Category Archives: Back to basics

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 short period of time. Numerous analyses of safe-dump, core dumps… 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 »

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 »

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 as Cisco Bug: CSCut10525 https://quickview.cloudapps.cisco.com/quickview/bug/CSCut10525 … Read more »

Quick Fix – VMware WS: Windows cannot find the Microsoft Software License Terms.

Had a little issue when trying to install a fresh Windows Server 2016 vm in my lab today. I don’t install many Windows guests at home (mostly Linux) but had never had an issue on older builds. Setup: VMware Workstation Pro 12.5.6 build-5528349 Windows Build: 14393.rs1 This was installing off the current iso and and I had all default settings. After… Read more »

AWS and PowerShell – Let’s be friends Part 1

I first used AWS approximately 4 years ago. At that time, programmatic management of services was not an easy hurdle to jump and required regular ‘feeding & watering’. Naturally, these tools have matured greatly so whatever tool-set you are most comfortable with has a well developed set of features/options available for you to use. These can be referenced and downloaded… Read more »

VMware DRS rule manipulation using PowerCLI (EMC VPLEX use case) Part 1.

VPLEX is another of my favourite products,  and for good reason. I currently run a Metro cluster underneath a VMware platform that has proven to be super reliable. One important design consideration for this is to ensure that VM’s are configured for site bias. Why ? Glad you asked. In a VPLEX Metro configuration, a VPLEX detach rule is defined… Read more »

ESXi – Removing a stubborn Nexus 1000v VIB

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Happened upon an unusual error while wrestling a Nexus 1000v out of a ESXi 5.1 host. All seemed to progress well, the host was removed from the dvs without issue.  The next step was to remove the Cisco vem VIB from the host in preparation for upgrade. esxcli software vib remove -n cisco-vem-150-esx  (or whatever vib name you are removing… Read more »

CommVault v10 SP14 – Issue with Synthetic Full Backups

I recently upgraded my CommCell from v10 SP13 to SP14. As usual, the upgrade was easy. Centrally deployed, no issues. The next set of scheduled fulls kicked off a few days later, and soon after there appeared to be an issue with Synthetic Full backups. In the Job Controller they appeared to be normal. Throughput data was there, there were… Read more »

EMC RecoverPoint-Increase CG Journal size using GUI or RPCLI

Getting a RecoverPoint environment takes some planning to get right. You’ve diligently calculated your Protection Windows and set the Consistency Groups accordingly so that your RPO’s are safe. Fast forward a few months….. You’ve squeezed more apps in, the rate of change has ramped up. RecoverPoint has told you your “Required Protection Window” value is not being met, and you’ve… Read more »