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, the interface is entirely familiar, […]

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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 error error was “sync-general-failure”. Very […]

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Dell EMC Unity – Fix for “Domain Controller servers configured for the SMB server are not reachable”. Check Network Connectivity

My workplace has a number of All Flash Unity Arrays in Production, typically used as the “swiss army knife” for storage needs. They have proven to be very solid, well performing units as both block and nas hosts, but there has been a peculiar occurrence of alerts displayed periodically, regarding NAS servers being unable to […]

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Dell EMC Unity – Bulk create Filesystems & NFS/SMB Shares

I’ve been quite impressed by the new UI for the new Unity arrays. The pains of JAVA/Flash annoyances are a thing of the past with the new sleek, smooth interface on board. There are still some things missing however. One of the tasks I had before me was to create a significant amount of filesystems […]

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Useful Search utility – Everything

I’ve often been underwhelmed by the performance of the built-in Windows Search utilities, particularly for simple searches like finding filenames containing a specific string. That led me to search for something better. Years ago I found one that suits my need perfectly, “Everything” by voidtools   http://voidtools.com/ After install, it creates a small index and returns […]

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CommVault 11 and VMware – ‘Virtualize Me’ Restores

Virtualize Me is a really useful feature that I’ve not had the requirement to use until recently. For any number of reasons, most companies still have actual Physical Hosts running normal workloads. They may not have been virtualized for a similar number of reasons. That’s life. I found myself with a requirement to convert a […]

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CommVault and VMware – VSA Backup Filtering options

     There’s always been a number of ways to apply filters to VM’s and disks. It could be done at the Backup-Set or Sub-client level. This is a little bit clunky and can lead to unnecessary VM’s being backed up.  If you’re using a Capacity based licence, this is obviously not optimal. Space is […]

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CommVault – Software Updates via HTTP/HTTPS

This is an early release feature that was slipped in without much fanfare. If you installed your CommCell using or after Version 11 SP5, you’ll be quietly downloading CommVault updates over HTTPS. For many of us though, our CommCells have evolved over various upgrades and downloads would be using FTP. While this has generally been […]

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Cisco UCS Quick Fix – FFCH_ERROR_OLD_FIRMWARE_RUNNING

The following warning greeted me in the Cisco UCS Manager today; There was no issue on the host (an ESXi 5.5 server) and everything else on the host seemed normal. This was a recently commissioned B200 M4 server. The running firmware version is 2.25(b). A search on Quick View showed an entirely consistent match, noted […]

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