Scott's Weblog The weblog of an IT pro specializing in virtualization, networking, open source, and cloud computing

Help Me Out

Can I ask a favor? In the spirit of transparency and honesty, I want to point out that this is a request for my own benefit, but it shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes of your time. You see, a local EMC partner named eGroup (here’s their web site) is running this contest to win an iPad. The contest involves taking pictures of an “I love eGroup” sticker in various and interesting places. Since I recently traveled to Cork, Ireland, to support some of EMC’s European partners, I took a few photos while I was in Ireland and I submitted them to the contest.

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Enabling RAID 1 on a Mac Mini Server

Today I bought a new Mac Mini running Mac OS X Server to replace an aging home-built Linux server that supports my home network. You might recall that in early 2009 I wrote an article about how I had worked to provide some Ubuntu-Mac integration on the home network. Although the integration has worked well since that time, many of the functions that the Ubuntu server was providing have since been taken over by an Iomega ix4-200d NAS box. It’s the Iomega that now handles all my Time Machine backups and CIFS/AFP file sharing. In addition, I’ve been looking for a way to create a “master” iTunes library for the entire house, and the Linux server with Firefly Media Server, while powerful, just wasn’t doing what I needed it to do. So I figured I’d replace it with an Intel-based Mac Mini running Mac OS X Server. The network services the Linux server is now providing would either be replaced by the Mac Mini or by VMs running on the Mac Mini vis VMware Fusion.

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Spouse Activities: Back for Another Year!

Have you ever attended a technology conference and had your spouse go with you? More than likely, your spouse just sat around the hotel room, bored, waiting for you to get back after a long day of sessions and lectures and labs. Then, when you’re tired and just want to relax, your spouse wants to go out on the town, explore, and see some cool stuff. Does that sound familiar?

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vMotion Practicality

About a month ago I posted an article titled The vMotion Reality. In that article, I challenged the assertion that vMotion was a myth, not widely implemented in data centers today due to networking complexity and networking limitations.

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How to Configure NPV on a Nexus 5000

Some time ago I posted a “how to” article on how to configure FCoE on a Nexus 5000 switch. At that time, I did not put the Nexus 5000 into NPV mode but rather connected it to a Cisco MDS Fibre Channel switch without using NPV. In this entry, I’d like to follow up on that article and show you how to configure NPV on a Nexus 5000.

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Hiatus

I just wanted to let everyone know I’m taking a blogging hiatus for a while. I don’t know yet how long. I do know that things are busy at work, I have a VMworld session to prepare, there are books to work on, and I have a family to enjoy while there is still time.

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The Future of NetApp

As I was sitting in London’s Heathrow Airport this morning catching up on RSS feeds before boarding my plane back to the United States, an article headline caught my eye: Why NetApp Must Seek Acquisition.

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The vMotion Reality

The quite popular GigaOm site recently published an article titled “The VMotion Myth”, in which the author, Alex Benik, debunks the myth of vMotion and the live migration of virtual machines (VMs).

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Blogging for the Right Reasons

This will be a very quick blog post just to address a growing trend I’ve noticed. It started with the wave of prominent bloggers getting hired by EMC for the vSpecialist team. With the recent VMware vExpert 2010 awards, this trend has gotten even bigger. What is the trend? The trend I’m seeing is people starting blogs just to get attention in the industry.

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A Deeper Look at VPLEX

I’ve been promising a post on VPLEX for quite some time now, and now it’s finally here. Having spent some hands-on time with VPLEX this past week, I think I’m finally ready to discuss VPLEX in some detail.

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