Andre

Author's details

Name: Andre Carpenter
Date registered: October 25, 2011
URL: http://cloud-land.com

Biography

Technologist situated in Melbourne but covering the Globe

Latest posts

  1. A new year brings…………..? — January 13, 2017
  2. Accelerating Time to Business Value With Oracle ZFS — November 8, 2016
  3. An Introduction to Oracle ZFS Storage – A Heavy Hitting Performance Solution for VMware environments 1/2 — April 12, 2016
  4. Update – A hiatus? Yes please! — March 24, 2016
  5. Veeam Availability Suite v9 extending in the Storage land with further EMC, HP and NetApp support — July 2, 2015

Most commented posts

  1. T10 UNMAP in VMware vSphere and 3PAR — 12 comments
  2. HP EVA to HP 3PAR Online Import — 7 comments
  3. Enabling SSH and SFTP on ESXi 5.x Host — 2 comments
  4. VMware VCP – Recertification policy — 2 comments
  5. HP 3PAR peer persistence v1: peering into the persisting world of 3PAR — 2 comments

Author's posts listings

Jan 13

A new year brings…………..?

Good new year to you!  I trust that if you are reading this then you survived the Christmas and New year break and hopefully took some time off to spend it with family and friends. Last year, brought a ramp up in the adoption of Cloud services among many organisation  – probably not as much as …

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Nov 08

Accelerating Time to Business Value With Oracle ZFS

Recently Oracle held Oracle OpenWorld over in San Francisco, USA,  for those who do not know what that is (perhaps a small group of you). Oracle OpenWorld is our big annual event for business decision-makers, IT management, and line-of-business end users that showcases new Oracle product features and other news. It also gives our customers, partners and …

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Apr 12

An Introduction to Oracle ZFS Storage – A Heavy Hitting Performance Solution for VMware environments 1/2

This is a two-part blog post that will provide you with an overview of Oracle ZFS and how it relates to VMware environments. The first part (this blog post) will introduce Oracle ZFS storage and discuss the architectural fundamentals and how they benefit VMware workloads. The second part will look at VMware specific support, integration …

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Mar 24

Update – A hiatus? Yes please!

Happy new year! I hope that my readers have had a good break and are fully refreshed to hit 2016 running, I know for me it is going to be a defining year after 2015. (its now March and 2015 seems a long time ago!). I have not blogged for a while and have been …

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Jul 02

Veeam Availability Suite v9 extending in the Storage land with further EMC, HP and NetApp support

Today is a very exciting day at Veeam, for those who use NetApp ONTAP and/or EMC VNX\VNXe primary storage in their environments. We are announcing further integration to our existing storage integration capabilities by allowing customers to now: Use storage snapshots to create complete, isolated copies of your production environment in just a few clicks, for fast …

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Apr 29

Veeam Fully Supports VMware vSphere 6 via Veeam Backup & Replication 8.0 Update 2

So as you know, VMware has recently gone GA on vSphere 6, along with the new features, bells and whistles it comes with, there is also a new requirement on the certification front! VCP5.5 was the last technical cert that I sat and hopefully the last for a while given my current role and focus.  But …

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Mar 26

AlwaysON at VeeamON 2015 – Oct 26th – Oct 29th 2015. Join us!

VeeamON is our global event that focuses on Availability for the Modern Data Centre, its a means for customers and partners to hear from Veeam’s various product, technical, and management teams about what we are doing in the availability space and give them a one-of-a-kind experience filled with education and networking opportunities. Last year, we ran it for …

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Feb 11

VMware vExpert 2015 – what does it really mean to me

Short note to help promote and congratulate the latest vExpert 2015 awardees announcement, and a special welcome to new folk on the list. I am typing this on an iPad so grammar isn’t going to be a strong point especially because of IOS semi-intuitive autocorrect feature, I’ll try clean it up later. The list has …

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Jan 05

Veeam Endpoint Backup

Veeam has recently announced “Veeam Endpoint Backup Free” to our portfolio of products, I am excited to share with you what Veeam Endpoint Backup is and what it is not.  The release of this product is our showcase of our exciting innovation we drive at Veeam. Ok so what does this mean to virtualisation practitioners, …

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Dec 25

Merry Xmas!

Just a quick post to wish you all a very merry Xmas and a prosperous New Year – Eat and drink everything in front of you today! See you all soon.

