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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Getting ready for HP Discover 2015 in Las Vegas
May15

Getting ready for HP Discover 2015 in Las Vegas

Time to get prepared for HP Discover at the Venetian in Las Vegas. This year I will hang around again for 6 days in Sin City, the city that never sleeps and also the place where all the things that happen over there stay there as well. Every year at the end of the week I felt like I did not have enough time to do all the things I needed to do. That’s why I make myself this little list. My agenda so far: I will arrive on Saturday...

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How a home lab can run out of control…
Mar10

How a home lab can run out of control…

Probably you know (if not check my LinkedIn profile) that I am a do-it-all dude when it comes to HPE servers and storage. I must admit I could make a job out of my hobby so I am not complaining… However my wife doesn’t see it like this… Why? Well read on… When I am doing some presales, installation, updates, consultancy or other training stuff I like to test and/or demo it… Off course I cannot use my customer’s environment for that....

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HowTo: enabling LefthandOS 12.0 & intelligent VMware MultiPathing Extension Module
Mar09

HowTo: enabling LefthandOS 12.0 & intelligent VMware MultiPathing Extension Module

With the release of the 12.0 version of LefthandOS on the StoreVirtual platform, one of the long attended features was the intelligent MPIO which was already available for Windows (DSM MPIO) but not for VMware. Currently the Manager function on the storage nodes in the cluster owns the knowledge of which data block is placed on which node (see my article on Network RAID to understand better). By enabling the MEM module this ‘map’ is...

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Lefthand OS 12.0 released including space reclamation and MPIO enhancements for VMware
Feb25

Lefthand OS 12.0 released including space reclamation and MPIO enhancements for VMware

Finally! That’s the least you can say about the availability of Lefthand OS 12.0. Why? Well there are some features that were announced quite some time ago and which become finally available. What are these new features: Space Reclamation – StoreVirtual Storage can now reclaim space in VMware vSphere and Microsoft Windows environments using T10 UNMAP. HP StoreVirtual Multipathing Extension Module (MEM) for VMware vSphere...

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