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    How to Recover Deleted and Lost Files

    by Petri IT Knowledgebase Team

    Anyone who has relied on a hard drive or other storage device has probably lost an important file. It may be due to accidental deletion, data corruption, or merely a change of mind - "Shoot, I shouldn't have deleted that file!". The good news is that these files can almost always be restored. In this post, we walk you through a few simple steps to recover those lost files.

    Introduction to Data Deduplication

    with 7 Comments by Wesley David

    Wesley David discusses data deduplication and why all system admins should consider utilizing it. Duplicate data can lead to system inefficiencies and unnecessary costs in your system's storage arrays. In this introductory post, Wesley covers what deduplication actually is, the different types of deduplication and helps you decide what would be the best option for you.

    Registering the Microsoft Hyper-V Volume Shadow Copy Service with Windows Server Backup

    with 10 Comments by Petri IT Knowledgebase Team

    Sometimes you need to backup a virtual machine that needs to remain in a running state. Volume Shadow Copy Service allows volumes to be backed up while applications continue to write to those volumes. In order to perform this task properly, you must first register the Hyper-V VSS writer with Windows Server Backup. The following article explains how this is accomplished.

    Xperf Rocks Part 2: Analyzing Storage Performance Data & Generating Graphs

    by Bruce Mackenzie-Low

    Bruce Mackenzie-Low covers Xperf, one of Microsoft’s hottest diagnostic tools. This article continues where "Xperf Rocks Part 1: Troubleshooting Storage Performance Problems" left off. Part 2 focuses on how to use Xperf to analyze event data and generate graphs & tables. Powerful graph options are explained, which allow you to quickly pinpoint storage bottlenecks, along with the detailed data in a tabular format.

    Xperf Rocks Part 1: Troubleshooting Storage Performance Problems

    with 4 Comments by Bruce Mackenzie-Low

    There is one crown jewel from Microsoft’s toolbox treasure trove that has not received much attention. Xperf, which is part of the Microsoft Windows Performance Toolkit, allows you to dig deeper into performance issues than Perfmon and PAL ever dreamed. In this article, Bruce Mackenzie-Low provides an overview of Xperf for troubleshooting Windows storage performance issues.