VMware & Dell EMC Unity – Restore VM/Datastore from array snapshots

Some people say that snapshots are not backups. While that’s a claim with dubious merit, they certainly can form part of your backup and data protection plans. We all know snapshots are cool. Array snapshots are also cool. In this post, I’m going to examine using Dell EMC array based Continue Reading

Dell EMC Unity – Bulk enable Advanced Dedup after upgrade

One of the shortcomings in an otherwise really good UI in the Unity platform is the inability to make bulk changes to many objects. While making the changes are easy, applying it to many or even hundreds of objects is impractical and time consuming. Boring. Recently after an upgrade to Continue Reading

Dell EMC Unity – Quick Tip- Be careful with Auto LDAP config

Sometimes you learn things the hard way. I recently had a Unity 550f Array that developed a penchant for a couple of sub-optimal behaviour traits….. Freezing NAS server and SP reboots. Not often, but these are the sorts of issues that can cause you a lot of grief, in a Continue Reading

Dell EMC Unity and VMware VVols – What’s all the fuss? Pt1

There’s been lots of talk about the wonders of VVols for a long time. They seemed to be a large amount of hope that they would be the panacea of all our Storage and Virtualization woes and be the vision going forward, at least for our  VMware environments. The hype Continue Reading

Dell EMC Unity AFA-OE version 4.5x Upgrade

Gone are the days of 6 hour, nerve racking updates for Storage Arrays. They used to be a logistical nightmare. Change Control, careful planning. What if it goes pear shaped ? These are things that used to keep us up at night. Driven by a requirement of quick and frequent updates, Continue Reading

Dell EMC CloudIQ – VMware integration

     Part Deux ! Following on from my recent look at the CloudIQ mobile version, let’s take a look at a brand new functionality addition to this application. The same integrations, insights and monitoring are now available for you VMware environment, right in the Cloud IQ console. This allows Continue Reading

Dell EMC CloudIQ – Mobile version

CloudIQ, the free, cloud based monitoring and management application provided by Dell EMC is a very useful tool.  You can get the low-down onit https://blog.dellemc.com/en-us/cloudiq-a-web-based-fitness-tracker-for-your-storage/ Jon @ Fast Storage also give some excellent details here: https://faststorage.eu/cloudiq-is-looking-out-for-your-storage-systems-health/ Recently the notification/updates showed , a mobile version was released, and it’s very useful. Once installed, Continue Reading

Azure AD Connect Synch Error- Target Attribute Value length exceeds max allowed size.

Like most admins, (So I’m told!), I’ve found the  Azure Active Directory Synch tool spit out some rather random quirky errors from time to time. The synch engine has a long pedigree from Gal synch, FIm etc. Solid, but temperamental. The dreaded notice in the Office 365 Dashboard; Today’s verbose Continue Reading