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2010/09/16 / Oleg Soroka

NetApp for Microsoft Environments: 357 Reasons to be Excited about the Data ONTAP PowerShell Toolkit

 

357 Reasons to be Excited about the Data ONTAP PowerShell Toolkit

John Fullbright – Business Application Lead, NetApp Professional Services

Six months to the day after announcing our 3-year strategic alliance with Microsoft we highlighted continued integration with System Center to streamline and automate data center management. Today’s announcement focuses on how we’ve tightly integrated NetApp technology into the Microsoft Management Framework, NetApp rapid provisioning and automated failover PowerShell cmdlets for the Dynamic Datacenter Toolkit, and a new Data ONTAP PowerShell Toolkit.

PowerShell, now there’s something. Anyone who works with Microsoft technologies has likely been exposed to PowerShell. It’s the glue that binds. PowerShell is an object oriented scripting shell that lets you leverage .Net objects in your scripts. You use it to manage everything from Windows to Exchange to SQL Server to Hyper-V environments. Now, that management has been extended to NetApp storage.

The Data ONTAP PowerShell Toolkit is a PowerShell Snapin available for NetApp partners and customers on the NetApp Communities. It extends the PowerShell command set providing an additional 357 cmdlets for managing NetApp storage.

You can easily use these cmdlets in your scripts to automate storage provisioning, management, and monitoring tasks.  For example, I’ve posted scripts automate provisioning using the ONTAP Simulator and create qtrees. vExpert Jase today blogged about Using the Data ONTAP PowerShell Toolkit to add vSphere Storage while Greg shared screenshots and a few scripts he "whipped up." Andy Schneider of Avanade is already making out his wish list for version 1.1.

In fact, PowerShell inventor and Microsoft Distinguished Engineer Jeffrey Snover named a NetApp automated DR demo using Powershell the "high point" of TechEd.

The bottom line: Tasks that used to take days or weeks and require touch at multiple points of administration now take minutes and can be done within a single script run from a single console.

Check out the NetApp communities for the Data ONTAP PowerShell Toolkit; for more on the overall announcement and additional Microsoft perspective there’s a good eWeek article, NetApp, Microsoft Unveil New Co-Developed Data Center Management Tools plus Microsoft, NetApp Pursue Data Center Integration.

— John

NetApp for Microsoft Environments: 357 Reasons to be Excited about the Data ONTAP PowerShell Toolkit

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