Last week was an incredible week for me at NetApp.  My team just shipped two more products for the Windows® platform.

The first being the updated FCP Windows Attach Kit that was renamed to the FCP Windows Host Utilities 3.0 for Native OS.  New for this release is support for the Itanium (IA64) platform, a bump to the new QLogic driver ( for SCSIport or for STORport), and other bug fixes to the utilities and installation packages.

Secondly, the MAJOR release our department has been focused on is the Data ONTAP® DSM 3.0 for Windows MPIO.  This takes the place of the MPIO component that was previously bundled with SnapDrive®.  Now, the multipathing component belongs to our team, and the Device Specific Module was rewritten in this new version.

The Data ONTAP DSM 3.0 for Windows MPIO enables you to manage multiple Fibre Channel protocol (FCP) paths between a Network Appliance™ storage system and a Windows host computer. You can have one active path and multiple passive paths. If the active path fails, the DSM automatically switches to a passive path, maintaining the host’s access to its storage.

New to the DSM is support for SnapDrive 4.2, Failover and Automatic load balancing, and more.  It is available for Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 (x86, x64, Itanium).

Download: FCP Windows® Host Utilities 3.0 for Native OS (NOW) 
Download: Data ONTAP® DSM 3.0 for Windows® MPIO (NOW, requires license key) 

[tags]netapp, mpio, windows, snapdrive, fcp, fibre, ontap, now, multipath, multipathing, protocol, qlogic, emulex[/tags]

James Burke
Frisco, TX