Posts Tagged ‘VMware’


April 28th, 2009

mbralign has now been added to the NetApp download ToolChest. This is an absolutely vital tool for anyone doing any VMware projects! I’m not actually sure if it checks to see if it’s running on NetApp storage, but obviously will align all partitions to a 4k block boundar, so a useful tool to have in any tool box all the same! Has full support for Windows and Linux as well as Primary and Extended partitions.

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Virtual Machine Creation

January 20th, 2009

This script can help track when a VM was created. I’m not sure if it’s technical correct however as it works on the create time of a .vmsd file. Anyway, the principles are there, and should do the job.

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Virtual Machine Sizes

January 20th, 2009

This can be useful to keep track of what people are creating. Get an index of the Virtual Machine sizes and the free space in the datastores (very important).

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Virtual Machine Logs

January 20th, 2009

I hate the VM logs, and in a lot of cases you can end up with thousands of them which are very hard to delete or even browse to the directory. I have this script running on a cron to do a regular clear up. As a matter of course I disable VM logging now, but it can still be a challenge to clear up all the log files.

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Find Virtual Machine

January 20th, 2009

Can’t remember which datastore a certain virtual machine is on and you’re on the command line only? Can happen, honest! In conjunction with other scripts, this can be quite helpful though. Just call the script and pass it the server name you are looking for.

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Catalog Virtual Machines

January 20th, 2009

This script is useful if you want to keep an eye on new machines. I had a customer that couldn’t keep track of who was creating machines and the datastores filling up all the time. You don’t want full datastores!!!

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Grid Computing with VMware

January 18th, 2009

HPC really isn’t something I’m involved with, or ever have been involved with. But I am starting to pay a little attention. ONTAP GX is going to (eventually) get converged with ONTAP 7G and we’ll have Grid Computing based storage, potentially platform independent (don’t forget V-Filers!). I’m not holding my breath just yet for that, but believe me it is coming!

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IBM Transitive

January 18th, 2009

So this week we heard that IBM have purchased Transitive. I’m no expert on Transitive, but I understand it’s a technology that allows running different architecture applications and systems onto a Intel based platform.

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January 18th, 2009

So this is the start. I’m gonna try commit to post fairly regularly, but as with most things, time permitting!

I am a Senior Technical Consultant at a leading UK Storage Reseller. My main focus is with VMware and NetApp (including IBM N-Series), but I touch on most things at some point or another. My posts here will relate to my work and some of the challenges I encounter, hopefully it’ll help others out. I’ll also use this to probably vent some frustrations and voice some of my ideas, as well as just random sprawls that come out of my head.

I don’t consider myself an expert, I haven’t got that much of an ego, but I do like to push the boundaries, and I’m always learning new techniques and technologies. I don’t have a strong pride to damage either, so I’m more than happy to be knocked down with any ideas or criticisms. I have spent a life-time with computers and I’m always learning new stuff, or discovering old stuff that no-one taught me yet!

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