This week, I had the privilege of attending HP’s storage summit in Macau, China.   The event focused on enterprise storage market trends, product announcements from HP Discover and where HP Storage are heading in terms of their  infrastructure stack and strategy. The event hosted approximately 350 customers and I felt it was received extremely well by all. I got to catch up with old friends and have some great chats over dinners and drinks which was an added bonus.

Veeam APJ at the Summit

This year, Veeam Asia-Pacific and Japan was Gold sponsor of this event, Veeam Backup and Replication v7 has  great product integration and support for HP 3PAR StoreServ snapshots as well as HP StoreVirtual snapshot support giving customers the ability to tap into and leverage array based snapshots through the Veeam GUI.  Myself and Don Williams, VP of Asia Pacific and Japan, Veeam Software each did an video interview talking about the HP and Veeam Alliance and where the value of working with both HP and Veeam is.  UPDATE: Video  added – >

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Highlights for me

  • For me, the networking with the HP Storage staff was invaluable. Having worked with a lot of these folk in my last role it made me realise even more how passionate and enthusiastic they were about where HP Storage is going and the Converged Infrastructure Stack story.
  • Speaking to a lot of customers as well and had some really fruitful discussions, this was another highlight for me as the usual question I got is “What does Veeam do”.  Meeting these questions with a great conversation around Veeam, Virtualisation and HP was simply outstanding.
  • Trying to speak and discuss the value of Veeam and HP Integration to non-English speaking customers was a challenge. Makes me think I should probably learn a new language! Thankfully, we had two technical resources on board that spoke Japanese and Chinese to aid in this area.
  • Keynotes – As ever, its very unique to hear from Global leaders of a particular company, and was good to see David Scott, SVP of HP Storage as well as my good friend Dale Degan, WW Product Marketing Manager for Software Defined Storage make the trip down to present.

In closing

A fun week, lots of information and a successful first outing in my new role, I can’t wait for the next one!

 

Next week HP is holding a two-day event that offers focused storage solution sessions in Macau starting on June 25th, HP is a very special Alliance partner for Veeam and I am honored to be attending and representing the Veeam/HP partnership. This will be my first event as the new Veeam Alliances Manager for Asia-Pacific & Japan so am really excited to be attending.

Join HP partners and customers to hear from various HP Technical Experts and Leadership as they speak about the recent announcements from last weeks HP Discover event held in Vegas.

Veeam APAC is also proud to be a Gold sponsor of this event, and will have a booth on-site that has the latest and greatest information on our software suite and its integration with HP Storage Products. If you are heading to this event, and wish to catch up. Please get in contact -> andre.carpenter@veeam.com.

Look forward to seeing you there!
For more information->

http://www8.hp.com/sg/en/events/storage-summit-2014/overview.html

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So I got this error message today:

Cannot use CBT: Soap fault. A specified parameter was not correct. . deviceKeyDetail: ‘<InvalidArgumentFault xmlns=”urn:internalvim25″ xsi:type=”InvalidArgument”><invalidProperty>deviceKey</invalidProperty></InvalidArgumentFault>’, endpoint: ”

Virtual machines running on ESX/ESXi hosts can identify and track disk sectors that have changed. This feature is called Changed Block Tracking (CBT)

After much research and trying to manually fix this, I came across the following solution which turned out to be easier than I thought! What we need to do is reset CBT as VMs are processed without CBT typically and in this instance the blocks arent being identified.

Thanks to http://www.veeam.com/kb1113 for the images/resolution.

1.  Power off the VM

2.  Right click the VM, click “Edit settings”, find the “Options” tab and click “Configuration Parameters”

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3.  Set the “ctkEnabled” value to false
4.  Set the “scsi0:x.ctkEnabled” value to false for each disk of the VM in question

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5.  Open the source folder and remove any -CTK.VMDK files
6.  Power on the VM and power it off again
7.  Set the “scsi0:x.ctkEnabled” value back to true for each disk of the VM in question
8.  Power the VM on

Wolah!

