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DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STORPORT AND MINIPORT DRIVER

The miniport driver is notified to start a unit or handle a power state transition for a unit device. If, for example, we were presenting a locally based file as a SCSI disk, then we would probably be doing file operations to satisfy the requested operation. Method routine is called to execute a method associated with a data block. A miniport driver’s Hw. That other driver could be for some special device that exports both network and SCSI functionality and exists as a virtual bus driver which creates a virtual PDO that our miniport will be loaded to handle. Can someone tell me what the difference is?

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Control routine is called to perform synchronous operations to control the state of storage unit device. How that is done is bettween to the miniport driver and it frees the developer to focus on providing the virtual adapter’s services to Windows.

If the Storport version of the miniport driver stogport handle a request at the time it is submitted, it has a set of queue management functions, not available to the SCSI port version, that allow it to deal with the overload. A miniport- provided callback function for processing a Storport work item request.

The SRB, defined in Figure 4, contains a function code field which indicates the function to perform. The miniport approach was complicated due to locking issuesunsupported, hard to maintain, and mostly provided poor performance. How the virtual adapter is initialized will depend upon the design of the miniport being developed.

This is used by the miniport as storage for driver-determined logical unit information, and the space is allocated out of non-paged pool. This article starts us on the miniort of being able to design and implement one. AdapterInterfaceType – this indicates to Storport the bus that the miniport’s virtual adapter resides an.

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What it means is that the miniport has accepted the SRB for processing.

Storport is a welcome relief to storage driver differennce wishing to develop a driver that exports a virtual device. I tested the drivers, installing them via device manager, and used Atto for a benchmark. We register this structure with Storport via a call to StorportInitialize.

To find out which, you need minkport consult a reference guide or examine the existing Microsoft Disk, Tape, and CD-ROM class drivers the source code for these are contained within the WDK to figure out what needs to be handled.

Storport’s Interface with Storport Miniport Drivers

All this really means is that we either have to use system work items, or create our own worker threads to provide the background processing and this probably implies that some queuing is involved.

There are folders for x86 and amd64 inside the miniport folder, point to the appropriate one for your OS. As with any development project, a good project begins with a good design.

A miniport driver that works with SCSI port betqeen not required to do this. Figure 1 illustrates the Storport model.

DriverEntry DriverEntry, as all driver writers know, is the routine that is called when a driver is first loaded we’ll ignore export drivers at this time. Author Write something about yourself. Thank your native deity at this point, because when our HwStartIo function is called, it is not expecting the snd SRB to be completed synchronously.

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In addition, the miniport driver would not have to synchronize the execution of its HwStartIo and interrupt service routines which a virtual Storport miniport would not have in the first place.

Designing our Virtual Miniport As with any development project, a good project begins with a good design. For more information about the Stoport driver, see Storage Port Drivers. Can someone tell me what the difference is?

The NT Insider:Writing a Virtual Storport Miniport Driver

Interrupt routine after the HBA generates an interrupt request. DriverEntry, as all driver writers know, is the routine that is called when a driver is first loaded we’ll ignore export drivers at this time.

Choose the type you’d like to provide: The Storport driver calls the Hw. This is used by the miniport as storage for driver-defined adapter information. How are we going to process the requests we receive? The HwStorInitialize routine initializes the miniport driver after a system reboot or power failure occurs. As for what we do in this routine, it again depends upon the architecture of our miniport. However, there are important differences between the design of the SCSI port driver and that of the Storport driver, and these routines must accommodate those differences.