Category Archive: Storage

Apr 22

Book Review: IT Architect: Foundation in the Art of Infrastructure Design

IT Architect: Foundation in the Art of Infrastructure Design is well written and an easy read. I read it cover to cover over a couple nights. I found myself marking multiple pages to refer back to. It is packed with a great deal of useful information for both the seasoned Architect and those who are looking to gain a bit more insight on the process for creating a high quality design. The book focuses on enterprise class, but the design process can easily be (and should be) applied to any size or type of datacenter design.

Apr 19

Preparing Compute Nodes to Use SimpliVity DVP

With the efficiency SimpliVity’s Data Virtualization Platform (DVP) brings to data with deduplication, compression, and optimization SimpliVity customers often need to scale compute before they need to scale storage. As long as the SimpliVity environment is capable of providing the storage capacity and performance required the compute resources can be scaled using what we call compute nodes.

Mar 01

Quick PowerCLI to Get SnapShots and Size

Just a quick VMware PowerCLI one liner to display the number of snapshots for each VM and the total size in MB of the snapshots for each VM.

Jan 18

VM Guest Volume Blocksize Report

This is just a quick script I put together for a fellow SA to generate a HTML Report contianing details on the configured volumes for all running Windows Guest VMs. The HTML report shows the Name, Label, Filesystem Type, Allocation Unit (Blocksize), Capacity, and Free Space.

Sep 09

VVOLs in the HomeLab with the vVNX

Got VVOLs up and running in the home lab using the VVols Technical Preview for vVNX

May 21

VCP6 Foundation Section 3 – vSphere Storage – vBrownBag Slide Deck

First ProfessionalVMware.com vBrownBag I have presented in a long time (over 2 years – I did not think it had been that long). I think it went pretty well.

May 13

Deploying the EMC vVNX in the Home Lab

Last week @sakacc posted an EMC World Update about Project Liberty. This project is a software only virtual VNX appliance or vVNX. The appliance can be downloaded from the vVNX Download page.

Mar 24

Nested vSphere 6 VSAN Lab

Here is a quick walk through on creating a Nested vSphere 6 VSAN Lab. The lab requires three nested ESXi 6.0 hosts each configured with three hard disks and a VCSA 6.0. This post covers creating the nested ESXi hosts and configuring a VSAN cluster.

Mar 23

Home Lab Rebuild – Synology and vSphere 6

Last week I ordered a Synology DS1815+ for the home lab. All the pieces arrived this past Friday. A good bit of my weekend was spent rebuilding the home lab to include the new Synology and vSphere 6.

Feb 10

PEX Session Notes: VVOLs Technical Overview

My notes from the STO4278 vSphere Virtual Volumes Technical Overview Session at VMware PEX 2015

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