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…


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…


Multiple names for one computer – Consolidate your SMB file servers without breaking UNC paths

Overview This blog post covers a few different ways to consolidate multiple SMB file servers and keep exposing the consolidated file shares under the old share paths. Scenario Let’s say you currently have 3 file servers named file1.contoso.local, file2.contoso.local and file3.contoso.local and you want to consolidate them into a single Windows Server computer called cfile.contoso.local….


Windows Server 2008 R2 File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) at TechEd 2009

I wanted to call your attention to four new blog posts this morning from Nir Ben Zvi (Senior Program Manager Lead, Microsoft File Server Team) and Matthias Wollnik (Program Manager, Microsoft File Server Team) introducing the Windows Server 2008 R2 File Classification Infrastructure (FCI). This new Windows feature, highlighted in today’s keynote during TechEd 2009, allows…


ITIL Essentials

What is ITIL?  I just took some training and passed an exam on ITIL, a framework for IT Services Management. But what can you really learn from a set of books on IT Infrastructure published by a UK government agency? Oh, quite a lot! The idea behind it is to offer best practices for IT…