Recommended Partner Blog Posts: Mapping Cluster.exe to PowerShell, PowerShell for iSCSI & Storage Server 2008 R2 RTM!

Hi Cluster Fans,


We wanted to let you know about some great cluster-related blog posts that Jose Barreto, a Program Manager on the File & Storage team, has recently published.

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, there are 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 that CLUSTER.EXE was not actually removed from the product.  This blog contains an ‘extended’ mapping table of the commands and basic class diagram showing the main entities, attributes and methods involved.

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


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.  This blog post examines the details of the cmdlets available to manage targets and their associated virtual disks.

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


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 Windows-based NAS appliances with a file server (SMB2, NFS) and an iSCSI Target (using the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target  3.3).  What you might have missed is that Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 is also now available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers for evaluation. This means subscribers can now use the Microsoft iSCSI Target 3.3 for Development, Test and all other non-production purposes.  While this was also the case for Windows Storage Server 2008, this new R2 release allows you to install the iSCSI Target on any existing Windows Server 2008 R2 by simply installing an MSI (Microsoft Installer) file. That’s much more convenient for Developers, Testers and IT Professionals out there.   Storage Server supports Failover Clustering, Hyper-V, Cluster Shared Volumes and Live Migration!


Thank you Jose!


Symon Perriman
Program Manager II
Clustering & High-Availability