Shadow Copies, VDS Ease Storage Management
Windows Server 2003 has a number of features that have the potential to make storage management easier and more efficient.Windows Server 2003 has a number of features that have the potential to make storage management easier and more efficient. These enhancements will not provide immediate benefit, but, during the next year or so, they could make Windows Server 2003 more manageable from a storage perspective. The Windows Server 2003 iSCSI driver, which is expected to be available in June as a free download, stands to be one of the most significant storage enhancements because it opens the world of IP-based storage for Windows.
Several vendors, including Cisco Systems Inc., have iSCSI drivers for Windows-based machines. However, the delivery of an iSCSI driver from Microsoft Corp. should help with the future interoperability of iSCSI storage devices because it will give vendors a standard iSCSI driver to test their solutions against.