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Elitebook Challenge: Day 1 crash, recovery and comparing Elitebooks

Sunday was my travel day, so I’m considering Monday as Day 1 full time on the Elitebook Folio 1040.  It’s been a doozy of a day with the new Elitebook starting off with an unrecoverable software error from Windows.  I cannot blame the hardware – its completely the software and perhaps my botched install of Windows 8.1 […]

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Solarwinds releases Virtualization Manager 6.1 with deeper integration to Server & Application Monitoring

Today, Solarwinds released version 6.1 of Virtualization Manager (VMan) product with a significant focus on bringing together data from VMan and its Server & Application Monitoring (SAM) tool.  This means that VMan customers who also run SAM get all the benefits of baselines and deviations alerts for the metrics that VMan is monitoring.  The integration between the two systems […]

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TechEd Session Recap: Future Look at Microsoft Exchange Server (OFC-B310)

Microsoft Exchange is the cornerstone for email in many businesses.  And a quick poll of the users in the room during this session indicated that the majority of those users are running Exchange on-premise and not Office 365′s flavor of Exchange.  So, we were all extremely interested to here where things are going in terms […]

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TechEd Session Recap: The StorSimple Approach to Solving Issues Related to Growing Data Trends (DCIM-B310)

Dealing with astronomical data growth is a problem that every business, small to large, is dealing with.  Data is expected to grow from about 4.4 trillion gigabytes to over 44 gigabytes by the end of this decade according to numbers reported by IDC this year.  But of all the data captured and created, most of […]

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Elitebook Folio 1040 Challenge: Attending MS TechEd with a twist

Tomorrow morning, I will depart for Microsoft TechEd in Houston, TX, and something will be missing from my bag when I go tomorrow.  I’m leaving my Macbook Pro at home and I’m calling the next week my Elitebook Challenge.   Instead of taking my Mac, I’m going to spend the next week running on an […]

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Patching HP customized ESXi installs with latest agents and drivers

If you’re running ESXi deployed from custom HP ESXi installation images but you’re not patching the HP utilities inside with each ESXi update, you may be setting yourself up for trouble in the future.  And simply pointing to the VMware repositories won’t update these custom tools —  you also have to point towards the HP vibs […]

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HP announces OneView integration with vCenter Server

Today at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX), HP announced vCenter Server integration for its HP OneView systems management package.  Using REST API calls to HP OneView, the vCenter plugin is now able to initiate actions in HP OneView directly from the vSphere Web Client.  HP OneView, introduced last September, is a central platform of the Converged […]

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Exploring HP’s Power of Common Architectures in Storage

During HP Discover last month, I had a great chance to hear from David Scott, Senior Vice President and General Manager of HP Storage, and also to have a conversation with Siamak Nazari, the Chief Software Architect of 3PAR.  One of HP’s talking points for 3PAR for the last several years has been around the idea of […]

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Fixing ESXi when RAMdisks run out of disk space

I ran into an interesting problem a few weeks back with one of my ESXi hosts.  While trying to do some normal things – like vMotion – I noticed an error recorded for the tasks – nothing that seemed to point to a lot of detail – just “A general system error occurred.”  On further […]

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Home lab update for Christmas

This Christmas, I stumbled upon a full height rack at a local closeout warehouse.  My wife and I like to shop second-hand or closeout stores – we have a couple in our area that deal in merchandise from big box stores that didn’t move at clearance or were slightly damaged.  We have had good luck […]

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