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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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Book Review: VCAP5-DCA Official Cert Guide: VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5- Data Center Administration

Last October, I sat for and passed the VCAP5-DCA exam.  One of the resources that I used to prepare for the exam was the official certification guide book written by Steve Baca and John Davis.  This book unpacks the blueprint of the VCAP5-DCA exam and goes over all of the required sections that you will need to […]

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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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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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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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HP readies 3PAR StoreServ with vVol support ahead of vSphere 6

HP says that they are ready and waiting with Virtual Volume (vVol) support on the 3PAR StoreServ platform when VMware releases vSphere 6.  One of the most discussed topics in storage at VMworld is vVol support and HP says that they have been working with VMware since the pre-acquisition days of 3PAR to implement and support […]

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Book Review: Learning PowerCLI

Whether you’re a new user or an advanced user, Learning PowerCLI by Robert van den Nieuwendijk is a fantastic reference to VMware PowerCLI. van den Nieuwendijk covers all the basics to get PowerCLI installed and running – getting you connected to ESXi hosts and vCenter. He also covers all of the basic and advanced PowerCLI […]

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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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