NetApp has finally released SnapDrive for Windows 6.3 to GA:
It includes an amazing bit of functionality in the application consistent snapshots without the need for FC/iSCSI RDMS:
Support for performing Snapshot copy operations on virtual machine disks (VMDKs) in an NFS or VMFS datastore, which requires Virtual Storage Console 2.0.1 or later. Please check the availability [...]
I found that there is a big improvement when running SMVI and selecting the VMware Snapshots option on NFS datastores after adding the following to /etc/vmware/config and rebooting the host:
prefvmx.consolidateDeleteNFSLocks = “TRUE”
You will know whether it is working because you will see a .lck file appear in the folder containing the vmx file and snapshots [...]
I have recently completed a 2GB SAN Fabric upgrade to 8GB on Brocade switches and came across two issues.
The biggest issue and the one that caused me greatest consternation was the fact that Brocade have hard-coded all the new FC switches to accept only Brocade branded SFP modules. Now this isn’t that big a problem [...]
NetApp have finally released the latest and greatest version of their SnapManager for VI product.
An essential addition to any infrastructure running both VMware & NetApp it allows guaranteed crash consistent versions of Virtual Machines to be replicated to secondary sights.
New functionality and enhancements include:
Singe file restore (SFR)
A single wizard for creating manual and scheduled backup [...]
NetApp have released the eagerly anticipated Virtual Storage Console:
It does a lot of useful things for a 1.0 release, but probably the most important are the remediation options for the following:
Storage adapter timeouts
Guest OS disk timeout values
Correct misaligned disk partitions
It is available for vSphere ESX & ESXi right now from the [...]
It has been confirmed that FCoE has been ratified as a standard by T11.
I’m personally very excited, because I work with a lot of NetApp kit and NetApp are one of the very early adopters of FCoE, so I should be getting my hand on some exciting new kit soon.
If you want to read the [...]