Check Provisioning Type of a Windows Server Volume

I had a question asked about how to determine whether or not a connected volume to a Windows Server host is thin provisioned or not. I put together the below PowerShell script to do the following: Retrieve the locally connected volumes. Since this is using Get-WMIObject this is usable across all versions of Windows Server supported by Pure Storage. [...]

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How is the Pure Storage PowerShell Toolkit being used?

[Updated: 5/16/2017] I created the Pure Storage PowerShell Toolkit with two major goals; (1) as a way to automate the various operational tasks to manage our FlashArray. [...]

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 PowerShell that will [...]

SQL Server 2014 Prod/Dev Refresh with VMware PowerCLI and Pure Storage PowerShell Toolkit

One of the demonstrations that I created for VMworld 2014 was to create a simple orchestration for refreshing a SQL Server 2014 database volume and re-connecting  to a VMware [...]

Pure Storge PowerShell Toolkit Enhancements

@8arkz - September 11/17 -- The "Original" version of the PowerShell Toolkit v2.8.0.430 has been deprecated in favor of the PowerShell SDK. Read all about it [...]

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 for deploying [...]

Application Consistency with Pure Storage VSS Provider

With the release of the Purity Operating Environment 4.0 comes the new Pure Storage Volume Shadow Copy Service Provider (Pure VSS Provider). The Pure VSS Provider is a new [...]

Pure Storage REST API + Windows PowerShell (Part 2)

In my Part 1 post I discussed the basics of how to use the REST API with the Post method to authenticate and establish a session then using the Get method retrieve volume [...]

Pure Storage REST API + Windows PowerShell (Part 1)

After a brief hiatus I’m back and to start things off I wanted to share an example of how to use the new REST API we have created as part of our Purity Operating [...]

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 needs: Remote [...]

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 have applied to [...]

Attach/Detach SQL Server Databases with PowerShell

@8arkz -- June 20/17 -- I need to re-write this to use the new PowerShell SDK. --- While working on the early testing for the SQL Server 2012 Reference Architecture 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 last week and [...]

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 building out the [...]

Getting SQL Server 2012 BPA working on Windows Server 2012 R2

I’ve been building out some new servers with Windows Server 2012 R2 to start working on a new Microsoft SQL Server Reference Architecture on Pure Storage and after [...]

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 for the QLogic [...]