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

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

Diskshadow scripts for LUN Resync

  In a previous article, we looked at LUN Resync a new fast recovery scenario in Windows Server 2008 R2. Himanshu from the VSS team has posted a few sample scripts to demostrate the scenario using Diskshadow and the VSS tools in the Windows 7 SDK.   This is the blog – LUN-RESYNC WITH DISKSHADOW AND… Read more

LUN Resync – A fast recovery scenario in Server 2008 R2

  This is the first in a series of posts discussing the new features in the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. Before we dive in, it’s important to note that all existing VSS solutions for Vista and Server 2008 will work as-is on Windows 7 and Server… 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 http://blogs.technet.com/josebda/archive/2008/05/08/the-basics-of-windows-server-2008-storage-explorer.aspx, 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