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Enabling Change Block Tracking (CBT) with PowerCLI Script

Change Block Tracking (CBT) is a technology in VMware used to record all the changed data within a VMDK file so that when backup software runs incremental backups, it knows exactly what has changed and can send only differences to the backup software.  This is a technology that greatly improves backup speed and efficiency by […]

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Pass The Hash (No Really Don’t)

I attended TechEd 2014 back in May of this year and there was one session that I wanted to share called “TWC: Pass-the-Hash and Credential Theft Mitigation Architectures”. The part from the session that I wanted to focus on was regarding administrative privileges. Credential theft has become a serious problem in today’s world where everyone […]

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ProLiant servers getting RESTful API for management

ProLiant servers are getting some REST – a RESTful API.  One of the innovations HP is showing off on the HP Discover showroom floor is a new RESTful interface packaged as part of the iLO management chips on ProLiant servers.  With the RESTful API, HP hopes to deliver future generations of ProLiant that can be […]

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HP announces new Flat Backup direct from 3PAR to StoreOnce

Today, at HP Discover EMEA, HP announced new flat backup capabilities allowing 3PAR snapshots to be directly backed up to StoreOnce deduplicated backup arrays.  The new capability is called Express Protect and allows for direct backup without third party backup software for VMware vSphere deployments.  Snapshots taken on 3PAR arrays can be initially moved to StoreOnce for […]

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HP announces Hyper-Converged Systems based on StoreVirtual VSA

HP unveiled the HP Converged System 200-HC StoreVirtual based on HP ProLiant SL2500 series of scalable computing servers and the HP StoreVirtual VSA today at VMworld in Barcelona.  The CS 200-HC StoreVirtual features VMware vSphere 5, the HP StoreVirtual VSA, and HP OneView for management.  The CS 200-HC StoreVirtual line comes in two different models – […]

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STOP shipping adware to customers through Installers

Attention Software Vendors!!  I kindly request that you STOP shipping adware to customers through your Installers.  Twice this week, I have had installers attempt to add software onto my system that I never agreed to.  CNET’s installer offered me a dose of extra adware for a program I needed on my Mac and today a vendor, whose product I […]

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Book Review: VMware vSphere Resource Management Essentials

VMware vSphere Resource Management Essentials is a great resource for users getting started with vSphere and trying to understand the principles of resource management in shared computing environments. Virtualization on vSphere introduces lots of concepts for a newcomer and this book does a great job explaining those concepts, required licensing and specific vSphere features. It is […]

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HP Pro 612 tablet aims to replace your work laptop

It wasn’t much of a surprise that when the HP Printers and Personal Systems group arrive to the blogger’s briefing, they were showing off a tablet.  To be exact, HP’s PPS group brought the Pro 612 tablet to show off. The HP Pro 612 is targeted at business users and includes the full range of […]

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Storage Essentials 9.7 shows off performance enhancements and new platform support

This week at HP Discover, the Storage Essentials team unwrapped version 9.7 of the product for customers to see.  The next release, code-named Castle, features a number of enhancements with support for several new EMC storage platforms, support for Windows 2012 and updates to support a lot of new versions of array code.  Storage Essentials […]

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HP Data Protector will support Federated Catalyst at launch

This is a follow-up to an earlier blog post about Federated Catalyst, a new feature in HP StoreOnce D2D backup devices.  See the earlier post for more information about Federated Catalyst.  Without backup software to actually use Federated Catalyst, the technology itself doesn’t do much good, so my first question is when would Data Protector support […]

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