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Shortening URLs via bit.ly from the CLI

I was experimenting tonight with some ways to add more automation to my workflow. One process that is (relatively) time-consuming is the process of generating short URLs via bit.ly. This site had a brief tutorial on how to use curl to do it, but the shortened link didn’t show up in my link history. Upon browsing the bit.ly API documentation, though, I was able to fairly quickly piece together a command line that will shorten a URL via bit.ly and put the shortened URL in the user’s link history.

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EMC Unified Storage Plugin Version 2 Now Available

On October 15, EMC quietly released version 2.0 of the EMC Unified Storage Plug-in for VMware. This new plug-in replaces both the earlier EMC Celerra and EMC CLARiiON plugins and the provides the functionality of both. This means that the new EMC Unified Storage Plug-in now supports both NFS provisioning but also block provisioning on EMC Unified storage arrays.

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Technology Short Take #5

Welcome to Technology Short Take #5, the latest collection of data center technology-related links, articles, blog posts, thoughts, and ideas. Some of this might be useful, some of it might not be helpful, but hopefully it will prove handy to someone out there. Enjoy!

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Hidden Growl Preference for Interarchy

Interarchy is a well-known FTP/SFTP client for Mac OS X that I’ve used off and on for a few years. It’s been mostly off in recent times as I tended to use Cyberduck, but since Cyberduck’s AppleScript support got whacked in a recent update I’ve been re-evaluating Interarchy again.

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Revisiting Evernote

About two years ago, I took a look at Evernote (here’s the main Evernote web site), which at that time was still in beta. While I was intrigued with the idea of Evernote, at that time I struggled with getting data into Evernote. The Web Clipper didn’t seem intuitive to me, and I wrestled with how best to use Evernote within my fledgling productivity system.

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VMworld EMEA Spousetivities Update

I’ll make this one short and sweet. As many of you probably already know, my wife (Crystal) has been organizing spouse activities—now affectionately called “Spousetivities”–for VMware-related conferences for a few years now. This year, she’s extending Spousetivities to VMworld EMEA in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Stretched Cluster Presentation from Denver VMUG

I had the honor of speaking in front of the Denver VMUG on Tuesday of this week. It was a blast, and I got to meet a great group of people. I received some positive feedback on the presentation that I gave at the VMUG, so I thought I’d share it here as well.

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A Collection of vCloud Director Links

Since VMworld 2010, I’ve been collecting vCloud Director-related links—and there have been a bunch of them! I’m sure that the short collection I have here are only a subset of all the great material that’s been published on this new product. In any case, here’s my collection of vCloud Director links:

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Technology Short Take #4

Welcome to Technology Short Take #4, the latest collection of virtualization, storage, networking, and other data center-related links, news, thoughts, and views. As always, I hope you find something interesting here!

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New User's Guide to Symmetrix VMAX Auto Provisioning Groups via CLI, Part 1

Readers who also follow me on Twitter have probably noticed that I’ve been in an EMC Symmetrix VMAX training class this week. As part of that class, we’ve been working with Auto-Provisioning Groups. For other users who might be new to SYMCLI (the Symmetrix CLI) and Auto-Provisioning Groups (APGs), I thought this “new user’s guide” to APGs via the CLI might be handy. Comments from experienced users are welcome! In future posts, I’ll provide some additional commands for modifying and viewing APGs via CLI.

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