January 2007 archive

TimeFinder Integration

I’ve been reading the TimeFinder Integration guide for SQL and Exchange – this is going to be FUN…. (not) it would be nice if, at least from the SQL standpoint, they do transaction logging in the traditional sense, so that I could just snap the database, snap the transaction logs, and back the flat-files up. …

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My Duck – redux

I’m not sure but I think I’ve got to go get the duck back from Tim. I say I’m not sure because I’m not sure, even by my own rules of my own game whether taking a system down at midnight and getting it back up by 5am, before the users come in, counts.  Our …

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The Datacenter move is COMPLETE

Now I just have to go in and pull about a thousand cables out of the old datacenter and tidy up a bit.  We were there until about 4am.  My goal from 9pm to 3am was to shutdown and move the Clariion to it’s new home in the primary data center.  I got it done …

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Thumbdrive RAID experiment

  Now here is someone with *WAY* too much time on their hands.  They take a mini USB2.0 hub, and 4 thumbdrives and create a 3GB Raid5 array (or if you’re really creative and you’re using a real operating system, a 2GB Raid 1/0 array)   I actually agree with him that the uses of such …

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Comments bug –

A few people have come to me about the bug in the comments section where it tells people to “Slow down cowboy” because only 1 post is allowed every 15 seconds. I’ve identified the issue, this is unfortunately an issue with Word-Press and VMWare – because my time-sync isn’t quite right, every time I reboot …

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EWeek – Skill Shortages to Swell IT Salaries

This article in e-week.com says it all.  Storage has always been good to me.  In 2001 I got laid off while working for MTI (right before they imploded and were “reborn” as an EMC reseller – with a huge influx of capital from EMC) but was back in business almost immediately.  (Read the article in …

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Centerra – love it?

We just had our sales presentation on EMC’s Centerra Content Addressable Storage system.  I have to admit, I went into it knowing a little about it, and even the 60,000 foot “executive summary” EMC put together really impressed me. The idea of putting so much data to tape but keeping it up and available just …

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Cisco – to switch or not to switch?

Well, I may stand corrected yet again.  After countless attempts to go back and forth with EMC about “Dial-Home” on the Cisco switches, someone has finally produced a document that seems to show how to set up Dial (or in this case email) home on the Cisco switches. I’ve got the “Cisco MDS900 Cookbook for SanOS …

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