Can you help us improve SRM?

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Hello everyone, We are interested very much in learning about how you use SRM.  This information will help us understand better how our customers are using SRM and help us make decisions about how to improve SRM in ways that customers find useful.  So if you would like to help us by answering a short Read more...

Hardware Health Monitoring via CIM, part 3

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In our last post, we looked at some SMBIOS based asset information.  In this post we'll start to explore what information is available from IPMI. As with our previous posts, lets explore the relevant technology a little before we dive into code.  IPMI – the Intelligent Platform Management Interface, is a specification that defines how Read more...

Changed Block Tracking mismatch?

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I came across this blog last week regarding vSphere's changed blocked tracking (CBT) capability and was a bit concerned since it explicitly called out VMware Data Recovery (VDR) in the list of products affected.   As background, CBT is used by VMware products/capabilities like VDR and Storage vMotion to efficiently determine the amount of changed disk Read more...

vSphere loves 10GigE

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It didn’t seem so long ago that 10GigE was just “one of those things we’ll look at soon”. A show of hands at our recent internal TechSummit conference suggests almost every customer is either implementing 10GigE in production or kicking the 10GigE tires in their pre-production labs. Why 10GigE? 10GigE has a couple of obvious Read more...

Hardware Health Monitoring via CIM, part 2

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In our last post, we looked at some of the basics of CIM technology and a very basic script that can dump out the version of ESX the system is running.  Now lets take a deeper dive into some of the hardware asset information that's available. Before we look at the code, lets talk a Read more...

Practice Makes Perfect!

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Hello everyone, I read an interesting article today at Chuck's Blog which hit a great note with me.  This ineresting article was about a company that had an outage with their email server, that was hosted on an EMC product.  Some of what Chuck talked about was the big picture and how vendors will never Read more...