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Happy SysAdmin Day to my fellow SysAdmins!

Happy SysAdmin Day to my fellow SysAdmins! A lot has changed in the last decade and in celebration, here’s a fun comic from Solarwinds celebrating our work and how it has changed and will change in the future.  Have a great day!

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The Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite is a Swiss Army Knife for Home Lab networks

Building out the networking side of my home lab has been the most challenging part of my home lab.  I’ll be the first to confess – I’m not a networking guy – at least, that’s not a primary focus for me.  I rely on my network folks at work – but I understand enough to […]

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Upgrading to a better class of home Wifi – the Ubiquiti UniFi AC access point

A few weeks ago, I purchased and installed a Ubiquiti UniFi AC access point in my home and its the best WiFi coverage that I have ever had.  The UniFi AC is an 802.11ac access point that supports both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz simultaneously.  At the 5Ghz frequency, the device is rated for up to 1300Mbps throughput and […]

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Installing off-cycle device bundles for HP Storage Operations Manager

HP is showing off its shiny new storage resource management (SRM) software this week at HP Discover and its called HP Storage Operations Manager or SOM.  SOM is intended to replace Storage Essentials and it is a ground-up rewrite for heterogeneous storage management from HP.  It is based on the HP Network Node Manager (NNMi) framework […]

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HP introduces new Asynchronous Streaming Remote Copy, targets flash & better long distance RPO

This week at HP Discover, HP introduced a new Remote Copy mode along side of its new 20800 series high-end arrays.  The new mode is Asynchronous Streaming Remote Copy and it intends to provide higher recovery point objectives (RPO) for replication for extended distances and constrained bandwidth between datacenters.  In addition, Asynchronous Streaming also has performance […]

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Realizing the benefits of a Microsoft Premier support agreement

I do not normally get excited when talking about technical support but Microsoft Premier is different. The goal with having a Premier contract is that you will be more proactive, and try to locate and resolve issues before they become bigger problems. By purchasing this agreement you will also have access to an account manager […]

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A rapid-fire, action-packed week at HP Discover is just around the corner

This time next week, HP will be putting the final touches and opening the onsite registration lines for HP Discover.  Discover is HP’s annual trade show featuring the full breadth and depth of the HP product portfolio. This is also the final Discover before its separation into two companies, HP, Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, expected […]

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With backups, it’s the restore that really counts

When is the last time your backups were tested?  For me, personally, it was a couple weeks ago.  My wife and I were sleeping beside our very sick child in the hospital (he’s great now, by the way).  My wife got up in the night to do something and her phone hit the floor – one […]

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HP 3PAR SSMC 2.1 makes Peer Persistence configuration easy as 1-2-3

With the 2.1 release of the HP 3PAR StoreServ Management Console, HP has enabled the creation and control of Peer Persistence configurations within the management tool.  Peer Persistence is the HP branding for transparent LUN failover between storage arrays with no downtime – a concept VMware administrators will recognize is Metro Storage Clustering in the VMware vernacular. […]

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HP releases StoreServ Management Console 2.1 with lots of Goodies

Moving from version 2.0 to 2.1 may not seem like a big jump, but for users of HP’s new 3PAR StoreServ Management Console, the point release is a big deal.  HP’s new release came to customers on April 30 and it included a lot of great new features that complete the toolset for 3PAR administrators.   […]

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