How to enable W2K8 Storage Server iSCSI Target on any version – Windows MSI Hacking for the Win!

A while back, I was engineering different Windows 2008 cluster scenarios for a project. As usual, I took most of this work home to the Uberlab for further testing. Unfortunately, I ran into a snag. I didn’t have any iSCSI devices that could pass the Windows Cluster Validation Test. In short, whenever you build a cluster, MS attempts to validate …

Objective 3.2 – Configure the Storage Virtual Appliance for vSphere

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 3.2 – Configure the Storage Virtual Appliance for vSphere **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Knowledge Define Storage Virtual Appliance (VSA) architecture Below is how VMware describes their two node VSA Cluster Architecture from page 9 of the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance …

Objective 3.3 – Create and Configure VMFS and NFS Datastores

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 3.3 – Create and Configure VMFS and NFS Datastores **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Knowledge Identify VMFS and NFS Datastore properties VMFS Datastore Properties Logical container that provides a uniformed model for storing virtual machines by hiding certain properties of the …