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Demo virtual Equallogic PS6000 array available

If you’re a Dell/Equallogic partner you can finally have access to a software version of a PS6000 iSCSI array. This has been available internally at Dell since at least 2009 (the date of the included documentation) but it’s release to … Continue reading

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Jumbo vs Flow Control

Don’t forget to check your Ethernet switches for Jumbo vs Flow Control support and recommendations – and double check your config to make sure it matches. Some switches support both, some prefer one over the other – or you might … Continue reading

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Reason number 25 not to use Drobo in a production environment

DroboElite’s have 4 options for “format type” NTFS (XP), NTFS (new than XP), Multi-Host and none. Why those are considered “format type” is beyond me, but suffice to say you need one of the NTFS versions to connect the volume … Continue reading

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NetApp FAS3240 configuration with HP and Enterasys switches

The challenge is to configure a FAS3240 for iSCSI and CIFS traffic, giving both the best performance possible. The iSCSI network consists of two HP Procurve 2810s in a “stack” (which is what HP calls managing two switches from the … Continue reading

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vSphere Licensing: Part 8 ESXi Free = 32GB Hard limit?

In the mix of licensing specifics around ESXi/vSphere 5 is the idea that for a paid license you have a soft limit – the vRAM entitelment is a high-water mark over a period of time that you can exceed briefly … Continue reading

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VMDK alignment (Free p2v / v2v)

Disk alignment is a known problem in virtual environments. Older guest OS (primarily Windows before 2008 tho *nix has the same issue) would start their partitions slightly off the boundary which could cause an increased amount of IOPS. You can … Continue reading

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VMware Workstation 8 : Clouds on your desktop

Official Announcement Update: Blog post from one of the developers with his favorite features VMware Workstation 8 is now shipping and it’s got a lot of slick features like the ability to connect to an ESX/i server or remote Workstation … Continue reading

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VMworld 2011 wrap-up (Everyone else is doing one…)

The first VMworld at the Hilton on the bay in San Diego was cozy. ~700 people incl VMware employees. Some keynotes with fancy lights and graphics, killer breakout sessions on performance and a relaxing party at the cruise line pier … Continue reading

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VMWorld 2011 Day2

KeyNote (wow, any ThinApp app to any device via HTML5?) – Performance Metrics – Memory optimization – Lunch PowerCLI – HandsOnLabs – Partner Event – HandOnLabs

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vSphere5: VSA overhead

VMware has announced/shipped a software-based clustered storage solution for vSphere5 called Virtual Storage Appliance. It is intended for the SMB space for those who do not want the cost/complexity of a hardware storage array. Couple of issues right off the … Continue reading

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