SCVMM Configuring SMI-S and SMB3 Storage
As of Windows Server 2012, Microsoft iSCSI Target Server is a server role that enables the server to function as a storage device.
With VMM in System Center 2012 R2, you can manage an iSCSI Target Server running any of several operating system versions:
• With Windows Server 2012 on the iSCSI Target Server: You must first install the necessary SMI-S provider on the iSCSI Target Server. The provider is included in VMM media at \amd64\Setup\msi\iSCSITargetSMISProvider.msi
• Starting with Windows Server 2012 R2 on the iSCSI Target Server: You only need to install the iSCSI Target Server Role Service and the iSCSI Target Storage Provider Role Service as shown below.
The SMI-S provider follows an “embedded” provider model, where the provider is installed on the iSCSI Target Server computer. The SMI-S provider is WMI-based and manages the iSCSI Target Server by using the iSCSI Target WMI provider.
To install and manage the iSCSI Target Server (2012 R2) with VMM use the following steps:
1. Install the iSCSI Target Server and iSCSI Target Storage Provider as shown above on the server that will become the iSCSI target.
2. Using VMM, on the fabric workspace from the storage area, right-click on providers and add a storage device.
3. Choose the option “SAN and NAS devices discovered and managed by a SMI-S provider”. Click Next.
4. Choose the protocol “SMI-S WMI”, enter the name of the server with the iSCSI target, and choose a Run-AS account. Click next.
5. The server entered will be scanned, providing the options to choose which local storage devices should be available for presentation by VMM.
6. Once the provider is installed, create LUNs, allocated them to host groups, and add storage to servers as demonstrated in the video.
We can also manage SMB 3.0 shares using VMM. Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 both support SMB 3.0 and can be managed from SCVMM. To manage SMB shares with VMM follow the steps below:
1. Using VMM, on the fabric workspace from the storage area, right-click on providers and add a storage device.
2. Choose the option “Windows based file server”. Click Next.
3. Enter the name of the server that you will be managing and using for SMB 3.0 sharing.
4. Complete the wizard to complete adding the provider.
5. Once the provider is configured, add shares to VMM and allocated them to Hyper-V hosts as demonstrated in the video.