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

Updating Firmware for Disk Drives in Windows Server 2016 (TP4)

Updating the firmware for disks has historically been a cumbersome task with a potential for downtime, which is why we’re making improvements to Storage Spaces and Windows Server 2016 to enable you to more easily update disk firmware prior to placing a server in production. You can also use this new functionality to update the… Read more

Cluster aggregated view in Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Provider for an asymmetric storage configuration

Blog written by Sripresanna in the Storage, Network & Print Team.   Cluster aggregated view for Windows Storage Provider (Asymmetric storage configuration)   This is a continuation of previous blog, where I explained cluster aggregated view for Windows Storage Provider for symmetric storage configuration. We strongly encourage to use Symmetric storage configuration and this blog… Read more

Cluster aggregated view in Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Provider for a symmetric storage configuration

Blog written by Sripresanna in the Storage, Network & Print Team   Cluster aggregated view for Windows Storage Provider   In this blog, I’d like to explain about the new cluster aggregated view feature that is part of the Storage Management on Windows Server 2012 R2. For a quick overview of the Storage Management at… 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

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 Storage Pools page in Server Manager to create storage spaces

With Windows Server 2012, Server manager includes simple and easy to use, user interface that enables management of Windows Storage Spaces and other Storage Subsystems such as EMC Clariion VNX and Dell EqualLogic (but not limited to these) storage arrays with supporting SMI-S and SMP based Storage provider respectively. By using Server Manager’s File and… Read more