CommVault – The need for speed, pt 1

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Speed and performance is an important capability of a Data Protection solution. Most people logically attribute this to being able to finish all tasks in a defined “window“. I’ve used CommVault for a long time and it’s one of my all time fav’s. It truly does “what it says on the box”.  I’ve also been successful in tuning it effectively… Read more »

EMC Elect 2016 – I’m in, again !

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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 there will be many twists… Read more »

EMC XtremIO 4.x – AD LDAP Configuration

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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 XtremIO 4 cluster, so thought… 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 in fact correct ? If… Read more »

EMC – Self Help Pt2 : SolVe Desktop

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** 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 kcf file.The content will be… Read more »

EMC VNX – Self Help using “MyDocs”

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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 VNX (1&2) users,  and for… Read more »

VMware ESXi,Nexus 1000v: Add New vDS Port-Group + error “spec.numPorts exceeds the limit..”

If you’re familiar with Cisco IOS and networking in general, creating a new PortGroup on a Nexus1000v is pretty straightforward. Here I’m going to add a new Port-Profile, of type ‘vmware port-group‘ called “VM_Prod_29” with VLAN ID “29 “. Login to the active VSM and first create the VLAN;

Then create the Access PortGroup and assign VLAN 29 to it…. Read more »

EMC-VNX 1/2 and ESXi: Potential Data Unavailability

Another ETA hit my inbox over the weekend, this time relating to VNX/VNX2 and ESXi where a condition that could result in data being unavailable exists. If you are running a VNX and have a code base  of 05.32.000.5.219 or earlier or a VNX2 with codebase lower than 05.33.006.5.102 and earlier you may be affected. The full ETA can be found… Read more »

VMware NSX VCA-NV… So what ?

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There’s no doubt Software Defined  everything is big right now, and VMware NSX is probably King of the Hill. It’s a big focus of Vendor Roadshows and Tech Community events, and rightly so. As a customer, it’s not easy to get experience on such a platform. But as an influencer, architect and admin of my organization, when the CIO or… Read more »

VMware PowerCLI – What are you waiting for ?

I still talk to people who are reluctant to jump in and learn some basic scripting techniques. Usually their response is that it’s easy in the gui or “scripting is hard” or the “I’m not a developer so why bother ?”. Meh, make it happen. The facts is, learning some basic scripting techniques will save you considerable time and open up… Read more »