Category: General

VMWare Host Isolation Response…

I learned what “Host Isolation Response” was today.  Well I already knew what it was, but I learned that in a VMWare cluster, if you leave it at the default, then if the network goes away between the clustered hosts, the HOST then RESPONDS to this ISOLATION by shutting your entire environment down. Oops. Not …

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Quick note…

It’s cold in this data center. I went to stand behind the IBM XIV to stay warm.  I actually had to stand 5′ from the box to keep from being uncomfortably HOT. Just an observation…

Security Quick Note

I think that every network security department operates under the following motto: “If you can do you’re job, we’re not doing ours.” The customer I’m with has instituted a massively long password scheme. Now I’m not going into details, because that would be telling and would give even the greenest of hackers enough to walk …

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Dear QLogic…

Here’s a note. If youre hardware has a driver that requires you compile it before use, and that can’t be easily upgraded. Your hardware isn’t ready for prime-time. It’s why I like Emulex. You plug it in and it works. You upgrade the driver with rpm and it works. You used to have great stuff. …

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Quick note…

Transitioning “dial-home” away from modem has got to be the crappiest idea there is. When the network is down, remote support is down. I’m sitting in a datacenter that was powered off this weekend (don’t ask) On recovering, one Symm failed to IML. The network is still down. I can’t even START troubleshooting the Symm …

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Dear EMC…

I would have much less problem with you putting Americans out of work by shipping our valuable support jobs to India if you could at least do us one favor: At least find people capable of actually providing support.  Your rep, Anshu Kitchloo, seems to have tremendous difficulty understanding basic sentence structure (let alone technology) …

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Redneck IT…

I’m going to do a giveaway.  I never do giveaways, but I have some collectable “State of Hawaii” starbucks cards in my desk drawer so it sounds like fun.  I also have nothing of substance to write about because I’m bored out of my skull. Cards have $5 on them and will be awarded randomly …

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When the links go bouncing…

In a true DR environment where Synchronous replication is used, it’s best to have two routes from source to target, or at the very least a switched route that can dynamically re-route in semi-real-time. Everyone knows the story.  The link is up, everything is good, source ack’s a write to the host when the target …

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On Manners…

So if consulting firm A talks to consultant B about an engagement, and then decides to go with consultant C because he’s cheaper it’s totally understandable. If consultant C then calls consultant B for help with that engagement, consulting firm A should expect to get a bill for the time. I mean first off, its …

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By request…

Ok, believe it or not there are a number of people who would like me to stay online. Though I can’t commit the kind of time I’d like to, so i’d like to request guest-contributors if possible. Just email – jg(at)50micron(dot)com