Help! My free storage cannot be used for an iSCSI Virtual Disk!

I have written at length in the past about both Storage Spaces (Storage Pools: Dive right in!) and Software iSCSI Targets (iSCSI Storage in Windows Server 2012), as well as Failover Clusters (See list).  These are all great technologies that IT Professionals should know. Recently I got an e-mail from a reader who had all … Continue reading Help! My free storage cannot be used for an iSCSI Virtual Disk!

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Onboard SAN… Issues.

A client of mine is a small business with a couple of physical servers and a couple of virtualization hosts.  One of the physical servers, a Lenovo ThinkServer, has been acting as a file server, so it has really been very under-used.  It is a good server that has never been used to its potential … Continue reading Onboard SAN… Issues.

Step-by-Step: Configuring the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target as a Storage Device for System Center VMM

Over the past few months we have made a big deal about the storage features of Windows Server 2012, including how the built-in iSCSI Software Target allows you to build a low-cost software-SAN (storage area network) for small environments, and how that lets you create a Hyper-V Failover Cluster without the expense of an actual … Continue reading Step-by-Step: Configuring the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target as a Storage Device for System Center VMM

iSCSI Storage in Windows Server 2012

Storage is one of the most important aspects of our IT infrastructure.  In this day and age of virtualization it is even more important because our entire server infrastructure may be stored on a limited set of devices. Of course that is a lot easier said than done, especially for smaller companies with limited IT … Continue reading iSCSI Storage in Windows Server 2012

Storage Pools… Dive right in!

This article was originally posted to the Canadian IT Pro Connection. Storage Pools are a new feature in Windows Server 2012 that at first glance (at the terminology) may look like  software RAID arrays that have been around for years, but are really a new concept, or at least several generations of advancement on the … Continue reading Storage Pools… Dive right in!

When I’m Sixty-Four… TERABYTES!

Okay, I am asking for a show of hands: How many of you remember 100MB hard drives? 80? 40?  While I remember smaller, my first hard drive was a 20 Megabyte Seagate drive.  Note that I didn’t say Gigabytes… Way back then the term Terabyte might have been coined already as a very theoretical term, … Continue reading When I’m Sixty-Four… TERABYTES!

Virtual Hard Disks: Best Practices for dynamic / thin provisioned disks and other stories…

  Virtual environments offer us many new options with regard to storage.  Whether you are using Hyper-V or VMware, a few of the options (and recommendations) are the same, even when the terms are different. One of the options I am often asked about is dynamically expanding hard drives.  MY first reaction is that I … Continue reading Virtual Hard Disks: Best Practices for dynamic / thin provisioned disks and other stories…