Understanding Virtual Disks in iSCSI Target Server

ContextIn Windows Server 2012 R2, iSCSI Target Server made significant improvements in its persistence layer by providing larger, resilient, dynamically-growing SCSI Logical Units (LUs) that are based on the VHDX format. For more details on what is new in this release, see my previous blog post iSCSI Target Server in Windows Server 2012 R2. In… Read more

iSCSI Target Server in Windows Server 2012 R2 for VMM Rapid Provisioning

Context iSCSI Target Server shipped its SMI-S provider as part of the OS distribution for the first time in Windows Server 2012 R2. For more details on its design and features, see my previous blog post iSCSI Target Server in Windows Server 2012 R2. System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and later versions… Read more

Managing iSCSI Target Server through Storage Cmdlets

Context Windows Server 2012 R2 ships with a rich set of standards-compliant storage management functionality. This functionality was originally introduced in Windows Server 2012, and you should reference Jeff’s excellent blog that introduced related concepts. iSCSI Target Server on its part shipped its SMI-S provider as part of the OS distribution for the first time… Read more

iSCSI Target Server in Windows Server 2012 R2

This post is a part of the nine-part “What’s New in Windows Server & System Center 2012 R2” series that is featured on Brad Anderson’s In the Cloud blog.  Today’s blog post covers iSCSI Target Server and how it applies to the larger topic of “Transform the Datacenter.”  To read that post and see the… Read more

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

iSCSI Target cmdlet reference

Windows Server 2012 comes with a complete set of PowerShell cmdlets for iSCSI. By combining the iSCSI target, iSCSI initiator, and storage cmdlets, you can automate pretty much all management tasks. This blog post will provide you with some examples. If you want more information about iSCSI Target and its basic configuration cmdlet, please see… Read more

Introduction of iSCSI Target in Windows Server 2012

The iSCSI Target made its debut as a free download for Windows 2008 R2 in April 2011, since then, there were more than 60,000 downloads. That was the first step to make it available for everyone. Now in Windows Server 2012, no more downloads and separate installation; it comes as a build-in feature. This blog… Read more

TechEd 2011 demo install step-by-step (Hyper-V, AD, DNS, iSCSI Target, File Server Cluster, SQL Server over SMB2)

We have a new blog post out that explains the demo setup used in the TechEd 2011 presentation about Windows Server 2008 R2 File Services Consolidation. In the post, you get step-by-step instructions on how to reproduce the environment used in the presentation’s demo. This is a great way to experiment with a fairly large… Read more

File Server Team sessions at TechEd 2011 this week

If you’re attending TechEd 2011 this week, here are sessions from the File Server team: WSV313 – Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 for Application Storage, Diskless Boot, and More!Speaker(s): Jian (Jane) YanTuesday, May 17 at 5:00 PM, room: B101 http://northamerica.msteched.com/topic/details/WSV313 WSV317 – Windows Server 2008 R2 File Services Consolidation: Technology UpdateSpeaker: Jose BarretoWednesday, 5/18 at… Read more

Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 for Windows Server 2008 R2 available for public download

Today, Microsoft has made the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 publicly available to all users of Windows Server 2008 R2. The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target has been available for production use as part of Windows Storage Server since early 2007. It has also been available for development and test use by MSDN and TechNet subscribers… Read more