Author Archives: Brett Sinclair

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 seems to have tapered off, but I was always sceptical and… Read more »

Dell EMC Unity AFA-OE version 4.5x Upgrade

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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, Dell EMC have improved the upgrade process for their mid-range… Read more »

Quick Tip – VMWare VCSA; Check Update progress

Running an update to the VCSA is very easy, but a recent update I started seemed to be taking a lot longer than normal, appearing to be stalled on the “Start staging packages” screen for about 20 minutes. Previous updates had been very fast. Some people may have been excused for resetting the vm, reverting to backups etc. There is… Read more »

Dell EMC CloudIQ – VMware integration

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     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 drillable reporting from front end to back end of your… Read more »

Dell EMC CloudIQ – Mobile version

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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, well laid out and responsive…. Read more »

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 helpful, so let’s start digging…. Read more »

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 reach any of the configured… Read more »

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 for use with discrete NFS… Read more »

Useful Search utility – Everything

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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 results fast. When they say… Read more »

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 Physical Host to a VMware… Read more »