Backing up your EVA SAN (4400 or P63x0) Configuration with HP StorageWorks Storage System Scripting Utility (SSSU)

SSSUJust a short one today.  I was assisting in the change from a stand-alone Hyper-V environment to a clustered environment, the customer had an HP EVA P6300 SAN which was going to be used for the Clustered Shared Volumes.  As a precaution before beginning work on the EVA, I loaded up SSSU which was installed on one of their servers and took a backup of their current configuration of the EVA.  The backup file would come in handy if something were to happen and can assist HP Support in restoring your array if something were to happen.

When you load up SSSU it will firstly ask you to login with a user and password with rights to the Storage Array, once in, we need to select a Storage System and then finally issue a configuration backup to the local workstation.

select system
capture configuration filename

Replace filename with something like c:\SAN_backup.txt the backup is a plaintext file telling the Storage Array how it has been configured with LUNs and Hosts.

Migrating your whole RADIUS configuration (IAS) from Server 2003 to Server 2012 (NPS)

npsI was recently migrating an environment that ran two 2003 servers to two 2012 R2 servers. One of the challenges of migrations is ensuring there is as little disruption as possible, whether it is during business hours or not. This organization had a single RADIUS server controlling access to their 300+ users for Wireless and Remote Access.

One of the useful tools nestled away in the 2008 R2 / 2012 installation media is a tool called IASmigrader.exe. This invaluable little tool can easily migrate the entire IAS / RAdius configuration from Server 2003 and allow me to import it into NPS (better than mucking around with netsh and then manually editing text files). Fine the executable you need in :\sources\dlmanifests\microsoft-windows-iasserver-migplugin\, copy this onto the source machine where IAS is. Once there, open a command prompt and type iasmigreader.exe relative to where you copied it.

Once ran, the tool will export the configuration to %windir%\system32\ias\ias.txt, copy this file across to your new NPS host and open up the NPS console, right click on NPS and select Import Configuration and browse to the text file (you will need to drop down the file type box) and import the configuration, I generally restart the NPS service for good measure. You can also run netsh nps import filename=”C:\migration\ias.txt” in an elevated command prompt.