Want to start with StoreVirtual VSA? Begin with VSA Ready Nodes!
Feb17

Want to start with StoreVirtual VSA? Begin with VSA Ready Nodes!

With all the spotlights on the big HPE 3PAR storage announcement some days ago, I notice that not everyone is aware of the release of a new storage whitepaper called HPE StoreVirtual VSA Ready Nodes. Which is IMHO also a big step forward for everyone busy with StoreVirtual VSA. So what is this all about and why is it important? This document is THE BIBLE for everyone that wants to start with StoreVirtual VSA. It contains a list of all...

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Getting started with HPE VM Explorer
Apr26

Getting started with HPE VM Explorer

Some time ago HPE announced that they would acquire Trilead, a small Swiss based company with 1 actual product being VM Explorer being a backup product for VMware and Hyper-V environments. In this article I will do a walk-through of the installation and initial configuration and use of the product.   Installation The software bits can be downloaded from their website https://www.trilead.com/download/. For my article I used Build...

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HP LeftHand OS Version 12.5 released including Quorum Witness and Split Network functionality
Aug26

HP LeftHand OS Version 12.5 released including Quorum Witness and Split Network functionality

HP released the latest version 12.5 for its HP StoreVirtual family. This means the physical StoreVirtual 4000 appliances and the popular Software Defined Storage VSA platform. Besides the typical fixes (complete list in the Release Notes – see below) we find also some important updates in this 12.5 release. Version 12.5 includes the following enhancements: Two-node quorum, which allows for a Quorum Witness in a two-node...

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Script to rescan iSCSI targets for HP StoreVirtual VSA datastores
Aug19

Script to rescan iSCSI targets for HP StoreVirtual VSA datastores

I see more and more 3-server-datacenter installations being deployed. I wonder if this has something to do with the popular VMware Essentials license bundle and/or the free StoreVirtual VSA that is given with each HP Proliant Gen8 server for free. And why not? My own BITCON datacenter VSA-based SAN volume has an uptime of more than 4,5 years at this moment, so it is great technology after all. However! When you are busy with extensive...

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New whitepaper on HP MSA 2040 storage with Exchange 2013 & Hyper-V resiliency
Feb25

New whitepaper on HP MSA 2040 storage with Exchange 2013 & Hyper-V resiliency

HP released a new whitepaper for small and midsize businesses that are planning to deploy and virtualize Exchange on HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 Servers and HP MSA 2040 Storage. The solution allows the use of the Exchange mailbox resiliency database availability group (DAG) feature with the high-availability features of the HP MSA 2040 Storage; providing hardware efficiency and high availability for Exchange users. The solution design is...

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