Follow me and learn Windows Server 2012 - iSCSI storage

Day 9 and the quest continues!  With the release of Windows Server 2012 we all have to start learning the new features of the product. This night I am studying iSCSI. Below I highlighted what is new in iSCSI and listed some resources to bring you to speed at the same time.

We have some cool features in iSCSI here is the short list:

    • Network/diskless boot – Boot bare metal machines diskless using iSCSI

iSCSI Target Boot Overview

Configuring Diskless Servers with Windows Server 2012 iSCSI Boot (Lab)

Introduction to iSCSI Diskless Boot Deployment (Lab)

Windows Server 2012 can efficiently provide highly available iSCSI block storage for diskless network boot. In this lab, you will learn how to configure both the iSCSI target and diskless boot servers, enabling rapid deployment and network boot capability for commodity hardware.

    • Server application storage - Use this when your application cannot use file based storage

iSCSI Target Block Storage Overview

iSCSI Target Block Storage, How To

    • High-Availability – When you just cannot afford down time

iSCSI High-Availability Block Storage Technical Preview

Configuring a Highy Available Window Server 2012 iSCSI Target (LAB)

Configuring a Highly Available iSCSI Target (Lab)

In this lab, you will learn how Windows Server 2012 can provide storage remotely to any machine. You will build clusters using shared storage and build iSCSI high-availability instances--observing highly available application communication during cluster failover.

    • Heterogeneous storage – Supports non-Windows iSCSI initiators