 

 

OK this is really important,  when Update one for ESXi 5.5 was released, customers connecting to datastores via the NFS protocol were experiencing intermittent connectivity and in particular All Paths Down or APD.

What is ‘All Paths Down’?

For those who are unfamiliar with this “condition”, APD occurs on an ESXi host when a storage device is removed in an uncontrolled manner from the host, or the device simply fails, and the VMkernel essentially panics. This results in the datastore not accepting any I/O from the virtual machines for the duration of the APD condition. The result is that Windows virtual machines begin BlueScreening and filesystems becoming read only for Linux VMS. This can be permanently or temporarily, either way bad stuff happens.

but alas, a patch has just been released for this.

Patch notes

This patch resolves the following issues:

PR1242103: When you run ESXi 5.5 Update 1, the ESXi host intermittently loses connectivity to NFS storage and an All Paths Down (APD) condition to NFS volumes is observed. During the duration of the APD condition and after, the array still responds to ping and the netcat tests are also successful. There is no evidence to indicate a physical network or a NFS storage array issue.

  • Entries similar to the following are logged in the vobd.log file for volume named 12345678-abcdefg0 as an example:

    YYYY-04-01T14:35:08.075Z: [APDCorrelator] 9414268686us: [esx.problem.storage.apd.start] Device or filesystem with identifier [12345678-abcdefg0] has entered the All Paths Down state.
    YYYY-04-01T14:36:55.274Z: No correlator for vob.vmfs.nfs.server.disconnect
    YYYY-04-01T14:36:55.274Z: [vmfsCorrelator] 9521467867us: [esx.problem.vmfs.nfs.server.disconnect] 192.168.1.1/NFS-DS1 12345678-abcdefg0-0000-000000000000 NFS-DS1
    YYYY-04-01T14:37:28.081Z: [APDCorrelator] 9553899639us: [vob.storage.apd.timeout] Device or filesystem with identifier [12345678-abcdefg0] has entered the All Paths Down Timeout state after being in the All Paths Down state for 140 seconds. I/Os will now be fast failed.

Where can I get it?

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2077361

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Earlier this year, I tweeted that 2014 is a great year to re-baseline and reinvent yourself. What I didn’t know then that I realise now was how much I was going to do this.  So what has been reinvented and created change for me in my personal life and professional life?

A new wife – On the 15th February, I married my long-term girlfriend Elise in a small ceremony in Victoria, Australia. As any wedding is, it was a special day as we were joined by friends and family from around the globe to celebrate.

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A new degree – Last week I flew back to my homeland of New Zealand to graduate with the degree of Master of Management from the Massey University School of Business, this is special for me as it was approximately six years ago I was forced to withdraw from the very last paper due to relocating across to Australia. 

Last year I finally completed that paper and submitted just before I went overseas to the UK. I remember being nervous and unsure at the time as one minute I felt I have done enough and my report was good enough and the next I began to question whether or not I should review once more and add more. I am glad I didn’t as I would of never submitted.

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A new role – Last Monday (2nd), I started at Veeam Software as their Alliances Manager for Asia-Pacific and Japan looking after the business for some of our top alliances partners.  I have always admired Veeam not for the incredible software capabilities they offer, but for the people and culture I have come to know during my time in my presales roles over the years. As part of the APAC team, I am tasked with driving business and fostering healthy business relationships right across the region with these alliances which I am truly excited about.  Furthermore, Veeam has always been on the bleeding edge of virtualisation and well respected within the industry, this is appealing as it will still keep me close to the virtualisation community and outstanding people I have met through this community

And finally………..

A new pet – Elise and I adopted our first pet – a kitten named Miller after seeing a friend post on Facebook that he had found a group of them in a box beside a very busy road in Melbourne.  This has created havoc in our household as there is no longer peace and quiet but a welcome addition to our household

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We are now halfway through 2014, for me change has come in many forms as you have read. I look forward to the remainder of the year and hopefully more exciting changes.

 
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