TLS for Windows Standards-Based Storage Management (SMI-S) and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

In a previous blog post, I discussed setting up the Windows Standards-Based Storage Management Service (referred to below as Storage Service) on Windows Server 2012 R2. For Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager, configuration is much simpler since installation of the service includes setting up the necessary self-signed certificate. We also… 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

What’s new for SMI-S 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 storage management through SMI-s and how it applies to the larger topic of “Transform the Datacenter.”  To read that post and see… Read more

Storage Service (SMI-S) Tracing and Logging

Microsoft added the ability to manage storage using Storage Management Initiative (SMI-S) providers to Windows Server 2012. Sometimes things don’t go quite the way you plan and some debugging is needed to figure out what is going on. So in order to provide better ability for storage vendors and customers to debug problems encountered with… Read more

Using Indications with the Windows Standards-Based Storage Management Service (SMI-S)

UPDATE2: Configuration steps have changed for Windows Server 2016. And see this blog for important information for all versions of Windows Server and System Center. UPDATE: A few highlighted changes below to cover the behavior in Windows Server 2012 R2 (and IE quirks). Indications are a mechanism used in the Common Information Model (CIM) to provide events… Read more

Using the EMC SMI-S provider with Windows Server 2012, 2012R2 and SCVMM

UPDATE: Information on configuring certificates for use with indications has been added at the bottom of this blog. All providers have slightly different installation procedures and characteristics. This information should help you get started using the EMC provider which can be downloaded from Powerlink (you will need an account). Make sure you download the latest… 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

Introduction to SMI-S

About ten years ago, a group of engineers from different storage companies got together to create a powerful management abstraction that would enable tools for centralized storage environments like storage area networks (SAN) to become less vendor-specific but still allow any vendor to fully surface the capabilities of their storage hardware. One of the original… Read more