tunnel or some other type of connection like MPLS and you now have synchronized files in multiple locations. The advantage to that is the people in the first office want to open up files, they don't necessarily want to do it across a long VPN tunnel that's very slow.
They want to open up the files in their local office. So distributed file system will allow us to do that. And it does that simply by synchronizing the files after a file is changed, it synchronizes those changes to the server or servers in the other office. The other thing that we'll be covering is iSCSI and networking storage. iSCSI allows us to create storage using an ethernet cable. Let's say your server is maxed out on the amount of storage you can put in it, but you still need more storage to serve your customers.
Well you can use iSCSI on another server and connect that server back to the original server using an ethernet cable and the iSCSI protocol. This is using networking storage and the iSCSI protocol together. The server with the extra storage is called the iSCSI target. And the server trying to get that extra storage is called the iSCSI initiator. We set these two different features up on the servers and then tie them together so the one server can use the storage of the other.
This just gives you a taste of the many different categories and things we'll be talking about on our file and storage solutions course. I hope this course will prepare you for your position as a Microsoft Certified Administrator and your career as we cover these subjects and many more.
- Working with the Computer Management interface
- Formatting disks and editing files from the command line
- Configuring advanced file services such as BranchCache, auditing, and permissions
- Configuring Dynamic Access Control (DAC)
- Data deduplication
- Storage on Hyper-V
- Setting up Distributed File System (DFS)
- Understanding Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and RAID storage options