iSCSICLI Batch file to quickly connect to an iSCSI target

This script can be run from the command line including Server Core to quickly connect to an iSCSI target Pre-Requisites: Windows host running the Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator  (You can check the iSCSI initiator location guide on how to get the initiator here:   http://blogs.msdn.com/san/archive/2008/07/28/microsoft-iscsi-software-initiator-location-guide.aspx       2. Pre-configured iSCSI target. You will first need to create…


Hyper-V Server Website is now live

  www.microsoft.com/hvs www.microsoft.com/hyper-vserver www.microsoft.com/hyper-v-server Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 provides a simplified, reliable, and optimized virtualization solution, enabling improved server utilization and reduced costs. Since Hyper-V Server is a dedicated stand-alone product, which contains only the Windows Hypervisor, Windows Server driver model and virtualization components, it provides a small footprint and minimal overhead. It easily plugs…


Portal Hopping

  The Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator implements a number of key features in the initiator to protect against loss of connectivity to an iSCSI target.  These include support for Microsoft MPIO, (MCS) multiple connections per session, portal hopping,  as well as advanced error recovery.  The loss of connection to an iSCSI target portal could be…


Logo Listings for Enterprise Storage arrays

Windows Server supports a broad ecosystem of SAN storage arrays and enterprise class storage devices. The Windows Server tested products catalog includes listing for hardware devices which have been qualified using the Windows Logo tests to validate interoperability with the Windows Server platform.   Home Page for Windows server tested products   http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/results.aspx?bCatID=1338&cpID=0&avc=10&OR=1 There are 2…


Command line reference for Microsoft iSNS Server

below is a quick command line reference for iSNS.  More details available in our user guide http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=0dbc4af5-9410-4080-a545-f90b45650e20&displaylang=en Usage: ISNSCLI [program function] [parameter0] [parameterN] Program functions: ListNodes LN Lists all registered Nodes. A Node is an iSCSI initiator or target. ListNodeDetails [Node] LND [Node] Lists details for the specified Node, such as Node attributes and related…


Multipathing Support in Windows Server 2008

  Windows Server 2008 includes many enhancements for connecting to a Storage Network. One notable feature is inclusion of native multipathing (Microsoft MPIO) inbox. Microsoft MPIO in delivers high availability by establishing multiple sessions/connections from a Windows Server host to an external storage array through iSCSI, Fibre Channel, and SAS (Serial Attached SCSI). Microsoft MPIO…


Microsoft MPIO Command Line Reference (mpclaim) and Server Core Configuration

To install MPIO on Server core on Windows Server 2008 run this command from a command prompt “ocsetup MultipathIo /norestart” and then run “ mpclaim –r –i –a “” ” This command Installs the Microsoft MPIO Optional Component on non Server Core installations  and then sets the Microsoft MPIO DSM (MSDSM) to claim all unclaimed…


iSCSI Initiator Command Line Reference and Server Core Configuration

iSCSICLI command reference iSCSICLI is the command line interface for the Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator (2K, 2K3, XP) and inbox in Vista, Server 2008.  Note that: iSCSI Software initiator is included by default in the Server Core Installation option of Windows Server 2008. iSCSICLI can be used to configure, login to iSCSI target devices.   It’s…


Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator and iSNS Server timers quick reference

Below is a quick reference of Microsoft iSCSI Initiator and iSNS timers.  You should only consider changing these values if one or more of the following statements apply: 1) You are an advanced user and have a specific issue and have experience with optimizing fibre iSCSI SAN environments 2) You were directed to change the…