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EMC Record Breaking Intro Video

Posted by Brajesh Panda on June 1, 2011

EMC Record Breaking Intro Video:


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Openfiler as a FC SAN

Posted by Brajesh Panda on May 26, 2011

Brian did a good job on this; find his documentation in his blog

I will give a try when I will get a chance for sure!

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Microsoft iSCSI Target Software 3.3

Posted by Brajesh Panda on April 20, 2011

It is out for public use. I have used this particular free software to make my old server to a storage box………hurray…

You can download this software from Ms Site;

It is compatible with Windows 2008 R2 Service pack 1. Now I don’t need to break my head with other tools like iSCSI Kake, Openfiler etc…

Earlier this piece of software used to come with Storage Server as a optional feature…..

Here are some related URLs for this product:  Support Policies:, Scalability:, Technet:; Know Issues:

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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!

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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…..

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Configure MD3000i Virtual Disk on your computer

Posted by Brajesh Panda on December 31, 2009

Before I start writing about this post, will like to put a caveat over here i.e. you must have configured basic things for this storage device to get it accessed from Network. Some of the bullet points look like as follows;

– IP Address Configuration for Storage Management Controllers

– IP Address configuration for iSCSI Controllers

To accomplish this task we may be flipping between storage box & our server for some time. Bear me with that.

Open up Storage Client after installation. It will up to scan to find out new arrays in the network. Select “Automatic” click “OK

– It will scan for some time. It will detect the array for management. Now you can manage the array from the same server too.
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Install MD3000i Storage Client on your computer

Posted by Brajesh Panda on December 29, 2009

  • For detailed instruction please visit or Installation & Configuration Guide in the CD/DVD
  • Download MD3000i Resource CD from Dell Site
  • Start installation by double clicking “Setup.exe” in the same server where you like to configure a Storage LUN.
  • I assume you have already configured basic things in MD3000i like
    • Assigning IP Address to Management Controller
    • Assigning IP Address to iSCSI Controllers
  • Make sure your logon ID has Administrative permission to install software & it don’t have a “!” icon before your user account. I spent 2days to figure out why my installation is failing due to “!” before my user ID. They have a standard to put “!” before consultants Domain ID.

  • Click on “Install MD3000i Storage Software

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