The File Services role in Windows Server 2008 R2 is a core function, accounting for a large number of server deployments. You probably see the trend, from small business to global enterprises, to consolidate multiple file servers into a small number of larger capacity servers, able to deal with the growth in unstructured data. In this presentation, we cover technology enhancements in Windows Server 2008 R2, focusing on performance, scalability and availability. This includes details on the improvements in the SMB2 file protocol, with comparative performance data gathered using FSCT (the File Server Capacity Tool) that showcases how much Windows Server has improved over the past few releases. We also review a few scenarios in File Services consolidation, including Name Consolidation, Advanced Networking and High Availability. Throughout the presentation, recommended configurations are outlined, so they can spark ideas for your next upgrade or consolidation project.