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Use raw disks for StoreVirtual VSA to avoid warnings and maximize capacity

Last year at HP Discover, I was preparing for my first StoreVirtual VSA deployment.  I spoke with a couple different folks from the StoreVirtual team.  The main piece of advice I was given was to use raw disk mappings under the StoreVirtual VSA.  At first, I questioned this.  But there is good logic to this […]

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From SearchVMware.com: How PowerCLI fit one admin’s VMware automation needs

I recently had the opportunity to talk with TechTarget’s Tom Walat, site editor for SearchVMware.com, about PowerCLI and writing the PowerCLI Cookbook.  That conversation is featured in SearchVMware’s new podcast.  Our conversation ranged from my background and responsibilities, to how I decided upon PowerCLI as my go-to automation tool, how someone new can get started […]

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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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Introducing ‘PowerCLI Cookbook’, the step-by-step guide to adopting PowerCLI

If you’ve noticed that my blog posts have been a bit light over the last year, I am happy to finally tell why.  Last week, my first book published.  It was many months in the making, a lot of effort and it is now in the wild.  PowerCLI Cookbook is written to be a guide for beginners […]

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How the HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual improves deployment times

Back in December at HP Discover EMEA, I had a chance to speak with several folks who walked me through the HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual solution and specifically how this solution streamlines deployment times and processes for a self-contained VMware environment. The HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual consists of 4 identical nodes that resemble a blade, but without […]

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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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Stick to the recipe to keep ESXi on HP hardware cooking

Back in September, I blogged about a potential problem between HP’s September software bundle for ESXi and ProLiant Gen8 blade servers with Emulex CNA’s.  Long story short, the issue was caused by a mismatch of firmware between Virtual Connect and the Emulex CNA’s.  The mismatch was induced by me, as the administrator, not keeping all […]

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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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HP’s Sept VMware driver bundle may cause issues with Eumlex CNA’s

Final Update (11/1/14):  The drivers and bundle in question work with newer Flex-10 interconnect firmware.  My configuration was out of the blessed recipe of firmware and driver versions and I had problems as a result.  According to HP and independent community feedback on Twitter and by email, I can safely say that if you are running […]

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vSphere users get just the beta this year at VMworld

VMworld has a bit disappointing for core vSphere users this year.  Its the first VMworld since at least 2008 where a major release of vSphere wasn’t made during the show.  This year, we all have to settle for the vSphere 6 beta which was already publicly available.  No news on timelines or release datas for vSphere […]

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