Using PowerShell and the the iSCSI Target 3.3 WMI classes to create a differencing VHD for OS boot

I recently blogged about the PowerShell cmdlets included with the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3. That included the details on all the 10 cmdlets available, including the one used to create VHD files, which is New-IscsiVirtualDisk. If you’re paying close attention to the list of new features in the iSCSI Target 3.3, you probably noticed…

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PowerShell cmdlets for the Microsoft iSCSI Target 3.3 (included in Windows Storage Server 2008 R2)

1. Overview One of the new features in the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 (included in Windows Storage Server 2008 R2) is the inclusion of PowerShell cmdlets for management. In this blog post, we will examine the details of the cmdlets available to manage targets and their associated virtual disks. 2. Modules, Cmdlets and Classes…

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Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 and the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 are available on MSDN/TechNet – here’s how to install them

After this post was release, the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 for Windows Server 2008 R2 became available as a public download.For details, check http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2011/04/04/microsoft-iscsi-software-target-3-3-for-windows-server-2008-r2-available-for-public-download.aspx Overview You probably heard that Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 has been Released To Manufacturing (RTM) last week. That means that the OEMs will soon deliver a new generation of…

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Mapping Cluster.exe Commands to Windows PowerShell Cmdlets for Failover Clusters – Extended Edition

While many of the Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) administrators have moved from the old CLUSTER.EXE command-line to the new PowerShell interface, I know at least a few holdouts out there. It’s probably the fact that they have used the old CLI since the early days of Microsoft Cluster Services (MSCS), combined with the fact…

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Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 is now available!

It’s a pleasure to let you know that Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 (which includes the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3) has been released to manufacturing (RTM). Scott M. Johnson (Program Manager in the File Server Team) has just shared via a blog post that the product is on its way to the OEMs and…

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Notes from SNIA’s Storage Developers Conference (SDC) 2010 and CIFS/SMB/SMB2 Plugfest

If you’re following me on Twitter, you probably noticed I am attending SNIA’s Software Developer’s Conference 2010 (SDC 2010) and the CIFS/SMB/SMB2 PlugFest this week. The agenda for the event is published at http://www.snia.org/events/storage-developer2010/agenda2010. Here are some random notes from the event, some of them taken from a few earlier tweets (some sessions are just…

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Random notes on Storage IO Performance

Here are some random notes I took during a presentation to Storage IO Performance this morning: SSDs: Still not a ‘solid state’ business – http://bit.ly/cdqA1b – “False expectations” and why they “won’t replace hard drives”  A PRAM and NAND Flash Hybrid Architecture for High-Performance Embedded Storage Subsystems – http://bit.ly/95ZY83  Resistive RAM Gains Ground – Faith…

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New five-part blog series on DFS Replication

Ned Pyle, a Senior Escalation Support Engineer with the Directory Services team at Microsoft, has just started a new blog series focusing on DFS Replication.   Here’s how he introduces it:   Hello folks, Ned here again to kick off a new five-part series on DFSR. With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2, the…

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Using the multiple NICs of your File Server running Windows Server 2008 (and 2008 R2)

  IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog post was created before the release of Windows Server 2012, which introduced SMB 3.0 and the new SMB Multichannel feature and significantly improved SMB's ability to use multiple network interfaces. You can read more about SMB Multichannel at http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2012/06/28/the-basics-of-smb-multichannel-a-feature-of-windows-server-2012-and-smb-3-0.aspx ——————————————————   1 – Overview   When you set up a…

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SNIA’s Storage Developers Conference 2010 is just a few weeks away

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is hosting the 7th Storage Developer Conference (SDC) in the Hyatt Regency in beautiful Santa Clara, CA (Silicon Valley) on the week of September 20th. As usual, Microsoft is underwriting the CIFS/SMB/SMB2 Plugfest, which is co-located with the SDC event. For developers working with storage-related technologies, this event gathers…

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