Storage

PernixData FVP Freedom: Setup and First Look

At the Virtualization Field Day back in June PernixData Announced they would be releasing a free version of their FVP software…FVP Freedom. Overnight Freedom was released and as I have been eager to put it to use in my Lab for a while now I’ve gone through the install steps and put together a guide/first look. […] Read More

Quick Tip: Re-IP VNX5300 …or any VNX

Our Operations Team where faced with an unfamiliar situation a few weeks back where we needed to re-ip an EMC VNX5300 that had it’s warranty extended and was relocated to a new Availability Zone. Generally once warranty terms and finance expire old SANs like this get returned to sender to be replaced by a newer […] Read More

Quick Post: Removing Datastore Tags and Mounts with PowerCLI

Over the past couple of weeks i’ve been helping our Ops Team decommission an old storage array. Part of the process is to remove the datastore mounts and paths to ensure a clean ESXi Host config as well as remove any vCenter Tags that are used for vCloud Director Storage Policies. Looking through my post […] Read More

PernixData – Giving FVP Away! #VFD5

At Virtualization Field Day 2015, PernixData CTO Satyam Vaghani presented to the VFD5 delegates on some of the new features being released by PernixData. Personally speaking FVP is already a great product and at times I wonder what more can be done to make it better. However from what I have heard and now seen at VFD5…PernixData are not […] Read More

Quick Fix: PernixData FVP Management Server Service Doesn’t Start

Posting a very quick fix to an issue that I have seen pop up during all my installs to date of PernixData FVP Management Server (v2.x) whereby the Management Server Service Fails to start after a successful install. Once the install completes successfully if you go to the vCenter Web or VI Client to start […] Read More

CloudPhysics: Enhanced Storage Analytics Cards [Part 2] – Snapshots Gone Wild 2

Following up from Part 1 which focused on the Datastore Contention v2 Card, I’ll shift focus to what can sometimes be a Virutalization Admins worst nightmare…Snapshots. Snapshots are not backups (repeat x100) …but backup systems such as Veeam utilize VMware Snapshots to do their thing…and sometimes the process of SnapShot consolidation can fail, leaving unplanned SnapShots in […] Read More

CloudPhysics: Enhanced Storage Analytics Cards [Part 1] – Datastore Contention

The guys at CloudPhysics have been busy behind the scenes of late working on improving an already great Analytic and Monitoring platform and recently I was able to preview a new enhanced set of Storage Analytic Cards. These cards are currently in Preview and with an official write up here by @esxtopGuru Which goes through the different […] Read More

Nested ESXi – Reduced Network Throughput with Promiscuous Mode PortGroups

We have been conducting performance and stress testing of a new NFS connected storage platform over the past month or so and through that testing we have seen some interesting behaviours in terms of what effects overall performance relative to total network throughput vs Latency vs IOPS. Using a couple of stress test scripts, we […] Read More

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