Getting started with SMI-S on Windows Server 2012

In my last blog, I discussed the industry standard Storage Management Initiative (SMI-S) in general terms. Microsoft started supporting SMI-S for storage provisioning in System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager, released earlier this year. With the upcoming Windows Server 2012, SMI-S support will be available to all of our server customers. Coupled with the new… Read more

The Basics of Windows Server 2008 Storage Explorer

Storage Explorer is a new tool in Windows Server 2008 to help you understand how your server SAN storage is configured. It provides information about the storage fabrics (Fibre Channel and iSCSI) and also about the configuration of each server.   For details, check my blog post at, which covers:   1 – What… Read more

Why is my Storage Manager for SAN grayed out?

You can use Storage Manager for SANs to create and manage logical unit numbers (LUNs) on both Fibre Channel and iSCSI disk storage subsystems that support Virtual Disk Service (VDS). The arrays are managed by the VDS hardware providers. The picture below illustrates how VDS communicates with the VDS hardware providers: Storage Manager for SANs… Read more

Storage Support for Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008

Some customers ask why parallel SCSI support was removed from Windows Server 2008.   Failover Cluster in Windows Server 2008 intents to achieve the highest standard of reliability. For that, every hardware component has to be marked as “certified for Windows Server 2008”, and pass all tests in the Failover Clustering Validation tool.  One of… Read more