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New User's Guide to Configuring Cisco MDS Zones via CLI

I’m a bit new to the Cisco MDS family of Fibre Channel switches, so I’m sure that this information is “old hat” to the storage pros out there who’ve done it a million times. Hence, I’m labeling this one as a “new user” article. The topic of this post is how to use the command-line interface (CLI) to configure zones on a Cisco MDS 9000 series Fibre Channel switch.

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HyTrust Appliance 1.5

Numerous other sites and numerous other bloggers have already covered the fact that HyTrust released version 1.5 of the HyTrust Appliance a couple of weeks ago. If you’re attending VMworld 2009 in San Francisco, I believe that HyTrust will be demonstrating the new version and some of its new features at the show, so be sure to stop by.

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My VMworld 2009 Schedule

Well, VMworld 2009 is nearly upon us. Like thousands of others, I’ll be there next week attending sessions, meeting with vendors, networking with other virtualization professionals, and—of course—covering all of it right here on my blog. So, if you aren’t able to make it next week, stay tuned here for my coverage of the conference. And, to give you a feel of what I’ll be doing and what sessions I’m planning on attending, here’s my VMworld 2009 conference schedule.

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Planning for FCoE in Your Data Center Today

Here are some thoughts on planning for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) in your data center. (Read more...)

VMworld 2009 Spouse Activities FAQs and Updates

Wow! The response to the spouse activities that my wife, Crystal (@crystal_lowe on Twitter) is organizing has been phenomenal. Almost overwhelming, in fact. (You have to keep in mind that she’s not getting paid to do this—it’s all volunteer work.)

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Virtualization Short Take #28

Welcome to another edition of Virtualization Short Takes. Here are a few links I’ve gathered over the past few weeks that I found interesting, useful, or that just plain caught my eye. I hope you find something helpful!

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Mastering VMware vSphere 4 is Out!

As many of you already know, since the beginning of the year I’d been working on a virtualization book, Mastering VMware vSphere 4. Today I received word from my publisher that the book has been officially released from the warehouse! It’s finally out!

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NetApp RCU and VSC

I spent some time last week at the NetApp RTP office getting a special sneak preview of a couple of software products getting announced at VMworld 2009 in San Francisco. One of these is the Rapid Cloning Utility (RCU); the other is the Virtual Storage Console (VSC). Both of these software products are intended to plug into vCenter Server to provide more centralized access to both storage and virtualization management.

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Getting QLogic Gen2 CNAs Working with ESX 4

If you’ve been following my updates on Twitter, you know that I’m in the process of installing and configuring a Nexus 5000 switch. The Nexus 5010 will provide 10Gb Ethernet and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) to the servers and storage arrays in the lab, and I’ll be using the equipment to help generate reference architectures and standard configurations for the ePlus virtualization team.

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Why No Multi-Hop FCoE?

Much ado has been made—some of it by yours truly—about the current lack of ability to create a multi-hop Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) fabric. After digging in deeper with Cisco during my recent Unified Computing System (UCS) class, I have some additional information to share about the different forms of multi-hop FCoE and why multi-hop FCoE still isn’t available.

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