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iSCSI Target/Lun Configuration in Windows 2008 Storage Server

Posted by Brajesh Panda on January 14, 2010

In my previous blog post I have mentioned about the first look at Windows 2008 Storage Server. Let’s get into little dipper of this product & features.

If you remember I left my new Windows 2008 Storage Server VM for Windows update. After a day when I visited my lab found a bounch of patches has been updated on the server. Seems to be same kind of security hotfixes like other Windows Server. I always prefer to update my servers with windows updates, hence RTM gotcha can removed from the product.

I kept below targets for me for today’s exercise;

– Create A iSCSI LUN & assign to a Windows Server

From a long time I am using Opensource OpenFiler as an iSCSI storage box in my LAB and using for clusters etc. But current version of openfiler lacks “SCSI Persistent 3” commad support. So I can’t use the product with Windows 2008 Servers. I just read Operfiler forum moderator was talking this componnet will be available as a commercial plug-in in near future. Lets hope so!!

Let’s jump into our LAB & see what are the steps to get the iSCSI stuff work in Storage Server 2008.

Crap…no interface to configure iSCSI volumes, targets etc.. Sorry till today I didn’t get time to dive into any of the Storage Server documentations. After Investigation came to know you need a iSCSI Target Software for this kind of configuration. And you can download from your MSDN portal for testing/devleopment.

So you have to download below ISO files;
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How to Extend a System Disk in Windows 2008 R2 Server?

Posted by Brajesh Panda on January 13, 2010

Do you remember cumbersome process in Windows 2003 to extend your partitions using “Diskpart” especially C: Drives i.e. System Partitions??

Windows 2008 R2 has a fantastic solution around that. You can use Disk Management console and do that. Let’s do a small lab around this.

I am using a virtual machine, where I have C: is 20GB and D:10GB & have unallocated space around 100GB.

I have right click on system volume i.e. C:, found Extend Volume has been grayed out but when I right click on D: I can see it is active. What the heck is this?

Ah! Now I understood I can only extend my partition if there is some adjacent free unallocated space.

I don’t have any data on D:, so I can delete that and create some space for my testing.

D: partition has been deleted, now I can see Extend option for my system partition.

Let me provide another 5000GB in extend wizard. Wow now it is 24 GB! Just wondering why can’t we extend our partition to a unallocated place located in a different physical location in the same HDD at least? Can anybody buzz me a link around that?

In past I have tried one Linux based tool for disk re-alignment called “GParted”. If I am not wrong that is one of my best bootable media to extend partitions when Windows 2008 R2 was not there & for non-windows machines. If you like to try that, you can download from the community portal

Hope you like this!

Posted in Storage, WindowsServer | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

Windows 2008 Storage Server Logon Password

Posted by Brajesh Panda on January 8, 2010

This is my first look at the product. I will keep writing about the product and how to do in next my postings. So don’t forget to check Storage Section!

Today I have installed Windows Storage Server 2008 in my LAB without reading any manual. Found, it is not letting me to create “PASSWORD” like other windows versions. After a Google search come to know it is “wSS2008!”

Installation is pretty straight forward like other Windows Versions. But after my 1st successful login it started installing “File Services” – Distributed File System. After that it started configuring my profile etc. & started shutting down. Not sure why?? I will find out that on a later day J

I was using 512MB RAM in a Hyper-V box & I felt like it damn slow…. I am going to increase it to 2048MB & will observe. Now it seems to be good J

Hey my mouse is not working in this Virtual Machine! Let me jump and install the Hyper-V Integration Software… ZZZZZZZ. Done… Asking to reboot… let’s go ahead for it!

Remote Desktop has been already enabled! I just enabled Windows update, let see how many updates are available for this product.

Windows update is showing downloading & installing! Surprise, I didn’t ask him to install updates… Anyway I am going for the day.

To be contd…..

Posted in Storage, Windows Storage Server 2008, WindowsStorageServer2008 | Tagged: | 1 Comment »

Install SQL 2008 on a Windows 2008 Server from Commad Line & Answer File

Posted by Brajesh Panda on January 6, 2010

I have two methods for you;

  1. Silent Installation from Command Prompt
  • Using command syntaxes
  • Using Answer File

2.         GUI Based Installation

 I will be covering small step to uninstall process using command line at the end of the post. Don’t forget to install SQL Server 2008 SP1 after you install the RTM.

 1st time I have followed GUI Method but found little time consuming. Hence built my small script to do the same from command line. MSDN website has a fantastic page regarding “How to: Install SQL Server 2008 from Command Prompt” . Take your time & do your research on all parameters from that page.

 Let me give you post about Command line Installation of SQL Server

 Install SQL Server 2008 on a Windows 2008 Server Using Command Line Syntaxes
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Posted in Database, SQL 2008 | Tagged: , , , | 5 Comments »

Rename SQL Server 2008 – Single Server Senario

Posted by Brajesh Panda on January 5, 2010

Have you ever changed SQL server name? I frequently do the same in my LAB because I use “Sysprep” OS image for my lab deployment. Read my other posting to know about how to Sysprep Windows 2008 R2 Server?

SQL Infrastructure architecture can be created in multiple ways;

– All SQL Roles are running on the same single server

– SQL Roles are in different servers i.e. Database Services, Reporting Services etc are running on different servers

– Clustered SQL Instances

There are numbers of articles are available over internet. However I will recommend to visit Microsoft TechNet to find the official supported article; Over here I am going to state some simple steps for the 1st scenario. So I have to deal with SQL Database Server renaming & Re-configuration of Report Server; Over here I am using SQL 2008 with SP1.

Let’s start operation “RE-BIRTH” of my SQL Instance. Open SQL Query Manager & do some trick to rename our SQL DB Instance;
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Posted in Database, SQL 2008 | Tagged: , , , | 5 Comments »

Maglev/Bullet Train In India

Posted by Brajesh Panda on January 3, 2010

Just started a disscussion at a non-commercial indian railway portal. Click here to visit that page. Hope we will have some thoughts over there!

Hope techontip friends & readers can give their view on the same portal.


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