Category: Storage Area Network

Brocade – Model Number and Firmware

You may use the following command line interface (CLI) commands on a Brocade fibre channel (FC) switch to view the model number and firmware version of the switch. switchshow firmwareshow In particular the switchType: field of the switchshow command will provide you with the model number of the switch.


Dell Compellent – Verify the Enterprise Manager and Enterprise Services Agent Service Status

You may use the Microsoft Windows PowerShell script below to remotely verify the Enterprise Manager and Enterprise Services Agent Service status. These services are essential to a healthy Enterprise Manager infrastructure. <# .SYNOPSIS This script will provide the status of the Enterprise Manager service on EM01. Additionally, it will provide the status of the Enterprise…


Dell Compellent – Verify Front and Back End Ports

You may use the Dell Enterprise Manager Data Collector Manager to configure the SMTP settings of a Dell Compellent Storage Area Network (SAN) and provide you with alerts. In addition to this you may manually verify that the front and back end ports of the storage array are Up. To do so navigate to Dell Storage > Storage…


Hardware – Hard Disk Drive Wipe

You may use Darik’s Boot And Nuke (DBAN) to delete the data from a physical hard drive using the method below. 1. Press the ENTER key to start DBAN in interactive mode. 2. Entropy: Linux Kernel (urandom) 3. PRNG: Mersenne Twister (mt19937ar-cok) 4. Method: DoD 5220.22-M 5. Verify: Last Pass 6. Rounds: 3


Microsoft Windows PowerShell – Configuring iSCSI Initiator Connections with Windows Server 2012 R2

You may modify the script below to automate the process of configuring an iSCSI Initiator with the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system.


Microsoft Windows Server 2012 – Identify an iSCSI Initiator IQN

You may use the following method to identify an iSCSI Initiator IQN in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 from Windows PowerShell. After opening Windows PowerShell type the command iscsicli. In this example the iSCSI Initiator IQN is iqn.1991-05.com.microsoft:clus01a.root.sysadmin.net. Enjoy!


Windows Storage Server 2012 – Verify the iSCSI Initiator Sessions

You may use the following method to very which iSCSI Initiators are currently connected to an iSCSI Target in Windows Storage Server 2012. On the Server Manager navigate to File and Storage Services > iSCSI. Right click the iSCSI Target that you would like to verify under the iSCSI TARGETS section and select Properties. In this example the iSCSI…


Microsoft Windows Server 2012 – Add and Configure the Multipath I/O Feature

You may use the following method to install and configure the Windows Server 2012 Multipath I/O role that may be used for a Windows Server 2012 Failover Cluster. The steps below assume that an iSCSI target has already been properly configured. Additionally, below you will find the Internet Protocol (IP) information that will be used…


VMware ESXi 5 – iSCSI Configuration

You may use the following method to connect your VMware ESXi 5.x host to an iSCSI SAN. Please keep in mind that this post assumes you have configured the SAN to allow the VMware host access to the appropriate LUN(s). After logging into the vSphere Client navigate to Configuration > Networking then click Add Networking…. Under Connection Types…


Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2012 – Install iSCSI Target Role

You may use Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2012 as an iSCSI Storage Area Network (SAN). To do so you must install the iSCSI Target feature. Below you will find a step-by-step guide to installing this feature. On the Server Manager > Dashboard page select Manage > Add Roles and Features. On the Before you begin page click Next >….