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Microsoft and Partners - WHS Video

by Michael 29. November 2007 16:45
A few weeks back I mentioned that Microsoft sent a film crew to do short interviews with several Diskeeper Corporation employees. They also interviewed several other key Windows Home Server (WHS) partners as well. Microsoft recently completed the video and sent it to us. You can check it our here. It's a large file (.wmv format) so it will take a while to download. We'll be welcoming the Microsoft film crew again tomorrow for a second, more technical, video targeted to system builders creating and selling WHS systems.

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Upcoming Software and Technical-Paper Releases

by Michael 9. November 2007 16:40
We have a number of update builds planned for Diskeeper 2008 and Undelete 5.0 in the coming weeks. I'm posting some info here as advance notice. For Undelete, we have a new 5.0 build with new features planned. Possibly even next week. We also have a fully functioning Diskeeper 2008 Server product that we will release as a "Release Candidate" for Windows Server 2008 (aka Longhorn). This one, unlike the currently available Diskeeper 2008 software, will have Bootime defrag! We also have a new update for Diskeeper 2008 with more Bootime defrag functionality as well as some improvements to the "controller logic" that determines when to run the "extreme defrag" engine. I'll explain these points in detail once the update is available. I'm also assembling a new paper that compares the new Diskeeper 2008 functionality to previous version of Diskeeper, such as the extreme conditions defragmentation and Volume Shadow Copy Service compatibility. It will present test results, some charts, graphs and related info. The best way to receive notification about new software updates is the product's Check For Updates feature, but I'll also post a notice here on the blog.

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Diskeeper 2008 HomeServer is here!

by Michael 2. November 2007 21:16
As those who have followed this blog already know we formed a marketing partnership early on with Microsoft on their exciting new Windows Home Server (WHS) product. While both Microsoft and Diskeeper have had OEM versions of software available earlier this year (Diskeeper 2007 HomeServer has been available since August), Diskeeper coordinated a simultaneous release today, of our official product to the retail market with Microsoft's WHS retail release. "Diskeeper has worked with Microsoft since Windows NT," said Steven VanRoekel, director of Windows Server Solutions at Microsoft. "It is great to work with them on the Windows Home Server platform to provide the maximum system performance and reliability possible to our customers." The Diskeeper 2008 HomeServer provides functionality and accessibility uniquely necessary for WHS. The most visually evident addition is the new integration with the WHS management console. However, under the covers lies an even more vital feature that makes Diskeeper compatible with Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS). Microsoft's new Drive Extender technical paper provides a warning against running the built-in defragmenter on WHS. "Caution: You should not use the DEFRAG utility on your Windows Home Server hard drives... The DEFRAG utility may cause issues with the Volume Shadow Copy Service that runs every 12 hours to create previous version snapshots of the shared folders on the home server." Microsoft Support Article #312067 describes the technical details of the issue with VSS from which this warning originates, as it also affects Windows Home Server. Diskeeper engineers addressed this known incompatibility with defragmentation in Diskeeper 2008’s with a specialized new VSS-Compatible Mode. Using unique file movement algorithms via the online file movement control (FSCTL_MOVE_FILE) mechanism, the impact on VSS with Diskeeper 2008 is dramatically minimized allowing users to access previous versions of files that other solutions, without a VSS-Compatible defragmentation mode, would not. With Real-Time defragmentation, InvisiTasking, and all the new Diskeeper 2008 functionality also included Diskeeper HomeServer is ready to keep your new WHS system running at peak performance.

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Best-Selling System Utilities for Corporate Use

by Michael 2. November 2007 14:44
Here is a market research report* we regulary track in-house to see how we fare against some of the other well known software utility companies in number of licenses sold. The list covers a one year period (September 2006 September 2007). Rank, Product Family, Publisher 1. Symantec Antivirus, Symantec 2. Symantec Ghost, Symantec 3. ScanMail, Trend Micro 4. NeatSuite, Trend Micro 5. Clnt/Svr, Trend Micro 6. Tivoli Storage Manager, IBM 7. Diskeeper, Diskeeper Corporation 8. InterScan Messaging Security Suite, Trend Micro 9. SvrProtect, Trend Micro 10. OfficeScan, Trend Micro *North American Product ranking and market share are based on unit sales. All the data comes from National Purchase Diary (NPD) distribution channel software sales report. NPD captures 88% of all sales going through distribution channels.

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Tid-Bits 'n' Bytes - Diskeeper 2008 and the Diskeeperblog

by Michael 1. November 2007 17:01
This entry is just a dump of various unrelated bits of information - hence the title. Over the next few weeks I'll be writing up details about the various new features of Diskeeper 2008, covering them in more detail. We will also publish a white paper in the next couple of weeks that shows before-and-after testing between Diskeeper 2007 and 2008. One point to make is that we concetrate Diskeeper development on NTFS file systems and our automatic "on-the-fly" mode. We place limited development work on FAT volumes and "manual" defragmentation. If you prefer to run Diskeeper manually you're probably not going to get value from upgrading or buying maintenance. We are developing a tool that is Set It and Forget It. We have a spam-filter on our blog, so if you are commenting on an entry, please do not use full URLs in your message as they will get caught. We get about 15-20 spam comments every hour.

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