Server 2012 R2 Tiered Storage on USB Drives

If you are like me you have a test lab or something similar where you would like to test out how tiered storage works in 2012R2. My lab setups are two laptops with SSD drives with attached 3TB USB 3.0 HDD. In my grand plan I would create a new storage pool attach the remaining space from the SSD (used 40GB for OS) and the USB HDD and I would have tiered storage. My first sign of trouble was the following in my physical disk view of my new storage pool.

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Unknown media type? Undeterred I proceeded create a new virtual disk and setup tiering. Unfortunatley my little magic check box is grayed out with a warning that says I need a HDD and SSD. Huh, now what?

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I figure that all things get fixed with PowerShell in this brave new world so I start digging. I found the Set-PhysicalDisk command. Before you run this command you must do two thing. First, create your storage pool, if you don’t do this the command will give you an error. Second you need to get the name of the physical disk, Get-PhysicalDisk comes in handy here. Set-PhysicalDisk [NAMEOFPHYSICALDISK] –MediaType HDD and….

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Keep in mind you need to restart the wizard to get the media type refreshed and be able to create the tier.

Good Luck!

System Center Service Manager Installation Notes

I recently set off to install SCSM 2010 SP1 into a production environment for the first time. I thought I would share a few things I found out that I wished I had known before my install. This is not to say that if I would have read through the planning and preparation guides on TechNet which are relatively short that I wouldn’t have know this stuff, but who reads that before they install? So here we go:

That is all I have for now, if I discover more I will let you know!

Free Microsoft e-Learning

I stumbled upon some e-learning today that you might find useful. It is called Snack Box and it provides small learning snacks and allows the community to also post “snacks”. It is available here. What do you think of it?

Microsoft Announces Oct. 22 GA of Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2

Microsoft announced at Computex 2009 in Taipei that Windows 7 will be available for the holiday shopping season. I had been hoping that it would also be available for “back to school” but I was also pleasantly surprised to see Microsoft offering a “Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program” which I am assuming will get consumers who purchase a new PC before October 22 a free upgrade to 7. The Windows Team Blog post indicates that they will release more details on this program at a later time.   I am ecstatic to see this great operating system released. Press release from Microsoft here.

SharePoint SP2 Bug Warning from Microsoft

For those of you that have applied SP2 to your SharePoint farms please be aware that Microsoft has released an alert about a bug in the service pack. It appears that after application of the service pack the farm will go into trial mode that expires in 180 days. For those of you that have applied the service pack you can go get your product key from your MVLS site and apply it to the farm once and get around this. Otherwise there will be a hotfix issued soon. If you applied to search server the only way to fix this is to apply the hotfix. Detailed information on the SharePoint blog here:

Excellent usage article on SCCM

My friend Jarvis wrote an excellent article about how to manage the default collections to make them easier to use. This is one of those great usage articles that all SCCM administrators should read regardless of their experience.

Apple revolutionizes the keyboard

I saw this from the Onion and I couldn’t stop laughing.

http://www.theonion.com/content/video/apple_introduces_revolutionary