5 Reasons Why You Will Enjoy Using the new Swordfish API

Hello everyone, Taking this opportunity to inform you about one of the projects I am working on is a new datacenter management API called Swordfish. For those of you aware of Microsoft’s dedication to standards based management, we continue to collaborate with SNIA and DMTF member companies on this project. Before We Begin MEET-UP INVITATION…

Analyzing Storage Performance using the Windows Performance Analysis ToolKit (WPT) (cross post)

Excellent post by Robert Smith, PFE:  Introduction Performance problems, especially as they may relate to the storage subsystem, can be quite difficult to troubleshoot.  Enterprise storage technology has come a long way since the SCSI controller with an array of disks.  Fortunately, there are some great tools available to help narrow down where to look…


SC 2012 VMM: Collecting storage related traces

SC 2012 VMM ships with a new service called the Storage Management Service which communicates with SMI-S based providers from vendors like NetApp, EMC, HP, and IBM. To help you troubleshoot problems, SCVMM include lots of storage related tracing information in its own logs and whenever possible, the CIMXML output from the providers. In some cases however, you…


Windows Server 8: Standards-Based Storage Management

Great post from Jeffrey Snover   Windows Server 8 is a cloud optimized OS.  You’ve probably heard that phrase or similar comments a lot recently since we introduced Windows Server 8 last month (see Bill Laing’s blog post.)  Let’s drill in a bit to explain what that really means and why it matters to you….


List all the VMs hosted on a specific SAN array

 Hey everyone, While preparing for my TechReady session, I reached out to a fellow dev on the team to help me craft a script to list all the VMs hosts on a specific SAN array. This is what he came back with. Thanks Erwien! Enjoy ($array = Get-SCStorageArray | where {$_.Name -eq “FAS2040-SCVMM”}) | fl…


Storage Automation in VMM 2012 – Overview

Hi, I am Hector Linares, Senior Program Manager on the SCVMM team. This blog is an overview of the storage automation feature set in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012. The goal of this feature is to simplify and automate the discovery, allocation, and assignment of storage assets in a virtualized environment. Summary VMM…


Using SCVMM 2012, NetApp SMI-S provider, and Visio to visualize storage

Hello everyone, So the VMM team finally announced BETA at MMS in March. One request we heard from you during the event is the need to visualize storage.  VMM 2012 goes a long way to integrate storage automation into VMM using SMI-S based providers. Through these providers, VMM gets a lot of great data. You can use…