How to Setup iSCSI on Windows 2008 R2

Here is one of those topics you do not see much, sure there are basics on setting up the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator but what about the details in adding the whole thing, well here it it is!. Overview In this post we will be configuring a NIC just for accessing the storage, configuring the iSCSI Initiator, then adding the storage to the server. Configure the iSCSI NICS on Server Before we can configure the... read more

How To Remove Storage Resources from a Windows 2008 R2 Cluster

So you have a cluster and storage that you no longer have use for and need to safely remove it from your cluster. It is a simple and easy process to follow just a few things to make sure before you remove. Nothing is using the storage Any and all dependencies for the storage are removed. Administrator access Login to any node of the cluster and open up Failover Cluster Manager (Start > Administrative... read more

How To Use Device-Alias on a Cisco MDS

As I continue on my journey of learning how to manage storage I have learned about using device aliases instead of pwwn’s directly. The benefit to using device-alias in this manner makes it easy when a device has new pwwn’s assigned to it (due to hardware replacement or in the case of a blade a move to a new chassis) that you can update the device-alias and not have to make any other storage... read more

Finding the World Wide Name (WWN) in Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2

You know how it is, you just built that new server and you need to attach storage to the Qlogic or Emulex card and the storage guys are asking for the WWN (World Wide Name) and if this is a first time you start to scratch your head, no worries because Microsoft has added that little piece of info right at your finger tips. In Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2, you can use “Storage Explorer” to... read more

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