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21Apr/1113

Dell EqualLogic PS Series iSCSI SAN in a Hyper-V Environment

Following on from my Hyper-V Post I thought I would carry on the theme of High Availability and clustered services.  Dell's EqualLogic PS Series iSCSI SAN  optimise's resources by automating volume and network load balancing.  A PS Series Group consists of one or more PS Series Array.  Group Members are connected to an IP network and managed as a single system.

iSCSI Protocol.

iSCSI or internet small computer systems interface to give it its full title, is a block level storage protocol that can be used to create a storage network over Ethernet.  iSCSI uses ethernet as a transport medium for data from servers to storage devices or SAN'S (Storage Area Networks) such as EqualLogic.  iSCSI encapsulates SCSI commands into TCP/IP and sends these commands over standard Ethernet, because of this iSCSI can be sent over LAN's and WAN's and these Arrays do not have to be located in the same room or even the same Galaxy as your servers.

20Apr/110

nvspbind – Hyper-V Core Network VSP Bind Application

Just a quick one here.  nvspbind.exe developed by Keith Mange over at the Hyper-V team has given us this excellent tool for enabling and disabling protocol bindings from the stack in the parent partition.  If you have ever tried this in Hyper-V Core then the lack of any graphical network interface makes this simple task impossible.

When you run nvspbind without any paramaters the output looks like this;

nvspbind

nvspbind

 

here you can see which protocols are enabled or disabled. nvspbind /? will show you all paramaters available.

nvspbind can be downloaded here http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/nvspbind along with information on usage and paramaters.

 

   
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