Author Archives: Barrie

Nice Changes to Maintenance Mode settings in vSphere 5

There have been some small but very useful changes to the feature set of Maintenance Mode in vSphere Update Manager 5. It’s easier to see when comparing screenshots of a vSphere 4.1 environment to a vSphere 5.0 setup. Here are the settings presented … Continue reading

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VMware View Desktop boot-storm on SSD – illustrated

Just a couple of screen shots illustrating what happens with I/O when 30+ Windows XP virtual desktops boot at the same time on local SSD storage. The hardware used was an 8-core (16 thread) Nehalem 5520 IBM x3650 M2 rack server, 64GB RAM … Continue reading

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Running Veeam Backup 5 in a VM

One of the best features of most modern virtual backup products, is that they support the vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP), including change block tracking (CBT) and hot-add. More here on VADP: kb.vmware.com/kb/1021175 To take advantage of the vSphere hot-add ability, the … Continue reading

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Using vCLI (vMA) or PowerCLI for ESXi server maintenance mode

Just a quick post (mostly for documentations sake) to highlight on how to take your ESX(i) boxes into and out of maintenance mode using either VMware vCLI/vMA or VMware PowerCLI (Powershell) This can be handy if you have a whole bunch … Continue reading

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vSphere VAAI Performance on the HP P4000 G2

With the recent release of SAN/iQ 9.0 which supports the VAAI vStorage offload features of vSphere 4.1, I thought I would run a quick block zeroing test to see the difference. The setup was as follows: 4 x HP P4500 … Continue reading

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SAN/iQ 9.0 is here

From the HP release notes: – here are the new features: The 9.0 release is a comprehensive release that includes enhancements in the following areas: New global configurations — Email, SNMP, DNS, remote syslog, and upgrades are done at the … Continue reading

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What may be coming in HP SAN/iQ 9.0

Just by doing a Google around, a few tidbits of info have appeared about the next release of the SAN/iQ environment for the HP P4000 range of storage. From a VMware vSphere perspective, the following may be making an appearance: VAAI support, … Continue reading

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