Mount EMC SAN Volumes to Windows Server 2008 x64

05 Jul

For this procedure, I used QLogic HBA cards 2462 to connect my Windows Server 2008 x64 server (an IBM x3650 m2 with 2 x Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X5570 2.93GHz) to the EMC SAN.

I downloaded the x64 drivers from QLogic website (q23wx64Storv91718), along with the QLogic SanSurfer version 5.0.1b57.

I used the BIOS 2.1.0 from QLogic.

Navisphere agent and PowerPath tool (EMCPower.X64.signed.5.5.b289.exe) are needed to properly complete the SAN access from the Windows server. They are provided on the EMC support website.

I. Add the HBA card to the server

To connect an HBA card to the server:

· In a session with admin rights, Shut down the server

· Disconnect any plugged cable from the box

· Open the lid

· Locate the PCI slot and insert the Qlogic 2462 card

· Close the lid

· Start the server

· Open a session with admin rights

· Copy the file q23wx64Storv91718 and unzip it locally

· In Server Manager console, browse to Diagnostics -> Device Manager and locate the HBA device. Right-click it and select “Update Driver” and indicate the unzipped folder as path to the MPIO Driver version

· Install the SAN Surfer 5.0.1b57 tool.

Task Illustration
Select Next twice
Make sure the option of installing windows agent with the Manager GUI is selected (see in blue)
The installation goes to the Program Files folder under “QLogic Corporation” folder. You may change it if needed. Click Next twice, then Install
At the end of the installation, open the console from Start -> All Programs -> QLogic Management Suite -> SanSurfer

· In SAN Surfer browse to “Port 1” on the left side of the window:

a) Select “Parameters” tab and in Select Settings section drop-down list, choose “Advanced HBA Parameters” and configure settings as below:

b) Select tab “Utilities”. First click on button “Save Entire Image” and indicate a folder to save the configuration. Then click on “Update Entire Image” and select the .BIN file located in the BIOS 2.1.0 download unzipped folder.

Wait for the update to complete. When prompted for a password, type “config” (unless you have set another password before).

· Do the same for “Port 2”.

· Shut down the server.

· Connect the FC cables.

· Restart the server.

· Back in SANSurfer, configure:

a) General settings: when prompted, just follow the wizard or open it from Wizard -> General Configuration Wizard

Task Illustration
Select Yes if prompted automatically
Select Next twice
Make sure you bind all disks and click Next twice again to complete the configuration

b) the LUN Masking from the menu Wizards -> LUN Masking Wizard

Click Next twice
Make sure you enable all LUNs and click Next thrice to complete the configuration

· After the server restart, install Navisphere Agent and PowerPath.

· Run the EMCGrab results to make sure your configuration is compliant.


II. Configure access to SAN volumes

Right-click “Command Prompt” from Start menu and select “Run as administrator”

In the command prompt type: DISKPART

Run the commands:

DISKPART> san policy=onlineall

DISKPART> list disk (you’ll be able to see the disks)

Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt

  ——–  ————-  ——-  ——-  —  —

  Disk 0    Online          136 GB      0 B

  Disk 1    Offline         300 GB   299 GB

* Disk 4    Offline         300 GB   300 GB

  Disk 5    Offline         300 GB   299 GB

  Disk 8    Offline         300 GB   300 GB

For each disk representing a SAN volume (where # is the number), do the following:

DISKPART> select disk #

Disk # is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> attributes disk clear readonly

Disk attributes cleared successfully.


DISKPART> online disk

DiskPart successfully onlined the selected disk.


You are now able to see your disks in the Server Manager console, under “Disk Management”, as Online Basic disks. You may continue formatting the volumes with DISKPART or in this console.


To close DISKPART, type:


You’re done!


Posted by on July 5, 2013 in Windows 2008 R2


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2 responses to “Mount EMC SAN Volumes to Windows Server 2008 x64

  1. Isidro Delgado

    July 5, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    This Component Package contains the PCI Ethernet NDIS driver for QLogic QMH4062 1GbE iSCSI Adapter for HP BladeSystem c-Class running Windows Server 2008 x64 Editions.


    • sadissa

      July 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Which one are you talking about?



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