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Virtual Volumes and the SDDC

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I saw a question the other day that asked “Can someone explain what the big deal is about Virtual Volumes?”   A fair question. The shortest, easiest answer is that VVols offer per-VM management of storage that helps deliver a software defined datacenter. That, however, is a pretty big statement that requires some unpacking.  Rawlinson has Read more...

vSphere APIs for IO Filtering

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I’ve been fortunate to have one of our super sharp product line managers, Alex Jauch (twitter @ajauch), spend some time explaining to me one of the new enabling technologies of vSphere 6.0: VAIO.  Let’s take a look at this really powerful capability and see what types of things it can enable and an overview of Read more...

Storage and Availability at Partner Exchange 2015

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VMware’s 2015 Partner Exchange is now just about one week away, and it’s shaping up to be a great one! In storage and availability we’ll have a lot to talk about across the board: Some sessions will offer deeper examinations of our current products, others will give you a great exploration of some of the Read more...

vCenter Heartbeat End of Availability

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For those of you who have used vCenter Heartbeat to protect your vCenter instances, please be aware that we have announced the end of its availability as of today, June 2 2014. Don’t worry though if you’re using it today; the current iteration will be supported through late 2018. What does that mean?  Are we Read more...

Reporting on Site Recovery Manager Failover via PowerCLI

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Here’s another fun one! So we’ve automated some Site Recovery Manager failovers with PowerCLI.  Say we run a weekly test for a given recovery plan.  But now we want to know how it worked.  Maybe generate a table report, maybe email it out, whatever. Take a look at the following: I’m assuming you’ve already done Read more...

Automating Failover with SRM and PowerCLI

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Today we’ll take a look at running a recovery plan for SRM programatically, from the API via PowerCLI. In almost all scenarios, falling over in an automated fashion is a poor idea.  There is a lot of risk associated with it and a lot of potential liability for failing over due to incorrect reasoning.  Failing Read more...

PowerCLI 5.5 R2 and the Site Recovery Manager API

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Recently I posted about the new PowerCLI 5.5R2 capability to interact with the SRM API, and I want to write a few posts on using those capabilities to automate some typical (and perhaps some atypical) activities one might wish to accomplish. In the next few posts I’ll be showing some of the things you can Read more...

PowerCLI for Site Recovery Manager

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Along with the release of vSphere 5.5 U1 and the VSAN general availability, there is some other pretty exciting news that might risk getting overlooked:  The release of PowerCLI 5.5 R2. Why is that so exciting for an availability guy?  Because for the first time you can now use PowerCLI with the SRM API directly!    Read more...