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…


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…


TechEd video on Standards Support and Storage Management for Windows Server 2012

Be sure to check out the excellent TechEd video “Standards Support and Interoperability in Windows Server 2012: Storage, Networking, and Management” here: https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2012/WSV308 Pointers to some specific sections of the video: Information on standards starts at about the 30 minute mark. Storage specific content starts at the 1 hour mark Management demo with an SMI-S…


An Introduction to Storage Management in Windows Server 2012

Introducing the Windows Storage Management API (SMAPI) Windows® Server 2012 delivers capabilities to enable significantly improved storage management. By doing so, Windows customers will enjoy the benefits of decreased management complexity and associated costs. Improved storage management related capabilities include: The Windows Storage Management API (SMAPI) which provides PowerShell Cmdlets via the Storage module for…


Managing Storage Spaces using PowerShell Whitepaper is now available

Our newest whitepaper, which details how to deploy and manage Storage Spaces in the Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate is now available at the link below:   http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30125 Here is a list of the sections in this whitepaper: Introduction: Managing Storage Spaces using PowerShell Background on Storage Spaces and the Storage Management API Deploy and…