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Employment tip: using github : learn the commands

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Employers look down upon users of graphical github, learn the commands.

Good advice from

If you are a programmer why wouldn’t you want to learn the command line?

Problems logging into newly created vCloud Air virtual machine.

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Have you created a virtual machine but are having problems logging in?

If you visit my last post on virtual machine creation in vCloud Air , you will see that there were no options to preselect usernames and passwords for the vm.

How do we logon in??

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To resolve this we are going to have to go through a few steps.

Go back to the vCloud Air portal and power off the machine.

In this image I’m waiting for the vm to go down.

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Once the vm is off,

Select the virtual machine,

Then in the actions drop down box choose: “Manage in vCloud Director”

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A new window will pop up.

In this windows, on the upper left corner click “My cloud”

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Now the view changes.

Click vms and find your virtual machine.

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Right click your virtual machine and select properties

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Select the “Guest OS customization tab”

You should see the auto generated password for your vm

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Now hit cancel and go back and power on your vm

Then open the console. (right click the vm to pop out the console)

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Now you should be able to logon and change your password.

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Creating a virtual machine on vCloud Air

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Objective here is to create a new virtual machine in vCloud Air.

As you can see I have no virtual machines in my Virtual Data Center

Click on “create your first virtual machine”

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Several default options to choose appear.

These are a handful of default options which incluse (as of this posting)

  • CentOS 6.3 (32/64)
  • CentOS 6.4 (32/64)
  • Ubuntu Server 12.04 (32/64)
  • Windows 2008R2 Standard (64)
  • Windows 2012 Standard (64)
  • Windows 2012R2 Standard(64)

Of course you can upload your own options but at the moment we will chose one of the defaults:

I’m choosing Ubuntu server 64.

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Now customization options will appear.

Here you can name your vm, and allocate resources,

The cost per hour is generated as you play around with the options.

The more resources you consume, the greater the charge.

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Now you see the vm being created, and the status will circle.

Still waiting on the status to update.

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Once the vm is ready the status will show that its powered off

I chose to leave it powered off at first

The option to start powered on was also there.

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Check the box next to the vm and power it on

You could also select the drop down and power it on or just the nice big button above.

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Once the vm is on the status changes.

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To view the console of our newly powered on vm

  • Select the vm,
  • Select the actions drop down
  • Choose “open in console”

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Now the Console pops out and we can see the console and use the vm.

The buttons on the upper right are for

  • sending control alt del
  • going full screen

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if you just created your vm you may have problems logging on.

See the next post for updates

Failover using Vmware Site Replication Manager (SRM) 5.5 And Dell Equallogic Storage Replication Adapter (SRA )

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Datacenter Site A:

There is a problem where we know we have power outages coming or we have one currently:

In this example: volumesiteA is volume with vms that needs to be failed over to recovery site B.

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Recovery to start actual failover to Datacenter Site B:

A warning will pop up:

The difference between planned migration and disaster recovery is that if there are errors the recovery will stop if its planned.

In a true DR situation where site A is down use forced recovery.

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One we hit start the recovery begins.

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On the Equallogic side you can see that the volume status is set to offline

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On recovery site B you will see a new volume appear

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Once recovery is complete you can test your migrated servers

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If we go back to the failed over datastore on site B, we will see

The volume is not replicated

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You may get “amount of in-use snapshot reserve exceeds the warning limit”

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Go over to the snapshot windows and delete some snapshots or increase space dedicated to snapshots

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If we look at the volume on site A

We will see that the volume is still has a replication job to site B, though it will fail (notice the cancel)

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Adding permissions to edit calendar via Powershell for Exchange

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Needed to add permissions to a new secretary to edit her boss’ calendar.

One method to do this is to do it from the owner’s outlook itself.

But what if they are unavailable?

Open up EMS , Exchange Management Shell

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To see who has permissions to the calendar:

Get-MailboxPermission -identity “username:\Calendar”

Get—MailhoxFolderPermission —identity “a uerlname:\calendar’P Runspaceld : -da?fa44a9bf FolderNane : Calendar User : Default AccessRights : {AvailahilityOnly} Identity : Default IsUalid : True” height=”129″ width=”729″>

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to add permissions:

Add-MailboxFolderPermission -identity “username:\Calendar” -user “secretary” -AccessRights editor

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Now you will see the user listed there

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If we want to remove permissions then we would use

remove-MailboxFolderPermission -identity “username:\Calendar” -user “secretary”

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Telecom Brokers

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The subject of telecom brokers came up, and I wanted to delve a little bit more into it.

