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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Using Indications with the Windows Standards-Based Storage Management Service (SMI-S)

    Quick update: The content hasn't changed but I noticed that the formatting on the PS script got messed up, let's see if this is better. Also attached the script as a file. Indications are a mechanism used in the Common Information Model (CIM) to provide events from a CIM server to a client application...
  • Blog Post: 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 i n order to provide better ability for storage vendors and customers...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Using the EMC SMI-S provider with Windows Server 2012 and SCVMM

    All providers have slightly different installation procedures and characteristics. This information should help you get started using the EMC provider which can be downloaded from Powerlink (you will need an account). Make sure you download the latest version (currently 4.4). This information applies...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Deep Dive into Windows Server 2008 File Services – Recording

    For those who missed Drew McDaniel’s Live webcast “Deep Dive into Windows Server 2008 File Services”, you now can now view the recording: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/mseventsbmo/view?id=1032381104&role=attend&pw=3B160CB1 Enjoy! -- Malu Menezes
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Virtual Disks in iSCSI Target Server

    Context In 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...
  • Blog Post: IT Manager Webcast: Deep Dive into Windows Server 2008 File Services (Level 300)

    IT Manager Webcast: Deep Dive into Windows Server 2008 File Services (Level 300) Thursday, July 17, 2008 9:30 AM Pacific Time The Windows Server 2008 operating system contains many changes to core file services components that dramatically increase availability, scalability, and performance. This...