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vExpert 2011, virtualization efforts continue..

July 3rd, 2011 No comments

The magic email came in on saturday the 2nd of July…

Dear Devang Panchigar,

We’re pleased to designate you as a vExpert 2011 as recognition of your contributions to the VMware, virtualization, and cloud computing communities. You’ve done work above and beyond, and we’re delighted to communicate more closely, to share resources, and to offer other opportunities for greater interaction throughout the year as we continue to grow knowledge and success in the community of IT professionals. Welcome to the vExpert 2011 Program!

Thank you  John Troyer and the VMware team for selecting me in the vExpert 2010 program and now in the vExpert 2011 program. I am humbled and very honored to participate in it. The last 5 years have been a great years for virtualization and cloud technologies and is really shaping the future of IT and majorly not only corporate IT, but consumer level IT. All these efforts are also changing how Storage functions and operates today.

Hope this gives me a chance to work with fellow vExperts through out the world, many of which are friends, colleagues and delegates from various events and projects. These folks are truly industry experts and leaders in the virtualization space. I am glad to be able to participate along with them.

The success we saw with vExpert 2009 / vExpert 2010 program and the emerging details of the 2011 program, there are great advantages to be able to participate in this. This program will enable us to get a sneak peek into the futures, be able to attend NDA sessions, test lab licenses, access to beta programs, and much more..

Here is the VMware vExpert page.

To my fellow vExperts, big congratulations!! Big thanks to John Troyer and his social media team for building such a vibrant community.

The fun begins now…… looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

Cheers
@StorageNerve

 

Creating a bootable USB Memory Stick for ESXi 4.1 (on a Mac)

June 22nd, 2011 1 comment

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While trying to create a bootable USB Flash Memory Stick for VMware vSphere ESXi 4.1, I realized there were no resources available for individuals like myself that use MAC OSX to perform this function. There are quite a few resources available for Windows and Linux platform but practically non-for the Mac platform.

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Though I ran into Scott Lowe’s Blog and this great article he published a while back describes the process for generating a USB Flash Memory image for ESXi 3.5, Here is an attempt to use the same methodology to create a VMware VSphere 4.1 bootable USB Flash Memory Stick using the standard ISO image you can download from VMware’s website. The process varies a bit between the older ESXi 3.x versions and the newer ESXi 4.x versions.

 

  • After you have downloaded the VMware ISO image VMware-VMvisor-Installer-4.1.0.updateX-XXXXX.iso, please double click on it to mount the ISO image on your MAC.
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  • Once the image is mounted, browse to the file imagedd.bz2 and copy the file to your Mac desktop. Rename the file to dd.bz3
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  • Insert the USB Flash Drive in the Mac.
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  • Go to Applications –> Utilities –> Disk Utility and single click on the USB Drive, then on the menu bar of the window click on Info for that drive. Under Info look for Disk identifier, you might find your disk identifier to be disk1s1, disk2s1, disk3, disk3s2 or so forth.
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  • Now you will need to unmount this drive and it will disappear from your desktop (icon) and from finder. If the USB Flash Drive is mounted while you try to copy (dd) the files over, you might get a message the drive is busy, henceforth the unmount of the drive.
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  • In Disk Utility window, right click on the USB drive and select the option Unmount “Name of Your USB Flash Disk”. Now the drive should be greyed out on the Disk Utility screen.
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  • Now open the Terminal Window to type the following command that will copy the dd.bz2 file to the USB Flash Disk.
    bzcat /users/yourusername/desktop/dd.bz2 | dd of=/dev/disk1

……….– Where replace disk1 by your disk identifier number.
……….– Where replace yourusername by the username you are logged in with.
……….– If you have saved the file dd.bz2 at a different location, please reference that instead of /users/yourusername/desktop/dd.bz2
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  • Depending on the speed of your USB and other factors like CPU speed, memory etc, the time to execute this command may vary. It took about 11 mins to finish up on my MacBook Pro. The terminal window should show the process is finished once it returns back to the prompt.
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  • You can now safely eject the USB Flash Disk from the Mac and insert it into the Server you are trying to install ESXi on.
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  • A typical 1GB USB memory stick should be enough for ESXi to install, operate and function properly, so no need to use a 8GB or 16GB USB memory stick.
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If you find this article useful or run into any issues while creating the image or have any other better methods, please feel free to leave a comment.

