Windows Server

Overwriting a Volume in Windows Server

I have been asked the question about how do you overwrite a volume using the PowerShell SDK that is connected from a Windows Server a few times so here is how [...]

Using Protection Groups with VSS Snapshots

A common question I get about the Pure Storage Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) provider is; "How can I replicate a VSS snapshot?" Our VSS provider takes [...]

New! FlashStack™ Mini CI for Microsoft Applications with Hyper-V

Hot off the presses, the new FlashStack™ Mini Converged Infrastructure Design Guide for Microsoft Applications with Hyper-V (Download). This new FlashStack [...]

PowerShell Remoting…Start Transitioning If You Haven’t

With the upcoming release of Windows Server 2016, Nano Server and all things related to Microsoft Azure learning PowerShell Remoting and start relying less and [...]

Announcing: Pure Storage All-Flash Cloud for Microsoft Azure

Today is an exciting day at Pure Storage! Holding our 1st User Conference: Pure//Accelerate; announcing new products: FlashArray//m10 and FlashBlade; along [...]

Pure Storage 40,000 Mailbox Resiliency Storage Solution (ESRP)

Unlike traditional disk based storage solutions where various arrays are designed to address specific customer profiles, FlashArray//m is designed to [...]

Remove the Windows Features You Don’t Need to Save Some Space

Windows Server comes with a wealth of Roles and Features. In many cases not everyone uses all of the Roles or Features on every server deployed, physical or [...]

Kicking the Deployment Tires with Microsoft Nano Server

I finally started playing around with Microsoft Nano Server this past week and am quite amazed at the implementation of this new Windows Server deployment [...]

Pure Storage SMI-S Provider Overview

With the release of Purity 4.6 we introduce support for the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S).This specification was created by the Storage [...]

Setup Active Directory Integration with the PowerShell Toolkit

Having Active Directory integration certainly helps with organizing users in the various groups to control what actions can be performed on the FlashArray. The [...]

Compare Windows 2008 R2 to Windows 2012 Storage Cmdlets

Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 introduced a new set of storage cmdlets that provided  specific support for disk management, multipath I/O configuration, [...]

Windows Server Failover Clusters, Disk Signatures & Snapshots

Leveraging snapshots to create new volumes that can be used on the same host or other hosts is an important feature as it allows for business and deployment [...]

Using Pure Storage PowerShell with Windows Server 2008 R2

I have received a few questions about using the Pure Storage PowerShell Toolkit with Windows Server 2008 R2 since by default it only comes with Windows [...]

Setting up SAN boot for an 8-Node Windows Server Cluster

Worked in the lab this past weekend setting up a new Windows Server 2012 R2 failover cluster (WSFC) using 8 diskless servers. SAN booting provides the ultimate [...]

Retrieving LUN Serial Numbers with Windows PowerShell

Updated -- June 20/17 I have been asked this question more than I have fingers and toes so I figured I would do a quick post providing the Windows [...]

New Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Reference Architecture Released

New Microsoft Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Reference Architecture for Pure Storage FlashArray’s is available. This document provides a reference architecture [...]

New Best Practice Guide for Windows Server and Pure Storage FlashArrays

New Microsoft Windows Server Best Practice Guide for Pure Storage FlashArray’s is available. This is the first version that focuses solely on Windows [...]

Set Remote Desktop, IEESec, Windows Firewall and MPIO using PowerShell

As I add more virtual machines and physical servers to my Microsoft environment there are a few Windows features/settings I tend to always tweak for my own [...]

Get Quick Fix Engineering (QFE) or HotFix Information

@8arkz -- June 20/17 -- Added new Get-HotFix cmdlet details and example output from both methods. Recently I have been tracking down all the updates that I [...]

Simple Snapshot & Retention Management with PowerShell

@8arkz -- June 20/17 -- This was the start of all things Windows PowerShell at Pure Storage. Pretty cool to look back at some posts and see how it all got [...]

Windows PowerShell + Purity CLI = Invoke-PureVolSnap

@8arkz -- June 20/17 -- PowerShell Toolkit 0.1 implementing FlashRecover Snapshots for SQL Server. I’ve been focusing on some automation scripts over the [...]

Building the 1st Gen PureTEC and Solutions Engineering Lab

I had the best Christmas at home and at Pure. The week before Christmas I spent time racking the gear and getting everything squared away so I could start [...]

Get HBA information using Windows PowerShell

I was setting up a new Pure Storage FA-420 array this past week and needed the Host Bus Adapter (HBA) information, specifically the WWNodeName and WWPortName [...]