Two new modules related to Storage Spaces for Windows PowerShell

Hello,   I’ve just posted two new modules for Windows PowerShell that I wrote which are designed to help with the management and diagnosis of Storage Spaces.   These modules are;   StorageSpaces This module automates deployment of Storage Spaces and provides intent-based management.  For example, instead of using many different cmdlets from the Storage…


Creating a Bootable USB Disk on Windows 8 for deploying Windows

As an introduction to some of the major improvements in managing your storage via PowerShell in the Windows 8, I wanted to give a comparison of how you would go through the process of creating a bootable USB disk such as would be done for deploying Windows 8 to multiple computers. Historically, this could have…


Determining disk health using Windows PowerShell on Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8

Last year, I had posted an article on how to view SMART data from a disk to determine the health of the disk on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2;   http://blogs.msdn.com/b/san/archive/2011/08/11/have-you-ever-wanted-to-know-if-your-disk-is-going-to-fail-before-it-does.aspx   For Windows 8, we took this a step further with the addition of the Get-StorageReliabilityCounter cmdlet in the Storage module for…


ISO Mounting Scenarios

We hope you had an opportunity to look at the ISO Mounting Windows 8 Blog post. Native support for accessing ISO/VHD files was one of the most requested features for Windows 8. In Windows 8, you can directly mount ISO/VHD files from Windows Explorer and the content is available to you within clicks.  Here is…

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Updated : MPIO Guide for DSM Developers

Our guide on creating a DSM for MPIO for storage developers for Windows Server 2012 is now available at the link below:   http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30454   Thanks,   Bruce


Managing iSCSI Initiator connections with Windows PowerShell on Windows Server 2012

Managing iSCSI Initiator Connections Updated: 9/18/2012 This post covers iSCSI Initiator connection management using the Iscsi module for Windows PowerShell available with Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. Note: For additional details on management of Windows Disk, Partition, and Volume objects, please refer to the following article: Managing Storage with Windows PowerShell on Windows Server…


Managing MPIO with Windows PowerShell on Windows Server 2012

Installing and Managing MPIO using PowerShell: This post is intended as an overview of capabilities present in the MPIO module for managing MPIO on Windows Server 2012. Note: The MPIO feature is available on Windows Server 2012 versions only. Use of the MPIO module in Windows  PowerShell requires an “elevated” PowerShell window, opened with Administrator…


Managing Storage with Windows PowerShell on Windows Server 2012

Managing local Windows Storage This post covers basic provisioning operations against local Windows storage resources using the Storage module for Windows PowerShell. Note: I will cover using the Storage module in combination with a Storage Management Provider to manage a storage subsystem (array) in a subsequent post. The Disk, Partition, and Volume objects are associated…


Introduction to Storage Management on Windows Server 2012 (Part 2)

Understanding Custom object views in the Storage Module for Windows PowerShell Before I delve into the actual usage of the cmdlets present in the Storage module, I wanted to explain a bit about how the parameters and information are displayed. The default view of most Storage cmdlets display only the most commonly accessed properties of…