Windows Server

Update! Setup Active Directory Integration with the PowerShell SDK

Update 10/6/2017 — Updated the PowerShell script to support the cmdlets in the PowerShell SDK (1.7.4.0+). --------------- Having Active Directory [...]

New Microsoft Platform Guide Released!

I am happy to announce the availability of the new Microsoft Platform Guide on the Pure1 Support site. The new platform guide is a complete re-write from [...]

Start-Transcript -PathTo ‘Best Practice’

This is just a quick post to recommend that Pure Storage customers or partners working on automation workflows using PowerShell with Server and SAN [...]

New Release! Pure Storage Hybrid Cloud with AWS Design Guide

At Pure//Accelerate 2017 we announced a ton of new innovation, including a new Hybrid Cloud solution for AWS. If you missed it, check out my breakout session [...]

Purity//FA comes with Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX)

Offloaded Data Transfers (ODX) was introduced in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 to provide direct data transfer within or between storage arrays by bypassing [...]

DevOps Pipeline Demo of CloudSnap to AWS

At //Accelerate 2017 we announced a lot of new features for Purity//FA and one of the more interesting is CloudSnap. Omer Asad wrote a great blog that provides [...]

Basic Storage Workflow using Overwrite

This is a follow-up blog based on Overwriting a Volume in Windows Server. ------ Our snapshots offer an incredible amount of flexibility. One of the [...]

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 [...]

Retrieving Members of Directory Service Configuration

Once Pure Storage FlashArray Directory Services has been configured seeing who has been added to the different defined groups (Array_Admin_Group, [...]

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 [...]

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

@8arkz — September (coming soon!) — The new Microsoft Platform Guide, which replaces the old Windows Server Best Guide is now available on the Pure1 [...]

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 [...]