Dec 19

Veeam Backup & Replication v8 for VMware: General Overview Poster

We have just updated and released the “Veeam Backup & Replication v8 for VMware: General Overview” Poster which covers deployment methods, components of Veeam Backup and Replication v8 and probably most useful – requirements of all the different moving parts of what makes our software.   Use it as quick reference – Hang in the office, any …

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Nov 10

#vExpert 2015 – It’s time again!

It’s that time again, applications for the inaugural vExpert 2015 award is now open – It feels like it was only yesterday that the 2014 vExpert announcement was made, I was luckily and privileged enough to be included in that list. There is no point regurgitating what the vExpert programme is and what tracks you …

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Oct 13

The Value of Veeam and Storage Array Integration

Time and time again, I get asked by partners and customers what is the value prop behind Veeam Backup and replication integrating with the various storage arrays for offload operations.   Why is there value there? I usually respond by stating that Veeam integrates with specific SAN arrays to let them perform the “heavy-lifting” when …

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Sep 09

Cloud-land goes WordPress 4.0

  Don’t you like it when you click the upgrade button and wolah,  everything goes without a hitch. That is exactly what happened with the recent WordPress 4.0 upgrade.  So far, I haven’t seen any massive changes but everything appears as smooth as ever. The change log reports a few enhancements on the media integration …

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Aug 07

A look back at Traditional Backup and forward to the Cloud with ‘VeeamOn’.

This year, Veeam is holding its first annual conference “VeeamON” focused on the evolution of Virtualization, the shift to the cloud, and in particular Data Protection and why now, more than ever data availability should be on the focus list of every single CIO/CDO across the globe. Why is data protection important? Let’s take a …

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Aug 02

New setting in HP 3PAR and VMware vSphere 5 Best Practices document.

Small change in the updated whitepaper from HP and VMware vSphere 5 when using Round Robin multi-pathing policy (which is the recommended best practice. ) The old recommendation was to use IOPS=100, which has now changed to IOPS=1. Make sure host persona 11 is selected! Issue the following command on your ESXi host(s) that are being served …

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Jun 29

#Veeam at the #HP Storage Summit, Macau 25/26th June 2014 #Veeam_APAC #HPStorage

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 …

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Jun 20

HP Storage Summit – Macau, China June 25-26

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 …

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Jun 13

Resetting #VMware Change Block Tracking due to error

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 …

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Jun 11

Solution patch to VMware ESXi 5.5 Update One NFS connectivity issues

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 …

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Jun 11

An update from the desk of the (re)inventor.

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 – …

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Apr 16

Cloud-Land goes Cloud!

 So I have spent the best part of a day configuring Microsoft Office 365 to use my Cloud-land domain name. The hardest part (and not actually hard) was creating  DNS records within the domain portal to verify that I did indeed own the domain name. One of the best parts is that I can now use …

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Apr 08

#HP Insight Control Storage Module for #VMware vCenter, v.7.3.1 now available

  HP Insight control plugin for vCenter is the go-forward VMware vCenter management integration plug-in for HP Storage. In addition to managing all HP block storage arrays, this vCenter plug-in also manages HP servers and virtual connect networking with the Server module. HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server integrates with both VMware vSphere Client …

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Mar 10

VMware VCP – Recertification policy

Do you have a VCP from VMware? If so read on!  Maintaining currency in the expertise gained and proven by VMware certifications is just as important as earning the certification initially. If your skills are not current, your certification loses value. The technical and business communities expect that VMware certified professionals are current on the …

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Mar 03

#HP 3PAR Recovery Manager for vSphere 2.5 and Hyper-V 2.0 #VMware #Microsoft

What are they? HP 3PAR Application Suite of solutions eases administration by providing rapid, efficient online backup and recovery of application specific databases. These software packages enhances the functionality of HP 3PAR Virtual Copy software to allow dozens of VMware VM, Hyper-V VM, Exchange, SQL or Oracle  snapshots to kept online economically allowing for extended …

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Feb 06

#HP Insight Control for #VMware vCenter Server 7.3 Now Available! Includes HP OneView support!

HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter server, which is available as a single download, seamlessly integrates the manageability features of HP ProLiant, HP BladeSystem, HP Virtual Connect and HP Storage into the VMware vCenter console. By integrating HP Converged Infrastructure management features directly into VMware vCenter, administrators gain insight and control of their HP infrastructure supporting their …

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Jan 19

VMware ESXi 5.1 U2 HP custom image is now available

VMware has released ESXi 5.1 U2 to the general public. The HP custom ISO for this version is available at the following URL: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=HP-ESXI-5.1.0U2-GA-JAN2014&productId=285 meaning that HP now support this Update across our server line. The updated recipe document has been published and is available on vibsdepot at http://vibsdepot.hp.com/hpq/recipes/HP-VMware-Recipe.pdf Enjoy

Dec 17

NEW HP StoreFront Analytics for VMware vCenter Operations Manager available now!

What is it? The HP StoreFront Analytics for VMware vCenter Operations Manager, an adapter for vCenter Operations Manager from VMware, relates virtual machines and datastores to volumes from HP 3PAR StoreServ storage systems. Administrators using HP StoreFront Analytics are able to visualize and analyze data from their HP 3PAR StoreServ storage array directly within vCenter …

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Dec 04

Removing a 3PAR Virtual Volume from within a VVSET

When using 3PAR VVSet, 3PAR InForm OS does not allow the removal of a Single Active VLUN if the VLUN template is created with a VV set originally. For those who arent familiar,  a VVSet is generally used for cluster configurations when a set of hosts all need to see the same VLUNS. Using the …

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Nov 19

#HP #3PAR Persistent Ports #HPStorage

My writeup on HP 3PAR Persistent Ports is now live on the HP Official Website! Have a read! Thanks to my pal Calvin Zito @HPStorageGuy for publishing on his blog. http://t.co/FzJr4lgerE  

Nov 10

Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 in vSphere 5.0

Now this is cool, Think Inception – Hypervisor on Hypervisor!! VMware have updated their Guest Compatibility Guide to include Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 as a supported guest operating system with vSphere 5.0 U2 or above. For more information please to go  http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/pdf/VMware_GOS_Compatibility_Guide.pdf

Oct 25

Achieving Strategic Business Value from a Sound BURA strategy for CIO’s

Recently I wrote a summary discussion on an Executive Brief by Frost & Sullivan (F&S) titled Beyond Overhead: How Your Backup and Recovery Architecture Can Contribute to Strategic Business Success., rather than duplicating the article here. The discussion post was published on the worldwide HP Transforming IT Blog site: http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Transforming-IT-Blog/Achieving-Strategic-Business-Value-from-a-Sound-BURA/ba-p/148027 Would love to know your thoughts on …

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Oct 25

Stale NFS Mount in VMware ESXi 5.5

So after successfully updating my vCenter and ESXi host to version 5.5, I proceeded to add back the NFS mount that had previously been mounted only to be met by the following error message: The “Create NAS datastore” operation failed for the entity with the following error message. An error occurred during host configuration. Operation …

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Oct 13

HP 3PAR Remote Copy topologies and Maximum Latencies

This came up in an internal email and thought it might be of use to some customers. It depicts the maximum latency that HP supports when choosing your flavour of HP 3PAR Remote Copy replication (Remember to think about RTO). Note: This is latency, and has no hard distance, it all comes down to the …

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Oct 10

HP Insight Control Storage and Server Module vCenter Plug-in 7.2.3

HP Insight Control Storage and Server Module for vCenter is plug-in for vCenter Server that allows HP storage arrays to be managed from a single pane of glass that is integrated into the vSphere client. Available at no cost from HP, the plug-in can be installed once for the entire vCenter environment using a single, …

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Sep 27

vSphere 5.5 is live – HP custom ISO is now available

VMware has just released version 5.5 of their ever popular Hypervisor, to coincide with this release, HP has also provided the customised image of this release prepared for HP Proliant servers running ESXi environments, put simply – this image provides customised drivers, features that Proliant Servers can leverage.  I run this on my home lab …

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Sep 15

vCloud Director 5.1 Documentation

The vCloud Suite is a complex combination of vSphere,  vCloud Networking and Security (vShield), vCenter Operations  with vCloud Director automating the show with all products now aligned at version 5.1.   VMware has also released an updated vCloud Architecture Toolkit  (vCAT) for vCloud Director.  The vCAT provides modular components so that you can design a …

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Sep 04

This crazy thing called Flash

  Earlier this year (I actually wrote this post to co-incide with the announcement but it has sat in my draft box ever since – my bad…), we announced the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 – A purpose built flash optimised 3PAR array designed for the environments wheres things can get a little ….. crazy.     …

