In the following sections, we will discuss the tools in Windows Server 2008 R2 that will help manage the various aspects of storage: Storage Manager for SANs (SMfS) and Storage Explorer. These tools are used independently of one another, but they both provide a very powerful and centralized interface to administer a storage environment. Storage Manager for SANs manages the physical storage arrays; conversely, Storage Explorer views and manages the Fibre Channel and iSCSI connections available in the environment.
Virtual Disk Service
Virtual Disk Service (VDS) has been created to ease the administration efforts of managing all the various type of storage devices. Many storage hardware providers used their own applications for installation ...