Commodity SAN: Storage in Windows Server 2016

Windows administrators will need to know how to utilize storage in new ways that 2016 offers, but also keep costs down by creating storage using available equipment. In this course, you'll learn how a commodity SAN does this.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jan 25, 2018
Duration
1h 27m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jan 25, 2018
Duration
1h 27m
Description

Storage growth and expense can get out of control for any business. In this course, Commodity SAN: Storage in Windows Server 2016, you will learn how to utilize Windows Server 2016 in a way that was not possible with previous versions of Windows server. First, you’ll discover how to setup an ISCSI target, and initiator. This creates the link between the storage server and the server using the newly available storage. Then, you’ll learn about replication and security for redundancy and protection. Replication allows us to copy the data to another location for redundancy. Finally, you'll explore how an encrypted stream keeps man in the middle attacks from compromising your security. When you’re finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge to create a highly available, secure, and budget conscious storage area network.

About the author
About the author

Professor Robert McMillen (MCT, MCSE) has over 20 years of experience in IT Consulting. He teaches at two local colleges and hosts the weekly All Tech Radio show in the Portland area.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello. My name is Robert McMillen. I would like to welcome you to my course Commodity SAN: Storage in Windows Server 2016. Storage can grow out of control for any organization. Along with growth comes expense. Windows Server 2016 can help you build a storage area network, which provides you with unlimited storage that can be divided up amongst the many servers in your data center. It does this for far less cost than purchasing a name-brand SAN by utilizing your existing hardware and iSCSI technology. With Windows Server 2016, you can also add clustering and replication to keep your data redundant and highly available. And to protect your data from hackers, you can also encrypt your traffic and the data itself. By the end of this course, you'll be able to set up your storage area network with the piece of mind knowing you did it right and you did it with security and redundancy. You'll also know how to save your company money in news ways that were previously not possible. I hope you'll join me in learning these new powerful and useful features Windows Server offers in my course Commodity SAN: Storage in Windows Server 2016.

Discovering Windows Storage
My name is Robert McMillen. I'm a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Solutions Expert. Windows Server has great capabilities when it comes to storage. In this series, we're going to demonstrate how to use those roles and features to create a storage area network on a budget. In other words, a commodity SAN. We can then demonstrate how to secure the connection and make it highly available. There will be lots of topics we cover such as formatting. FAT32, NTFC, and the new ReFS format are all options. And we'll talk about storage pools, the primordial start for combining hard drive. And we're going to discuss partitions. What size should we make our drives and what device should we assign them to? We'll also cover RAID, Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks, for redundancy. Or we can just create a bunch of disks. How do we assign security and encryption to storage? Well, we'll talk about storage security. And we'll talk about multi I/O, multi input/output, that will assist us with redundant connections to each connected server. And we'll talk about what's changed since Server 2012 R2 now that we're on Windows Server 2016. There will be lots to cover in Discovering Windows Storage so let's get started.

Making the SAN Highly Available
In this module, we're going to talk about how to make the SAN highly available. We're going to take our newly created SAN and add the storage to a new cluster. We're then going to show how to use that cluster to automatically failover from one server to another. We're going to discuss permissions and also Scale-Out File Server capabilities.

Making Windows SAN Data Available to Other Sites and Users
In this module, we're going to talk all about SAN availability. We will discuss how to implement SAN Replication, caching, and DFS Replication. These technologies allow remote offices to use our SAN so that they can enjoy the speed of faster file access while away from the main office and add redundancy. When it comes to SAN availability, replication is a great feature. This is new to Windows Server 2016. This can be done at the same site or in a completely different one for additional redundancy in case of a local disaster. We'll also talk about BranchCache mode for remote offices. This is going to allow our remote offices to have faster access to data and follow up with Distributed File System from file share replication to remote offices.

Summary
Let's summarize our experience in our course on commodity SAN in Windows Server 2016. We covered a lot of topics such as the commodity SAN itself and creating it. We went into formatting and partitioning our SAN storage. We added security and encryption using BitLocker and CHAP. We then added the iSCSI target and initiators. We added clustering for redundancy. Then we tested out failover. We added Cluster Shared Volumes. We added a file share. We even discussed scale-out file sharing. We then went into replication and how a SAN now has replication capable in Windows Server 2016. However, for a commodity SAN, it might be a little bit on the expensive side. We talked about BranchCache, both the distributed and the hosted modes and found that distributed is also less expensive. And if you wanted to replicate data across various different locations, DFS, or Distributed File System, would replicate entire file shares, which means you could replicate your entire SAN. For additional info, you can check out technit. com, and in the top-right corner you can search for iSCSI storage and also iSCSI target. I hope you have enjoyed our course on configuring a commodity SAN and that it will assist you with your career and certification. Stay tuned for additional courses in the future.