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HP announces OneView integration with vCenter Server

Today at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX), HP announced vCenter Server integration for its HP OneView systems management package.  Using REST API calls to HP OneView, the vCenter plugin is now able to initiate actions in HP OneView directly from the vSphere Web Client.  HP OneView, introduced last September, is a central platform of the Converged […]

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Fixing ESXi when RAMdisks run out of disk space

I ran into an interesting problem a few weeks back with one of my ESXi hosts.  While trying to do some normal things – like vMotion – I noticed an error recorded for the tasks – nothing that seemed to point to a lot of detail – just “A general system error occurred.”  On further […]

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VMware releases VSAN and the power of policies

VMware is pushing back on storage vendors as it seeks to show the world the full power of software-defined storage.  A couple weeks ago, VMware announced the VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN), a new software-defined storage platform tightly coupled with vCenter server.   The new platform requires both hard disks and solid state disks to create […]

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VMware unwraps vSphere 5.5 – What’s in it for your Datacenter?

Almost two weeks ago now, VMware unwrapped vSphere 5.5 to the public.  The release, which ships later this year, includes a lot of enhancements and some new features for the datacenter.  I won’t lie – 5.5 has a lot more in it for the datacenter than 5.1 enhancements.  And I left VMworld 2013 much more […]

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vSphere 5.5 introduces new, simpler UNMAP command

Welcome news for anyone using array-based thin provisioning with vSphere, VMware has introduced a new and simpler UNMAP command that can be invoke from esxcli with vSphere Platform 5.5.  This will help 3PAR customers more easily perform the UNMAP process to free space on LUNs so that the array can discover and free the space […]

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Keeping VMFS datastores thin on 3PAR StoreServ

Earlier this year, I moved a large part of my infrastructure onto HP’s 3PAR StoreServ 7400.  As promised, our initial migration netted us over 50% savings through the thin technologies baked into the 3PAR StoreServ platform.  But one my biggest concerns was how well could 3PAR maintain its lean status over months of operation with […]

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Just Found: VMware vCenter Converter 5.1 Beta on VMTN

VMware released vCenter Converter 5.1 Beta to the general public last month and its available for download now from the VMware VMTN Community. As I found with my recent vSphere 5.1 upgrades, vCenter Converter 5.0 is not fully compatible with vSphere 5.1 farms and there are a number of issues.  In my own experience, a conversion is […]

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vSphere 4.1 to 5.1 lessons learned

For the last two years, I’ve been behind the curve with VMware vSphere. My deployment has continued to run at vSphere 4.1 while the rest of the world ticked along with 5.0 and 5.1. We were stuck because we relied on VMware’s Update Manager product to handle guest OS patching in our environment and we […]

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PowerCLI One-liners for Storage Problems

Automation has been a huge part of my recent learning curve.  I’ve spend a considerable amount of time working with tools to decrease my manual administration time within our VMware environment.  One tool is vCenter Orchestrator and the other is trusty old PowerCLI. In the process, I’ve found myself increasingly spending more time with PowerCLI […]

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Virtual Storage Appliances may fundamentally change virtualization landscape

One of the biggest hurdles for virtualization adoption in the small business area has been the need for expensive, shared storage.  The Virtual Storage Appliance is looking to change that.  By utilizing the relatively cheap, attached storage in host systems and pooling those into a storage array, vendors are looking to extend the goodness of […]

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