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Aug 22

HP Insight Control Storage Module 7.2.1/7.2.2 and VMWare vCenter

Uh oh!! a bug in HP Insight Control 7.2.1 and 7.2.2 Storage Plugins with 3PAR environments. Confirmed with both IC4VC 7.2.1 and 7.2.2 storage plugins with 3PAR 3.1.2 MU2 If using the plugin to perform a “New Datastore” action at the Cluster level, when the volume is presented to all hosts in a cluster in …

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Aug 19

Back from Holiday “Vacation” and VMworld

Finally back from an epic time in the US of A,  VMworld next week.  I was intending on doing a post on the leadup to VMworld including a timetable of events I will be attending.  For those who are going, get in touch – would be great to catch up/meet some of you..  HP are …

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Jul 02

Technical White Paper – HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage and VMware vSphere 5 best practices – June 2013, Rev.3 released

Quick note – The latest revision of this technical white paper has been released – although a minor release I still recommend  if you are running VMware vSphere 5 on a 3PAR StoreServ array – do yourself a favour a take a read!  And please if you havr any feedback, contact me so I can …

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Jun 18

VMware ESXi 5.1 U1 Release and HP Custom ESXi Image

VMware released ESXi 5.1 U1 in April earlier this year,  HP also released a custom image of this release that incorporates customised HP drivers and management software saving you time to download and install the software yourself. A good point to make is that by using the customised HP Proliant ESXi image – this is …

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Jun 02

VMware Horizon Mobile and Switch

About a month ago, VMware announced two new “VMware Ready” devices for their VMware Horizon Mobile software,  although Apple iPhones are still yet to make an appearance in this list – this is still something I am very excited about. Firstly, because its an area where I am still technically upskilling  and secondly because I …

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May 30

vExpert 2013 award

        Yesterday, VMware announced this years awardees with the prestigious  vExpert 2013 title, an award that has been around since 2009 to recognise individuals on their contributions to the global virtualization and cloud community.  The list is put together by VMware and in particular John Troyer (@JohnTroyer) and the VMware Social Media & Community Team- …

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May 21

HP 3PAR peer persistence v1: peering into the persisting world of 3PAR

  Time for a technical deep dive – As you may or may not know, HP 3PAR boasts a sexy array-based software feature set. You’ve probably heard me rave on about it in other posts and podcasts I have done.  I’ve worn this fan-boy cap for a while now and spoken about our leading thin …

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May 06

Sometimes Data migration is inevitable. High costs and increased business risks don’t have to be.

Every major initiative for optimizing data center performance, decreasing TCO, increasing ROI, or maximizing productivity – including consolidation, virtualization, clouds, server upgrades, tiered storage, data analytics and BI tools – involves storage data migration.   Data has an incalculable value, and its loss can have significant impact. As Frost & Sullivan says in a recent Executive …

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Apr 28

VMware has released vSphere 5.1 Update 1

Quick update – This new patch release boasts new features such as SQL Server 2012 support as well as updated guest operating system support. The official VMware release notes on this patch are available at: https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsphere-esxi-51u1-release-notes.html https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsphere-vcenter-server-51u1-release-notes.html You can find the HP customized image release notes here as well the updated HP VMware Utilities User …

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Apr 14

VMware Partner Exchange 1-2 May Australian Technology Park

    This year  VMware Partner Exchange will be held at the Australian Technology Park South Sydney between 1st May – 2nd May. This event takes place every year in different regions all around the world giving VMware partners and associates a glimpse on  next-generation VMware products and programs so they are better prepared to talk to …

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Mar 04

VMware vVol and HP 3PAR

Last year,  Calvin Zito did a good overview on VMware Virtual Volumes or vVols. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKVui0W3NT0   This is game changing in my opinion, this essentially means the virtual machines will be able to leverage the 3PAR for ANY operation – when you throw an ASIC in the mix and our wide striping and you will …

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Feb 24

Guest podcast spot on Calvin’s ‘Around the Storage Block’ blog. (VMware VMUG, VMware PEX)

Recently, Calvin Zito , Craig Waters and myself jumped on a call to discuss a range of topics around VMware – more specifically Craig’s involvement in Melbourne VMUG and what the recently VMUG meeting in Melbourne had in store. We also discussed the upcoming VMware PEX which Calvin will be going along to. Unfortunately, there is also …

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