Telecom brokers are supposed to be able to find the right options for your telecom needs and have contacts that can help in case of escalation needs.

While a telecom broker can lead you in the right direction, at the end of the day you should always do your own homework as well and verify any solution that is being sent to you.

The following link by John Hagan , President of TeleData Select summarized all the reasons that a telecom broker could be useful. I do think some telecom brokers may have some sales quota’s of their own. But since brokers are reputation based I don’t think that they would want to jeopardize their position for a few sales. The one thing that I do hear is that their negotiation for pricing is optimal since they are doing this day in day out.

http://www.teledataselect.com/blog/44-9-top-reasons-to-use-telecom-brokers

9 Top Reasons To Use Telecom Brokers.

Multiple Carrier Options:   Would you like to deal with one person for all you communication services, rather than dealing with a sales person from each company?   The broker will have contacts with many carriers and vendors which means he or she can quickly acquire quotes and information without you requesting it yourself. A big time saver, especially when evaluating multiple locations and offers from vendors.    

  

More Expertise:     A typical telecommunications company will have over 50% sales turn over each year and end up hiring inexperienced sales people to fill positions.   Many Telecom Brokers have had years of experience working at various telecom companies, they understand technology and are able to compare company A and company B.

Satisfaction: Telecom Brokers long term success is dependent on the ongoing satisfaction of their customers.   Each month, Telecom Bookers get paid a small (residual) commission to manage the telecommunication service of their customers. This ensures that Telecom Brokers/Consultants continue to provide clients with exceptional customer service for years.

Transparency: Some telecom providers provide great pricing, but they take forever to install the services, others have poor billing and are unorganized. Good Telecom Brokers can explain the good and bad of each carrier and what to expect.

No Sales Quotas: Many telecom providers put their sales people under unrealistic sales quotas and end up with pushy unprofessional sales staff and high turnover.   Good Telecom Brokers have a vested interest in a customer’s long term success, helping customers make informed educated decisions without the need of sales quotas.

Single Point of Contact:   All too often after you purchase telecom services and need help with billing or service issues the sales person that sold you the service has left.   You are now have known one to call for help and are left calling the companies 800 number which can frustrating and downright time consuming.   A good Broker can help escalate, troubleshoot or get resolutions resolved much faster than dealing direct with a telecom provider

Consolidation: Many companies with multiple locations and difference providers get multiple bills and need help consolidating services. .   Good Telecom Brokers understand “Telecom Aggregation” consolidating multiple services on one bill and providing a “one stop shopping” model that saves time and money.  

Pricing and Support: In some cases Telecom Brokers offer better rates to their customers than going direct with the telecom company.   In fact, many Telecom companies in an effort to reduce cost have fired their sales staffs and only work with “indirect” or Telecom Brokers.

Tegile vs Nimble debate on reddit

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Debate going over on reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/sysadmin/comments/3av7li/nimble_vs_tegile

Of interest from SquizzOC:

I’ve got over 50 projects closed with Tegile and here’s why:

  • Hybrid or All flash
  • Multi-Protocol: iSCSI, FC, CIFS, NFS, SMB all in the same array.
  • Inline DeDupe and Compression
  • Zero licensing costs (I don’t believe this applies to Nimble either)
  • Price

Their end of quarter is July so if you plan on purchasing in the near future, cutting a PO by mid July will net you the best cost. I’m seeing deals approved with an additional 20% discount above and beyond their normal killer pricing. Last Nimble vs. Tegile project I quoted:

  • Tegile: 107k
  • Nimble: 140k

Tegile came in with a more powerful array as well. If you aren’t working with a VAR, Ping me and I can guide you sir. I prefer to have the business go through me of course, but if I can help put another Tegile array in a home I’m happy 🙂

Ssukin also echoed that result:  with Tegile being the top contender though he was posting reviews from his employer’s site IT centralstation .