Category Archives: EMC Elect

EMC Elect 2016 – I’m in, again !

The 2016 EMC Elect were announced today and  I am very proud to have again been included in this group amongst 71 other industry professionals. (After 700 nominations and 150 finalist) You can read about the program here. WIth the Dell EMC acquisition/merger, 2016 is shaping up to being a very interesting year, where no doubt… Read More »

EMC XtremIO 4.x – AD LDAP Configuration

Configuring Active Directory (or really LDAP) based authentication for your infrastructure is basically standard fare. Default accounts should always be changed and centralized management and control of access credentials saves you effort over time, and is “Security 101” With that in mind I set about configuring LDAP authentication against an Active Directory on a freshly minted… Read More »

EMC RecoverPoint : Automated Protection Window Summary

One thing that is often overlooked after a RecoverPoint solution is implemented is the ongoing Protection Window value for your Consistency Groups.  During the design phase, the Journal sizes are (hopefully) diligently and accurately calculated according to your RPO. But as time goes by, how many people actually check that the projected Protection Windows are… Read More »

EMC – Self Help Pt2 : SolVe Desktop

** Updated August 2016** Some good news received today from Kirsty Allen from the SolVe desktop team @ EMC. SolVe Desktop has now been updated to include some new products; RecoverPoint VNX (1 & 2) VxRail Unity VMAX All Flash To get them included in your own catalog should just require a re-auth and download the… Read More »

EMC VNX – Self Help using “MyDocs”

I’m a big believer in “helping yourself”. By researching and actually doing things, we learn, grow and become more self-sufficient. I’ve blogged before about what I sometimes refer to as hidden gems, in particular MiTrend. There are other tools from EMC that are very useful. The first is My Documents (MyDocs), which is targeted at… Read More »

EMC XtremIO V4.x – Add a Cluster to an existing XMS

The release of XtremIO V4 earlier this year delivered a lot of improvements to an already powerful package. One of the improvements I have been keen to explore was the ability to manage multiple clusters from a single XMS console. The benefits I see are obvious… A single management point for multiple clusters, consolidated reporting, and… Read More »

Heads Up ! – EMC VNX1 – Potential Data Unavailability during NDU

First time in a little while, but another EMC TA bulletin arrived in my inbox last week. The inclusion of “potential data unavailability” in the subject got my attention. Full release here This particular bulletin affects only VNX Series 1 Arrays (5300, 5500, 5700 and 7500) that are upgrading to Block OE R32.217 or R32.218.… Read More »

EMC VPLEX Metro: Cluster Witness Server Maintenance

Although it’s not mandatory, the Cluster Witness Server (CWS) in a  VPLEX Metro Cluster serves a very important purpose as the arbitrator between inter-cluster network partition failures and actual cluster/site failures. It’s a lightweight (<3GB) VMware vm deployed from an OVA that establishes itself in a 3 way VPN between both VPLEX clusters and monitors heartbeats… Read More »