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February 28, 2010  8:18 PM

VM redundancy in a SMB environment

Posted by: Raj Perumal
DL380, HP, iSCSI, ML350, QNAP, SMB, Veeam Backup and Replication, virtual SMB solution, VMWare

Hi folks, so you've decided to pull the trigger on virtualization in your SMB business and want go virtual. Now what do you do about backups? Well you know I've mentioned Veeam before and SANs, but exactly how can you implement this in your environment in a cost effective manner? Well, there are...

February 28, 2010  6:58 PM

Blades, storage and VMware

Posted by: Raj Perumal
blades, c-class blade system, C3000, enterprise, Hewlett Packard, HP, iSCSI, shorty, SMB, Storage, VMWare, vSphere

Hi folks, so one of the common questions I get is, should I go blades or rack servers? I love getting this question because it allows me to talk about some topics I'm really passionate about, blades, storage and VMware. Now when I talk to enterprise customers, this answer is pretty cut and dry....

February 28, 2010  6:43 PM

Thin provisioning is your friend

Posted by: Raj Perumal
FC, iSCSI, SAN, thin disks, thin provisioned, thin provisioning, Virtualization, VMWare, vSphere

Hi folks, so with all this talk of storage it's about time I spoke a little bit about thin provisioning! Now here is a new question I've been asked a lot. What exactly is thin provisioning? Well you might...

February 28, 2010  5:59 PM

Using iSCSI in a VMware sandbox

Posted by: Raj Perumal
HCL, SAN, Storage, VMWare, whitebox

Hi folks! So for those of you trying to figure out how to study and prepare for those VMware certifications, and those of you who want to do test scenarios on VMware what do you do for storage? Well I hope the last two posts covered that off! You see it's quite easy to use the free versions of...

February 28, 2010  5:53 PM

Hardware based iSCSI Storage

Posted by: Raj Perumal
HCL, iSCSI, QNAP, QNAP 459 Pro, SAN, Storage, VMWare

Hi folks, so in the last post I mentioned some software based iSCSI storage options. In this post I wanted to talk about a great hardware based option for the SMB. I'm sure most of you have probably heard about the company QNAP. Well QNAP makes great network storage devices both for home and for...

January 21, 2010  10:39 PM

How to prepare for VCP 4

Posted by: Raj Perumal
exam blueprint, exam guide, study guide, study notes, VCP 4, VCP 410, VMWare, vSphere

Hi folks! So how did I prepare for VCP 4? By working with it of course! Since I work for a VMware Enterprise Partner, it's pretty easy to get experience with the software. This helped contribute to my success. I also borrowed the course textbooks from one of my friends who had taken the course...

January 21, 2010  10:23 PM

Passed VCP 4!

Posted by: Raj Perumal
VCP, VMWare, VMware Certified Professional, vSphere4

Hi folks! So I passed my VCP 4 today! I finally decided to tackle the latest certification from VMware and get it out of the way! So how did I find it? In all honesty it was pretty easy compared to the Cisco exams I'm used to writing. I did find the VCP 4 exam a bit harder than the VCP 3 exam...

January 16, 2010  7:34 PM

VCP Testing Extended

Posted by: Raj Perumal
deadline extended, VCP, VCP exam, VMWare

Hi folks. For those of you rushing to finish your VCP certifications in lieu of the recent deadlines, you can rest easy. At least for a little bit. :) VMware has extended the deadline to write your VCP 310 until the end of March. They have also extended the deadline to write the upgrade exam for...

December 9, 2009  2:21 PM

Wan Emulation

Posted by: Raj Perumal
jitter, latency, Open Source, simulate WAN, slow down network traffic, sourceforge, virtual appliance, VMWare, WAN emulation, WAN Emulator, WANEM

Hi folks! One of the great things about my job is I always get to experiment with all sorts of technology. Whether it be hardware or software, I'm always running into somethineg new. Well, here I was looking for a way to slow down (yes you are correct, I said slow down) my users connection to a...

October 31, 2009  8:19 PM

How to monitor free space on a LUN?

Posted by: Raj Perumal
disk space alerts, ESX, ESXi, Free Edition, free space alerts, LUN space monitoring, storage monitoring, Veeam, Veeam Monitor, VMWare

Hi folks! So further to my last post, once you've decided on free space for your LUN, how the heck do you monitor it? There are a few scripts out there that will do this for you and a few free programs that will show you the free space. But how do you get it to check and then email you an alert...

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