Sunday, 23 December 2012

Tech Round Up 23rd December 2012

A set of links with some brief notes – and perhaps even images – of interesting tech things happened upon since the 26th November Tech Round Up! With stuff from: Cisco, CommVault, Dell, HP, KEMP, Microsoft, NetApp, PHD Virtual, StorageReview, Symantec, Veeam, VKernel, VMware, Walken (Christopher), Windows Phone!

## Cisco ##

Cisco Nexus 7000 NX-OS/IOS Comparison Tech Notes

## CommVault ##

## Dell ##

Excellent resource for preparing and configuring Networking, Arrays, and Hosts with EqualLogic; and monitoring and validating the solution!

## HP ##

“Welcome to the Single Point of Connectivity Knowledge (SPOCK) website.”
Cracking resource!

“The primary announcement being the introduction of the 7000 series of 3PAR entry and mid-level arrays”

“It’s a lightweight tool that provides real-time performance analysis reporting for to help diagnose and triage performance problems. It’s a Linux based utility and can be installed natively on any VM/PC running Linux or it can be deployed as a virtual appliance. It supports both VMware vSphere & Microsoft Hyper-V environments…”

“HP Cluster Extension (CLX) software is an integrated solution that provides protection against system downtime with automatic failover of application services and read/write enabling of remotely mirrored storage.”
Receive for Free for 60 days!

## KEMP Technologies ##

Nice YouTube video (10 minutes.)

Installation walkthrough of KEMP’s virtual loadbalancer VLM100!

## Microsoft ##

A: Yes – “with Windows 8, the Never notify setting does NOT disable UAC but instead removes any prompts to the user…”

## NetApp ##

Datacenter Dude Blog with Karl Rautenstrauch (a Solutions Architect with NetApp, focusing on Clustered ONTAP.)

“System Setup for fast and easy setup of your FAS2200 system, about 3x faster than previously. Download the latest version from NetApp Support today.”

filer81> options licensed_feature.multistore.enable on

Nice article on MultiMode VIFS and Static MultiMode VIF, plus explanation on load balancing.

“To operate correctly, Data ONTAP-v based storage systems (like the Data ONTAP Edge product) must manage the virtual machine power settings”

NetApp Products:
> NetApp FAS6210 clustered storage systems
> Clustered Data ONTAP 8.1
> OnCommand Unified Manager
> Snapshot and SnapRestore technologies
> SnapMirror
> SnapVault
> FlexClone
> Virtual Storage Tier
> Flash Cache
> Deduplication
> Fibre Channel

(CLI Highlight) Generate a new AutoSupport:
filer> options autosupport.doit now (from both the source and destination filers,for all in the cascade).

Additional links from the above article:
- Troubleshooting Guides
- Best Practices Guides (PDF)

## PHD Virtual ##

Backup for VMware vSphere 4.x & 5.x and Citrix XenServer 6.x

## StorageReview ##

“… a glimpse into the heart of the StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab …”

## Symantec ##

“Veritas Storage Foundation from Symantec maximizes your storage efficiency, availability and performance across operating systems, virtualization technologies, and storage hardware to build resilient private clouds.”
Receive for Free – Trialware available!

## Veeam ##

“Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots Gives Midsized Organizations Powerful and Easy-to-use Recovery of Virtual Machines”

## VKernel ##

Top Free VMware vSphere Tool of 2012!

Free white paper

## VMware ##

New VMware releases in time for Christmas!
> VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.0.2 and 5.1.01 released
> VMware vSphere 5.0 Update 2 (ESXi 5.0 Update 2 and vCenter 5.0 Update 2) released
> VMware ESXi 5.1 Build 914609 released
> VMware vCenter 5.1.0b released

VMware Cloud Management Solution Enhancements – Now Available

VMware vCloud Services Homepage – Evaluate vCloud
VMware vCloud Service Evaluation BETA

VMware View 5.1 Reference Architecture on NetApp Storage (NFS)

Best Practices for VMware vSphere 5.1 Single-Sign-On (SSO) articles.

VMware Hands-On Lab (HOL) Blog

Nice walkthrough using vFabric Application Director to quickly deploy a complex Oracle WebLogic Cluster (as an example.)

Click on the first link to download the excellent PDF presentation.

As a part of the release of vCenter Operations Manager 5.6 (a.k.a. vCOPS) a new Foundation edition has been made available to all vSphere owners.

A nice walkthrough for how to setup load balancing using Edge

… Powered-on Virtual Machines = 10’000 …

It has been updated for vSphere 5.x & VMFS5.

On August 15, 2013

## Walken, Christopher ##

Okay, nothing to do with IT!
A couple of quotes from the interview:
“People often ask me about choices. I don't make choices; I just take the next good thing that comes along.”
… any regrets? "No. Things have worked out better than I expected, perhaps because I didn't expect things to be good….”

## Windows Phone ##

“Use your camera to translate printed text, voice recognition to translate spoken text, or the keyboard to enter text that you want to translate.” A pretty nice app if you’ve got a Windows Phone!

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