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Power disguised as command line – 10 reasons SysAdmins should learn PowerShell scripting

I’m a big proponent of learning PowerShell as an administrator, engineer or any other practitioner role. And I think you should learn it.  It is the path to the future. The pipeline.  I’ve written a blog post in my head many times about the PowerShell pipeline.  I think it is the single feature that makes […]

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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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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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