Alert: vSphere 5.5 U1 and NFS issue!

Some had already reported on this on twitter and the various blog posts but I had to wait until I received the green light from our KB/GSS team. An issue has been discovered with vSphere 5.5 Update 1 that is related to loss of connection of NFS based datastores. (NFS volumes include VSA datastores.) This is a serious … [Read more...]

Microsoft Azure introduces Zone Redundant Storage (ZRS)

Microsoft Azure introduces in the next months a new option for customers to have their data highly available. Zone Redundant Storage  is a mix of two currently available options for data redundancy: it replicates data to other datacenters but is limited to three copies. Currently Microsoft Azure (the cloud service … [Read more...]

VMware releases vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5.1. Adds VSAN support

VMware Converter is a software tool used for creation of VMware virtual machines from sources like physical servers, other vendor virtual machines or disk images. It is a free to use tool. The VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5.1 is an update release that fixes important issues and adds the following new … [Read more...]

Caution: do not upgrade to VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 1 if using NFS

<update>VMware released KB2076392 ‘Frequent NFS APDs after upgrading ESXi to 5.5 U1 (2076392)‘ ———————— On Twitter Nick Howell, a NetApp employee , warns VMware vSphere 5.5 customers not to upgrade to ESXi 5.5 Update 1. Because of a vSphere issue NFS … [Read more...]

Disk Controller features and Queue Depth?

I have been working on various VSAN configurations and a question that always comes up is what are my disk controller features and queue depth for controller X? (Local disks, not FC based…) Note that this is not only useful to know when using VSAN, but also when you are planning on doing host local caching with … [Read more...]

Startup News Flash part 17

Number 17 already… A short one, I expect more news next week when we have “Storage Field Day”, hence I figured I would release this one already. Make sure to watch the live feed if you are interested in getting the details on new releases from companies like Diablo, SanDisk, PernixData etc. Last week … [Read more...]

vCloud Director: Default appliance password not working after deploying an OVF

vCloud Director remains a solid solution for creating lab environments. The power of the product is in the flexibility, ease of deployment of new vApps and profound options to create enhanced network configurations. vCloud Director includes the ability to deploy pre-configured OVA/OVF virtual appliances. An OVA/OVF … [Read more...]

Latest Fling from VMware Labs – Horizon View Event Notifier

The Horizon View Event Notifier connects to one or more existing Horizon View Event Database(s) and allows the user to customize which types of alerts to be notified on. It can be run from any Windows based system and it collects and sends the alerts via email (SMTP) to users that are specified during the … [Read more...]

Win a Jackery Giant backup battery, by just leaving a comment

I was one of the lucky guys who won a price during the Top Bloggers award “ceremony”. Veeam was so kind enough to provide two of the exact same items so that every blogger who won a price could also give away a price to their readers. I am not going to make it more difficult than it needs to be. Leave a … [Read more...]

Nutanix NOS v4.0: a technical preview

So today, Nutanix has released version 4 of their ‘Nutanix OS’. NOS is the heart of the Nutanix solution, and is the software that enables all the goodies. It’s what makes Nutanix, well, Nutanix, and does all the distributin’ and all that. So, what’s new? Let’s do a play-by-play of … [Read more...]