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DiscoveringHP.com

June 13th, 2011 No comments

A nice aggregate-feed site has been put together by Mauricio Freitas using the blog posts from all the bloggers that attended HP Discover 2011 last week.

All the posts are classified based on the days they were published, giving a nice round up on the entire event.

You can check out the site here http://discoveringHP.com

Thank you Mauricio!!

Cheers!!

Converged or Unified

June 13th, 2011 3 comments

HP Discover 2011 was very informative in relation to some of the new storage strategy that HP has laid for its future. Hearing some keynotes, coffee talks and having one on one meetings with HP execs, you start hearing a consist message of integration across their storage, systems and networking business, a converged strategy. We have been staying close and watching HP for the past year and a half having attended the Storage Tech Days, Blades Day and some other events, we have previously heard the messages around converged infrastructures strategy.

 

Now after a few of these events and HP Discover 2011, it’s quite visible the direction HP is moving towards, It is not about just messaging but a fair amount of execution around these platforms. I truly think the team that has been brought in and runs their Enterprise Storage, Systems and Networking business is working very hard to make a big impact within HP on integrating these business units and sharing technology innovations with a common goal between these business units, which would help make a big impact to all HP customers.

 

The Converged storage strategy within HP is no news now, even the branding around their Storage business has now been changed from StorageWorks to HP Storage. HP natively had HP EVA and HP MSA platforms, over the last few years they have acquired technologies like Lefthand, IBRIX and 3Par. Trying to keep these platforms independent and support engineering teams across these platforms would be a challenge in itself with heavy cost of managing these products and possibly have conflicting messages to the internal sales teams and the customer base.

 

At HP Discover they announced their Converged storage strategy for the platforms they have acquired over the past few years, into a single code base offering customers a much needed flexibility. The Store 360 strategy within HP is all about sharing the common code base, features, from its StoreOnce dedup platform, IBRIX Scalable NAS platform and LeftHand VSA platform. These platforms will share the same Linux kernel going forward and have joint development teams, integrating all of these platforms into the Proliant Server commodity hardware. Each of these platforms will still manage and maintain it’s unique features and integrate within HP’s Virtual System and Cloud System offering.

 

It is very visible, 3Par will follow the same route in the near future with integration of 3Par technology into HP’s Proliant Server – common commodity hardware platform and preserve some custom ASIC’s during the first few iterations, then eventually move towards a total Intel based platform eliminating ASIC’s by robust software features.

 

So compared to HP’s converged strategy for it Storage platforms, we see a contradictory move by it’s competition towards a unified storage strategy. With Netapp and EMC who are todays prominent storage players, they have focused their resources towards building Unified storage with Federation and other features for the customers.

 

Non of HP platforms today neither their Store 360 strategy seems to focus towards Unified Storage, they have independent platforms for their SAN and NAS offerings. These are various (different) building blocks for the customer needs and not one box fits all use case strategy. The consolidation of File and Block storage on the current WAFL based systems and VNX systems is a unified strategy that is being pushed very hard by NetApp and EMC respectively. Both EMC and NetApp have gone to a commodity hardware based platform using the Intel Architecture, further consolidating their products to offer both File and Block storage into a single product.

 

It’s too hard and probably too early to say who the winners will be in the game. But one thing we learned at HP Discover was HP is totally focused on it’s converged storage strategy and throwing resources towards building a matrix of systems that clearly integrates it’s Networking, Systems and Storage products into a common platform that customers can deploy in/as private or public clouds.